Category Archives: 2017-18 Meeting Recaps

President Recap – December 3, 2017

We welcomed members and special guests to our Annual Holiday In-House Show and Party.

Rachel Fox, of the Dixon Ticonderoga Co., was awarded an honorary membership in appreciation of her support of our society.

Percy and Linda Maynard, of Art Systems of Orlando, were awarded an honorary membership in appreciation of their support of our society.

The 2018 Leu Gardens Member Show important dates were announced:

Jan. 7, 2018 midnight, jpeg’s to Jane Brinckerhoff. Please photograph and crop your image to the best of your ability. Submission information is on our website click on -“CFWS Exhibits”.

March 14, 2018, 6-8pm, Reception in Camellia Room, Leu Gardens

March 12, 13, 14 workshop, 9 – 4 pm, at McRae Art Studios, only a few seats left!

A big Thank You and a round of applause went out to our great board and committees:

V.P. Krys- did a great job organizing the party and also manages our social media, Jerry (treasurer), Ann (secretary), Mike (website), Pamela (workshops), Faye (workshop registrar), Rita (membership), Janet (newsletter, brochures), Judith (publicity), Marge (hospitality), Karen/Diane (Library), Leslie/Donna (Shows), Susan/Rose/Beverly (greeters), David (sound) Roberta/Ken/Mary (advisers)

Thank You to the Grants Committee: Annette, Diane, John, Sherry, and Rebecca

Thank You to the Outreach Committee: Diane and Pam

Marcela Moglia announced:

December 16, 2017 from 11 – 3 pm – Community Outreach and Plein Air Event at the Altamonte Chapel campus. This is an opportunity for the Central Florida Watercolor Society to do some outreach encouraged by our mission statement. Four volunteers will staff tables, with paper, pencils, and watercolors, for families to try some plein air painting. We’ll introduce our watercolor society to the Altamonte community, as well as give them a taste of outdoor watercolor painting and possibly joining our society. CFWS members are invited to paint, sketch, photograph and participate.

Cindy Sturla announced a special March 25, 2018 “Pop Up Event” and painting exhibition at the Albin Polasek Museum. John Gilbert, Cindy and Nancy Larkin are working out the details of this very special opportunity to promote our society in a lovely garden location. Stay tuned!

DECEMBER 18 AT 10 a.m. the board will be moving our supplies from the storage to the new Altamonte location. Your board continues to work hard for our society!

JANUARY 7 AT 1:45 p.m. Altamonte Chapel Social Hall Parking next to the building.

At our first meeting, at our new location, Glen Ward will be demonstrating stretching watercolor paper and watercolor painting. How to start a new painting… in a new year… how appropriate!

At the end of the party our 3 People’s Choice awards were announced:

1st Place – Susan Grogan

2nd Place – Chauncey Nelson

3rd Place – Jerry Snyder

Congratulations to our winners!

President Recap – November 5, 2017

President Recap – November 5, 2017

We welcomed guests and new members to our November 5th meeting.

The 2018 Leu Gardens Member Show important dates were announced:

Jan. 7, 2018 midnight, jpeg’s to Jane Brinckerhoff.  Please photograph and  crop your image to the best of your ability. This is the image that Suzanna will be looking at as she juries the show.

March 3, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m. Drop off art date, at Leu Gardens

March 14, 2018, 6-8pm, Reception in Camellia Room, Main House, Leu Gardens

June   ?   Pick up art date in first week in June, to be finalized            There is no theme this year, they waived it, so paint any subject you like (no nudes).

March 12, 13, 14 workshop, 9 – 4 pm, at McRae Art Studios, 1000 Arlington St.

Suzanna Winton, juror, for our members show, will do “Portraits with Personality”. Suzanna, a National Watercolor Society signature member, will show us how to paint realistic watercolor portraits. With her instruction and straightforward approach, you will create beautiful portraits with warmth.

Registration for this wonderful 3-day workshop is $300 for CFWS members and $350 for non-members.

Roberta sold the 50/50 tickets and we had a good response. It was a lot of fun!

Marcela Moglia announced two CFWS Plein air events:

November 18, 2017 – 10 am, Mead Botanical Garden, 1500 S. Denning Dr. in Winter Park. A 47.6 acre park that offers a variety of facilities including an amphitheater, butterfly garden, picnic tables, restrooms, boardwalk, and a bike trail. The garden is listed on the “Great Florida Birding Trail.” Cost: FREE

December 16, 2017 – Community Outreach and Plein Air Event. This is an opportunity for the Central Florida Watercolor Society to do some outreach for our community, which is encouraged by our mission statement. Four interested volunteers will staff tables, with paper, pencils, and watercolors, for those who might like to try it. This is a chance to introduce our watercolor society to the Altamonte community, as well as giving community members a taste of outdoor watercolor painting and possibly joining our society! Please come and check out our new location for 2018!

