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“Stay the Course” by Christine Rhodes of the Parkersburg area in the West Virginia Watercolor Society’s Aqueous Plus 2022 exhibition. The show opens Friday and will run through June 7 at the Parkersburg Art Center. (Photo provided)

PARKERSBURG — Aqueous Plus 2022, a West Virginia Watercolor Society exhibit that includes the work of a local artist, opens Friday and runs through June 7 at the Parkersburg Art Center.

The exhibition will consist of three galleries and three exhibitions.

A reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Center d’art. Winners will be posted on the WVWS website after the opening. Admission is free for the reception.

The opening reception coincides with the Garden Party-themed open house at the Art Center’s new gift shop, PAC 713 Market.

Gallery One will present “Aqueous 2022.” Scholarships ranging from $2,300 to $2,800 will be awarded for Best of Show, Excellence Awards, Merit Awards and Honorable Mentions. Forty-seven paints were accepted from many submissions created in an aqueous-based manner. Submissions came from artists in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The second gallery will present “Signature Show: Work of the Signature Members of the West Virginia Watercolor Society” on display. One award is available, the People’s Choice Award, which will be decided by in-person votes counted at the end of the exhibit.

The third gallery is “The Jose Rizo Collection” consisting primarily of early 20th century art, Ashcan art, regionalist art, and WPA-related art. In the collection, all art mediums are represented, from watercolors and oils to pastels, drawings and prints. This art resonates with collection holder Jose Rizo because of its reality, modernity and courage. Art that evokes a moment in time, a feeling or a memory, and without the need to mask or embellish the representation, art that shows life as it really is, and not how it should be, is real and beautiful art.

Christine Rhodes is the participant from the Parkersburg area who was selected for “Aqueous Plus 2022” for “Stay focus” and “River of Dreams.”

The juror is Laurie Goldstein-Warren. Originally from New York, Goldstein-Warren lives near Buckhannon. She is an iconic member of the American Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and is a popular workshop presenter in the United States.

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