The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to once again welcome the Western Maryland Watercolor Society for its 33rd Spring exhibition, Color Harmony. The exhibition will run in the Schwab Gallery from May 1-29, 2021. A Live Virtual Awards Presentation will take place Saturday, May 1, 2021, beginning at 5:00PM and is free and open to the public. The event will take place via Zoom and can join here.
WMWS is a non-profit organization which provides a group forum for watercolor enthusiasts who want to share common interests and explore new directions in watercolor painting. The group also promotes engagement in the arts and is frequently involved in community projects and programs. The group also hosts a series of annual workshops and hosts several annual exhibitions, featuring the artistry of members.
International artist Hilmar Gottesthal will be judging the 2021 Watercolor Society annual competition held at the Schwab gallery of the Allegany Arts Council. While Gottesthal now lives in Flintstone and works from his woodland Sanctuary Studios he was born in Austria where he graduated from the University of Vienna and the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts winning the two highest art awards. His interest in Byzantine art took him to Greece and Turkey where he spent 30 years painting and sculpting as well as capturing the ancient ruins, myths, and religious icons. Greece made a television movie of his life as an artist and in 1993 before leaving to make his home in the USA he celebrated a 25-year retrospect in Ankara at the Turkish National Museum where he was awarded a medal for his cultural contribution to Turkey.
Over the years he exhibited around the world London, Istanbul, Athens, Hamburg, it was at his Paris exhibition where Salvador Dali admired his work. He has work in several major museums including the Belvedere and Albertina in Vienna and in Bodrum, Turkey where he dove with the nautical archaeologists to record their finds of the 11th century Byzantine shipwreck and these works hang at the Bodrum Nautical Archaeological Museum.
Gottesthal expresses his pleasure at being invited to judge the upcoming show and appreciates the artistic community that he has found in the area and the support of the Arts Council. – www.gottesthal.com
Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, no Public Opening will take place, but visitors may view the exhibition in two ways:
Visit the gallery during open hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00AM-5:00PM daily.
A complete digital gallery will be available here, beginning May 1, 2021, at 11:00AM.