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Eugene Given Chase de Vere Award 

Chase de VereEugene received the Chase de Vere award at the 98th Annual Birmingham Watercolor Society Exhibition September 11, 2005. This was held at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) Gallery in Birmingham England. Mr. Brendan Flynn, curator of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery officially opened the Exhibition. Art of England Magazine fully covered the event and will publish an article in the upcoming issue. More photographs and information can be found on the BWS web site.

The Birmingham Watercolour Society Exhibition is undoubtedly one of the major highlights of the art season. The exhibition took place 12-24 September at the RBSA Gallery, Brook St., Birmingham U.K. The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists is one of the oldest Art Societies in the UK. As early as 1807, Samuel Lines opened an Academy teaching students, eventually exhibiting works under the patronage of such famous alumni as Benjamin West, J.M.W. Turner, John Flaxman, Joseph Heath and John Sloane. More information about the Birmingham Society of Artists and their objectives and facilities can be found at the RBSA Web Site.

This year Eugene Bortnick attended and exhibited his paintings at this exhibition along with some of the top watercolor artists in the world. Last year exhibitors came from as far as Columbia and Italy.

Art Of England Magazine covered this event in the July/August edition and will have a full write up on this big evening in a future issue.

The exhibition was opened by Brenda Flynn, Curator of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. There was also a champagne reception and music provided by the Birmingham Conservatoire.

This was an opportunity to meet some of the Society's foremost painters and to view the world class watercolor artwork exhibited by the members of the Birmingham Watercolour Society.

More information about the history and schedules of the Birmingham Watercolour Society can be found at the BWS Web Site.

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