They are listed below – keep scrolling for a gallery of the winning images:
The CSPWC Grand Prize for Best in Show – Lana Privitera USA Some Wrinkles to Iron The IWS Canada Youth Award – Yong-Ching , Jhang Taiwan Smile at the age of 19
Rockwell Art Supplies/Eureka Award 1 – Roy Tibbits Canada Winter Sentinels Rockwell Art Supplies/Eureka Award 2 -Moe Win Myanmar Padaung Old Woman Rockwell Art Supplies/Eureka Award 3 – Conny Jager Canada Under the L
Daniel Smith Colors of Inspiration Award – William Rogers Canada Matinee Duel Daniel Smith Designers Award – Kashinath Das India View of Chandni Chowk, Delhi Daniel Smith New Colors Award – Anna Ivanova Russia Bayaders
The DeSerres Award -Anthony Saldutto Canada Rays QoR Modern Watercolor by GOLDEN Award – Corinne Izquierdo France Pecheur du Sud Rosemary & Co Brush Award – Richard Tiejun Chao Australia A Thinker
Da Vinci Paint Co Awards:
1. Jacques Villares Spain Madrid 70’s
2. Jansen Chow Malaysia Night Market
3. Jose Apaza Mexico Cantera (quarry)
4. Mykhailo Rychkov Ukraine Evening in Quebec
5. Yelena Iokton Kazakhstan Hunter
Escoda Brushes Awards:
1. Barbara Eguchi Canada Rhythms of Kensington
2. Sun Jiangang China The stone beach under the sun
3. Shan raza amrohvi Pakistan Buzkashi game 2
Richmond Hill Creative Eye Love and Peace Awards:
1. Mohammad ali Yazdchi Iran White Flowers
2. Barbara Farren Canada Sleeping at the Airport
3. Gail Sutherland Canada D’Aubins Cove
4. Shirin Nematzadeh Iran Pink flowers
To view images as a slideshow, click on one and then use arrow cursor keys.
One week ago today, our exhibit opened and we had a wonderful turnout for the event which was a contribution to Culture Days as well. Thank you to all 200+ who came out to Boynton House! Many of our visitors posted their photos and videos on Facebook, (#SymphonyinWatercolour if you’d like to draw our attention to yours!) and for that we are also grateful. Plus, we have uploaded many of our own to our Facebook page as well, and more recently, a few to our Twitter account.
The exhibition, jointly presented by the International Watercolour Society of Canada (IWS Canada) and the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour/La Société Canadienne De Peintres En Aquarelle (CSPWC/SCPA), will feature the work of 95 watercolour artists from Canada and around the world. From a total of 320 entries from 32 countries who entered the competition earlier this year, 80 finalists were juried into “A Symphony in Watercolour” by Anne McCartney CSPWC, Peter Marsh CSPWC, and Rainbow Ze (youth juror). The other 15 artists are winners from last year’s IWS Canada online exhibition and attending jurors, as well as presidents and vice-presidents of the presenting societies.
The five day festival opening the exhibit will continue the next day with a presentation merging painting, video and photography by renowned artist David McEown, winner of IWS Canada’s 2017 online competition ‘150 Ways to Celebrate’, a Canada 150 event. This presentation will take place at Richmond Hill Central Library as part of the Canada-wide Culture Days event. In addition, “Experiment with Watercolour” activities will be set up so the public can try it out.
Other activities for the five day festival include field trips to various places in the area for plein air painting, photography, and general tourist enjoyment, such as the Oak Ridges Moraine, Black Creek Pioneer Village, the David Dunlap Observatory, Toronto Island, and the CN Tower 360 restaurant. Some of these activities are free, others will have costs associated with them. Of special note is a field trip to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, which the gallery is providing to the IWS Canada and CSPWC/SCPA group as a sponsored event for this festival. Further information for all of these activities is available at IWSCanada.ca.
A very special part of this exhibition will be a live performance by the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra, called ‘Symphonic Watercolours’, which will take place to close the exhibit, on October 27, 2018, at 8 p.m. A slide show of the beautiful watercolour art in the exhibit will accompany music specially selected to enhance its viewing. In addition, live interpretive painting will be performed by Andrew Sookrah and Bonnie Steinberg. The theatre will also display a selection of actual paintings from the exhibit. It will truly be ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’.
Where: Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada – various venues – mainly Boynton House and Burr House
Who: The International Watercolour Society of Canada (IWS Canada) (A Branch of the International Watercolor Society (IWS Globe)) and the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour/La Société Canadienne De Peintres En Aquarelle (CSPWC/SCPA)
When: September 28 to October 27, 2018
What: ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ – an international exhibit and festival of watercolour art
Why: To celebrate the medium of watercolour, and how diverse cultures can be brought together through their enthusiasm for common interests, while appreciating their differences.
The painting in the featured graphic at the top, Colour of Music, is by one of our jurors, Anne McCartney CSPWC, AWS, TWSA
IWS Canada would like to once again sincerely thank our sponsors!
The Toronto Islands are in Lake Ontario, a 13-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto. We will be visiting them on Tuesday October 2. Boats to the Island leave from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal at
the foot of Bay St. and Queen’s Quay. The ‘Island’ is a group of 15 islands inter-connected by pathways and bridges. You can walk from one end of the Island to the other.
