The Greenwich Art Society presents : Jeanne C. Potter “Watercolors”

Work of Jeanne C. Potter (contributed photo)

The Greenwich Art Society will host a solo exhibition and sale of paintings by artist Jeanne C. Potter of Old Lyme, CT and a former resident of Riverside, CT. The exhibition will run from September 16 through October 11, 2021 and present 47 watercolors including her most recent award winners from national juried shows. The exhibition will showcase Jeanne’s mastery of the watercolor medium in landscape, still life, and portrait that she has developed over 50 years of painting and more than 20 years teaching watercolor. The exhibition Jeanne C. Potter “Watercolors” will be on view September 16 – October 11, 2021 at the Greenwich Art Society, 299 Greenwich Avenue, Second Floor, Greenwich, CT. Phone

“I have had a life-long love of watercolors,” said Potter, “and this show of my recent work will let me share the art of watercolor with the public.”

Highlights of her show will include a series of recent pond paintings from her travels to Maine and Witch Hole Pond in Acadia National Park where she explores the beauty of reflected clouds in water amongst lily pads and grasses. One painting titled Lily Pads and Clouds on Maine Pond is currently on view at the juried national 51st Nor’Easter Exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Other New England landscapes painted en plein air show the beauty of nature from Owl’s Head, Maine and Newport, RI as well as Black Point in Niantic, CT.

When asked how she would describe her watercolor landscapes, Jeanne said: “Watercolor allows me as an artist a way to capture all the beauty of nature in rich and powerful color as well as delicate and translucent detail.”

In addition to landscapes, she is an award winning still life painter and included in her solo exhibition are a series of paintings of the classic Ball jar, in both clear and blue glass. This past Spring one of the Ball jar paintings received an Award of Merit at the Providence Art Club National juried exhibition and the painting is currently on view at the Bendheim Gallery in Greenwich in its 104th Annual National Juried Greenwich Art Society exhibition. “I also try to find the beauty in everyday objects,” says Jeanne. “Sometimes the most familiar can become a new and interesting subject for a painting, especially when I can capture in subtle color and painterly detail their essence as in my Ball Jar paintings.”

The exhibition will also feature her portrait art and include what the artist calls her “wall of women” presenting 20 portraits of women who are friends, family and acquaintances. “So many think of portrait art as being solely the domain of oil painting,” says Jeanne. “But what I want to show is how dramatic and effective watercolor can be in showing the enormous variety and beauty of the human face. I have always loved figurative painting and this group of paintings of women in my show let’s me share how watercolor can be such an exciting medium for the art of the portrait.”

The exhibition Jeanne C. Potter “Watercolors” will be on view September 16 – October 11, 2021 at the Greenwich Art Society, 299 Greenwich Avenue, Second Floor, Greenwich, CT. Phone: 203.629.1533.

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Jeanne C. Potter holds MFA and BFA degrees from Syracuse University School of Visual and Performing Arts, post graduate study at the Art Students League in New York, and master classes with Burton Silverman, Phillip Pearlstein and Raymond Kinstler. She is a former Professor of Art at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC and was an Adjunct Professor at the Lyme Academy College of Art, Old Lyme, CT. Jeanne currently teaches watercolor and drawing at the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme.

Founded in 1912 as the The Greenwich Society of Artists, an offshoot of the Cos Cob Art Colony, it continues today as one of the oldest arts organizations in Connecticut and the oldest in Greenwich. In 1958, The Greenwich Art Society assumed its present name, incorporated as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization and initiated year-round art classes for students of all skill levels and juried art exhibitions that showcase works by members, faculty, students and other selected artists. Currently, it presents annual exhibitions in the Bendheim Gallery of the Greenwich Arts Council, the Flinn Gallery of the Greenwich Library, and other local venues. Past venues have included the Gertrude White Gallery of the Greenwich YWCA, the Garden Education Center of Greenwich, and the Nathaniel Witherell Home. Cash prizes are awarded at all major shows.

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