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February 2000


Newman Gallery will be featuring seven artists in a new exhibition entitled "New Directions in Watercolor", which will run from February 15 through March 25, with an artist reception on Sunday, February 27, from 3 - 5 p.m.

The earliest associations of the seven artists represented grew out of classes taught by Joe Mayer at his Gallery/Studio in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, as well as in workshops from Maine to Mexico.

In April 1998, Mayer and Don Black, of Winchester, Virginia, began meeting regularly every Friday to do "on-location" painting. Gradually, by the summer of 1999 when plans were made for this show, five other artists had joined in: Connie L. Dodd and Joan Keith of Shepherdstown, Sue Hamilton of Reston, John Moran from Kent Island, Maryland, and Willie Jervis who lives in Annandale, Virginia. Every Friday the group met at 8 a.m. at the Lost Dog Cafe in Shepherdstown for coffee and some conversation before going out to paint for three hours or longer. They painted at the Antietam Battlefield, along the Potomac River, on a nearby farm or roadside, or indoors in poor weather.

Although their normal painting sites may be familiar ones, the artistic directions of the group have become more diversified, with the traditional transparent look of representational watercolor painting being stretched toward more abstract design and more experimental use of the watercolor medium. These "new directions" are the basis for the particular focus of this show.

Subsequently, since this show at Newman Gallery was arranged, other artists, painters in oil as well as watercolor, have joined the group, so that now on Fridays anywhere from three to thirteen artists may assemble in Shepherdstown for coffee, painting and lunch. Lunch, usually a lengthy time for lively conversation and long discussions about artistic matters, was made even more exciting on January 7th when the five who were lunching together at the Pharmacy Restaurant met President Clinton when he came in to have coffee with the wife of Israel's Prime Minister.

During the past year some of the original members have relocated to the Easton, Maryland, area. However, they frequently return to paint in Shepherdstown, and some of the group from Virginia and West Virginia now find time to travel across the Bay Bridge to paint with a new group that has formed in Easton.

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