Friday, January 25, 2013

Lori Pitten-Jenkins Receives American Watercolor Society's Signature Status

Melbourne, FL--A member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, Lori Pitten-Jenkins, has been awarded the prestigious AWS Signature status in the American Watercolor Society. Jenkins' winning artwork “Prawns on Prongs” will be part of their 146th Annual International exhibition in New York this year.

Each year the society holds a juried exhibition of watercolor artists throughout the world. To become a signature member, an artist must be accepted into two shows, then apply for signature status and be accepted into a third show. This allows the artist to use the initials AWS following their signature. Each artist may only submit one piece of art each year. In 2008, Jenkins' piece entitled "Crustacean Frustration" was accepted for exhibition, and in 2012 "A Decided Fate" was accepted.

Jenkins lives and creates in Melbourne, Florida, where she specializes in fine art watercolor painting. Being a Florida native is reflective in her subjects, highlighting the unique treasures that Florida has to offer.
Jenkins states about her painting, “I try to take a different approach when it comes to subject matter, looking for the unusual.” Jenkins has been an artist all of her life and received her formal training in Studio Art from Florida State University.

Jenkins is the president of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery located in the Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD) of Melbourne. She is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society and Southern Watercolor Society. Her most recent awards include the 2012 Melbourne Art Show 1st place Watercolor, 2012 Mount Dora Art Festival Award of Excellence, the 2012 Space Coast Art Show 2nd place Watercolor, the 2012 Santa Fe 2D Award of Excellence, the Halifax Art Festival Award of Distinction, and the 2012 Artworks Max Spector Memorial Award. To see more of Jenkins' work, visit the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery at 1470 Highland Avenue in Melbourne or go to her website at

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