Los Angeles

California Watercolor Society 44th Annual Exhibition

Lytton Center of the Visual Arts

A widely diver­gent selection of entries was chosen by jurors Jonathan Scott, Leonard Edmondson, Noel Quinn, Clem Hall and Hilda Levy for exhibit and awards. Elsa Warner won the top award for her In­ward Sun. Four other purchase a­wards went to John Leeper, John Opie, Dale Hennesy, and Robert E. Wood.

As 96 artists from various parts of the country are shown, the exhibition is an adequate survey of national water­color trends, running the gamut from traditional to more inventive concep­tions. One work does not show any in­dividual fairly and the display areas in the halls, foyer and auditorium are too broken up and confining for proper lighting and installation.

The California Watercolor Society “. . . was originally formed by artists who also perceived the painterly possi­bilities in this most spontaneous of mediums.” Taking the exhibition as a whole, technical competence and a cer­tain amount of integrity has been main­tained but the content of the medium is more referential than spontaneous in the majority of works.

Betje Howell