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Museum Program to Celebrate the Art of Watercolor

Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

March 9, 2010

The Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts will present A Spring Celebration of Watercolor on Sunday, March 21, at 3 p.m. The program will feature a discussion of the art form by Heather Haskell, director of the museum; Julia Courtney, curator of art; and Deborah Rubin, a watercolor artist from Amherst.

The talk is free and open to the public with the price of museum admission. It will be followed by a private, reservations-only reception with the speakers for Patron members of the Springfield Museums.


Haskell and Courtney will discuss the museum’s watercolor collection and the American Watercolor Society 142nd Annual International Exhibition, on view at the museum from March 16 through May 23. The annual juried exhibition presents outstanding watercolors by artist members of the organization. This year’s show features 33 artists from throughout the United States, plus Canada, Singapore and Uruguay. Portraits, cityscapes, still life paintings and abstract works illustrate the fine detail and depth of color that can be rendered in this challenging medium.


Rubin will discuss her latest work, Spring Flowers, donated in honor of the museum’s 75th anniversary. Rubin has been working in the photo-realistic style since the mid-1970s, focusing on nature subjects and more recently, architecture. Born in Chicago, Rubin holds a B.F.A. from the University of Illinois.

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