The opening of the WSA Library Show and landscape oil demo by renown landscape painter John MacDonald proved to be an informative and entertaining Sunday afternoon.

John MacDonald shared a wealth of information to an audience of nearly 60 who came to see his masterful painting techniques and learn more about his artistic process. The audience comprised almost entirely of artists was not disappointed. John, an equally talented teacher imparted many important concepts throughout the demo. It was an inspiring afternoon! If you would like to see more of John McDonald’s work, visit his website jmacdonald.com. John has a new instructional DVD available for purchase on his website.

The Library Show awards were also presented, which included the Margaret Fitzwilliam Award for Excellence in watercolor which was given to Evelyn Bernal for her painting “Poppies”, First Place was awarded to Nan Daly for her watercolor, “Celestial Ink”, Second Place was awarded to Deb Friedman for colored pencil, “Radiance and Light” and Third Place was awarded to Fritz Kubitz’s oil painting  “Gloucester Harbor c. 1900”. Honorable mentions were awarded to Elizabeth Fawcett for her watercolor “Tree Peony”, Julia Greenway’s watercolor “Sub Aqua”, Dayle Bodnar’s acrylic “Into the Garden”, and Linda Zug’s oil “Monastery”. The WSA is grateful to Michelle Jung for the time and attention she took to judge this show of nearly 50 members paintings. In addition to these awards, Michelle Lavallee’s pastel “Autumn at the Charles River, Dover” received the “Best Presentation” award chosen and given by John Fournier of Framed In Time. Go to the Award Winners Gallery to see the artwork. A lot of time and effort goes into making these exhibits a success and an enormous thank you goes to Yale Nicolls and Yvonne Unger for organizing this show. Thanks to the “hangers”,  Mick Watson, Linda Porreca, Nancy Levin and Terry Christopher who all helped Yale and Yvonne hang the show. Appreciation goes to Maria Babb for organizing the festive and delicious hospitality. We still want to know who made the beautiful “palette” cookies!