Virginia Watercolor Society
Trish Crowe in The Studio

Trish Crowe

The 45th Annual Exhibition

Our 45th Annual Exhibition in Lynchburg opened May 3, 2024 in the beautiful Academy Center for the Arts at 600 Main Street. The paintings (approximately 100 chosen from nearly 500 submissions) will be on display from now until June 28, 2024. Juror Eric Weigardt, who led a fabulous workshop, straddled the challenging line between extraordinary painter and thoughtful teacher.

The paintings, hung by director Ted Batt in the Pat Harrington Gallery, are lit perfectly. As I prepared my remarks for the Annual Meeting, I was struck by the contrast between the exquisite art that surrounded me and the awareness that our country seems on the brink of an unknowable change. I wondered, how can one affect the other?

Inspired by the beauty in that gallery, I was reminded that we creative artists have a special calling and obligation. What we do is not frivolous or a mere hobby. The beauty of the Commonwealth of Virginia that we celebrate in our practice and express in the magic of our daily lives anchors us in peace and hope, and it is shared in this marvelous medium and in this venue.

I thank our Board as we add Terry Wylie as Vice-President, A.J. Eccles as Treasurer, and newly appointed Out of State Area Rep, Chee Kludt Ricketts to complete it. The Lynchburg Committee co-chaired by David Eakin and Laren Baum outdid themselves with full Southern hospitality at a pre-Members opening before the public one.

Don’t miss this exhibition!

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Ormsby, Glenn - The Quetzal Best in Show, VWS Award
2024 BEST IN SHOW, VWS Award
Glenn Ormsby
"The Quetzal"
Frances, Charlie - When Decay Meets Rejuvenation Outstanding Achievement Award, Patricia Harrington Memorial, Silver Brush Ltd.
Outstanding Achievement Award, Patricia Harrington Memorial, Silver Brush Ltd.
Charlie Frances
"When Decay Meets Rejuvenation"
Krupinski, Chris - A Touch of Light 1st Place, Ellen Agnew Honorary, Silver Brush Award
1st Place, Ellen Agnew Honorary, Silver Brush Award
Chris Krupinski
"A Touch of Light"

2024 Exhibition Sponsors

Academy Center of the Arts
Bank of the James
Dixon Fine Art
En Plein Air Pro
Lynchburg Loves You
M. Graham
Potomac Valley Watercolorists
Select Bank
SLS Arts
Strathmore Artist


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