Almost 40 Boynton Beach artists and members of the Palm Beach Watercolor Society will show their watercolor paintings in the 33rd anniversary and juried art exhibit at the Coral Springs Museum through March 30.
The PBWS, founded in 1982, is an association for all interested in the art of watercolor and puts on two or more professional exhibitions each year as well as workshops by accomplished watercolorists.
Ellen Altman, 69, a director of the PBWS, said, “I urge all artists to come and check us out, and see how you like us.”
“At the very least, you can always learn something,” she said.
The group donates money from its shows to local schools for art supplies and introduces school children to learn more about art.
After relocating from Maryland in 2002, Altman began her painting career after retiring from the real estate and mortgage business.
Her mother, now 97, was an oil painter and Altman always had an interest and talent for the art.
“It’s a wonderful thing,” she said. “It takes over your being. It’s my life – I love it. I can paint and forget about the news and ISIS.”
Currently studying with Sally Cooper at the Coral Springs Museum and Eydi Lampasano of the Boca Raton School of Art, Altman concentrates on abstracts and admires other contemporary abstract painters such as New York artist Pat Dews and Robert Burridge, known for his bold, colorful watercolor still lifes.
Karen Salup, Esperanza (Mimi) Delgado and Bobbin Salisbury are three other Boynton artists whose works were selected for the show.
Salup, an abstract expressionist who took first place in The Palm Beach Artist Guild Exhibit at Northwood University two years ago, will exhibit two paintings, “Blue Conversion,” a multimedia on paper and “Champagne Bubbles,” an acrylic on canvas.
“Many artists enter this exhibit knowing that their artwork will be viewed and enjoyed by many,” Salup said.
Delgado, who began her painting career in her 40s, said she is a “late bloomer.” Now in her 60s, she studied painting at the University of Cincinnati and exhibited at galleries in that city.
She paints mostly landscapes and some abstracts, but inspired by a recent visit to the British Museum last fall, Delgado is trying her hand at Egyptian-themed portraits.
“I paint anything I feel like painting that day,” Delgado said. “Painting is a great profession, but it can be lonely.”
“Hours can go by and you’re so immersed in your work, you don’t realize it,” she said.
Her works, “Music of My Heart,” an acrylic mixed media on wood currently on display at the Wellington City Hall and “Peaceful Mind,” a watercolor of a woman in a feathered hat with a dove perched on the brim, will be showcased in the exhibit.
Salisbury, 67, teaches watercolor at Art Sea Living in Delray Beach and recently won Honorable Mention at the Artists Association at the Jupiter Museum of Art for her painting titled, “Cactus with Daisy.”
Inspired by nature and a self-proclaimed free spirit, her two paintings, “The Long Sunset in Key West,” and a seascape of a family of three fish, illustrate her fun spirit, love of Key West and the ocean.
“Where ever I go, my paints and brushes go into my suitcase first,” she said, jokingly. “I’m always prepared.”
On her website she said, “I see beauty in all things and beings and my goal is to bring serenity, beauty and fun into every piece of art I create for everyone to enjoy.”
The Palm Beach Watercolor Society’s 33rd anniversary Juried Exhibit will be at the Coral Springs Museum, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, in Coral Springs through March 30. Call 954-340-5000. Visit coralspringsmuseum.org or palmbeachwatercolorsociety.org.
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