About the Exhibition: The Virginia Museum of History & Culture hosted the Virginia Watercolor Society’s (VWS) 41st Annual Exhibition from October to December of 2020. This prestigious event featured more than 80 watercolor paintings—all by members of the VWS—and included original works on paper and in various water media from transparent watercolor, acrylic, gouache, or mixed media. Subjects ranged from landscapes, scenes of everyday life, and imaginary scenes to still lifes, portraits, and abstractions. See a selection of works below.
After a decade of being hosted elsewhere throughout the state, the exhibition finally returned to Richmond. Over 400 paintings from Virginia artists of the VWS were submitted to be in the show; where final selections were made by juror and award-winning artist Fred Graff, AWS-DR, NWS, TWSA-MS, an internationally recognized watercolorist in his own right.
Viewers of this year’s annual exhibition were asked to vote for the work they consider to be the best in the show. Voting took place in the gallery at the VMHC where the winner of the exhibition was announced by the VWS in January 2021. The People’s Choice Award is sponsored by James River Air Conditioning Co.
The majority of the show’s paintings were for sale directly from the artists, with 35% from each sale going to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.