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Ann Pember and Mina Angelos

July 10 - September 13, 2015

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Powerful Peony
Ann Pember, Powerful Peony, watercolor

Wedding Day
Mina Angelos, Wedding Day, watercolor

ANN PEMBER, AWS earned a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in 1968 and worked as a freelance commercial artist for 12 years. She and her husband relocated to Lake Champlain in the Adirondack region of New York In 1976. She has been painting in watercolor since 1960 and is a signature member of 22 art and watercolor societies.

Pember’s paintings often have a close focus and employ dramatic lighting. They have been included in more than 230 national juried exhibitions, including those of the American Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National and Watercolor USA and they have won more than 60 awards. Her work has been featured in more than 40 books and publications, including 6 of the popular Splash books by North Light Books.

Pember has produced three self published books in PDF format; available on CD, or as a download, “Make Flower Paintings Glow In Watercolor“ in 2015, “The Magic of Painting On Smooth Surfaces” in 2014 and “Make Dynamic Paintings In Watercolor” in 2008, Her hardcover book, “Painting Close-Focus Flowers in Watercolor”, was released by North Light Books in 2000 and is almost sold out. Her instructional videos, “Vibrant Orchid; Painting in the Flow of Watercolor”, and “Painting in the Flow of Watercolor on High Plate Illustration Board” were produced by Creative Catalyst Productions in 2004 and 2006. She has been teaching painting workshops since 1988 and has been invited to act as juror of numerous national exhibitions and online shows.


The abstract patterns and shadows created by light have fascinated me since childhood and are an important element in the design of my paintings. My paintings are my interpretation of what I see, often exploring an intimate point of view. I frequently paint in a series as a means of fully exploring a subject. While my paintings are realistic, my intention is to convey: feeling, the spirit of the subject and a sense of personal connection, rather than to make a photographically perfect image. I edit content and suggest rather than exactly copy the subject.

The most important technical elements to me are; the patterns formed by light, a good balance of values and the use of clean luminous color. I work on an easel, with the board tilted at an angle, allowing gravity to make the transparent paint move and produce beautiful passages. I paint directly, adding darks before the paint dries to achieve the freshest color. I use very little subsequent glazes of paint.

My watercolors include flowers, landscapes, still-lifes and portraits, mostly inspired by nature and my home environment near Lake Champlain. Its vistas, rocky shore and gardens provide me with an abundance of beautiful scenery and subjects.

MINA ANGELOS, AWS grew up in Montreal and attended McGill University. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, BA magna cum laude, where she was introduced to watercolor. Since then she has painted primarily in watercolor and has attended workshops taught by many internationally recognized teachers, including Judi Betts, Cheng Khee Chee, Stephen Quiller, Judy Morris, Mark Mehaffey, and Ming Ma. Her work has been published in the Conservationist magazine, Splash 16-Exploring Texture, and the World Watercolour Competition Catalogue. Her one woman shows include Mina Angelos: Watercolors at the Rockwell Kent Gallery, SUNY Plattsburgh. Her group shows include Flowers, Myers Fine Arts Gallery, SUNY Plattsburgh. Her work has been in national juried shows in New York City, Old Forge, NY and Louisville, Kentucky, as well as many regional juried exhibitions. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the Central New York Watercolor Society, a member of the Vermont Watercolor Society and the Strand Center for the Arts.


Watercolor has been a challenge and a joy since an introductory class in college. Watercolor’s transparency and gradations of color have always been appealing. I have often used a mouth atomizer as well as brushes and painted on different surfaces besides the traditional watercolor papers, including canvas, very smooth boards, as well as synthetic papers and surfaces prepared with gesso and gel medium. These surfaces allow for different effects with watercolor. I am drawn to subjects with strong light and shadow contrasts creating abstract shapes.


This is a highly sought after and honored level of membership. It can only be earned. Elected signature members are also the only artists entitled to use the society’s coveted (AWS) initials after their signature. To become a signature member, an artist must be accepted in two AWS annual exhibitions. There is no time limit and the acceptances need not be consecutive. Once the two acceptances have been earned, the artist must inform the AWS and is then invited to enter two pictures in the next exhibition. These works are judged separately from the other entries and viewed by the jury as individual works and then both are shown together. Unlike all other pieces that they view, the jury may discuss the merits of these works before voting. They have the option of selecting one of the works or neither of the works. If one is selected, the artist becomes a new signature member of the AWS and receives all the privileges that accompany that honor.

American Watercolor Society

July 10 - September 13, 2015

Joseph C. & Joan T. Burke Gallery
Myers Fine Arts Building
SUNY Plattsburgh
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