February 11, 2020- March 13, 2020
Opening Reception February 13, 5:00-7:00
A curated exhibit featuring three world-class watercolor masters: Dean Mitchell AWS, NWS, TWSA; John Salminen, AWS, AWS, TWSA; and Thomas Schaller, AWS, NWS, TWSA.
Also on display will be the Annual Aqueous Show by the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society.
Images from top left: Urban America or Broken Wealth by Dean Mitchell, Bridge – China by Thomas Schaller, Setting Up by John Salminen
Florida artist Dean Mitchell is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. Mitchell is well known for his figurative works, landscapes and still lifes. In addition to watercolors, he is accomplished in other media, including egg tempera, oil and pastel.
Mitchell has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, American Artist, Artist Magazine, Fine Art International and Art News.
His art can be found in corporate and museum collections across the country, including: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi; Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, Kansas; The Autry National Center, Los Angeles; The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; Gadsden Art Center Quincy, Florida; Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio and the Library of Congress.
He has received the American Watercolor Society Gold Medal, Allied Artist of American Gold Medal in Watercolor and Oil, Thomas Moran Award from the Salmagundi Club in New York, Remington Professional League, and for three years in a row the Best in Show Award from the Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National Competition. In 2004 and 2007, he received the Autry National Center Award for Watercolor at the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and sale. Mitchell is a member of several professional societies, including the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society.
“I am always searching for a sense of place—a sense of intimacy in my work,” he says.
Salminen had won more than 195 awards in national and international watercolor art exhibitions and competitions. These include the American Watercolor Society Gold Medal, the First Place Silver Star Award in the National Watercolor Society Exhibition, the 2009 Silver Medal With Honor from Allied Artist, and the Biennial Award in the Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Biennial Exhibition. He was invited to China in 2010 to receive this Biennial Award in person and was invited back to China a second time to represent the United States in the Lushan International Watercolor Festival. Salminen has also gained recognition for his mixed-medium abstract paintings. One of his experimental paintings won first place in The Artist’s Magazine’s 2000 art competition.
Salminen’s paintings have been featured in national and international magazines such as the American Artist’s Watercolor Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magic, International Artist, L’Art de L’Aquarelle and Chinese Watercolor Quarterly. His work has also been featured in many books, including L’Art de L’Aquarelle Le Libre, Splash and the North Light publication Art Journey America: Landscapes.
Salminen is included in Who’s Who In American Art and Who’s Who in America. “John Salminen is one of America’s most highly recognized watercolorists.” – quote from the Artist’s Magazine.
Thomas W. Schaller is an award-winning artist, architect, and author based in Los Angeles. As a renowned architectural artist, he received a Graham Foundation Grant and was a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferris Memorial Prize. He has authored three books; the best-selling, and AIA award winner, Architecture in Watercolor (VNR – McGraw Hill) The Art of Architectural Drawing (J.Wiley and Sons), and Thomas W. Schaller, Architect of Light : Watercolor Paintings by a Master – a retrospective of his recent artwork released by North Light Books / F+W Media and now Penguin / Random House, NYC in 2018.
His work is collected world-wide and is part of a number of permanent collections including The Johhan Museum: Shanghai: The Watermark Museum; Fabriano: The Tchoban Foundation; Berlin: The Pacific Arts Foundation; Newport Beach, The Museum of Watercolor, Mexico City. His artwork has been featured in prestigious International Watercolor Masters exhibitions in over twenty countries including: Universal Watercolor Maestro Biennale 2019 -Shanghai: “Cities in Motion” Exhibition, Moscow; First International World of High Watercolor Exposition : Moscow; “Geniuses of Watercolor” Exhibition , New Delhi, India; Fabriano in Aquarello ,Italy 2016,17,18; The Masters Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club NYC: Master Exhibition of Watercolor; Johhan Museum of Art; Shanghai, Lake-Blue Heaven – Qingdao, China: Silk Road International Exposition, Xi’an; Shenzhen Watercolor Biennial, National Watercolor Society/China Exchange Exhibition, Masters of Watercolor; St Petersburg. and in the USA in exhibitions of The American Watercolor Society, The National Watercolor Society, The Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Architecture in Perspective, among many others. He has been a featured presenter at the Plein-Air Conference PACE in San Diego, the Roman Watercolor Society, Rome, The National Watercolor Society, the California Art Club, and the Pushkin Museum of Art, Moscow.
Gallery Hours: M/F/S 9-5, T/W/Th 9-6. Closed Sunday.