Tobaccoville Artist Wins Award in Statewide Pastel Exhibition


Sarah Watts of Tobaccoville, N.C. recently won Second Place in the 2016 North Carolina Statewide Pastel Juried Exhibition for her piece Sunset at Moore’s Farm. On Common Ground: Pastel Paintings from the Mountains to the Sea is on exhibition now through August 22, 2016 in Coe Gallery at Hickory Museum of Art, 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory, N.C.

On Common Ground is the fifth annual North Carolina Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition, and features 83 chosen pastel paintings selected from 262 submissions. This show is a collaboration of three pastel societies in North Carolina: the Appalachian Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of North Carolina, and the Piedmont Pastel Society.

This year’s juror is Elizabeth Mowry, a Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America, and a Distinguished Pastelist in the Pastel Society of the West Coast. Her paintings have been exhibited at The Butler Institute of American Art, Hermitage Museum, The National Academy of Art For the Parks, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, The Salmagundi Club, NYC and American Artists Professional League.

“I truly enjoyed the variety and range of expertise in the work – reminders of all that can be done using the exciting medium of pastel,” Mowry said. “The exhibition at Hickory Museum of Art honors the pastel artists of North Carolina and is a creative tribute to this beautiful state.”

Sarah Watts is a pastel artist who began painting 10 years ago, but has studied the art techniques of masters in museums and galleries in the US and Europe throughout her life. Watts paints the waterways and skies of Carolina’s mountains, piedmont and coastal marshes as well as the plains of the desert Southwest.

Watts exhibits at four North Carolina galleries and through the Pastel Society of North Carolina. She has received awards in national juried shows and her work hangs in private and corporate collections across the country.

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