Signature Member of the Société Canadienne de l’Aquarelle Honorary Member of the Institut des Arts Figuratifs Born in Brussels, Belgium in 1953, Roland Palmaerts comes from a family of painters. He won First prize in the National Competition « Tintin» at the age of six. Roland Palmaerts studied at The Athenaeum, at the Institut Saint-Luc and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels, where he won First prize in drawing and watercolour. In 1972, the artist engages in the Belgian armed forces as a paracommando. Roland Palmaerts moved to Canada in 1980 where he first worked as a designer and illustrator with major advertising agencies. But he also painted and the success of his art exhibitions led him to devote himself exclusively to painting and teaching workshops. In 1990, a book of 120 pages about his works is published by Editions De Mortagne : « Palmaerts, l’homme, l’artiste ». Ulysse Publications published his instructional book in 2009 " Le monde de la couleur ». For his 60 years Birthday, this Master of Watercolor has made a Guinness World Record in Arches in France in October 2013: 60 watercolors in 60 hours without interruption! Roland Palmaerts has over two hundred exhibitions to his credit, mainly in Canada and Europe. He was part of more than 125 television programs and has designed and marketed several artistic products including two instructional videotapes translated into four languages. Roland Palmaerts is also a member of the European Institute of Watercolour (IEA) and was president of the Institut des Arts Figuratifs (IAF) from 1990 to 1997. In 2008, the Mazarine Academy awarded him the Medal of Merit and Dedication to the Arts. He also won the First
prize, category Acrylic, in Salon de la Figuration 2000 at MusĂŠe Laurier in Canada; the Silver Medal of the Creators of the Century, in Arles, France. "Twenty years of watercolor were needed to control the speed, shapes, transparency, light and some truths that I want to share". Symbolic meanings transposed in his works allow the artist to continue and confirm his philosophy. Palmaerts tells us: "As an artist, I try first to make the invisible into visible. I hope that this way, we hear music and paintings." He is represented by several art galleries in Canada and his works are collected in many countries.
George Politis paints in watercolours and lives in Thessaloniki in Greece. His paintings won many awards, including the “Commended Award in Watercolor”, “Best Watercolor” and “Best Mixed Media” at the International Juried Exhibitions, Australian Society of Miniature Art in Australia; the President’s Award , the Da Vinci Award and twice the “Award of Excellence” in the Arizona Watercolor Association Members Shows (2001, 2007, 2011). He has participated in the Royal Institute of Watercoulour Painters' famous exhibitions in London, England (20002014) and is signature member of RI since 2006. His paintings have been selected three times for the American Watercolor Society's exhibitions in New-York and he is signature member of this society (AWS) since 2007. He also has participated in International Exhibitions of the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, the San Diego Watercolor Society and the Arizona Watercolor Association, USA, North East Watercolor Society (where he won two awards and is signature member), USA, among others. He had solo exhibitions, including: Reims (France, 2013), Myro Gallery (Thessaloniki , 2013), Techni Gallery (Kilkis, 2013), Piraeus Bank Convention Centre (Thessaloniki 2010), Geni Tzami, Thessaloniki, 2006, Hellenic Centre, (London, 2002), Gallery 47 (London, 2001), Aristotelion University in Thessaloniki and Katerini St-Fotios in 1999; Rodopouleio Center, Larissa in 1998; exhibition of the Organization of the Cultural Capital of Europe at City Hall of Thessaloniki, 1997; Municipality of Thessaloniki, 1996. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions in Greece and in international exhibitions and contests, like the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in London, American Watercolor Society and
National Watercolor Society in USA, Arizona Watercolor Association, North East Watercolor Society, Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, San Diego Watercolor Society (USA), Royal Miniature Society and Society of Botanical Artists Exhibitions in London, International Miniature Shows in England and in the United States of America etc. George Politis was invited and participated in the 1st Watercolor Salon of Qingdao (China, 2014) and 1st Biennial of Watercolor of Qingdao (2015). One of his paintings is now in the collection of the Museum of Arts of Qingdao. George Politis has served as juror in National and International watercolor exhibitions and he is the organizer and curator of the Thessaloniki Biennial of Watercolor (“Watercolor International - Greece”). His paintings are featured in art books and catalogs. L'Aquarelliste, the Société Canadienne de l'Aquarelle's color magazine published one article on Miniature painting featuring some of his paintings, Spring 2000. International Artist published an article on his painting approach in 2001. Other articles and paintings have been published in The Artist, UK (2000, 2002), L’ Art de l’ Aquarelle (2012) and several other magazines. His work is featured in “Le Grand Livre de l’ Aquarelle” by Janine Gallizia.
Signature Member of Société Canadienne de l’Aquarelle Works of Odette Feller are a result of intuitive colours and shapes. The choice of subject comes from her inspiration. From colour association and shapes, Odette Feller gradually gives life to her subject and combines the techniques of positive and negative watercolour techniques. A new world then appears. After the magic of mixing and mingling different colors on the surface, a kind of "puzzle" is formed by defining shapes and layering contrasts. The subject is free. Details will complete the picture. The first brushstrokes are left natural, and loose basic washes are kept, but anchored to the forms in the background. Imagination and original style are some features in her semi-abstract compositions. The artist has participated in numerous exhibitions and symposiums in Europe and the province of Quebec (Canada). She presents workshops (all levels) in Belgium, France and Canada. Her works have been published in many art magazines. In 2009, Odette Feller presented her latest instructional DVD entitled " « Aquarelle: Peindre en Négatif ». She won awards and honors, including the Gold Medal of the Painters of the Century in Arles, France; First Prize in Watercolor in Aiguillon, France
and the Jean-Paul Ladouceur Award, Société Canadienne de l’Aquarelle. She is represented in art galleries in Europe and Quebec.