Judy W. Rider
41 Wexford Pt
Hickory, NC 28601
Judy Rider, a watermedia painter living in Hickory, NC, has been exhibiting her art since 1987. She is a Signature Member of National Watercolor Society, the Watercolor Society of North Carolina, and Southern Watercolor Society, as well as a member of a local painters critique group, Piedmont Painters. Her work reflects impressions from her daily life, travels throughout this region and country, and places like Italy and Ireland. Judy has studied with many professional art teachers, but also experiments with various techniques on a regular basis in her home studio. She continues to seek a higher level of artistic expression through this self-study, and professional instruction. Judy also teaches watercolor classes at Catawba Valley Community College and has taught adult classes for the Hickory Museum of Art. Judy has a B.A. from Louisiana Tech University in English Educations and a M.A. from West Virginia University.
Judy occasionally holds workshops and demos for local art groups and arts councils. Recently, Judy participated in "How to...." beginner instruction videos through Cheap Joe's Art Stuff. These short demonstrations are available for viewing on this website, on the Cheap Joe's website and on YouTube. She is the author of a self-help watercolor instruction manual, Simple Lessons in Watercolor, available on line and at her studio. In addition, she was a featured artist in the Blowing Rock Artist in Residence Series in July, 2015, a juried program that takes place at the Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock NC
In 2017 "Made in China Town IV" was selected to be a part of one of North Light Book Club's yearly publications: SPLASH 19: Illusion of Light. This book will be available in June, 2018. About 126 Artists nationwide were chosen for this particular honor.
Judy exhibits her work year round in local and regional competitions and businesses. Judy’s originals are in many private and corporate collections. Mrs. Rider accepts commissions on fine and decorative art for your home or office. She specializes in children, pet and, house portraits. She paint pleinair with a local Hickory group, and has traveled to Italy twice for pleinair sketching and painting with Jean Cauthen. Her original artwork is available in Hickory at Hickory Museum of Art Gift Shop and Bottega, a Hickory area retail art and gift shop.
Judy's original paintings have been included in 3 National Watercolor Society
Open Competitions, 3 Southern Watercolor Society Exhibits, the NWS 2013 Members Exhibit, as well as numerous Watercolor Society of NC Juried Exhibitions. She also has done numerous group and individual exhibits throughout the last 15 years.
Recent Awards and Exhibits
October 2017. WSNC Annual Juried Statewide exhibit: "Peppers and Onions"
April, 2017, Southern Watercolor Society Juried Exhibit, Panama City, Florida; Signature Status Awarded, "Made in Chinatown IV"
November 2016: "Brushes with Tuscany", Group Exhibit, Newton Conover NC, Exhibiting Plein-air and Studio paintings based on June 2016 trip to Tuscany and Florence.
October 2016: NWS 96th International Open, San Pedro California, "Made in Chinatown IV, awarded Signature Status in NWS
October 2016: WSNC Annual Juried Exhibition, Manteo, NC , "Made in China TownV, Selected for Traveling Show
September 2016: Lenoir Rhyne "Intimate Expressions", Honorable Mention, "Some Strings Attached"
August 2016: Rock School Gallery Open Juried Exhibit
July, 2015: Artist in Residence Juried Exhibition, Edgewood Cottage, Blowing Rock, NC
August 2015 Rock School Open, Honorable Mention, Restoration of St. Patrick's Cathedral
October 2014 Watercolor Society of NC Juried Exhibition, Breakfast Room Light 5
October 2014: Full Circle Arts Open, 1st Place, Landshape VI
Sept 2014 Rock School Open, Honorable Mention, "Early Riser"
August 2013: High Country Watermedia Society, Watauga Arts Council Juried Exhibit; 2nd Place "I Get Around 2"
April 2013: National Watercolor Society Members Competition. Juried inclusion for "Cone Flower"
March, 2013: Full Circle Arts, Art About Women, Honorable Mention for "Island Girls"
October 2012: Watercolor Society of NC 67th Annual Exhibit, "Early Riser", Elizabeth City NC
September 2012: NWS 92nd Annual Open Juried Exhibit, "Bike Buddies III, Key West", San Pedro, California
August 2012: High Country WS Annual Members Exhibit, Boone, NC, 3rd Place, Summer Blossom-Full Bloom
August 2012: Rock School Foundation Open Competition, 1st Place, "All in a Days Work"
February 2012: Full Circle Art,s Art About Women Open, 2nd Place, "All in A Day's Work"
October 2011: WSNC Juried Exhibition, Cary, NC M.Graham Paints, Judges Award, "Teabagger 2"', Cary, NC
August 2011: High Country Watermedia Society, Honorable Mention, "Tea Bagger I"
October 2010: National Watercolor Society 90th Annual Exhibit, Utrecht Art Supplies Award; selected for the 2011 Travel Exhibit
September 2010: Full Circle Arts, Hickory, NC, Fall Open competition, 2nd place
Watercolor Society of NC: Selected for inclusion in the 2011 Fine Art Calendar
August 2010 Jones House Gallery, Boone NC, High Country Watermedia Society Judged Exhibit, Honorable Mention, “Life in the Fast Lane”
June 2010 All Members Exhibit, Full circle Arts, First Place Award, "Colors of Summer"
February 2010: Art About Women, Full Circle Arts, Hickory, NC Honorable Mention, “Lady Hikers”
October 2009 Watercolor Society of NC 64th Annual Juried Exhibit, Calabash, NC, 5th Place, Waterway Artists Association Award, “Morning Light”
October 2009, Associated Artists of Winston Salem, Cultural Crossroads National Juried Exhibit
October, 2009, Full Circle Arts, Fall Open Competition, Cheap Joes Art Stuff Purchase Award
August 2009 High Country Watermedia Society, Boone NC, 1st Place,” Breakfast Room Shadows”
June 2009: Southern Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibit, Columbus , Ga., "Early Morning Light- Breakfast Room Shadows"
October 2008: WC Society of NC 63rd Juried Exhibit, Greenville, NC. "Wedding at Vertine, Italy"
September 2008: Internat'l Society of Experimental Artists 17th annual Juried Exhibit
October 2007: Watercolor Society of NC Annual Juried and Judged Exhibit,
Hendersonville, NC: Awarded Signature Status, “Vaisson de Romaine”
September 2007: Mooresville Art Guild Artoberfest Judged Exhibit, 1st Place
Watercolor, “Wedding at Vertine, Italy”
August, 2007: High Country Watermedia Society 2nd Place, Jones House Annual
Judged Art Exhibit, “Sun Worshipper”
May 2007: Mooresville Art Guild Spring Festival, 2nd Place mixed media, Mooresville
North Carolina. “ Carnivale”
February 2007: Art About Women juried exhibit, Full Circle Arts, Hickory, NC;
2 honorable mentions, “Reclining Nude”, Caribbean Shop Girl”
September 2006: Mooresville Art Guild juried exhibit; 2nd Place Watercolor,
Mooresville, NC, “Line Dance”
August 2006: High Country Watermedia Society, Juried Member Show, 2nd place,
Jones House, Boone NC, “Line Dance”