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TO ALL THE ARTISTS PARTICIPATING IN THE BACK BAY SHOW:

THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS SHOW SUCH A  SUCCESS!
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE AWARDS WINNERS:
Susan Jarecky - 1st Prize for "Springtime on the Bay"
Toni Danchik - 2nd Prize for "Gray Day on the Lake"
Kevin Davidson - 3rd Prize for "Before Dawn"
 
Honorable Mentions:
Janine Salzman for "Morning Catch"
Kathleen Williams for "Misty Morning"
Anthony Salvo for "Evening Inspiration"
Barbara Davidson for "Sycamore Light"
Sung Su for "Over the Bridge"
 
Artists' Choice Awards (tie):
  Barbara Davidson for "Sycamore Light"
Janine Salzman for "Morning Catch"
 
Robinson Award: Kathleen Williams for "Misty Morning"
Orange County Parks Award: Terry Houseworth for "Leaning Tree"
 

UPCOMING EVENTS
   

OCTOBER   An art show and sale is planned.  Details forthcoming later.

DECEMBER Holiday party.

Please check our Events Calendar often as we add further details for membership meetings, demos, paint-aways and workshops
offered by our members.


MEMBERSHIP -- JOIN NOW
Please join our group to benefit from the many upcoming events.
 
Our memberships run the calendar year and expire on December 31.  During the first 3 months of the following year, memberships are renewed.
A 'New Artist' membership is $70 for the first year. Thereafter, memberships are renewed at the special rate of $45 within the first three months of the following year(s).  On April 1 of the renewal year, the rate goes back up to $70.   Add $10 to the membership rate and you can be featured in our upcoming Member Gallery with a link to your own website.  
 
JOIN NOW.  DON'T MISS OUT ON ALL  THE MEMBER BENEFITS AND THE UPCOMING EVENTS!
 
 
 
 

 
FEATURED ARTIST     Kevin Davidson
 
Kevin Davidson winning Second Prize                Crystal Cove dusk
 

Back  in the 70’s, when Dinosaurs roamed the Earth, I was a struggling illustrator trying to support a wife, four kids, a few cats, and maintaining a fixer upper Victorian farmhouse in Old Town Orange. I had graduated from Art Center College of Design in LA as an illustration major. Back in those days, selling fine art didn’t support too many artists, as opposed to today…wait a minute… anyway, so I became a freelance illustrator working in a small design studio with fellow former Art Center students for a couple of years until we mercifully closed down. Then, I went on my own for about 20-25 years until I realized the Golden Age of Illustration had long past. Around the turn of the millenium, I thought it would be a good idea to transition into Fine Art…. specifically watercolor which, of course, is the hardest to learn to do well and make any money on.

 

I was introduced to a watercolor class run by Barbara Stutheit who at the time was showing in the Cove Gallery in Laguna Beach.  In that class, someone brought in a few sheets of Yupo plastic “paper” that you could paint watercolor on and actually make changes because of the slick surface. My style fit right in with the characteristics of the surface. 2,000+ watercolor paintings later, I’m still using it although I occasionally do an oil now and then just to break up the routine.

 

With awards too numerous to account here, I have been talked into doing an occasional Yupo workshop so other people can learn the vagaries of the material. Some actually stick with it….  www.watercoloryupo.tumblr.com

 

Galleries where my work is shown:  Mission Fine Art Gallery in San Juan Capistrano, Crystal Cove “Store” gallery.

 

                                                                          Davidson Kite