This year marks a new milestone in the history of the Singapore Watercolour Society as she celebrates her 40th Anniversary.
From a humble beginning of only 13 founder-members in 1969, this small group has grown from strength to strength into one of the most prominent and respectable organisations in Singapore. Today, 4 of them are still with the Society, namely Mr Ho Yee Ping, Mr Khor Ean Ghee, Mr Loy Chye Chuan and Mr Lee Choon Kee.
Building on the foundation of the old founders, the Society continued with the rich tradition of weekly indoor and outdoor paintings and annual exhibitions. This gradual and time-tested process have nurtured many young and enterprising artists who have made the grade not only locally, but also in the international arena. Of special mention are our Honorary President Mr Ong Kim Seng, Founder-Member Mr Loy Chye Chuan, ex-President Mr Seah Kam Chuan, renown artists Mr Tong Chin Sye, Ms Adelene Tan Ah Chiew, US Fine Art Masters graduate Mr Ng Woon Lam , our current Vice-President Mr Marvin Chew and vice secretary general Ms Anne Lim.
Today the Society continues to renew itself through recruitment of fresh blood into its ranks and files. All eligible candidates from the public are encouraged to join the Society if they meet the stringent criteria set forth by our panel of 5 judges. Unsuccessful candidates will not be turned away as there is a follow-up program in place to help them. Last year saw 5 new members joining the Society and of these, 2 are Malays. Our all encompassing multi-racial policy sieves out good and potential artists to join the organisation based solely on merit, regardless of their socio-economical, racial or religious backgrounds. As at end of 2008, we have 101 members on our list.
I am very honoured to be elected to fill the shoes of Dr Michael Lim. He has performed well as President during the previous term, and I hope to build on his strength and to lift the Society to greater heights and glory.
Seah Kang Chui
光阴似箭, 新加坡水彩画会跌跌撞撞己迈进了第四十个年头了. 当年一批爱好水彩的十三名青年发起组织水彩画会, 如今还留在本画会的四位发起人并能见证今日水彩的风采, 实属大幸. 在此为他们祝福. 他们是何逸平, 许延义,黎才专, 李运启.
本会每年一度水彩观摩展, 每星期一天户外写生, 会员们培养水彩人才, 都是本会的传统, 今天还保持着, 是难能可贵的. 把水彩媒介不余遗力传授的,有名誉会长王金成, 发起人之一黎才专, 前会长谢江泉, 资深画家童振狮, 陈雅秋及青年留美画家黄运南,现任副会长周佑任及副总务林依嬛等. 因此, 新加坡水彩画坛非常蓬勃, 也超越了很多国家.
今日水彩画会的会员们, 是经过严格的遴选程序的. 在不少过五位遴选委员评审之后,申请入会者过去的言行还必须在全体会员在没有反对的情况下才能正式成为会员. 由于这是本会入会的传统. 我对那些得其门而不入者, 深表歉意. 希望他们与本会保持联系, 本会愿意协助他们, 使他们成为我会的一份子.2008年会员人数,包括海外会员有101位. 去年五位新会员中, 有2位是马来同胞, 这说明本会的会员是多元种族的, 也是跨国界的.
前一届会长林俊龙医生, 他是前国会议员兼著名心脏专科医生, 两年任期内将本会声誉推向新的高峰. 今年,本人受委为会长职, 诚惶诚恐, 希望能提升会的知名度, 并可以与世界艺术同道逐步交流, 是所愿也.