Watermedia 2017: Montana Watercolor Society’s 35th Annual National Juried Exhibition
In 1983, A group of Montana Watermedia artists began meeting in Missoula and gathered to form the first and only Montana Watercolor Society. For the past 35 years, the group has selected an artist of national renown to judge an national competition and teach a workshop.
BACC has been host to this exhibition for more than 30 years. The exhibition attracts submittals from across the nation from some of the most accomplished and celebrated watermedia artists. Award winners from last year’s competiton include:
Ken Call, Denise Athanas, and Jessica Glen.
This year’s exhibition will be judged by Robbie Laird from northern California. Laird is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and many more Associations and Societies.
Robbie Laird, an innovative painter, teacher, and juror., is a full time resident of Lake Almanor, California, and part time resident of Hilton Head Island, SC. Her paintings captivate the viewer with an exciting balance of flowing ambiguity and varying amounts of specific detail. Using large brushes and flowing paint, her work dances on the edge of abstraction in areas but pulls you back in others. She sometimes uses the unique qualities of flowing transparent pure watercolor to create mysterious rhythmic works, while in other pieces she incorporates a variety of other watermedia. In addition to painting, she has expressed her vision in: forged metal and wood sculpture as well as leaded glass design and residential architecture. The continuing source of inspiration for Laird’s work is a lifetime interest in cycles and natural transitions and connections.
Her paintings have received numerous awards in National and International exhibitions.
Laird is a signature member of National Watercolor Society, where in 2008 her painting was selected for the Loa Sprung Award (top award for Non Objective Painting). She is a signature member of Watercolor West, National Association of Painters of Acrylic, San Diego Watercolor Society, and is a full-juried member of the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media. She is affiliated with other art associations nationwide. She is a highly sought after instructor and was named one of 20 Great Teachers of the last twenty years, by American Artists’ Magazine. Her paintings and articles have been in many publications, including Watercolor Magazine, American Artist, and International Artist Magazine. Her work is included in Splash IV, North Light Books, and Artistic Touch 3. Creative Catalyst Productions produced her video, “The Informed Intuitive Approach”.
Laird has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her paintings are popular in Hawaii where she shows with the Village Galleries on Maui. Her paintings have been collected extensively in the US and internationally.
A past president of the San Diego Watercolor Society, Laird has an extensive background with arts organizations and art education. After completing her Masters degree in Art Education, Laird became a Fine Arts curriculum consultant, giving workshops for teachers throughout California, the United States, and abroad. She is currently the Director of the Kanuga Watermedia Workshops held each spring in North Carolina. Her influence as an artist and educator continues to growYou can go to her website to read more about this remarkable artist. and has a reputation for “encouraging her students whatever their level of accomplishment, to break through to new levels of freedom and confidence.
Through studio time and individual critiques Robbie guides her students to discover the techniques and design fundamentals that contribute most to making their own paintings stronger while more spontaneous and personal, whether they are doing realistic or abstract painting.”
Robbie’s workshop will be centered on Layered Watermedia Paintings. She comments that whether you love realism or are more excited by the intrigue of abstraction, this workshop is an opportunity to learn ways to create paintings that are more expressive of your own personal voice.
Robbie is a sought after instructor who does her homework. Read more about her on her website: http://www.robbielairdartstudio.com/ .This year