Paintings by Katharine Cartwright NWS and Robert Steinmetz AWS, NWS, both from Spruce Head, were selected by a seven-member international jury to be exhibited in the Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial in China.

The exhibition, to be held at the Shenzhen Art Museum, will run from Dec. 10 to Jan. 10.  Shenzhen, which is near Hong Kong, is one of the four largest cities in China. The Midcoast artists live about a mile apart and were totally unaware of each other’s submission, only discovering the connection when the jury’s choices were posted online.

The Biennial attracted 2,825 entry submissions from 54 countries; 260 entries were accepted by the jury including 130 from China and 130 from other countries, with a total of 59 from the United States. The Biennial is one of the two main international watercolor competitions in China and is an academic exhibition sponsored by the government and part of its cultural exchange program.

Both Cartwright and Steinmetz have exhibited regularly in international and national juried watercolor exhibitions in the United States and frequently have been honored with awards from those exhibitions. Both artists have been elected to signature member status in the National Watercolor Society and the North East Watercolor Society(NEWS).

Steinmetz, also a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, has had paintings juried into three other national and international watercolor exhibitions this year: the Art League of Hilton Head's Biennial in South Carolina; the National Watercolor Society's annual exhibition in California; and the North East Watercolor Society's annual exhibition in Connecticut. In addition, his painting “Riposo” was selected for inclusion in “Splash 15,” a book published annually that features the best in American watercolor paintings. He is currently represented at Haynes Gallery in Thomaston and Nashville; and the Charles Street Gallery in Beaufort, S.C., where he spends the winter.

Cartwright also is a signature member of the Missouri Watercolor Society and has had works juried into the 33rd International Exhibition of the San Diego Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society’s Member Exhibition this year. In addition, her work has been recently featured in Visual Language and Pratique des Artes (Paris) magazines; “The Best of Worldwide Watermedia” and “A Walk into Abstracts.” She currently is represented by Rougette Gallery in Rockland; and The Gibson House in Haverhill, N.H.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or