Detail, "Spiral Gyre #2", Watercolor by Margaret Stermer-cox

“Spiral Gyre #2” Juried Into Watercolor Society of Oregon Experimental Show

Hello!  I am happy to announce that my watercolor painting titled Spiral Gyre #2 was accepted into the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s (WSO) Spring Experimental Exhibition.

Margaret Stermer- Cox, "Spiral Gyre #2"; watercolor
“Spiral Gyre #2” Watercolor


My Thanks!

I would like to say “thank you” to Ms. Vera Dickerson, Juror, for selecting my painting.  And, I would like to extend my gratitude to all the WSO members who volunteered their time and energy toward making this show possible.

About the Experimental Exhibition.

To explain, what makes this particular show special is that artists may experiment with different water media and substrates.  That is, you might see acrylic or collage along side works done in traditional watercolor.  And, artists may work on paper, panel or canvas.  In other words, the main criterion is watermedia work.

There were 80 paintings selected by 80 artists from locations around Oregon.

That being said, you might ask “what makes Spiral Gyre #2 experimental”?  I would say all of my paintings, and especially the abstract pieces, are experimental.  And, more to the point, meets the criteria of being done in watermedia as required by the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

Exhibition Details.

The exhibition will hang in the Rotunda Gallery of the Barber Library, (Central Oregon Community College) in Bend, OR.  And,  the exhibition dates are April 14 through May 25th.  Also, the address for the library is 2600 NW College Way.  Please check the library’s webpage for the most up to date hours.  As a guide, their usual hours of operation are as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday,  8am to 6pm
  • Fridays:  8am to 5pm
  • Saturdays: Closed
  • Sundays: 12pm to 7pm.

I would also like to highlight that “Spiral Gyre #2″ is available for sale during the exhibition at $850 (framed).  Until then, it is not for sale.  The dimensions of the framed painting are 28″x22”.

Artist’s Statement.

About Spiral Gyre #2:

While imagining my next painting, once again a spiral theme popped into my mind. I like the idea that life sometimes resembles a spiral. Much like a circle, it seems like we come to places that we have been to before.  However, because of time and experience, we do not come back to the same, exact point.  Instead, we come to another point on a long spiral.


I would like to extend a special congratulations to my fellow Oregon artists who were also accepted into the exhibition.  Your paintings are exciting and I can hardly wait to see them in person.

You Are Invited!

Most importantly, to those of you readers who are in the area, I invite you to stop by the Barber Library in Bend, OR and see the show.  I hope you will enjoy it!

Update, 17 April 2023.

I am happy to report that “Spiral Gyre 2” earned an “Award of Merit” by Juror Vera Dickerson.  My thanks to our Juror and to all the Watercolor Society of Oregon volunteers!  They make this event possible!




6 thoughts on ““Spiral Gyre #2” Juried Into Watercolor Society of Oregon Experimental Show”

  1. love your painting the warm colors……especially enjoyed your explanation of the Experimental exhibition and your artist statement……hope to see you there….

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