American Watercolorists in China

overview.jpgNews has begun pouring into our offices from some of our favorite watercolor artists who have been invited to exhibit in the Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennale. The largest watercolor exhibition in the world, the Biennale is being held April through October in conjunction with the World Expo in China, where they’re expecting more than 70 million visitors. Nicholas Simmons (February 2007 Watercolor Artist) was the only judge representing the Americas and will also be exhibiting his work. [Don’t miss the exciting visual diary of his trip to China to jury the show on his blog.]

The jurors, who also included David Paskett (June 2009 Watercolor Artist) from the U.K. and Ong Kim Seng (February 2006) from Singapore, juried more than 2,300 entries from all over the world, chose 230 to hang and gave out 15 equal awards. Among the American award-winners were Mark Mehaffey (April 2009), John Salminen (August 2006) and Alvaro Castagnet (June 2005), whose award-winning painting, Overview, is shown here.

Mark Mehaffey happens to be in town this week taping a couple of instructional watercolor and acrylic videos for artistsnetwork.tv, so I got to talk to him firsthand about the honor. He and his wife Rosie will be heading to China in April to attend the opening. “It’s a once in a lifetime trip,” he says. “I figure the reference photos alone will be worth it.”

We’re so proud of all our friends, and can’t wait to hear about their adventures when they return.

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