August 2 – 26: The Graded Wash: Juried Watercolor Exhibition

– The Graded Wash features 29 artists who painted with watercolor, gouache, and other mediums to create 44 colorful works including landscapes, seascapes, and portraits, as well as, animal, plant and abstract motifs. Juror Jill Stefani Wagner had the welcomed challenge of selecting these remarkable works from 86 diverse entries. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, August 4 from 6-9 pm to celebrate the participating artists:

Joyce Bailey, Barbara Baker, Marchelle Brotz, Jean Canavan, Janice Dumas, Carol Evert, Espacia Fotiu, Sandra Hanert, Jennifer Helner, Christine Ingersoll, Patricia Keckan, James Kissel, Janet Kondziela, Rosemary Lee, Lisa Mull, Barbara Eko Murphy, Linda Onderko, Patrick O’Rourke, Julia Pangborn-Harley, Cindy Rashid, Julia Rohde, Tom Ryan, Nancy Savage, James Velthoven, Harry Villalonga, Carrie ‘Care’ Wheeler, Denise Willing-Booher, Susan Wolocko Hassenrik, and Julie Woodard.

Watercolor is defined as: Transparent aqueous based paint produced by mixing ground pigments with water and, generally, gum arabic; paints made with vegetable gum binders were used by Egyptian, Greek, and Roman artists for wall paintings. Japanese and Chinese painters extensively used watercolor paints on silk panels and delicate paper scrolls. In the 16th through 18th century, watercolor paints were used for miniature illustrations on porcelain, ivory, cards, books and manuscripts. By the 18th and early 19th centuries, watercolors rapidly increased in popularity due to the availability of small cakes of watercolor paints in metal pans, usually applied to a paper support by using a brush. (The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus Online, 2017)

The titled, The Graded Wash, is derived from a technique, which involves a thin fluid application of watercolor on either wet or dry watercolor paper that gradually changes in value. A wash usually implies laying down color on a broad area of paper. A graded wash can be a single hue or a combination of hues that make a smooth transition from light to dark or dark to light or bright to dull. Artists were not required to use this technique in their submitted entries.

Also on View – August 2 – September 30 – Emerging Artist: Acrylic & Oil Paintings by Narcisa Gogescu of Wixom, MI 

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About our Exhibits

Every month, the Northville Art House features an art exhibition in the upper gallery.  These exhibits highlight the work of some of the finest artists in Metro Detroit and throughout the country, in all mediums and genres. The work of emerging artists is also presented on an upper level exhibition wall.  Opening receptions take place the First Friday of the month and are always free and open to the public.

Everyone is welcome at the Art House. We offer a variety of programs and services to make the Art House accessible to you. If you would like to view one of our exhibits and are a person with disabilities, please contact us to make arrangements to bring the art to our lower gallery or another accessible building. 

Our classroom and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible by entering through the back door near the handicapped parking.
Service dogs are welcome.