Monday, January 9, 2012

NAWA Show Reception at Strathmore Mansion

She didn't?....yep, she DID!

In a happy and somewhat wine-fueled state placing the red dot on "Barcelona!"
(BTW, The title is missing an "!" turned upside down before the "B"...
I do not know how to effect that.....)

Kristin with the ceremonial placing of the Red Dot on "RM1"

Nick's self-portrait "Breathe" - pushing the envelope of watercolor world!

Moi, Carol Carter, Sandy Ashton, Sandy Cawley & Kristin Pauly
At last meeting the wonderful Carol Carter....

With great enthusiasm and anticipation three of my art-loving friends joined me for the Sunday afternoon trek to Bethesda to see the NAWA show "Stepping Over The Line" at Strathmore Mansion. NAWA features six of the premier watercolor artists of North America - Keiko Tanabe, Thomas Schaller, Carol Carter, Mark Mehaffey, Kathleen Alexander and Nicholas Simmons - who have formed a group - the only one in N.A. I am assured - to exhibit together both domestically and abroad.

All of these artists have a presence on Facebook and I am privileged to be "friends' with most of them. So it was very exciting to be able to actually meet them and to see their work in person! And what an afternoon it turned out to be. Overcome by the quality of the work and the quality of the wine (?) - two of us "got off our wallets" - as my Canadian friends used to say - and splurged on two wonderful paintings by my good friend and mentor, Nicholas Simmons. It was unexpected and even the realization that I, most likely, cannot get "Barcelona!" (sorry Nick, I do not know how to do an upside down exclamation mark which precedes the B in Barcelona) into my car has not dampened my joy at having purchased this beautiful painting. (Roof rack anyone??) My bank account on the other hand..... :)

All of the other artists had wonderful paintings on display - I recognized many of their works only previously glimpsed on Facebook - and I would have loved to have purchased a few more had I been able. Maybe the next show!


  1. Nancy
    I'm glad to see this Post! How lucky you have seen these wonderful works closely!! I would have liked to be there, but the distance is great. I hope someday I can see them too !!!!. I'm happy for Nick! is a great artist and deserves all the credit! .
    I enjoyed seeing the works to a nice size to appreciate them.
    Nancy thank you very much for this post!! and of course Nick and fellow artists can be proud of the great friend they have in you!
    Thanks and greetings!

  2. Juankar! I love you!! :) Thanks so much for commenting! It was a wonderful show and I am so happy to have bought this beautiful painting of Nick's. It really is a pity that so many of our painter friends live far apart but there are occasions when we can get together and that is always such a terrific experience. NAWA being made up of so many great watercolorists made it possible to see many excellent works of art in one show. So truly a wonderful opportunity - a feast for the eyes and senses! Abrazos (my spanish isn't so good) to you, Juankar!

  3. Thanks so much (muchas gracias!) for this generous post, and I'm very happy you like the painting so much. :) We hardly got to know it here, so you're getting it fresh off the starting line, watch the tach! And thanks to dear amigo Juan ^^^ as always, still hoping for that cerveza on La Concha :)

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  5. A newly-hatched work! Finished in the early hours prior to being hung?? Somehow it told me I had to take the plunge - it wouldn't take long for that red dot to find its way onto the tag!

  6. Sorry to delete Nick - it was only a double comment..same as the one before..