|L. S. Eldridge|
L. S. Eldridge
W A T E R C O L O R S
Notes from the Deckle Edge
Back from my trip to NYC and the American Watercolor Society awards dinner! The exhibition was exceptional this year and it would be difficult to pick a favorite. Really enjoyed seeing Anne Abgott receive her AWS signature - definitely a highlight. Met some memorable people...Laurin McCracken in the wine line made me laugh; Linda Gramatky Smith introduced me to Ratindra Das; Mark Mehaffey, John Patt, James McFarlane, William Vrscak, Diane Schmidt, Elaine Callahan, and Kathleen Giles. Janet Campbell and her husband Bill, Donna Read and her daughter, and Toshiko Ukon and her guest were at our table. Toshiko's painting "One Drink" is beautiful and classic, so lovely. Donna's painting "Pensive" is of her daughter and was an unusual angle with great play of light across the face. Janet's painting "Session Break" was very memorable, beautifully painted and won the Dong Kingman award. Again this year I tried to meet Antonio Masi, and got closer than last year, but again failed. Well, maybe some day. Linda Gramatky Smith presented my award and I was very touched and honored by her kind words. She is such a lovely, warm and vibrant person. She made the award extra special! A very fine time and luckily the weather held off and my partner and I walked all the way back to our hotel.
"The joy of discovery is real, and it is one of our rewards. So too is the approval of our work by our peers." - Henry Taube
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