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May 16, 2013

The business of art

Ann Pember racks up awards, exhibitions; leads workshop

KEESEVILLE — Artist Ann Pember is a master of watercolor and marketing her art beyond her Water Edge Studio here.

Her awards this year include a Patron’s Fine Art Award for “Pansy Perfection” from the Watercolor Society of Alabama 72nd National at the Hartselle Fine Arts Center and an Art Academy Award for “Story Time” from the Western Colorado Society Rockies West National in Grand Junction, Colo.

“I got in another show, the Vermont Watercolor Society Juried Awards Exhibition,” Pember said. “They have a couple of juried exhibitions each year. For people to become a full member, you can put their initials behind your name. You have to be selected for three exhibitions. There are a whole bunch of them. I have memberships in 19 of them. This makes number 20.”

Twice, her work has been selected for the prestigious American Watercolor Society International Exhibition held annually at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

“I’m still going for that third time. Hopefully, it will happen soon,” she said.

It’s a challenge for her to keep track of each exhibition.

“I have a list of when all the shows happen and when you have to enter. It gets expensive. You pay a fee to enter. If you’re lucky enough to have a painting selected, you get to pay a handling fee and a FedEx charge for shipping each way. It’s really costly. It’s a way to challenge oneself. It also gets my work seen by more people,” Pember said.

Most exhibitions are sponsored by watercolor societies, art groups or museums. 

“They are held in very nice venues. There are probably 15 or more I enter every year. Last year, I was fortunate to have work selected into 16,” she said.

She taught herself the business of art.

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