Ann Pember and Mina Angelos
July 10 - September 13, 2015
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Ann Pember, Powerful Peony, watercolor
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
AMERICAN WATERCOLOR SOCIETY SIGNATURE MEMBERSHIP (AWS)
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
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