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Watercolor: Myths & Misconceptions


Sharon Way-Howard, well-known Long Island artist, will be the speaker at the Reboli Center for Art and History’s Third Friday event, February 16 from 6 – 8 PM.  Ms. Way-Howard will discuss some of the myths as well as misconceptions about the watercolor medium.  Her talk is extremely pertinent to the current exhibition at the Reboli Center, Topic: Watercolor.

In the current Reboli Center exhibit the medium of watercolor is on display.  The Reboli watercolors in the show were rarely, if ever, exhibited. The watercolors span from the mid 1970’s up to 2004 when Reboli died. Reboli used the watercolor medium as an “exercise” and most of the watercolor work was just private work although occasionally they became studies that would then be turned into oil paintings on canvas.  Also on exhibit are works by Antonio Masi (currently the President of the American Watercolor Society), Sharon Way-Howard, Lucy Cookson, Karen Kluglein, Mary Jane Stevens, Sung Sook Setton, and Jada Rowland.

Watercolor painting is extremely old, dating back to cave paintings in Paleolithic Europe and illustrations in ancient Egypt. Many consider watercolor primarily as a sketching medium or as an acceptable pastime for young ladies and amateurs. Many have not considered watercolor to be a serious painting medium such as oils. Ms. Way-Howard’s talk and demonstration will explore some of these myths as well as misconceptions such as watercolor being fragile, delicate, less permanent, and difficult. Join us to celebrate & learn more about this fascinating, exciting medium!

Sharon Way-Howard is a Long Island representational artist whose work focuses on local environmental subjects. She works in many different mediums including watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel with a little printmaking thrown in now and then. When the weather permits, she enjoys working en plein air, especially in oils. Teaching is another passion of Ms. Way-Howard and she does demos for many art organizations. For the past 18 years, she has taught various media at the Islip Art Museum. Her art has been exhibited at national and regional juried shows, galleries and outdoor festivals.

Currently, she is a regional representative for the American Society of Marine Artists. She has served as Third Vice President of the prestigious Salmagundi Club, as well as serving as a member of their Board for 12 years. She is the former chair of the Salmagundi Art Committee and the first woman to hold this position in the club’s 135-year history. Additionally, she is an elected member of the Pastel Society of America, Audubon Artists, American Artists Professional League and a Signature Artist of the North East Watercolor Society and the Baltimore, Rhode Island & Missouri Watercolor Societies.

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