WPW

Member Biography

Barbara B. Newton Photo

ARTIST STATEMENT

"My work is primarily in watercolor and monotype printmaking, sometimes a unique combination of the two mediums.

My approach in each of these mediums relies upon the subtle building of texture and imagery through the layering of pigment. My experience as a watercolor painter makes me appreciate the process of monotype for its immediacy and flexibility.

In both mediums I begin with soft backgrounds, developing structure, revealing and obscuring shapes. I build layer-by-layer, defining edges set against soft passages to create visual complexity and excitement.

This layered approach has also led me to a deeper view of my creative vision. I want to convey a sense of wholeness and unity in my work. I hope that my imagery crosses cultural divides, might even span time, and unites the human spirit with the natural environment."

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Ilse’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and regionally, including the Fry Art Museum and Bellevue Art Museum. Ilse has received numerous awards and is a signature Member of the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) and the Women Painters of Washington (WPW).

She received a four-year degree in Graphic and Commercial Arts in Germany. She worked as a Graphic Designer for an American Advertising Company in Hamburg, Germany. She has also studied with Catherine Chang Lui, Carla O'Connor, Pat San Soucie and Eric Wiegard.

In 1963, she immigrated to Kodiak, Alaska and lived there for eighteen years. She raised a family of four children, and went commercial salmon fishing with her husband and family. She has lived for over 30 years on Vashon Island, turning her attention fulltime to a creative life.

A large part of her life and artwork is inspired by time spent outdoors in nature. The interaction of the natural environment and exploring endless techniques give her joy and infinite possibilities for creative expression.


EXHIBITIONS

2013

  • WPW Traveling Exhibition "Celebration" 5 venues:
    • Schack Art Center, Everett, WA
    • WPW Gallery at Columbia Center Bldg, Seattle
    • Childhood's End Gallery, Olympia, WA
    • Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA
    • Clymer Museum, Ellensburg, WA

2012

  • Northwest Design Center, Northwest Watercolor Society, Seattle, WA
  • Women Painters Gallery, Columbia Center Bldg, Seattle
  • Scott Milo Gallery, WPW, Anacortes, WA
  • Vashon Allied Arts Center, Vashon Island, WA
  • Heron’s Nest Art Gallery, Vashon Island, WA
  • Barnworks, Vashon Island, WA

2011

  • Women Painters Gallery, Columbia Center Bldg, Seattle
  • Barnworks, Vashon Island, WA
  • Vashon Allied Arts Center, Invitational “Masters in Miniature”, Vashon Island, WA
  • Heron’s Nest Art Gallery, Vashon Island, WA

2010

  • Women Painters Gallery, Columbia Center Bldg., Seattle
  • Washington State Convention Center, Quartermaster Press Group, Seattle, WA
  • Silverwood Gallery, Invitational “Flower Power”, Vashon Island, WA
  • Barnworks, Vashon Island, WA
  • Washington State Convention Center, Northwest Watercolor Society, Seattle, WA
  • Vashon Allied Arts Center, Invitational “Masters in Miniature”, Vashon Island, WA
  • University House, WPW, Issaquah, WA
  • Heron’s Nest Art Gallery, Vashon Island, WA

2009

  • Women Painters Gallery, Columbia Center Bldg, Seattle
  • American Art Co, WPW, Tacoma, WA
  • Barnworks, Vashon Island, WA
  • Vashon Allied Arts Center, Invitational “Masters in Miniature”, Vashon Island, WA
  • Heron’s Nest Art Gallery, Vashon Island, WA

2008

  • Women Painters Gallery, Columbia Center Bldg, Seattle
  • Vashon Allied Arts Center, “One Family’s Art”, Vashon Island, WA
  • Vashon Island Land Trust Building, Quartermaster Press Group, Vashon Island, WA
  • Poncho, Invitational Fine Art Auction, Seattle, WA
  • Macy’s Art Gallery, Quartermaster Press Group, Seattle
  • Silverwood Gallery, Invitational “Bees”, Vashon Island, WA
  • Barnworks, Vashon Island, WA

2007

  • Women Painters Gallery, Columbia Center Bldg, Seattle
  • Vashon Allied Arts Gallery, Quartermaster Press Group, Vashon Island, WA
  • Macy’s Art Gallery, Quartermaster Press Group, Seattle
  • Poncho, Invitational Fine Art Auction, Seattle, WA
  • Barnworks, Vashon Island, WA

2006

  • Washington State Convention Center, Quartermaster Press Group, Seattle, WA
  • Women Painters Gallery, Columbia Center Bldg, Seattle
  • Bainbridge Arts & Crafts Gallery, Women Painters of Washington, “Abstracted Landscape”, Bainbridge Island
  • Vashon Island Land Trust Building, Quartermaster Press Group, Vashon Island, WA
  • Macy’s Art Gallery, Quartermaster Press Group, Seattle
  • Silverwood Gallery, Vashon Island, WA
  • Barnworks, Vashon Island, WA
  • Vashon Allied Arts Center, Vashon, WA

2005

  • Macy’s Art Gallery, Quartermaster Press Group, Seattle
  • Vashon Island Land Trust Building, Quartermaster Press Group, Vashon Island, WA
  • Barnworks, Vashon Island, WA
  • Art Soup Gallery, “he says…she says”, Bainbridge Island, Winslow, WA

