DeSerres Award!

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.

Lake Wilcox Park

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.

55 Olde Bayview Ave,
Richmond Hill, ON L4E 3C8
Transportation: If possible we will carpool to this venue.

Take a leisurely walk along the boardwalk. See the sun set over Lake Wilcox, a traditional Kettle Lake on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Opportunities for photography and plein air painting are plentiful.

For more information on our 5 day opening celebration event please visit the detailed outline HERE.

Photo credit: Ona Kingdon

One Month Until Opening of ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’!

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!

SiWC Poster-print

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.

Painting is ‘Inner Symphony’ by Ona Kingdon, CSPWC, NWS, TWSA, IWS Master – President of IWS Canada. (Subject is Jessica Kun, the artistic director of the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra.)

Fourth: here is a summary of the information for the Five Days of Festivities:

Painting is ‘Colour of Music’ by Anne McCartney, CSPWC, AWS, TWSA – one of the jurors for ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’.

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.

Sixth:  We cannot thank our sponsors enough!

 

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

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!

 

A Little Extension

IWS Canada Symphony in Watercolour deadline extended 24 hours.

Dear watercolour artists,

Thank you so much to those who have completed their entries to our exhibition, A Symphony in Watercolour, taking place this fall in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

For those of you who still intend to enter, and are feverishly painting, and photographing your paintings, and wishing you had just a little more time…. we have good news for you.

We also need a little more time.  We’ve had such a volume of entries these past few days, it has been a challenge to keep up.  Added to that are some frustrating technical difficulties with payments, etc.  As a result, we’ve realized we need just a little more time for processing.  So, we have extended the deadline for the entry emails to 6 pm EDT on March 21, instead of March 20.

So, for those last minute people out there, you have 24 more hours!

Read the guidelines to make sure your entry is complete.

IWS Canada Symphony in Watercolour deadline extended 24 hours.