Celebrating its 50th year – the “golden” anniversary – the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia (RMNW) exhibition attracts entrants from throughout the US and is regarded as one of the top watermedia exhibitions in the country. Hosted by the Center for the Arts Evergreen (CAE), RMNW traditionally offers more than $20,000 in awards. As always, RMNW extends beyond the traditional transparent watercolor, and this year’s exhibition includes acrylic, egg tempera, gouache, and mixed media, depicting a variety of subject matter in very diverse styles ranging from highly articulated realism to whimsical abstraction. This year, acclaimed watercolorists Ken and Stephanie Goldman have juried in 57 exceptional works—representing artists from 23 states—from nearly 500 submissions, based upon technical quality, originality, and artistic merit.
Please join us as the award-winning pieces are revealed at the public opening reception on Thursday, September 21 from 4-7 p.m. at Center for the Arts Evergreen (CAE). Drinks and light fare will be offered, and the Goldmans will be joining the opening virtually to provide a critique of their selections as prizes are awarded beginning at 6 p.m. CAE will also be hosting additional events in celebration of the 50th year, including an in-person critique session with 2021 RMNW juror Steve Griggs and a public demonstration day featuring live painting by 2023 RMNW artists. Private or group curator-led tours are also available by calling 303-674-0056. Please visit our website for details. RMNW runs September 21 through October 28 at Center for the Arts Evergreen, 31880 Rocky Village Dr., Evergreen.
The 2023 exhibition is sponsored by LIV Sotheby’s, Farmers Insurance – Bruce Anderson Agency, Colorado Creative Industries, and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
ABOUT THE JURORS
2023 JURORS — KEN & STEPHANIE GOLDMAN
CAE is pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed painters and husband-wife duo, Ken & Stephanie Goldman, will serve as the jurors for the 50th Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition. They will give a watermedia demonstration and each will teach a 1-day workshop at CAE. Both are established water-media artists holding signature status in the National Watercolor Society (NWS), American Watercolor Society (AWS), and Watercolor Honor Society (WHS). Stephanie Goldman is known for her richly colored figures and insightful portraits. She is currently, and Ken was, President of NWS. Ken has exhibited widely in Holland, Paris, Italy, Greece, China, Colombia, Mexico, and the USA. He has been featured in numerous art magazines and TV specials. Stephanie’s paintings are in permanent national and international collections of private, corporate, and educational institutions. They have both authored publications and taught many workshops. CAE is excited to bring their expertise and distinct styles to RMNW.
ABOUT CENTER FOR THE ARTS EVERGREEN
In 1974, a group of local art enthusiasts forged a plan to provide mountain area residents with an avenue to pursue high-quality art instruction and view a wide variety of art. Having leased a small building since 2003 under the new name of Center for the Arts Evergreen (CAE), in 2017, CAE purchased and renovated the historic Bergen Park Church. The new space allowed for an exhibition gallery and significant expansion of educational and community programming, including beginning- to advanced-level visual arts and crafts classes for all ages, creative writing courses, master workshops in various mediums, children’s summer camps, and a teen arts council. Engaging professional artists in multiple aspects, CAE commits to a high level of artistic excellence, hosting at least 10 exhibitions annually. Additionally, CAE hosts an intimate gallery concert series, offers event and meeting space for rent to community businesses and nonprofits, and produces three free or low-cost arts festivals annually. A curated artisanal gift shop in the Center also provides exposure and revenue for local artists. CAE is currently undergoing a significant $2.3M expansion project, doubling the Center’s square footage, including new community mixed-use space, a dedicated ceramics facility, private rental artist studios, and an Artist in Residence program site. Center for the Arts Evergreen is located at 31880 Rocky Village Drive in Evergreen, CO. For more information, please visit evergreenarts.org, call 303.674.0056, or email email@example.com.