Watermedia exhibition is an artistic tribute

David Schnarch honored at CAE’s National Watermedia exhibition

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 10/19/21

If you had ever been in Ruth Morehouse and David Schnarch’s house when they lived in Evergreen, it would have been apparent that they appreciate art. “There was art all over our house,” said …

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Watermedia exhibition is an artistic tribute

David Schnarch honored at CAE’s National Watermedia exhibition

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If you had ever been in Ruth Morehouse and David Schnarch’s house when they lived in Evergreen, it would have been apparent that they appreciate art.

“There was art all over our house,” said Morehouse who recently moved to be with her daughter in Hotchkiss, Colorado.

That is why she decided to honor Schnarch, who died a year ago, by sponsoring the 48th Rocky Mountain National Watermedia exhibition at Center for the Arts Evergreen. The show will be displayed until Oct. 30.

The Dr. David Schnarch Memorial Award for the best of show along with a $2,500 prize went to Jacqueline Dorsey of Athens, Georgia, for her watercolor “Unraveled.”

Dorsey said of the painting: “My painting, `Unraveled,’ was inspired by the 2020 election and the ongoing political and social divide in America. … I felt (the model’s) posture and somber look captured the surprisingly tenuous nature of our democracy and my own angst at the time. The stars subtly flying off the flag signify our country’s divide.”

Morehouse said she wanted to do something to honor Schnarch’s memory in a meaningful way, and this was a good way to do it.

CAE officials said Morehouse had been integral in making CAE what it is today by serving on the board of directors and volunteering at CAE events, and Schnarch, wanting to support his wife, got involved in smaller but meaningful ways. For example, he helped with parking at CAE events such as Summerfest.

“He was an internationally known psychologist,” Morehouse said, “and when he was home, he would park cars or take on other volunteer duties. I always admired the fact that he would get his hands dirty, and there was camaraderie among the men who were parking cars.”

Sara Miller, senior director of CAE’s exhibitions, education and outreach, called the couple valuable contributors to the organization.

“They have been generous with their time and money,” Miller said, noting that Morehouse served on the committee that puts on the watermedia show. “(Morehouse) was an integral part of making this place what it has become, especially through the capital campaign (to purchase the building where CAE is now located) and the move here.”

About the show

Miller said CAE received 485 submissions for the nationally renowned show, and artist Steve Griggs, the show’s juror, selected 65 paintings that are displayed at CAE. The show represents artists from 29 states, and 21 of the pieces are by Colorado artists, including two by local artists: “The Legend of the White Buffalo” by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov and “Coming Down Kebler” by Cathy Jones.

This show, in its fourth year at CAE, has generated a lot of enthusiasm among the community, and CAE has been able to do outreach through gallery tours with student and adult groups, and Griggs taught special watercolor classes.

“Every year this show is such a beautiful show,” Miller said “We felt like the caliber of work this year, in particular, was off the charts. Artists were creating in the midst of COVID, and it went beyond cultural diversity and quality of work.”

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