Despite torrential rains, artists and guests from the Louisiana Watercolor Society came to the Oak Knoll Country Club in Hammond on Sunday to watch the summer members show and find out who won awards.
Jan Wilken, Harahan, the exhibition director, praised the number of participating watercolor artists and the high quality of the art despite the restrictions caused by the pandemic. And the weather.
Out of 35 membership fees, Tracy Hebert from Port Allen won the highest price for her painting “Bay St. Louis Balcony”. The work, she said, was inspired by a “Covid outing” that involved spending a lot of time on a balcony.
“Buffalo River Blues”, a geometric abstraction, received second place for Theresa Beauboeuf of Independence.
Third place went to Cissy Quinn McCabe from Gulfport, Mississippi, with “Island Sentry”, a water landscape.
Other winners were Kathy Miller Stone of Baton Rouge, “River Road Oak”, a solid oak in spring colors; and Margaret Hawkins of Ponchatoula, “Chosen Ones,” a watercolor batik on rice paper from Satsumas.
Claire Pescay of Covington showed “River Batture” and Carol Creel of Baton Rouge, “Blue Macaw” to win honorable mention ribbons.
A surprising jury award went to Society President Louise Hansen for her small portrayal of “Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar”. Show judge Pio Lyons said the painting had not won any of the usual awards, but “oozes charm”. The award she received was one of Lyon’s landscape paintings of a Louisiana swamp at dusk.
Show Judge Lyons was recently awarded a Master of Watercolor by the Louisiana Watercolor Society and was previously awarded by Lyons and Hudson, Architects, Ltd. New Orleans.
The exhibition will be on view in the dining room of Oak Knoll Country Club in Hammond through June 29 and is open to the public. Ribbons are used to mark the winners, and painting titles, artists, and prizes appear next to each work.
The most important annual event of the association is the international exhibition, which is judged as well as judged. Award-winning works of art from the United States and numerous nations are exhibited in New Orleans.
The association also hosts various workshops and courses, as well as competitive shows during the year. These are planned for the Hammond, New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas.