Call to Artists – Show Opportunity

Entries are now being accepted for:

 2019  Florida State Fair Creative Living Competitions

February 7 – 18, 2019

4800 US Hwy. 301 North, Tampa, FL 33610


Fine Arts Divisions :          Adult (18+),

Senior Adult (60+)

Artists with Disabilities


Entry Deadline:  Friday, December 14, 2018

Open to all non-professional Florida Artists.

Cash Awards in each Division.

For information on the competitions and the handbook on how to enter,

Go to

Under the State Fair tab, choose Creative Living Competitions –

Then Under Arts & Crafts, see Fine Arts (Adult)

CFWS & the OCPA Office Exhibit


CFWS has been invited to exhibit approximately 20 -24 paintings in the public offices of the Orange County Property Appraiser from November 5, 2018 to January 4, 2019. There is no theme for the exhibit, but the paintings must be family friendly as they will be hung in the lobby to be enjoyed by the residents of Orange County who visit the OCPA offices. Larger paintings are preferred, and should be properly framed and wired to hang. (The office staff will not handle any sales, but OCPA staff will provide a space for bios, business cards/flyers, etc., and will direct any inquiries back to the artists.)

There is no fee to participate in this exhibit.
Acceptance will be in the order work is submitted, based on the space available, and subject to final review and acceptance by the Office of the Property Appraiser.
Since this is an exhibit only and not a judged show, paintings that have previously been in our shows and paintings that are a few years old are acceptable.

Drop-off is Monday, November 5th; details will be provided.

The deadline for entries is Monday, October 9th.
To submit work for consideration, e-mail Jane Brinckerhoff at with your name, telephone number and preferred email address.
• For each painting (limit of 2), include the Title, Framed Size, and Price and attach a JPEG image of each painting.
• Please make sure the JPEG is labeled as follows: LASTNAME_firstname_Title.
We will be sending the JPEGs to the Property Appraiser’s Office for review and approval, make sure your image is a good one!  For tips on photo taking and resizing, go here in Member Resources.

FWS Convention this month

The Florida Watercolor Convention will be held September 27 – 30, 2018
in Sarasota. Congratulations to the CFWS members who are displaying
this year at the FWS exhibit. Exciting products will be offered and CFWS
member, Chauncey Nelson, will be doing a demonstration.

Still time to register, FWS Convention Registration.

2018 Exhibition Award Winners

Awards were given during the Opening Reception held the evening of March 14th at Leu Gardens.  Congratulations to the winning artists and thank you to jurist, Suzanna Winton, NWS.

“Joan” by Plinio Pinto

“The Instructor” by Katherine Davis

“Carnaby St. Shoes” by Mary Ellen Carrier

“Late Summer” by Marcela Moglia

“El Jefe” by Susan Jane Donohoe

“Day at the Beach” by Susan Grogan

“Cactus in Bloom” by Diane Darnell

“Holly GoLightly” by Mike Malloy

View the show online

Image Resizing Tutorial

A CFWS Tutorial to instruct you on the use of the free online image editor at has been posted.  The pxlar application can be accessed with your browser and can not only resize but also adjust image color and cropping.  It’s like photoshop lite and easy to use.   Check out the tutorial and leave a comment.  We want to know if it worked on your platform, what needs to be addressed and provide answers to your questions.   Thx.

Use link below or find link in the JPG FAQ listed under Member Resources in the Membership Tab.


Charitable Donations

“As the year comes to an end, please consider making a year-end tax-deductible donation for the Central Florida Watercolor Society.
The Central Florida Watercolor Society is a vibrant, community-oriented non-profit art group, (501)(c) (3). As our mission statement states: “The purpose of the Central Florida Watercolor Society is to contribute to the cultural atmosphere of Central Florida, by promoting interest, education and participation in the art of watercolor.” Our non-profit believes that education and the arts go hand in hand. In the coming year, CFWS will be promoting more community involvement in outreach and Pop Up Art events throughout the Orlando area.

        Give by sending in a check to Central Florida Watercolor Society, P.O. Box 941512, Maitland, FL 32794-1512″

Happy New Year,     Teresa Chin, President