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The National Watercolor Society

Two major shows…

I am happy to announce that I made it into the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA) 35th Annual Exhibit as well as the National Watercolor Society (NWS) 2011 All-Member show! It’s a great honor to be part of these two prestigious shows where such amazing artists participate. On a local level, I will also be part of the Redondo Beach Art Group (RBAG) show in the Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center (MBCAC) in May. Dates are as follows. If you’re a local, please come; it would be nice to connect names to faced!

TWSA 35th Annual Exhibit in Kenosha, Wisconsin: May 7 – July 31
NWS 2011 All-Member Show in San Pedro, California: May 15 – June 12
RBAG show at the MBCAC: May 14 – May 26

Redondo Beach harbor, 2010 by frankeber

Redondo Beach Harbor, 2010 ::: Watercolor on paper ::: Entry for the TWSA 35th Annual Exhibit
Posted in the California, USA gallery


NYC Lunch Hour, 2011 ::: Watercolor on paper ::: Entry for the 2011 NWS All-Member show
Posted in the New York, USA gallery

90th Annual Exhibition of the National Watercolor Society

On Saturday, October 30, the National Watercolor Society held its 90th Annual Exhibition and Awards Ceremony.

I am proud and honored to say that my painting, St. Mark’s Plaza, Venice (2010) was included in this year’s show. Additionally, I attained Signature status with one of the most prestigious watercolor societies in the country! Wow. As I have learned during the last two days, speaking with many artists during the ceremony and reception, it is by no means an easy feat to accomplish! To think that I was accepted on my first try should really give me confidence in my art, talent and career. As Mike Bailey, current president of the NWS said in his introductory speech, becoming a member of the NWS is a significant point in a watercolor artist’s career. It still has to sink in.

Frank Eber at the 2010 NWS Exhibit Incoming 2010 NWS Signature members
Saturday was also the official opening and ribbon cutting of the new NWS building, which is located in San Pedro, California. I had the pleasure of meeting the aforementioned Mike Bailey, as well as Exhibitions Director Nancy Shiershke and Membership/Communications Director Loa Sprung. I also met the great John Salminen and was able to attend a five-hour demonstration of his magic!

This year’s exhibition is truly amazing and if you have a chance, go see it. There are so many great works of art to admire: watercolor at its finest! All in one room you encounter a wide range of styles, concepts, and subject matter. Sizes ranging from 10″ x 14″ to well over 48″. What a truly wonderful exhibit.

I must mention the people I met there. One of the most memorable experiences was meeting the amazing Roland Lee and his wife Nellie from Utah. His rendering of water in his submitted piece is simply breathtaking. I’m proud to say that Angela Chang, whom I shared a table with at lunch, is now my friend! She was featured on the Artists Network as one of 2010’s watercolor one’s to watch. A truly magnificent, generous artist, and we both agreed to stay in touch and paint sometime soon. I also finally met the great Keiko Tanabe whom I am friends with on the Facebook network. Not only was she awarded Signature status, her submission won a prestigious award, deservedly so.

Roland Lee and Frank Eber, 2010 NWS Exhibition

Last but not least, I met Pam Hudson, the most pleasant, wittiest, and outgoing person you’ll ever meet. She represents Daniel Smith art supplies, and Canson and Arches papers. She thought it was the greatest thing that I had lived and painted close to the original Arches mill in the south of France, and to have one of my plein air works of Avignon on my business card.

All in all, it was a very memorable experience which hopefully will help me find good representation for my art in the near future. Also it was a very humbling, but at the same time, an inspiring experience, to see all the great art works in the show and to be part of this great organization. I consider myself a lucky man!

Me at the NWS Awards Exhibit NWS Awards Luncheon, 2010

Here’s to watercolor, the greatest medium!

Frank Eber, NWS