American Watercolor Society on exhibit at Freeport Art Museum

• Traveling show features 40 paintings by artists from across the United States

Staff Report

FREEPORT, Ill. — Freeport Art Museum welcomes the 144th International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society. This premier traveling show features 40 paintings executed by artists from all corners of the United States. The exhibition opens March 31 at the Freeport Art Museum and will remain on view through May 19.

For a complete list of artists included in this exhibition, visit the museum’s webpage at

The American Watercolor Society was founded in 1866, the same year Venice became part of Italy. What a lovely marriage of birthdays. One extraordinary city encompassed by water and the American Watercolor Society, dedicated to the art of watercolor. Over these 140 years, there have been paeans of praises regarding both. The society boasts such prominent members as Edward Austin Abbey, Morris Graves, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Ted Dautzkey, John LaFarge, Mario Cooper, Sir William Russell Flint, Chen Chi, Dong Kingman and Andrew Wyeth.

Freeport Art Museum is at 121 N. Harlem Ave., Freeport, and is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and noon-5 p.m., Saturday. Tours may be scheduled by calling (815) 235-9755. Admission to the museum is free, although donations are accepted.

For more information, call the museum at (815) 235-9755.

From the March 28-April 3, 2012, issue

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