Freeport Arts Center offers Watercolor Society exhibition

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FREEPORT—The Freeport Arts Center (FAC) is the first stop on the American Watercolor Society’s (AWS) 139th International Exhibition.

Selected works from the annual juried exhibition will be on view for five weeks at FAC from May 12 through June 18. Opening reception is scheduled for 5-7 p.m., Friday, May 12, and is free and open to the public.

“We are extremely delighted in having this caliber of an exhibition come to the Freeport Arts Center,” said Collections Manager Jessica Caddell. “The American Watercolor Society exhibition exemplifies the tradition of the art of watercolor painting in America.”

The exhibition of the AWS is open to all artists worldwide, and all entries are juried, whether entered by members, associates or independent artists.

The exhibition awards exceed $30,000 annually. Signature Members number about 500, with almost 2,000 sustaining members.

On occasion, the Society has also selected an outstanding artist or individual, who has contributed to the advancement of fine art in general, and watercolor in particular. This person is so honored by receiving the highest AWS honor, the Dolphin Medal, at the annual awards banquet.

Established in 1975, FAC shares the visual and performing arts with the people of northwest Illinois. FAC’s mission is to educate through arts programming, collect, preserve and exhibit art, support performing arts, and fund cultural activities.

FAC’s collection contains nearly 4,000 artifacts from all continents and all time periods, including: antiquities from Egypt, Greece and Rome; ethnographic objects from Africa, Southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea; pre-Columbian and Native American baskets and pottery; excellent 15th- to 19th-century European painting, prints and sculpture; and a significant collection of contemporary American prints, paintings and sculpture.

FAC is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

FAC is at 121 N. Harlem Ave., and is open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Tours may be scheduled by calling 235-9755 or e-mailing For more information, visit

From the May 3-9, 2006, issue

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