Local artists win top awards in juried state exhibition
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“Root Entanglement” by Leslie Dulin
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Fifteen artists from the Chattanooga area, including one from Cleveland, have been honored with inclusion in the prestigious Tennessee Watercolor Society’s 33rd Exhibition at WKNO Gallery Ten Ninety One in Cordova, near Memphis, through June 21.

Internationally acclaimed juror Gerald Brommer selected paintings by Helen Burton of Cleveland, Harriet Chipley, Helen Brooks, Leslie Dulin, Mary Britten Lynch, Maggie Vandewalle, Anne Bagby, Sandra Baker-Hinton, Coco Dauer, Emily Godfrey, Marie Spaeder Haas of Ocoee, Linda Kerlin, Effton Mitchell, Alan Shuptrine and Sandra Paynter Washburn. Burton Brooks and Dulin are current members of In-Town Gallery. Five others are former In-Town members.

Four of the Chattanooga artists took the five top awards which represented half of the total award funds raised by patron sponsors for this 33rd exhibition, which began May 19. It’s an unprecedented occurrence in the 40-year history of TnWS to have all the major awards won by artists from the same metropolitan area.

Leslie Dulin took the first- and third-place awards; Maggie Vandewalle, second place; Alan Shuptrine, fourth place; and Mary Britten Lynch, fifth place.

The First Place Atelier award was presented by Fred and Jo Rawlinson and Atelier Affiliated Artists in Germantown to Dulin for her dramatic abstract, “Patina.” The third-place Jeffrey A. Shoham Purchase award was for “Root Entanglement,” a realistic watercolor painted in an assortment of rich earth tones.

Maggie Vandewalle received the second-place BancorpSouth Purchase award for “Nostalgia,” the highest in that category for a landscape, “Brume II.” Also, her intricate study of rocks in a dry creek bed, “Tenacity,” won the Urban Bird Traditional Watermedia award.

Alan Shuptrine took the fourth-place Beauty of Watermedia award for a thought-provoking portrait study, “Dreamcatcher.”

Mary Britten Lynch’s “Refuge,” a painting of plant images and eagles, received the fifth-place First Tennessee Bank Purchase award.

For those unable to attend the exhibition in Memphis, 30 of the paintings, including Dulin’s, Vandewalle’s and Lynch’s, will be shown in the TnWS Traveling Show at four venues across the state: West TN Regional Art Center, Humboldt, July 19 to Aug. 15; Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, Clarksville, Aug. 20 to Sept. 20; Art a la Carte, Cookeville, Sept. 25 to Oct. 25; and Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Nov. 2 to Jan. 6, 2013. These additional exhibitions fulfill the mission of the Tennessee Watercolor Society to make viewing watercolor paintings possible for all ages in many locations as an educational outreach.

Burton and Shuptrine have also been accepted for the Southern Watercolor Society 35th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Sautee Nacoochee Center, Ga., June 9 to July 8. Juror Frederick Graff selected 90 paintings from 425 entries. Burton’s “Seamen of the Seine” and Shuptrine’s “Twisted, Dawn” will be in the prestigious company of works by many internationally renowned artists.