Bloomington Community Art Gallery Viridian moon currently hosts Bloomington Watercolor Society Program reserved for members, until November 13. The judged show, “Celebrate Life,” features a variety of subjects: still lifes, portraits, landscapes and cityscapes. More than 30 paintings are on display, with several first places winning.
Professional artist Jacki Frey won first place with “Rainy Day”. Frey is a permanent member of the Viridian Moon Art Gallery. She received her Masters in Arts Education from Indiana University. In the 1980s, she began painting for fun, studying with Rod Crossman, professor of painting at Indiana Wesleyan University. She later studied with Henry Bell, Frank Webb, Don Andrews, Ratindra Das and Frederick Graff. His work was accepted in a jury competition with Indiana Heritage Arts and the Indiana State Fair. She gives private lessons and watercolor workshops.
Artist sold internationally Mary Sue Veerkamp-Schwab won second place with a painting of pink flowers. She specializes in commissioned portraits, paintings of houses, historic places, children and pets and also teaches privately. Her travels guide her work and she has created a series of paintings of the Californian missions, exhibited at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Arizona.
Veerkamp-Schwab attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Edgecliff College and the Art Student’s League of New York and belongs to several arts organizations.
Her recent shows and accolades include Second Place in the Members’ Lounge at the New Harmony Art Salon 2021, the Award of Merit in the TC Steele paint out 2021, the 128th Women’s Art Club of Cincinnati’s show 2021 and the 2020 International Watercolor Society exhibitions and 2021 at the Indiana Museum of the Arts, Newfields.
Another winner, Susan Savastuk, started painting in 2016 after retiring as a registered nurse. Her style is photorealistic, in which she incorporates details using small brushes. In photorealism, the artist often analyzes a photograph and reproduces what she sees. Savastuk’s painting of an orange brick house won the Gallery’s Pick award.
Barbara Coffman’s “Yellowood Trees, Flashing Sky” received an honorable mention. Inspired by classes at Ivy Tech and her lifelong love of drawing, she began painting after her retirement. A member of the Bloomington Watercolor Society, she is also a member of the Portrait Group and Upland Plein Air.
The Bloomington Watercolor Society includes artists who enjoy learning from each other and participating in painting-related activities. Membership is open to everyone, beginners or professionals.
Watercolor, a pigment mixed with an eraser, is normally used with a brush, water and paper. The artist can make the pigment opaque – it is usually transparent – by adding other substances, such as casein, the main protein in milk and an essential ingredient in cheese.
The Viridian Moon Art Gallery is run for and by artists and encourages diversity of genres and styles. Go right immediately after going through the front door of the building, out of the parking lot.
If you are going to
WHAT: The Bloomington Watercolour Society members’ show, “Celebrate Life”.
WHEN: Until November 13.
OR: Viridian Moon Art Gallery, 1600 W. Bloomfield Road, Suite B (on the right after entering the building). Call during hours, 812-671-4160.