PHILADELPHIA WATER COLOR SOCIETY

2020 PWCS Members Show (Online)

222 photo(s) Updated on: March 03, 2020
  • Christine Alfery
  • Christine Alfery
  • Diana Aliberti
  • Diana Aliberti
  • Kathleen Apfelbaum
  • Carol Ashton-Hergenhan
  • Carol Ashton-Hergenhan
  • John Balacki
  • John Balacki
  • Deena Ball
  • Deena Ball
  • Judy Ballance
  • Angela Barbalace
  • Angela Barbalace
  • Joanna Barnum
  • Joanna Barnum
  • Jan Becker, Serenity
  • Lea Bellis
  • Lea Bellis
  • Michael A. Bignell
  • Michael A. Bignell
  • Matthew Bird
  • Matthew Bird
  • Aida Birritteri
  • Aida Birritteri
  • Denny Bond
  • Denny Bond
  • Myhanh Bosse
  • Myhanh Bosse
  • Elizabeth Burin
  • Elizabeth Burin
  • Jeanette Cardamone
  • Jeanette Cardamone
  • Indira Cariappa
  • Indira Cariappa
  • Dee Casner
  • Dee Casner
  • Connie Clutter
  • Connie Clutter
  • Rachel Collins
  • Rachel Collins
  • Cheryl Coniglio
  • Cheryl Coniglio
  • Priya Contractor
  • Priya Contractor
  • Jeannette Corob
  • Jeannette Corob
  • Walt Costilow
  • Walt Costilow
  • Denise Croft
  • Denise Croft
  • Teresa Cromwell
  • Teresa Cromwell
  • Fred Danziger
  • Fred Danziger
  • Clement DaVinci
  • Clement DaVinci
  • Doris Davis-Glackin
  • Doris Davis-Glackin
  • Jane deGruchy
  • Jane deGruchy
  • Ann DeLaurentis
  • Rebecca Denneny
  • Rebecca Denneny
  • Patrice DeVirgilis
  • Gwynn Di Pilla
  • Gwynn Di Pilla
  • Vickie Dorsam
  • Jay Eisenberg
  • Jay Eisenberg
  • Catherine Elam
  • Catherine Elam
  • Cheryl Feng
  • Cheryl Feng
  • Robbie Fitzpatrick
  • Robbie Fitzpatrick
  • Lois Friel
  • George Gallatig
  • George Gallatig
  • Betz Green
  • Betz Green
  • Linnie Greenberg
  • Linnie Greenberg
  • Jeanne Gunther
  • Jeanne Gunther
  • Richard Harrington
  • Richard Harrington
  • Bradley Hendershot
  • Bradley Hendershot
  • Philip Hermann
  • Philip Hermann
  • Richard Hoffman
  • Richard Hoffman
  • Judith Hummer
  • Judith Hummer
  • Nishita Jain
  • Nishita Jain
  • Jane James
  • Jane James
  • John James
  • John James
  • Bryce Johnson
  • Bryce Johnson
  • Mimi Johnson
  • Mimi Johnson
  • Gina Judy
  • Judy Gina
  • Barbara Kaiser
  • Barbara Kaiser
  • Mark Kaufman
  • Mark Kaufman
  • Maria Keane
  • Maria Keane
  • Madeleine Kelly
  • Michele Tabor Kimbrough
  • Michele Tabor Kimbrough
  • Megan King
  • Rick Kowalewski
  • Rick Kowalewski
  • Theresa Kubert
  • Theresa Kubert
  • WAIHANG LAI
  • Megan Lawlor
  • Megan Lawlor
  • Torphy Levitt
  • Torphy Levitt
  • Levy Lund
  • Levy Lund
  • Pamela Lynch
  • Pamela Lynch
  • Barbara March
  • Barbara March
  • Antonio Masi
  • Antonio Masi
  • Mick McAndrews
  • Mick McAndrews
  • Wendy McClatchy
  • Wendy McClatchy
  • LAURIN MCCRACKEN
  • LAURIN MCCRACKEN
  • Sandra McKeehan
  • Sandra McKeehan
  • Eve Miller
  • Eve Miller
  • Yvonne Mucci
  • Yvonne Mucci
  • Susan Murphy
  • Susan Murphy
  • Marie Natale
  • Marie Natale
  • Candace Naumowicz-Zacher
  • Kimberlee Nentwig
  • Kimberlee Nentwig
  • Olga Nielsen
  • Olga Nielsen
  • Elizabeth Oberman
  • Elizabeth Oberman
  • Maria Payer
  • Maria Payer
  • Lynda Pitman
  • Lynda Pitman
  • Lana Privitera
  • Lana Privitera
  • Angela Reed-Breese
  • Angela Reed-Breese
  • Richard P. Ressel
  • Alfred Richards
  • Alfred Richards
  • Karen Riedy
  • Karen Riedy
  • V. Rosa
  • V. Rosa
  • Sylvia Roth, My Rose
  • Sylvia Roth
  • Kathy Ruck
  • Kathy Ruck
  • Marie Samohod
  • Marie Samohod
  • Tim Saternow
  • Tim Saternow
  • Cheryl Schlenker
  • Cheryl Schlenker
  • Schoonover
  • Schoonover
  • Patty Schwarz
  • Patty Schwarz
  • Pat Shamy
  • Pat Shamy
  • Smith Siemienski
  • Rita Siemienski Smith
  • Radhika Srinivas
  • Radhika Srinivas
  • Jeannine Swartz
  • Jeannine Swartz
  • William Sweeney
  • William Sweeney
  • Lena Thynell PWCS BWS PWS
  • Lena Thynell PWCS BWS PWS
  • Barbara Tracy
  • Barbara Tracy
  • Carmella Tuliszewski, PWCS, PWS, NWWS, BWS
  • Carmella Tuliszewski, PWCS, PWS, NWWS, BWS
  • Jan Becker
  • Denise Vitollo
  • Denise Vitollo
  • Lois Ward Wolford
  • Lois Ward Wolford
  • Deanna Weinholtz
  • Susan Weintraub
  • Frank Wengen
  • Frank Wengen
  • Pam Wenger
  • Pam Wenger
  • Don Whitesel
  • Don Whitesel
  • Idaherma Williams
  • Jane Wise
  • Jane Wise
  • Fran Wood
  • Fran Wood
  • Linda Young
  • Linda Young

