Quincy native William Hugh McKeown has become well known in our region for his brilliantly rendered watercolor paintings, capturing landscapes, seascapes, and outdoor livelihoods of North Florida. His mastery with paint and brush have now been recognized on a national level, with the acceptance of his painting entitled “The Ship Doctor” into The American Watercolor Society’s 147th annual juried exhibition.
The American Watercolor Society is a nonprofit membership organization that began in 1866 to promote the art of watercolor painting in America. Watercolorists from around the world submit work to the Society, hoping to be included in this historic exhibition that opens at the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York, NY, before traveling to art centers and museums around the country. McKeown says of this honor, "It's a humbling experience to have my work hang in that setting with artists I've admired for years."
McKeown, a fifth generation Gadsden County native, began painting upon his retirement, at first taking classes at the Tallahassee Senior Center’s thriving studio art program, and adding to that concentrated work in his own studio on the family farm in Gadsden County. McKeown has won numerous awards for his painting from the local to state level, and is an avid volunteer, contributor, and frequent exhibitor at the Gadsden Arts Center in Quincy. You can view his work in person in the current Artists Guild exhibition at Gadsden Arts.
The Gadsden Arts Center is located on Quincy’s historic Courthouse Square at 13 N. Madison St. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $1 donation. Tours and information: (850) 875-4866 or www.gadsdenarts.org