2004

  • Macy’s Art Gallery, Quartermaster Press Group, Seattle
  • Tag Gallery, Quartermaster Press Group, Tacoma, WA
  • Arts West Gallery, Quartermaster Press Group, Seattle
  • Depot Gallery, WPW, Anacortes, WA
  • Vashon Island Land Trust Building Quartermaster Press Group, Vashon Island, WA
  • Silverwood Gallery, Vashon Island, WA
  • Barnworks, Vashon Island, WA
  • University House of Issaquah, WPW, Issaquah, WA

2003

  • University House of Wallingford, WPW, Seattle, WA
  • Vashon Island Land Trust Building, Quartermaster Press Group, Seattle, WA
  • Phinney Neighborhood Art Center, Quartermaster Press Group, Seattle WA
  • ArtsWest Gallery, WPW, Seattle, WA
  • Eastside Association of Fine Arts (EAFA), Richmond, WA
  • Harbor Gallery, WPW, Gig Harbor, WA
  • Vashon Allied Arts Center, Vashon Island, WA
  • Barnworks, Vashon Island, WA
  • Tag Gallery, Quartermaster Press Group, Tacoma, WA

2002

  • Vashon Island Land Trust Building, Quartermaster Press Group, Vashon Island, WA
  • Tag Gallery, Quartermaster Press Group, Tacoma, WA
  • Silverwood Gallery, Vashon Island, WA
  • Barnworks, Vashon Island, WA
  • Olympic College Gallery, WPW, Olympia, WA
  • Bellevue Key Center, Eastside Association of Fine Arts, Bellevue, WA

2001

  • Vashon Island Land Trust Building, Quartermaster Press Group, Vashon Island, WA
  • Barnworks, Vashon Island, WA

2000

  • Vashon Island Land Trust Building, Quartermaster Press Group, Vashon Island, WA
  • Barnworks, Vashon Island, WA
  • Frye Art Museum, North West Watercolor Society, 60th Anniversary Exhibit, Seattle, WA

1988-1999

  • Green Door Gallery, Coordinator of Exhibitions, 1995–2000:
    • Solo Exhibitions
    • Watercolor Group Exhibitions
    • Mixed Media Group Exhibitions
    • Quartermaster Press Group Exhibition
  • Vashon Island Land Trust Building, Quartermaster Press Group, 1998
  • Barnworks, Vashon Island, WA, 1984–1999
  • Washington State Convention Center, Northwest Watercolor Society, Seattle, 1996
  • Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle, WA, 1996
  • Pacific Gallery Artists, Tacoma, WA, 1992, 1996
  • Puget Sound Country, Kirkland, WA, 1993, 1994
  • Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993
  • Mercer Island Community Art Gallery, Mercer Island, WA, 1992
  • Eastside Association of Fine Arts, Kirkland, WA, 1990
  • Vashon Allied Art Center, Vashon Island, WA, 1988

AWARDS and HONORS

  • Teresa Asia Award, Women Painters of Washington 2004
  • Eastside Association of Fine Arts, Honorable Award, 2003
  • National Watercolor Exhibition of Northwest Florida, Third Place Award, 2001
  • Northwest Watercolor Society 60th Anniversary Historical Retrospective, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA, 2001
  • Northwest Watercolor Society, Memorial Award, 1996
  • The Pacific Gallery Artists, First Place Award, Tacoma, WA, 1992, 1996
  • Puget Sound Country, Second Place Award, 1994
  • Mercer Island Visual Arts League, Third Place Award, 1992

 

Ilse Reimnitz
Vashon, WA
hireimnitz@comcast.net

 

White Poppies
White Poppies

 

Cathedral
Cathedral - monoprint

 

Dreamland
Dreamland - watercolor

 

Dunes
Dunes - watercolor

 

Nesting
Nesting - monotype

 

Sea Ledge - watercolor
Sea Ledge - watercolor

 

Silver Cove
Silver Cove - monotype

 

Trailing
Trailing Vines - monotype

 

Window of Times Long Ago
Window of Times Long Ago - monotype


All Artwork Copyright
of the Artist.

 

 

NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITIONS

  • Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Elmhurst, IL, 2004-2006
  • National Exhibition of the Watercolor Society of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, 2001
  • National Transparent Watercolor Exhibition of NW Florida, Panama City, FL, 2001
  • National Exhibition of the NW Watercolor Society, Seattle, WA, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2010, 2012
  • NW Watercolor Society’s 60th Annual Exhibition, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA, 2000
  • Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolor, Old Forge, NY, 1996

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Signature Member, Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS), 1989–2013
  • Women Painters of Washington, 2002–2013
  • Quartermaster Press, 1994–2008
  • Barnworks, 1984–2012
  • Seattle Print Arts, 2001–2004
  • Associate Member, National Watercolor Society, 2006–2013
  • Associate Member, American Watercolor Society, 2006–2013
  • Associate Member, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, 2004–2013

WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR

  • Vashon Allied Arts Center, Watercolor
  • Barnworks Gallery, Watercolor
  • Aldrich Art Center, Watercolor
  • Reimnitz Workshop and Studio 2000–2013, Watercolor, Monotype

 


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