Richmond Hill Creative Eye Awards!

The Richmond Hill Creative Eye have made these four beautiful Love and Peace themed pendants as awards for four lucky artists in our ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ Exhibition (September 28-October 27, 2018).  The awards will be announced at our opening event on September 28th at Boynton House on Richmond Green.

Thank you Richmond Hill Creative Eye from all of us at IWS Canada and CSPWC/SCPA.

Love and Peace Awards by Richmond Hill Creative Eye

For more information about our five day event view our 5 day event pdf or for a summary, see the image below:

The painting in this graphic, Colour of Music, is by one of our jurors, Anne McCartney CSPWC, AWS, TWSA

Burr House – Tea and Art Together!

This is our second exhibition venue and is also where local spinners, weavers and potters create their masterpieces.  You can see them at work when we visit the part of the exhibition there.

Burr House is another heritage building within Richmond Hill.  It has plenty of parking at the back and is located beside a ravine.  Traditional tea and scones will be offered from 6-8 pm on the evening of September 28.  They also have a store selling local artisans’ work.

530 Carrville Road, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 6E6

The second venue for our exhibition

Da Vinci Paint Company Awards!

Da Vinci Paint Company have very kindly donated FIVE of these awesome travel palettes 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.  Da Vinci will also have a representative at our opening event to demonstrate their products to visiting artists.

Thank you Da Vinci Paint company for your generous sponsorship from all of us at IWS Canada and CSPWC/SCPA.

Da Vinci travel palette

For more information about our five day event view our 5 day event pdf , or for a summary of the events see the image below:

The painting in this graphic, Colour of Music, is by one of our jurors, Anne McCartney CSPWC, AWS, TWSA

Boynton House, Richmond Hill

Boynton House is an art exhibition space in Richmond Hill with four display rooms. The house is an historic site under the Ontario Heritage Act and dates back to about 1875.  It is an example of the classic Ontario farmhouse, with unique details of its era.

Our Opening Day event begins at 12 noon and is open to the public. After the formal ribbon cutting this part of the exhibition will be available to view here at your leisure and it may be possible to have photographs taken with visiting master artists.  Representatives from Winsor & Newton, QoR Watercolours, Daniel Smith, DeSerres Art Store, Da Vinci paints and RockWell Art Supplies will be in tent booths in the fenced garden area of Boynton House where they will demo products. Several will also have free samples for visiting artists.

Throughout the afternoon there will be opportunities for Plein Air painting with the masters at various locations around Richmond Green.  Our Official Opening and Awards Presentation will be at 3pm, either on the main porch/garden area or within Boynton House, depending on the weather.

Refreshments and cold beverages will be available throughout the afternoon. There will also be live music by a chamber ensemble from the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra.

The opening day will continue with tea in the evening at the second venue – more on that later!  (Or, you can find more information here)

Daniel Smith Awards!

DANIEL SMITH: Artists’ Materials have very kindly donated 3 awards for our Symphony in Watercolour Exhibition. The awards will be announced at our opening event on September 28th at Boynton House on Richmond Green. Katherine Taylor will also be there to demo Daniel Smith products to our visitors.

Awards for specially selected ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ finalists

Thank you Daniel Smith from all of us at IWS Canada and CSPWC/SCPA.

For more information about our 5 day event please navigate to the link by clicking on the picture below.

The painting in this graphic, Colour of Music, is by one of our jurors, Anne McCartney CSPWC, AWS, TWSA

Your Invitation to our Festivities

IWS Canada and CSPWC/SCPA Invite you to a 5 Day Celebration Event  –  September 28 to October 3, 2018

(Exact times and details may change due to weather conditions or events beyond our control).

This event is a celebration of not only watercolour but of how diverse cultures, by working together, can strengthen and enhance a community.

During these five days we will unite to celebrate our history, our differences and our common interests.

A community such as Richmond Hill, with its mosaic of residents from diverse cultures, its combination of urban and rural environment and its strong historical roots is an ideal venue for our Symphony in Watercolour Event.

Use the info-graphic below for an outline of the five day celebration, and visit this link for details.  Bring your sketchbook and some plein air painting supplies if you like – there will be several opportunities to create!

The painting in this graphic, Colour of Music, is by one of our jurors, Anne McCartney CSPWC, AWS, TWSA

Finalists announced for A Symphony in Watercolour!

Our jurors Peter Marsh CSPWC, OSA, SCA, TWS, Anne McCartney CSPWC, AWS, TWSA and Rainbow Ze (youth juror) have completed their task in choosing the paintings that will be exhibited during our ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ exhibition this fall, September 28th to October 27th, in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.  A huge thank you to them – it must have been really hard to choose from all of the great entries we had – a total of 320 from 32 countries!

These paintings are listed on the page entitled ‘A Symphony in Watercolour‘, which can also be viewed at the bottom of our home page.  Congratulations to all finalists!!

Also listed are paintings by the invited artists such as those who won our ‘150 Ways to Celebrate’ online contest last year, and the jurors and the presidents of our cooperating societies.

In addition to finalist paintings, there were many the jurors felt merited special mention.  These will not be physically exhibited, but will also be posted on the website during the exhibition.  They are listed below the finalist paintings.

Thank you to everyone around the world who entered our exhibition!  Your enthusiasm and talent for watercolour, and your contributions to our understanding of your perspective through art, are why we exist.  We couldn’t do this without you.

Peace and love through art!

Rosemary & Co. Brushes!

Look what arrived yesterday in the mail – our first award which will be given to one of the finalists in our A Symphony of Watercolour exhibition this fall in Richmond Hill!

There are approximately $100 worth of brushes here for the selected recipient, and the booklets and catalogues are for us to give out to attendees.

Thank you very much, Rosemary & Co., for sponsoring us with this beautiful set of handmade artist brushes!

A Symphony in Watercolour‘, an international exhibition and festival, jointly presented by IWS Canada and the CSPWC/SCPA, takes place September 28th – October 27th, 2018.  There will be opening celebrations for 5 days at the beginning of the event and a special closing celebration at the end.  Please join us!

 

Joint Meeting of IWS Canada leadership and CSPWC leadership

Yesterday, the leaders of the Canadian Branch of the International Watercolor Society, and the leaders of the Canadian Society Of Painters in Water Colour, gathered together in person and via Skype and telephone, to discuss a BIG joint project we have coming up next year – namely, an international  watercolour festival and exhibition, or Biennale.  Lots of great ideas were discussed, and the progress that has already been made on many of them was reviewed.  There is lots of work to be done but we have a very diligent and enthusiastic team.

Soon, we will reveal all of our plans and the excitement can begin for everyone!  In the meantime, we are looking for sponsors and filling out grant applications, to make this the best event possible.

We are so pleased to have received over 40,000 views of our contest results video on Facebook, and over 30,000 views of our website since October 1st.  Thank you to everyone who has supported us in this way!

Below are just a few photos of the people who attended the meeting in person. A few of the directors  Elizabeth Irvine, Helen Shideler, Tiina Price and Rose Butler also attended via skype and telephone.

Anita Cotter, Ona Kingdon, Rayne Tunley, Lianne Todd and Atanur Dogan