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Explore Two Watercolor Exhibitions in Sebastopol

ELE-B-04-11-15, by Eileen Starr Moderbacher, in Watermedia exhibition (cropped)

For those who love watercolor, or are curious about its potential, two exhibitions at Sebastopol Center for the Arts will indulge your passion or expand your perception.

On view in the Main Gallery is the 148th American Watercolor Society International Traveling Exhibition. This is one of the premiere watercolor exhibitions in the world. In a rigorous jurying process work by more than 1,200 artists from throughout the United States and 27 foreign countries was reviewed by a panel of jurors. Of these submissions, 147 paintings were selected for an exhibition that took place in New York. From these, a group of 40 paintings was chosen for the Traveling Exhibition. Only seven museums and galleries across the United States will be showing this extraordinary collection, and Sebastopol Center for the Arts is one of them.

Also on view is Watermedia, a juried exhibition that showcases the work of local and California artists. The more than 50 works, selected by juror, Christopher Schink, further develop an appreciation for the variety of ways water based media can be applied.

Both exhibitions feature works on paper using a range of water soluble media, such as watercolor, acrylic, casein, gouache, and egg tempera. The themes and styles cover a range from traditional to contemporary, and abstraction to realism.

In one of the smaller galleries an informative display of tools, materials, techniques, and history of watercolor enriches the overall experience.

The two exhibitions will continue through February 7, 2016. For a list of related events and workshops, check their website, www.sebarts.org.

Sebastopol Center for the Arts is located at 282 High Street, in the Veterans’ Memorial Bldg., Sebastopol, 707-829-4797.


1. Brooklyn Bedford, by John Salminen, in AWS exhibition.
3. SCA Watermedia tools display.

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