Carolyn Domenig Latanision '61 won the Mijello Mission Gold Award in the National Watercolor Society’s 96th International Exhibition held at the NWS Gallery in San Pedro, California. The Gold Award presents the winner with a $4000 prize.
The award winning painting is RIVETING, BETHLEHEM STEEL. Carolyn has done several solo exhibits of this work in New England where she lives, most recently one requested by New England Biolabs. (People always seem interested, which is curious to me, and the work has been purchased mostly by collectors.)
Carolyn offered her reason for this painting and the others in her series which is still in progress. "Growing up on the South Side of Bethlehem, I thought I could never move far enough away from the dirt, the noise, and the smells. But when I heard that the plant was closing for good, my first emotional reaction was to memorialize this place that had so dominated our lives. Over several years, driving down from Massachusetts, I explored and photographed the abandoned foundries and derelict machine shops where my father, grandfather and great-grandfather had worked — and which ultimately claimed their lives. My series is based on all these photographs."
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