New Brunswick’s Ann Balch has been working as 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 has won prizes at the national level from both Societies, including the 2004 Jarvis Award for Excellence in Transparent Watercolour for Eye of the Beholder, a painting now hanging in Rideau Hall, the residence of Canada’s Governor-General. In 2015, Ann’s painting of sheep, Two of a Kind, won Best in Show at the SCA annual juried show at Gainsborough Gallery in Calgary, Alberta. Her painting Regret, held in the CSPWC National Diploma Collection, was curated early this year into the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives show, “Water and Pigment”, an investigation into the complexities of painting with watercolour in celebration of over 90 years of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour.
Art magazines in France and America have featured her work, and her paintings have appeared on covers of New Brunswick’s international literary journal, The Fiddlehead, and in an ecclesiastical calendar published by the Anglican Network in Canada.
Work is held in public and private collections in Canada and the United States, including The Canadiana Fund State Art Collection; the Department of Foreign Affairs, Government of Canada; The New Brunswick Art Bank; the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour Diploma Collection; the Atlantic Lottery Corporation; and the City of Moncton collection.
Ann paints in transparent watercolour, oils, and mixed media (watercolour with acrylic archival varnish), and teaches workshops and classes. She is represented by Flagship Gallery in Hamilton, Ontario, and Gallery 78 in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
2017 “Flagship Gallery Artists” at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, ON
2017 “Figures” Group Show, Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB
2017 “Water and Pigment: Mysterious Interactions” Group Show, Peel Art Gallery (PAMA), Brampton, Ont. Curated from the CSPWC National Diploma Collection; an investigation of the complexities painting with watercolour, in celebration of over 90 years of the CSPWC.
2016 “A Nutcracker Celebration” Group Show, Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB
2015 “Society of Canadian Artists 47th Open National Exhibition” (juried) Gainsborough Gallery, Calgary, AB. Antoinette Stevens medallion and prize ‘Best in Show’
2014 “My Favourite Things” Group Show, Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB
2012 “Society of Canadian Artists Elected Members Show”, (national, juried), Halifax Club, Halifax, NS.
Award of Merit and prize
2012 “All Things Holy” Solo Show, Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB
2010 “Measha; a personal symphony” Solo Show, Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB
2009 Annual Juried Show, Group Show, Moncton Gallery, Moncton NB
2007 “Finding Peace” Solo Show, Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB
2007 Annual Juried Show, Group Show, Moncton Gallery, Moncton, NB
2007 “Watercolour on the Edge”, Group Show, CSPWC Atlantic Members, Craig Gallery, Dartmouth, NS
2005 “Endless Possibilities”, Group Show, Roberts Gallery, Toronto, ON (juried)
2004 “Open Water Show”, Group Show, CSPWC, Toronto, ON (juried)
2004 NB Art Bank “Acquisitions” travelling Group Show, NB (juried)