President’s Report: Congratulations all, on a wonderful exhibition as we promoted our medium to the public and showed them what could be done.

The plein air event the week before was well attended with 24 people registering and 19 paintings on display in Gage Roads for the week. Their marketing manager is eager to do it again next year.

Our first sponsors night went well, it meant we hired the hall a day earlier and we were set up a day earlier. This took the usual stress off the exhibition knowing that we had that extra time. Sponsors enjoyed the evening with a calm atmosphere and no speeches.

Our judge, Sandie Schroder was fantastic. Throughout the exhibition I only heard praise for our judge.

She handed me a piece of paper at the end that read…..

“Thank you for the privilege in judging this beautiful exhibition.

It is a privilege due to the high calibre artworks that have been submitted and a pleasure to see such skilled and beautiful work.

It has been one of my most challenging and difficult jobs as the standard of artwork continues to gain momentum with each year this exhibition is held.

Congratulations to all artists – for making my decisions so difficult, you should be very proud of what you have exhibited.

You must have a high level of skill and confidence to produce excellent quality outcomes as watercolours is a very unforgiving medium. I was looking for these qualities plus showcasing the unique characteristics that watercolour has over other mediums, which is transparency, vibrancy, illumination and highlighting the nature of watercolour plus capturing atmosphere.”

I totally agree with Sandie’s words. Well done all.

Jan Steinberg, the overall winner for this years Annual Awards Exhibition.  With Jo Trilling and our Patron, Dr Ken Michael.