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by Teri Kuwahara, posted by Deb Shaw

Sue Kuuskmae, photo by Melanie Campbell-Carter, © 2016.

Sue Kuuskmae, photo by Melanie Campbell-Carter, © 2016.

BAGSC members Suzanne Kuuskmae and Teri Kuwahara have botanical paintings in the 2016 Annual Juried Show of the South Bay Watercolor Society. A reception was held on May 15. BAGSC members Melanie Campbell-Carter and Nancy Grubb drove to Torrance to lend their support.

South Bay Watercolor Society includes all water media. The 2016 show was juried by Williellyn McFarland, former President of the National Watercolor Society and Signature Member of Watercolor West.

Sue Kuuskmae has two of her beautiful works, “Magnolia Tree” and “Red Lanterns” in the show.

Teri Kuwahara with her prize-winning painting of a French Breakfast Radish, photo by Alvin Takamori, © 2016.

Teri Kuwahara with her prize-winning painting of a French Breakfast Radish, photo by Alvin Takamori, © 2016.

Vegetables grown in the Torrance Memorial Medical Center Learning Garden were the subjects for both of Teri Kuwahara’s paintings: “Purple Pole Bean” and “(French Breakfast) Radish” which received an Honorable Mention Ribbon and cash prize.

The show continues through June 24 at South Bay Lexus located at 24777 Crenshaw Boulevard in Torrance. Their gallery showroom is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and closed on Sundays.

Teri Kuwahara pictured with SBWS Chairman Etty Andreani. Photo by Alvin Takamori, © 2016.

Teri Kuwahara pictured with SBWS Chairman Etty Andreani. Photo by Alvin Takamori, © 2016.

by Suzanne Kuuskmae, posted by Deb Shaw

Ripe Pineapple, watercolor on paper by Suzanne Kuuskmae, © 2014, all rights reserved.

Ripe Pineapple, watercolor on paper by Suzanne Kuuskmae, © 2014, all rights reserved.

Imagine my surprise when I was the only artist to get botanical work into the Torrance Art Museum Exhibition to be held through December. The paintings are: Ripe Pineapple (watercolor) and Epiphyllum (watercolor and pastel). There was a walk-around with the Juror, Scott Canty; and he quizzed me about painting from the actual plant, fruit or vegetable.  I assured him there were many more than myself who were in the practice of painting this way!

The exhibition, “South Bay Focus 2014” is on view November 8 – December 5, 2014.

South Bay Focus is Torrance Art Museum’s annual contemporary and traditional juried art exhibition and is presented in conjunction with the Torrance Artists Guild and the South Bay Watercolor Society. This year’s Juror is Scott Canty, Director and Curator of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

The Torrance Art Museum is located at: 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503, 310-618-6388. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm, during exhibition dates only. Closed Sunday, Monday, and all major holidays.

Epiphyllum, watercolor and pastel on paper by Suzanne Kuuskmae, © 2014, all rights reserved.

Epiphyllum, watercolor and pastel on paper by Suzanne Kuuskmae, © 2014, all rights reserved.

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