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 pxlar.com 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.


Volunteer for the Polesek Plein Air –
March 25th

Participant Information:

Arrival time: 11 AM. Prepare to assist Rachel Frisby, Polesek coordinator,  set up tables, chairs, easels, tent. Get familiar with the property, organize. Plein aire session will end at 4 pm. 


Thank you members.  We have filled the artist spots and expect a great plein air day – see you there.
What to bring: paints, your water container, your brushes, your paper, your clips to hold your paper (could be a windy day), a chair or seat if you like to sit while painting, a French paint box/easel if you like to paint standing, a folding table if you like to lay out your supplies, an umbrella if you are sun-shy, or simply locate in the shade. Sun screen. A bag lunch, if necessary. And dress for the weather. Bring business cards if you have them.

 Art Sales: Polasek presentation easels will be provided to display any art that depicts the museum and gardens. This displayed work can be for sale.  Please have any work displayed accompanied with title, artist name, price/NFS.  The art and will be located in the greeting area on the patio called the ‘Stations of the Cross’, located immediately out the museum’s back door.  Artists are not to display or have work for sale at their work location.  Paintings completed during the event can be placed for sale until event ends at 4pm. 

Parking: Parking is free and on a first come-first served basis. There is space on Polasek grounds, in the shade, on paved pad and grass. If on-site parking is entirely taken, off-premise parking is available at the city library, and Dinky Dock marina/beach.  Artists can drop off their materials prior to parking off-site and walk back. Both off-site parking areas are one block away. (At the traffic light you can either turn right for the library, or left for Dinky Dock.)
Please, if participating, wear your CFWS badge to identify yourself to the Polasek staff and public.

Polasek Museum will host CFWS Plein Air Day

Members of The Central Florida Watercolor Society, CFWS, have been invited to host a Plein Air painting event at the historic Winter Park Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens on March 25, 2018 from 1 P.M. until 4 P.M. The Polasek Museum is located at 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park, Florida.

With the 10th Annual Winter Park Paint Out scheduled for April 22-28, our March CFWS plein air is, by design, a warm up to this very popular and well attended event. With watercolor painters in the gardens capturing the beauty of the exquisitely designed landscape, patrons and visitors can enjoy watching members of this group painting in watercolor. The Central Florida Watercolor Society, started in 1998, has a membership of 150 whose expertise ranges from beginner to professional.

“It is a great honor to be invited to host this Plein Air event”, former CFWS president and past Winter Park Paint Out participant, Cindy Sturla, said at a recent membership meeting. “The beautifully manicured gardens of the Polasek Museum, the former home and studio of Albin Polasek, and the grounds with amazing world class sculptures are a Plein Air artist’s dream! We appreciate this opportunity to share our love of Plein Air and show patrons and visitors how painting in watercolor is different than painting in oils or acrylic.”

This event will also showcase the recently opened Capen-Showalter Home with its newly landscaped grounds. The Capen-Showalter Home was saved from destruction by the Albin Polasek Foundation when it quickly raised the money necessary to float the home across Lake Osceola on a barge in 2013, resulting in significant national news coverage. Visiting the home and beautifully re-landscaped gardens will show that it was money well spent.

If you’re an art lover, a patron, or just curious to see what the buzz is about, stop by the Polasek Museum March 25 from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. to see the watercolorists in action. Admission to the Museum is: adults, $10; seniors (60+): $8; college students with ID: $8; students (K-12) $3, members and children 4 and under are free. On-site parking, space available, is free. Over-flow parking is available at the city library and at Dinky Dock; both are only one block distant. For more information on the Museum, call 407-960-4719.

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

Thanks to Ken Austin for a special one-day workshop…

We had a great time at the Ken Austin Workshop on Saturday, October 7th. We learned about communicating with our audience, creating tension, the importance of values, and painting what interests you. In doing these things, there are some fun “tricks of the trade” you can use like, stamping, patterns, lifting, and using unconventional items for special effects.

We all enjoyed this special workshop with a special instructor and wish we could have another day!

Attendees:  Teresa Chin, Mary Dall, Karen Bowden, Cathy Caine, Sherry Mohr, Janet Asbury, Marcella Moglia, Susan Greenlee-Mamon, Marianna Ross-Hamilton, Maureen Murphy , Faye Tambrino & Diane Darnell.

Janet Asbury, workshop assistant, Michel did a great job keeping everyone happy with snacks, coffee and equipment.