Friday, February 16, 2001

Cream of art travels here

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MIDDLETOWN - Its membership has boasted such luminaries of American painting as Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, Georgia O'Keefe and Andrew Wyeth. This week the American Watercolor Society is bringing the best of its 2000 international competition to the Middletown Fine Arts Center.

        The center's gallery is one of eight U.S. locations for the traveling show, which consists of 40 paintings.

        “No picture is ever sent on tour a second year,” said the gallery's administrator, Peggy Davish. “Thus galler ies can confidently expect a brand new show each year. Many of the paintings in the traveling shows won awards in the parent exhibition.”

        The watercolors were part of the AWS's 133rd annual international exhibition that took place in New York City last March. A selection jury winnowed more than 2,000 entries to 117.

        An opening reception will be at the Arts in Middletown building 6-8 p.m. today. During the exhibit, which continues through Feb. 28, the gallery will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 to noon Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Both the reception and exhibition are free.

        For information, call 424-2417.


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