Bay artists selected for national watercolour exhibition

2018-03-07 06:02

TWO local watercolourists, Robyn Roberts and Sheree Young, were selected from among South Africa’s top watermedia artists to exhibit three of their paintings in the first national juried exhibition of the International Watercolour Society South Africa (IWSSA), which will be held at the Artem Gallery in Sea Point, Cape Town, from this Friday until March 22.

Both artists are members of the East Cape Watercolour Association (ECWA) and, more recently, of the IWSSA. Roberts, a retired playschool teacher, started working in watercolours approximately 12 years ago under the tutelage of Jo Daniel, before she had the opportunity to study under Doreen Perrins.

There, she flourished in the medium and never looked back.

Young, an accountant by trade, started using watercolours just over seven years ago with Ally Shone, before moving on to Lita Marais and finally to Roberts’s tutelage.

Young discovered the IWSSA’s upcoming exhibition by chance. She and Roberts took a chance to enter what they had on hand, neither having had the time to create something new for the exhibition.

Contestants have to belong to the IWSSA and only three paintings per artist could be submitted.

“We waited in anticipation to see if anything we submitted would be accepted. We were thrilled to be among the top watermedia artists in the country selected and are very excited at the prospect of exhibiting our work nationally,” commented both Roberts and Young.

Approximately 100 paintings will form part of the exhibition.

Due to the fact that all watermedia is accepted into the exhibition, the event will award prizes for best on show, the top three opaque winners and the top three transparent winners, as well as a people’s choice winner.

Those unable to visit the exhibition in Cape Town will be able to vote online for their favourite art piece for cyber choice winner. Voting can be done on the IWSSA Facebook page.

The opening gala will take place on Friday from 18:00 to 21:00. IWSSA will also host a second exhibition in October in Johannesburg.

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