Brooklyn Watercolor Society
June 29 - July 20, 2005
Charles J. Gerhard
Christian L. Legars
Since its development in the 18th and 19th centuries, watercolor has always intrigued us with its versatility. The medium is often intimate and casual when employed in quick sketches. Watercolor has been used as a vehicle for accurate recordings of nature, and it lends itself to bold, abstract statements. Watercolor is portable and has no size limitations. Watercolor's range appeals to artists of diverse schools.
The richness of a well-developed watercolor painting is the result of light reflected off the surface of a white sheet of paper passing through several washes of color. The layering of color allows infinite subtlety. Variety in brush strokes, lines, and wiping further provide possibilities for developing an interesting image. Exploiting these possibilities to best advantage is the pleasure and challenge of watercolor painting.
The Brooklyn Watercolor Society began thirty-three years ago when a group of ten dedicated Brooklyn watercolorists organized to share their interest in the medium and mount exhibitions. In subsequent years BWS has exhibited in and around Brooklyn in a variety of venues. These include the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Borough Hall, and the National Arts Club in Manhattan. The members of the Society are experienced painters, teachers, and illustrators. Meetings are held regularly to share information and exchange views. Currently, BWS has forty members.
Brooklyn Watercolor Society www.bws.org