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The NJWCS 69th Annual Open Juried Exhibition Highlights, 2011


• Kass Morin Freeman, AWS & NWS attended Moore College of Art & Design and The Tyler School of Fine Art. She is the recipient of more than one hundred regional, national & international awards in watercolor. Freeman's work has been featured in six books, and twice in International Artists magazine. Starting out, her major love was metal sculpture and she feels that this affection for hard-edged shapes in space has often influenced the subjects that she chooses for her watercolors.
She says: "Since early childhood I have been facinated by the faces of people, especially their expression as they are engaged in some activity." The storytelling quality of a picture is important to her, as is the light and shadow across a form and how the shapes are defined by the atmosphere and the "feel of the air" surrounding them.

• James McFarlane Aws & NWS studied at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art (presently called University of the Arts).His work has been featured in American Artist magazine, Watercolor, The Artist's magazine, Watercolor Magic and six books. His work is constantly evolving in style and may be representational ofr abstract, depending on his reaction to the subject matter. Recently his inspiration comes from travel, here and abroad. Humble or grand, any subject that is rich in light, color and texture interests him.
McFarlane started out in commercial art, then home furnishings, and later taught art, a career he he really enjoyed. He conducts workshops in the Tri-State area & New England, and serves as a juror, demonstrator & featured speaker for community groups. Currently McFarlane is serving as the President of The American Watercolor Society.

The Jurors Statements:
"It was a pleasure to serve as jurors for this exhibition, but the high quality and wide variety of work presented us with a difficult task. To select the award winning paintings we considered composition, handling of the medium, use of color and perhaps most important of all: the artist's personal vision. There are always fewer prizes than deserving works. Congratulations to all those artists whose work is included."


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