A visit to the Watercolor Art Society – Houston, forever changed my tiny perception of this popular, but misunderstood (certainly in my case) medium.
Watercolor Art Society – Houston (WAS-H) is a nonprofit organization with over 600 members. Year-round opportunities are provided to every level of painter, from novice to the seasoned expert. Art lovers can enjoy year-round exhibitions in the gallery which is also open 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, located at 1601 West Alabama at Mandell St.
Sunday, March 12 the 40th Annual International Watermedia Exhibition begins with a reception, demonstrations, and award ceremony.
Dawna Hasara took advantage of classes offered at WAS-H shortly after her move to Houston, and after retiring from FMC Technologies where she worked in sales and marketing for 17 years.
“I started taking some watercolor classes at WAS-H about three years ago when I retired,” Hasara said. “I was asked to consider a board position and accepted the position of International Exhibition Director two years ago.”
Hasara did have a painting accepted into the exhibition last year that received an honorable mention.
“WAS-H is a great organization dedicated to artist enrichment and they have a very nice – free – gallery,” Hasara continued. “They have a full slate of classes and workshops that anyone can sign up for whether you are a member or not and that’s how I first got involved with them.
The people I’ve met and the classes I’ve taken have really helped me to further my painting skills and given me the confidence to work on my art career through exhibitions, art fairs and festivals,” Hasara said.
In fact, I met Hasara at The Market at Sawyer Yards, where she attends often. She’ll be back at the April 8 market. Hasara told me that 100 works were accepted out of 491 that entered, juried by well-known watercolor artist Stephen Quiller of Colorado. Paintings were submitted from artists all over the U.S., Canada, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India and Greece.
Sunday’s activities begin with a free demonstration by juror Stephen Quiller at 2 p.m. The opening reception and award ceremony, also free to the public, is from 4-6 p.m. this Sunday, March 12. Get more details on other activities and extended hours for the exhibition on the website, watercolorhouston.org.
Follow Dawna Hasara at watercolorsbydawnahasara.com
A reminder that this Saturday is the Market at Sawyer Yards, where I met the very talented Dawna Hasara. The market is open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the Artist Alley along the mural wall at 1502 Sawyer St. Holler Brewing Company is open now and accessible from the market alley! Details on my website.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com