Ann Balch, SCA, CSPWC

New Brunswick’s Ann Balch has been a full time professional artist since 1996. She was elected to the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC) in 2001 and the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) in 2007. Her work was juried into the 80th Anniversary exhibition of the CSPWC in Toronto in 2005. She won the 2004 Jarvis Award for Excellence in Transparent Watercolour for her painting "Eye of the Beholder", which hangs in Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor General.

In 2001, her work won the Charles Comfort Award for Excellence in Figurative Painting at the CSPWC's annual juried exhibition in Toronto. Ann was one of six Canadian watercolourists to be represented at the Fifth International Watercolour Biennial held at the Museo Nacional de la Acuarela (National Museum of Watercolour) in Mexico City 2002 - 2003. Thirty three countries participated. Her work has been featured in the documentary film A Question of Beauty; in Canadian Brushstroke magazine and several American and international art magazines, and in a book published by International Artist.

She was a finalist chosen from over 11,000 entries in the 2008 annual international competition of the American publication “The Artist’s Magazine”, and in 2006 finished among the top ten in American Artist “Watercolor” magazine’s competition. Work is held in collections in Canada and the United States, including The Canadiana Fund State Art Collection, The New Brunswick Art Bank, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Government of Canada, the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour Diploma Collection, the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, and the City of Moncton collection, collection of Measha Brueggergosman.

Ann is represented by Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB.

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