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BlackRock Features Regional Watercolor Exhibition

BlackRock Center for the Arts is hosting an annual juried exhibition of watercolor paintings through July 16. The exhibition features 92 artists, including one from Germantown.

The 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition is the most competitive juried watercolor exhibit in the region. The annual competition and exhibit is sponsored by the Baltimore Watercolor Society and is limited to original paintings created using water-based media on paper created by artists from within a 200 mile radius, which includes Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Germantown artist Janet Belich is among the artists featured in the exhibit. Belich’s work is “Conundrum 2.”

The juror of selection and awards this year was renowned watercolor artist Joyce Hicks, who selected the winners of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals and 19 other designated awards worth more than $8,000 in cash and sponsored prizes. The medalists this year are Lois A. Wolford, BWS Gold Medal, who received a $1,200 prize for “No Loitering;” Elaine Hoffman, BWS Silver Medal, and $900 prize for “Off to the Peruvian Marketplace;” and Susan M. Stuller, BWS Bronze Medal and $600 prize for “Window Washer.”

BlackRock Center for the Arts is presenting the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition in The Kay Gallery from through Saturday, July 16, 2016.

The center will host a Gallery Tours of the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition guided by artist members of the BWS on dates on Saturday, July 9 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Participants will view paintings by 92 juried artists and learn about the techniques used to achieve effects unique to watercolor and other aqueous media as demonstrated in the landscape, still life, portrait, and abstract works on display in The Kay Gallery. Space is limited. Admission is free.

The 92 artists featured in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition are: Marion (Candy) Aaron (Westminster, MD), Joanna Barnum* (Abingdon, MD), Janet Belich (Germantown, MD), Denny Bond* (East Petersburg, MD), Donna C. Box (Sykesville, MD), Carol A. Carpenter* (Columbia, MD), F. Dennis Clarke (Martinsburg, WV), Robert J. Coe (Fallston, MD), Deb Cohan (Gaithersburg, MD), Cheryl Coniglio (Jamison, PA), Eleanor Cox (Midlothian, VA), Leigh Culver* (Washington, DC), Anne Crown Cyr (Rehoboth, DE), Kathy Daywalt (Pasadena, MD), Michael Farrar (Clifton Forge, VA), Terry Freemark (Warminster, PA), Kay Fuller (Washington, DC), Jerry L. Gadd (Westminster, MD), Carolyn Grosse Gawarecki (Falls Church, VA), Lieta Gerson (Rockville, MD), Diane Gibson (Parkton, MD), Jean K. Gill* (Oak Hill, VA), Rita Grau (Stevensville, MD),

Sharon A. Green (Owings Mills, MD), Peggi Habets (Pittsburgh, PA), Debra Grayer Halprin (Rockville, MD), Stephen T. Hanks (Silver Spring, MD), Peter Hanks (Annapolis, MD), John S. Hassler (Carlisle, PA), Mimi Hegler* (Ashton, MD), Janice Hendra (Severna Park, MD), Susan R. Herron (Olney, MD), Christine A. Heyse (Silver Spring, MD), Catherine Hillis (Round Hill, VA), Elaine Hoffman* (Bethesda, MD), Brenda Hounshell (Harrisonburg, VA), Jo Houtz (Abingdon, MD), Juliya Ivanilova (Bethesda, MD), William Jaeger* (Severna Park, MD), Ardythe Jolliff (Edgewater, MD), Judy Jones-Wisniewski (Silver Spring, MD), Ken Karlic* (Fallston, MD), Mark Kaufman* (Wilmington, DE), Brenda Will Kidera* (Woodbine, MD), Cecile Kirkpatrick* (Brinklow, MD), Michael Kotarba (Baltimore, MD), Angela Lacy (Potomac, MD), Marta Legeckis (Bethesda, MD), Patricia Leibowitz (Chevy Chase, MD), Larry Lombardo* (Lebanon, PA), Stephanie M. Lyon (Columbia, MD), Jinnie May* (Randolph, NJ), Mick McAndrews* (Downingtown, PA), Charlotte Mehosky (North East, MD), Michiyo Mizuuchi (Rockville, MD), Doug Mock (Chesterfield, VA), Sally Mook* (Blacksburg, VA), Sharon Morell* (Towson, MD), Susan Avis Murphy* (Sandy Spring, MD), Nancy Mysak* (Allen, MD), Kate Niner (Alexandria, VA), Karen Norman (Silver Spring, MD), Geri Olson (Chevy Chase, MD) , Zina Poliszuk (Marriottsville, MD), Patricia Porter (Fairfax, VA), JoAnne Ramsey (Bethesda, MD), Charles Reiher (Lanham, MD), Bonnie Fous Reynolds (Baltimore, MD), Dorrie Rifkin (Englewood, NJ), Barbara Scheihing (Davidsonville, MD), Karen Schuster* (Columbia, MD), Florence Setzer (Annandale, VA), Dale L Sheldon (Rehoboth Beach, DE), Mei Shu (Radford, VA), Pritha Srinivasan (Boyds, MD), Nancy M. Stark (Roanoke, VA), Susan M. Stuller* (Midlothian, VA), Kathleen M. Stumpfel (Baltimore, MD), Robert N. Talbert (Darnestown, MD), Michalyn Tarantino (Charles Town, WV), Jane Thomas (Alexandria, VA), Paul Tooley (Braddock Heights, MD), Karen Ceolla Tylec (Millersville, MD), Peter B. Ulrich (Oxon Hill, MD), Debra Valentino (Gibsonia, PA), Patrick Varriano (Pittsburgh, PA), Pam Wenger (Dillsburg, PA), Mick Williams (New Market, MD), Lois A. Wolford* (Towson, MD), Cole Wolford (Washington, DC), Linda Young (Carlisle, PA), and Estelle Zorman (Montgomery Village, MD). (*denotes award winners).

Admission to the galleries at BlackRock Center for the Arts is always free. Gallery hours may vary during the summer months, call 301-528-2260 to confirm open hours for specific dates.


Top: Germantown resident Janet Belich’s “Conundrum 2,” a watercolor, is one of the 92 artists featured at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition at BlackRock Center for the

Arts through July 16.

Next: BWS Gold Medal Winner - Lois A. Wolford - No Loitering, watercolor.

Next: Silver Medalist - Elaine Hoffman - Off to the Peruvian Marketplace, watercolor.

Next: Bronze Medal Winner - Susan M. Stuller - Window Washer, watercolor.

Images courtesy BlackRock Center for the Arts.


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