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The Southwestern Watercolor Society will be in Paris this weekend, painting the town, literally. The group consists of 30 artists who, after arriving Friday, will spend Saturday creating watercolor paintings of various locations around Paris. On Saturday evening, there will be an impromptu showing of the artists’ work so far, as well as a chance for them to vote for their favorite watercolors. This final event will take place at Holiday Inn Express at 5 p.m.
Chamber of Commerce Tourism Director Becky Semple expressed enthusiasm at the organization’s decision to use Paris as the location for this year’s Fall Paint Out.
“We are so honored to have them and the fact that they will go around town choosing ‘something about our Paris’ to paint,” Semple said.
The Society, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is a nonprofit organization originating in Dallas, and has since grown to become one of the nation’s largest watercolor societies. It currently consists of 427 members from all across Texas, and in various places in the United States and several other countries. These events, also known as “plein air” paint outs, occur biannually. According to Walt Davis, Paint Out Chair and signature member of SWS, they allow members the opportunity to focus their creative energies on the landscape, architecture and people of different Texas communities.
Membership is open to different levels of experience and anyone interested in promoting watercolor and watermedia, so the variety of members is vast. According to the SWS website, throughout the country each year many members have paintings accepted in open juried competitions.
“Several of the painters coming to Paris are signature members of prestigious national arts organizations,” Davis said. “Some are architects, others are teachers, many are avocational artists who love to spend their time trying to capture the beauty of the Texas scene.”
The Society is open to all forms of watermedia, so long as watercolor paper and a board are used. Parisians can expect to catch glimpses of painters at picturesque locations all around the city.
“So keep alert for people with umbrellas, easels, camp stools and palettes,” Davis said. “They could be anywhere. They have come to catch beauty in a bottle, or at least on watercolor paper.”
For more information about SWS or this event, visit www.swswatercolor.org or contact Walt and Isabel Davis at Widavis7@gmail.com.
By Courtney McNeal, eParisExtra