Reception for Watercolor Society of N.C. 69th Juried Exhibition at Barton Art Galleries on Oct. 12

Exhibition on view from October 12 through November 26.

Eric WeigardtWILSON, N.C. – Barton College is pleased to announce the Watercolor Society of North Carolina 69th Juried Exhibition on view in the Barton Art Galleries in Case Art Building from October 12 through November 26. An opening reception to introduce the exhibition will be held on Sunday, Oct. 12, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend.

In conjunction with the juried watercolor exhibition, Barton Art Galleries and the Barton College Friends of Visual Arts will host a Watercolor Workshop, featuring instructors Motsie Brooks and Gary Nemcosky, on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Case Art Building, with lunch provided. Reservations are required. The cost to attend is $40 for FOVA members, and $80 for non-members. Please contact Maureen O’Neill, director of exhibitions, at (252) 399-6477 or, to make reservations for the workshop or for additional information about the exhibition. For information about joining the Barton College Friends of Visual Arts, please contact Frances Belcher at 252-399-6357 or

Judging the Watercolor Society of North Carolina 69th Juried Exhibition is noted painter Eric Wiegardt, AWS-DF, NWS. Wiegardt has taught more than 5,000 watercolorists his popular “Secrets of Painting Loose” workshops. More than 4,000 of his original paintings have been collected privately and corporately. He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society (Dolphin Fellow), National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America (Master Status), to name a few. Wiegardt has been awarded the 2012 AWS Gold Medal of Honor and 2014 AWS Judge, among other national and international awards and recognitions. His paintings have been exhibited in museums across the United States and in International Watermedia Shows in Nanchang and Shenzhen, China.

Wiegardt has been featured in a number of publications and was a cover artist for both “The Artist’s Magazine” and “Watercolor Artist Magazine.” He is the author of the book, “Watercolor Free and Easy,” and also has a video series titled “Painting Loosely from Photographs.” He is a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

The Watercolor Society of North Carolina, Inc. is a non-profit art organization founded to encourage and recognize professional and artistic excellence, through competitions and by elevating standards in watermedia. Its mission is to increase the visibility and stature of watercolor as an artistic medium, and to involve the people of North Carolina in the arts.

Barton Art Galleries, in Case Art Building, is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the exception of college breaks and holidays.