Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery
September 28, 2007 through November 25, 2007
The Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) hosts an annual exhibition each year in one of the state's most prestigious galleries or museums. Artists have an opportunity at this time to exhibit with their fellow watercolorists from around the state. Over 80 of Florida's finest watercolor artists submit works to be juried that illustrate cityscapes, the natural world, creative interiors, portraits and abstracts. Each year a nationally known watercolor expert is asked to jury and judge the show and conduct an educational workshop. The exhibition is recognized to be among the top watercolor exhibits in the country.
In 1972, Guy Beattie, Director of the Maitland Art Center, invited Florida watercolorists to contribute their work to an exhibition. Miles Batt, AWS, who juried and judged the show, selected 84 paintings from those submitted. Because of interest in the show the Florida Watercolor Society was founded, with 26 artists becoming charter members. Membership has now grown to over 1,100 members from all corners of the state.