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Currently On View

“Rescued Lily, Broken Shell” is included in Rhode Island Watercolor Society’s National Show 2017 through November 24. Stan Miller, Juror. RIWS, Slater Memorial Park, 832 Armistice Blvd., Pawtucket, RI (401)726-1876.

See Anne Belson’s watercolors at Cape Cod Art Association’s Shop Local: Juried Artist Exhibit/ Sale, Small Works Show, November 13 through December 20, 3480 Route 6A, Box 85, Barnstable, MA 02630, 508/362-2909

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Recent Exhibitions

Coastal Colors: Watercolors and Oils, paintings by Anne Belson and Julie Blanchard, Front Street Gallery, Scituate, MA , May 3-28, 2017

New England Watercolor Society Signature Members from Cape Cod, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth, MA , April, 2017

Two of my paintings, “Alice at 15″ and “Determination” have been accepted into the Rhode Island Watercolor Society “Memories” Exhibition juried by Patti Mollica.

August 5 – September 8, 2017
Rhode Island Watercolor Society
Slater Memorial Park
831 Armistice Boulevard
Pawtucket, RI 02861

Rescued Lily, Broken Shell by Anne Belson“Rescued Lily, Broken Shell”
watercolor by Annne Belson in the
New England Watercolor Society 2107
Signature Members Show at
The Guild of Boston Artists
162 Newbury Street, Boston
January 31 – February 26
Hours: Tues – Sat, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sun, 1 – 4 pm

Winter Woods' by Anne Belson

“Winter Woods” watercolor by Anne Belson
Honorable Mention Award
in “Winter Glow” Exhibition at
Cape Cod Art Association
Barnstable, MA 02630
through February 13
Hours: Mon – Sat, 9am – 4pm
Sunday, noon – 4pm
(508) 362 – 2909

Gone Fishin' by Anne Belson

Gone Fishin' by Anne Belson

My painting, “Gone Fishin’” was accepted to Rhode Island Watercolor Society’s 2016 Northeast Regional Watermedia Competition
Slater Memorial Park
Armistice Blvd.
Pawtucket, RI 02861
October 22 – November 26
Juror: Birgit O’Connor
Opening Reception: October 22, 4-6 pm

Determination I, by Anne Belson

Determination I, by Anne Belson

My painting Determination 1 was selected for inclusion in the New England Watercolor Society’s 2016 15th Biennial North American Open Show by juror and noted artist/author Mary Whyte.

The exhibition was at North Shore Art Association, September 25- October 29, 2016. NSAA is located at 11 Pirates Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930. For info: 978-283-1857 or nsarts.org.

Rescued Lily, Broken Shell by Anne Belson

'Rescued Lily, Broken Shell' by Anne Belson

“Rescued Lily, Broken Shell”
watercolor by Anne Belson
in the “True Colors” Exhibition
through October 16th, 2016
at the Cape Cod Art Association
3480 Main St. (Route 6A), Barnstable, MA 02630
Hours: Mon – Sat, 9 – 4 and Sun, noon – 4

View from Menauhant - watercolor by Anne Belson

View from Menauhant - watercolor by Anne Belson

3 paintings on view in
West Falmouth Library Annual Art Show
July 9 – 23, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 9th, 4-6 pm
575 West Falmouth Highway
West Falmouth, MA 02540

Water, Water
Exhibition featuring 5 watercolorists
South Shore Art Center
April 8 – May 22, 2016
119 Ripley Road, Cohasset, MA

New England Watercolor Society
2016 Signature Members Show
January 30 – February 27
Gone Fishin’
The Guild of Boston Artists
162 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Cultural Center of Cape Cod
6th Annual Members Exhibition
through January 31st, 2016
Autumn Arrangement and
A Day at the Beach
307 Old Main Street
South Yarmouth, MA

Cape Cod Art Association
Barnstable, MA
2015 All New England Juried Exhibition
October 22 – November 22, 2015
Autumn at Bourne’s Pond

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society
36th International Juried Exhibition
at the Carlisle Arts Learning Center
Carlisle, PA
September 25 – November 15, 2015
Winter Memory

Falmouth Artists Guild
2015 Fall Juried Exhibition
Falmouth, MA
September 15-October 12, 2015
Music Man, Jamaica

Cape Cod Art Association
Barnstable, MA
Lazy Days of Summer
August 27 – September 24, 2015
Summer Day
Honorable Mention:
Juror’s Comment: “light and airy, this small gem is painterly
and loose in brushstrokes, allowing the viewer to fill in some
detail..An excellent example of simplified shape and color still
conveys the feel of the day” – Deborah Quinn Mason


West Falmouth Library Art Show
West Falmouth, MA
July/August 2015
(3 paintings)

South Shore Art Center
Cohasset, MA
Falmouth Harbor, Soft Day
Blue Ribbon Members Show
July 17 – August 30, 2015

South Shore Art Center
Cohasset, MA
Silence of New Snow
Gallery Artist Showcase
May 19 – July 12, 2015

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 2015 Members Online Show
“Unforgettable Face” and “Wildflower Garden”

New England Watercolor Society’s 2015 Signature Members Exhibition
at the Guild of Boston Artists, Boston, MA
February 2015

Art has always been in my life…

I was making little picture books on scraps of paper before I could write words. I spent afternoons after school in a corner of my Dad’s sewing machine shop in Wollaston with a little watercolor box, a brush and a paper cup, turning out pictures of costumed animals. Later on, I would try to capture classmates’ likenesses on paper.  Quincy High school introduced me to oil painting, printmaking and clay, but it was a watercolor of students saluting the flag that won an award from the Massachusetts Federation of Women’s Clubs. In my freshman year at Emmanuel College, a “magical” painting demonstration by the noted watercolorist Joe Santoro spurred me on to further study. I loved watercolor’s unique qualities but learned to respect its unforgiving nature. I relied on careful underlying pencil drawings and overlapping shapes to build compositions and develop a style.

After Emmanuel, I studied advertising design at Boston University, earned a Masters degree from Boston State College, and took grad courses at Massachusetts College of Art. I worked as a portrait artist on Cape Cod, a tech illustrator at Smithsonian Observatory in Cambridge, a “traveling art teacher” in the Hull and Stoughton public schools, and a graphics designer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston before becoming their Cultural Affairs Coordinator for 25 years. I continued to draw, paint and exhibit my own work whenever possible.

My job at the FRB included managing the gallery space used by New England based arts groups. One of them was The New England Watercolor Society. Their first National Show in the Bank’s gallery was so popular that it became a biennial event. I got to work alongside and learn from the best of New England’s watercolor painters. Knowing that I shared their love of the media, they encouraged me to continue my own painting and, after the Bank’s Gallery closed, they invited me to be on their Board of Directors. I became a Signature Member of the organization in 2004, and my paintings have been in several national shows and garnered a few prizes.

I’m a fulltime artist now, living in Falmouth on Cape Cod. I still love the way watercolor slides over the surface of the hot press paper I use, and how it leaves a record of the path the brush takes. I find color particularly exciting when it plays an equal role with the white of the paper. I start my paintings “en plein air” and finish them in my studio overlooking Bourne’s Pond, a saltwater estuary and a source of so much inspiration. It’s a dream come true!