Resumé of
Edna Wagner Piersol
ARTIST, AUTHOR, LECTURER, CONSULTANT, WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR: Juror for national and local exhibits. author of Living by Your Brush Alone and Learn to Paint in Five Days, listed in the World Who's Who of Women and Who's Who in Interior Design, member of the National League of American Pen Women in both Arts and Letters, (1988-89 vice president, Pensacola FL Branch ), president of the Southern Watercolor Society 1999-2000, vice president of the Southern Watercolor Society 1997-98, past president of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, recipient of numerous awards, a member of the Artist's Advisory Board of Television Station W.Q.E.D. for two years, founder of the Pittsburgh Aquarelle Watercolor Exhibit, a founder of the Kentucky Watercolor Society and Aqueous Open annual watercolor exhibit, Charter Member of the Southern Watercolor Society, former Art Director of Beaux Arts Magazine, Louisville, KY. (no longer published), a founder and the designer of the Destin Fishing Museum, Destin FL., Member of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society, The Los Gatos Art Association, and Santa Cruz Art League, CA. A founder of Local Color Artists Inc., a cooperative gallery in Destin FL. A Life Member of Associated Astists of Pittsburgh. PA, and Southern Watercolor Society (18 Southern States and DC.).
Active in portrait and other commission painting, writing, art societies, consulting, professional exhibiting and jurying , computer graphics.
1968 recipient of a Friends of American Art Award at the Butler Institute of American Art. and included in 35 Years in Retrospect 1969
1988-89: Cataloged the Pittsburgh National Bank Art Collection of 3700 pieces (First cataloging of that 20 year collection)
1995 to 1997: President of the Board of Directors and Gallery Director of Local Color Artists Inc.
1999 to 2000: President of THE SOUTHERN WATERCOLOR SOCIETY, with more than 600 members in all 18 southern states and D.C.
March 2002 Retrospective, Realism Through Abstract and Back, Okaloosa Walton Community College.
2000-2010 WEB MASTER for Southern Watercolor Society
2005 The artist moved to California where she is now a member of the Los Gatos Art Association, The Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society, Silicon Valley Open Studios, past Board member.
2009 "Destin Concerto," ink drawing, accepted into the collection of the Mobile Museum of Art,. Mobile AL
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Jurors statement, WATERCOLOR EXHIBIT
Edna Wagner Piersol Windes
Slides submitted to a recent national exhibit which I judged were very professional and varied with more good art than could be accepted into the exhibit. What makes a painting GOOD ART? It isn't easy to answer that question, but here is my attempt: a picture happens when someone produces it with paint and brushes, or pen and ink, or a camera, or a finger in the dust. A painting becomes a work of ART when the artist's dynamic thought, imagination, and soul become visible in that painting.
When I jury, I look for pieces that present fresh and exciting use of both the content and the medium, whether abstract or subject matter. Each piece is judged as a painting in it's own right.
When exhibit space limits the amount of work that can be chosen, as it almost always does, an artist must be sure to submit intriguing work, not tried and true formulas. When an artists work is derivative, even from that artists own work, it is easy for it to become stale and therefore open to rejection from major exhibits. There is a huge difference between working in series and just slipping into a formula. It also often happens that many great pieces have to be rejected, not only because of space, but many times because of poor slide presentation that does not allow the juror to fairly judge a piece and does not provide for good catalog reproduction. IT IS SAD BUT TRUE THAT ARTISTS NEED TO PAY NEARLY AS MUCH ATTENTION TO THE SLIDE PRESENTATION AS TO THE PAINTING OF THE PIECE..
Mostly works submitted to national exhibits, I am happy to say, provide more than enough excellent work to select a varied and exciting exhibit. To those whose works are accepted in shows that I jury, I extend my highest regards. To those whose works are rejected, I remind you that much good work has to be eliminated. This is a most stressful part of a jurors job. I hope you will continue to grow and to present your work for exhibit.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your exhibitions..
My best wishes to you all. Edna Wagner Piersol

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