Enjoy outstanding examples of what many consider one of the most difficult of media when the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery presents the Michigan Watercolor Society 72nd Award Recipients Exhibition. Curated by acclaimed watercolorist Chris Krupinski, the works are on display through Nov. 27 at the gallery, located on the third floor of the Mardigian Library at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Details from the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery:

The Michigan Watercolor Society was founded in 1946 by an enthusiastic group of young artists who envisioned an organization to promote the awareness of watercolor in Michigan. Their aim was to further watercolor education, maintain high standards artistically, while based on the premise of integrity and professionalism, and to be a forum open to all points of view.

A committee of working artists met for months, often lasting late into the evening, to form the policies and a constitution to present to a group of exhibiting painters in our state. Their emphasis on self-discovery and personal content, rather than technique alone, produced the painters who kept the MWCS alive.

The mission of the MWCS is to promote a stronger awareness and interest in watercolor; the advancement of the watercolor media as an art form, through presentation, workshops, juried shows and artist networking; to maintain high standards; and to further education in the contemporary arts.

This exhibition features the thirty award winning watercolor paintings from the Michigan Watercolor Society’s 72nd Annual Exhibition. Juror, Chris Krupinski, made exhibition choices based on a variety of considerations. He chose pieces with a broad selection of subject matter, genre and approach, as well as successful composition and design elements, and those that convey strong personal expressions of one kind or another.

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The image above is a detail from “Afloat” by Kathleen Mooney, one of the works on display.