The island is approximately 5 kms long from Ward’s Island to Hanlan’s Point. The view of the city is gorgeous and the island itself is just as beautiful – it’s a photographer’s paradise indeed.
Enjoy the tranquility of Toronto Islands. There are plenty of opportunities to paint, sketch or take photos.
We have three more very exciting awards to announce for our Symphony in Watercolour Exhibition. Thank you to RockWell and Eureka Global Art for donating these generous awards!
The RockWell/Eureka Award 1- will win the Award to participate in an event in China, with other International Masters. The trip will be totally free (some conditions apply), and a free Rockwell Master solid water color set of 24 colors.
The RockWell/ Eureka Award 2- will win the full accommodation Award to participate in an event in China, with other International Masters, (some conditions apply), and a free Rockwell Master solid water color set of 12 colors.
The RockWell/Eureka Award 3- The 3rd top Artist, will win a free Rockwell Master solid water color set of 12 colors.
For more information on our ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ Exhibition visit our home page.
Some very lucky artist is going to win the QoR Modern Watercolour Award at our ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ Exhibition which opens on September 28th at Boynton House, on Richmond Green, Richmond Hill, Ontario.
Thank you QoR Modern Watercolors by Golden from all of us at IWS Canada and CSPWC/SCPA.
Golden Artist Colors will also have a booth on our opening day with representative Bianka Guna demonstrating products.
For more details of our 5 day event please visit our Home page, the Exhibition page, or view the 5 day event PDF .
Some very lucky artist is going to win the DeSerres Award at our Symphony in Watercolour Exhibition which opens September 28th at Boynton House, on Richmond Green, Richmond Hill, Ontario. It includes a wealth of Fabriano and Arches paper and several other goodies too.
Thank you DeSerres from all of us at IWS Canada and CSPWC/SCPA!
DeSerres will also have a booth on our opening day and have supplied some paper for our visiting master artists to use for their plein air painting that day. They are also helping to run the ‘Let’s try Watercolour ‘ Activity at the Richmond Hill Central Library on September 29th.
For more details of our Five Days of Celebration event please visit iwscanada.ca or view our 5 day event pdf.
The northern half of Richmond Hill is located on a natural feature called the Oak Ridges Moraine which stretches more than 160 km between the Niagara Escarpment and the Trent River. The Oak Ridges Moraine is known for its varied habitats and geographic features shaped 13,000 years ago during the last ice age.
The Oak Ridges Moraine is special because it provides naturally filtered water for abundant wildlife, surrounding populations, and natural areas.
As part of our five days of celebrations opening ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’, we will visit the Oak Ridges Moraine Parkland and Boardwalk (free activity) from 4-7 pm on Saturday September 29.
We are really excited to count down the days to go until the festival begins! In case you haven’t visited the website lately, we have a whole bunch of information available on the home page, and also on the exhibit page. But we thought we’d put a lot of it in this blog post anyway!
First: here is the poster our sponsor Focal Designs designed for us. Thank you Focal Designs!
If you click on the link above you’ll see the poster – these will be on display all over Richmond Hill and further afield. We are hoping that some kind souls might choose to print one copy themselves and help us out with our advertising!
Second: A map of where it is all happening can be found here. The map includes the two exhibit locations:
Boynton House & Richmond Green
1300 Elgin Mills Road East
Richmond Hill, ON L4S 1M5
Burr House Gallery & Tea Room
528 Carrville Rd,
Richmond Hill, ON L4C 6E6
The ribbon cutting occurs at noon at Boynton House and Richmond Green on September 28. We will have some music at 2:30, then awards and speeches at 3:00 pm. The exhibition paintings at Boynton House will of course be available all afternoon until 5:00 pm, and many of the master painters will be attending. Throughout the afternoon there will be opportunities for plein air painting. Also, there will be representatives from Winsor & Newton, QoR Watercolours, Daniel Smith, DeSerres Art Store, Da Vinci paints and RockWell Art Supplies demonstrating products.
At 6:00 pm, the opening day will continue at Burr House where the rest of the exhibition paintings will be on display. Tea and scones will be available, and you can observe the local spinners and weavers at work in this heritage building. Our opening day will end at 8:00 pm.
You’ll find the locations of all the festivities happening during the Five Day Celebration Event (September 28-October 2), and the location of the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, which is where the concert “Symphonic Watercolours” is being performed by the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra on October 27, to close the show, on the MAP.
Third: here is most of the event information briefly summarized in one graphic suitable for sharing on social media.
Fourth: here is a summary of the information for the Five Days of Festivities:
Fifth: A more detailed outline of the Five Day Celebration Event is here.
Remember – you are invited, and so are your friends, and their friends… please tell them all about it.
Escoda brushes have very kindly donated 3 of these awesome travel brush sets as awards for our ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ Exhibition. The awards will be announced at our opening event on September 28th at Boynton House on Richmond Green, Richmond Hill Ontario, Canada. (MAP of all event locations here)
Thank you Escoda for your generous sponsorship from all of us at IWS Canada and CSPWC.