Juror: Susan Avis Murphy

Title: Hong Kong Blur
Material: Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. cold press Size: 18x13

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List of Award Winners

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Award Winners


Award Amount Artist Painting Medium

1st Place $ 500 Lana Privitera The Rainbow Cups Watercolor on paper

2nd Place $ 300 Fred Danziger Night Garden Gouache

3rd Place $ 200 Eve Miller Two Kayaks Soft Pastels on Uart

Award of Merit $ 100 Laurin McCracken Jars on Quilt Watercolor on paper

Award of Merit $ 100 Joanna Barnum Within/Without Watercolor on paper

Award of Merit $ 100 Cheryl Feng Portrait of a Young Boy Watercolor on paper

Award of Merit $ 100 Madeleine Kelly Mardi Gras
Soft pastel on sanded archival paper

Award of Merit $ 100 Susan Weintraub Morning Deliveries Watercolor and gouache on paper

Honorable Mention $ 50 Lois Ward Wolford Shopping Therapy Watercolor

Honorable Mention $ 50 Kathy Ruck Barn Owl in Sycamore Watercolor

Honorable Mention $ 50 Denny Bond Timeslot Watercolor

Honorable Mention $ 50 Antonio Masi Ghosts of Ellis Island
Watercolors, 300lb watercolor paper

Honorable Mention $ 50 Tim Saternow Ansonia Pharmacy, 6th Ave.
Watercolor, pencil, cold wax medium

Golden Award
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Judith Hummer
Bryant Park
Watercolors, 300lb watercolor paper

Juror’s Statement for Philadelphia Watercolor Society Member’s Show 2020

This show attracts some very high quality entries, and it was a daunting task to sort them out and rank them according to my assessment of overall quality.  Judging art is always going to be subjective, and different judges are going to respond to different things. Also of course this was done on a computer and the paintings were not seen in person.  I used a desktop computer with a 38” color-calibrated monitor. In addition to the usual criteria, such as composition, technical skill, use of color and value, originality, etc., I considered the question of how challenging was the image to paint?  Did the artist fulfill his/her apparent intentions? Could the painting have been done better?

I put the “The Rainbow Cups” by Lana Privitera in First Place.  Those cups are a symphony of color and are just painted so beautifully!  The smooth, colorful glaze of the cups is captured so perfectly, you want to reach into the painting and touch them.  The painting is completely unified, while at the same time being surprisingly original.  

Second Place went to “Night Garden” by Fred Danziger.  This painting in gouache is beautifully executed and must have been very difficult to paint.  There were a number of excellent highly detailed still lifes entered in the show, and it was hard to choose which one to honor with a major award.  I chose this one because of the unusual portrayal of flowers in the dark. Fred has blended the foreground subject matter into the background, which gets less and less distinct, with consummate skill.

I chose “Two Kayaks” by Eve Miller for Third Place for several reasons.  The bold composition drew me in. Eve seems to be breaking some rules here with the three equal-sized horizontal bands, but I don’t care.  I think it works. The linear strokes of pastel layered on top of one another are luscious. I would love to see this painting in person!

The five paintings chosen for Awards of Merit are all wonderful, as are the six Honorable Mentions.  I am not ranking them in any way, because that would be very difficult! There are three excellent portraits in here.  “Within/Without” by Joanna Barnum is very original and evocative. I love the tousled hair in “Portrait of a Young Boy” by Cheryl Feng.  And the three shoppers in “Shopping Therapy” by Lois Wolford are a riot! They look so determined! There were quite a few fantastic city scenes submitted and given awards.  In particular I think the composition of “Morning Deliveries” by Susan Weintraub is wonderful. Those big heavy girders are a great foil for the small details of the cars and light effects.

Congratulations to the PWCS for another excellent show, and thank you for inviting me to be the juror!


Susan Avis Murphy, AWS NWS

Sandy Spring, MD

February 21, 2020




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