New England Watercolor Society
New England Watercolor Society
New England Watercolor Society
New England Watercolor Society

2020 North American Open Exhibition

"John B." by Irena Roman
First Prize
"John B." by Irena Roman

Plymouth Center for the Arts
11 North Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

November 1 - December 5, 2020


Congratulations to the award winners selected by judge Paul Jackson, AWS, NWS, MWC.

  • New England Watercolor Society
    First Place Award - $1200
    John B. by Irena Roman
    “Choosing the best painting in a show often comes down to the painting I wish I had done myself. This piece is an incredibly well crafted narrative with exquisite focus and detail. The design of the composition is as expertly handled as the use of color and light. Very well done!” Paul Jackson

  • Marilyn Sabin Memorial Award - $1,000
    Capt'n by Z.L. Feng
    “Startling reality and a wistful stare make this painting stand out and the imagination spin. The handling of thin, sunburnt skin describes the subject and his story very well.” Paul Jackson

  • The Vermont Community Foundation 
    Alden and Mary Bryan Award for Traditional Landscape, Seascape or Cityscape - $1000
    Hoppin Hill Farmhouse by Bill Lane
    “With very little paint and minimal use of the brush, this landscape scene emerges from the white of the paper. A well balanced composition and expressive use of brushstroke pull this gem off perfectly.” Paul Jackson

  • New England Watercolor Society 
    Second Place Award - $750
    Footbridge - China by Thomas Schaller
    “Dramatic use of light and value make this piece intriguing and inviting. The subtle shifts in color strike emotional chords and create atmosphere while the contrast of dark and light do the heavy lifting. The artist is a master of the medium and says so much with an economy of brushstrokes.” Paul Jackson

  • New England Watercolor Society
    Third Place Award - $500
    A Breath of Fresh Air by Li Dongfeng
    “Fantastic use of color and texture to convey the narrative. Great handling of the subjects.” Paul Jackson

  • Mary Jo Rines Memorial 
    Award for Innovation in Art- $500
    Lines of Change by Kathleen Conover
    “Adventurous use of line, playing off the knots of phone and electric cable make this painting energetic and inviting. The hint of a narrative, limited palette and clever use of detail show the artist's mastery of the medium.” Paul Jackson

  • Loring Coleman Award - $500
    Passing Great Lakes Steel by James Earl
    “Soft, subtle and powerful! Great use of color and value to create atmosphere and drama.” Paul Jackson

  • Ruth Wynn Memorial Award - $300
    Plastron & Perch by Robert Noreika

  • Virginia Avery Memorial Award - $300
    Bird's Eye View by Chris Krupinski

  • Anne D. Sullivan Memorial Award For Excellence in Abstract Painting in Watercolor - $200
    Swirl by Judy Metcalf

  • Caton Connector Award For Excellence in Watercolor - $500
    All Star Battle by Marla Greenfield

  • H. K. Holbein And Co. Award - Merchandise
    American Draft by Janet Laird-Lagassee

  • M. Graham & Company Award - Merchandise
    Boiling Shrimp by Gayle Loik

  • Image Resolutions - $200
    Tracks by Michael Ridge

  • Cheap Joe's Art Stuff Award - $200 Gift Card
    Reverie by Shauna Shane

  • Dick Blick Art Materials Award - $200 Gift Card
    International Harvester by Jed Sutter

  • Royal Talens Rembrant Award - Merchandise
    Cross Section by Jane Bregoli

  • Winsor & Newton ColArt Americas Award - Merchandise
    To Have And To Hold by Beverly Hammerman

  • Silver Brush Company LTD® Golden Natural® Award - $130
    Surfer Dude by Elizabeth Oberman

  • Golden Artist Colors Award - Gift Certificate and Merchandise
    On the Move by Ann Hart

  • Frame Destination Award - $100
    Still Here by Peggy Habets