From January through April 2010, the AB Dow Museum in Midland Michigan featured an ambitious museum wide collaborative exhibit called “Water Works”, exploring the most important substance in our evolution and our daily lives. “Water Works”, had two primary components: science and art. The science component highlighted the physical properties of water in its various states, the harnessing of the power of water and water's role in one's everyday life, addressing conservation and environmental awareness. The art component presented solo exhibitions by artists whose work relate to and celebrate water. “Aqueous”, a solo exhibition of oil paintings and solarplate etchings by the artist MaryBeth Thielhelm was a prominent part within this museum wide “Water Works” exhibition. Twenty-three large-scale oil paintings of water ranging from 40”x40” to 60”x120” and framed solarplate etchings in sizes 32”x32” and 17”x17” filled the first two large rooms on the top floor of the AB Dow Museum of Science and Art. The “Aqueous”, exhibition expressed the experience of the ocean and all of its opposing complexities and inspired and illuminated the viewer to the universal belonging we all share with our beautiful water enriched planet.