Altamonte Chapel would like to put it in their community newsletter. They will provide the tables and some supplies and our volunteers will bring what they need. Other CFWS are invited to paint /sketch / photograph, and participate.

Where: Altamonte Chapel campus our new location in Janurary 2018.

Time: 11 am – 3 pm

Address: 825 E Altamonte Dr, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Cost: FREE

Notice: If you are not getting your newsletter or emails, please check the membership book and make sure your address is correct and that your dues are paid. Check your email capacity and see if your mailbox is full. Check to see if our emails are going to spam folder.

Cindy Sturla, a past president and accomplished plein air painter,  was the demonstration artist and did a great job sharing her sketchbooks and many finished paintings done on location. She moved to Florida and found the luminous quality of watercolor works beautifully with the light and color here. She took us from preliminary thumbnail sketches to framed and finished art. Cindy has been painting in watercolor for 20 years and teaching classes for 9 years. If you want to learn the art of watercolor, her classes and studio are in Sanford, at the Gallery on First. Thank you Cindy!

President Recap – October 1, 2017

We welcomed guests and new members to our October 1st meeting. The new 2017-2018 season calendar was explained, for those who missed last month.

The updated brochures by Janet were available for members to pick up and pass out to friends, families and businesses.

Pam Merle did a great job presenting information on our upcoming March 12, 13, 14 workshop. Suzanna Winton, juror, for our members show, will do “Portraits with Personality”. Suzanna, a National Watercolor Society signature member, will show us how to paint realistic watercolor portraits. With her instruction and straightforward approach, you will create beautiful portraits with warmth. Pam showed us a sample of the work she did during the workshop, which showed a hint of turquoise used as a highlight on a forehead. She also showed us a sample of eyes and mouths that she painted during the workshop. Registration for this wonderful 3-day workshop is $300 for CFWS members and $350 for non-members.
More info or register here.

An energetic Mary Dall promoted the Ken Austin’s October 7 workshop. The 9am – 4 pm one-day workshop will reveal “Tricks of the Watercolor Trade”. Ken suggests we “Kick it up a Notch” by learning a wide variety of techniques that are easy to learn and practice. Registration is $100 for members and $125 for non-members.

Mary sold the 50/50 tickets and we had a good response. It was a lot of fun!

Marcela Moglia announced the plein air at the Bradlee-McIntyre house in Longwood. This beautiful, old historic house is a Victorian Cottage Style house. Built in 1885 this Queen Anne style three story, 13-room house is adorned with the lovely ginger bread trim. (We are invited to paint around the grounds, due to the fragile furniture inside.)

We passed around a sign up sheet for the formation of a grants writing committee after United Arts invited us to apply for a grant. We had a good response and will begin work on getting some funding soon

An announcement was made of the exhibition featuring art by Sandi Hanlon-Breuer and Kim Minichiello. “Worldwide Reflections” from Oct. 11 – Nov. 10, 2017, will interpret the world through travel and a love of nature. Reception is Oct. 13 from 6 – 8 at the Michael Crews Gallery, Lake Wales Arts Council.

Vice-president, Krys Pettit, made several announcements about participating in our social media accounts … like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. She has set up another fun day in Winter Park, touring the contemporary art collection at the Alfond Inn! The planning of the holiday party is underway and volunteers and donations are welcomed!

Finally, our founder, Ken Austin NWS, FWS treated us to a fun and colorful watercolor demonstration. He did a still life that incorporated some of the tricks we will be learning in his workshop, such as stamping and creating tension. He said the only rule in watercolor is “Water on the left and coffee on the right.” A good rule!

September ’18 Meeting Recap

In case you missed it, 9/17,2017

We had a great September meeting … a week late due to Irma. The turnout was moderate but enthusiastic! We all had our hurricane stories to share and some members were still without power! We welcomed guests and 4 new members! We are glad you joined us and know you will enjoy the many events scheduled for the new season.

A big thank you to the board for the 2017-2018 season! Your good spirit and Teresa Chin, president, gave updates on the Bloomingdale’s art show and announced that two paintings sold! Congratulations to Chauncey and Susan.

She also announced that the McRae Art Studios has been secured for the Suzanna Winton, NWS watercolor workshop, March 12, 13, 14, 2018. Pam Merle, who has taken a workshop with Suzanna, explained how she will teach painting realistic watercolor portraits with warmth and personality. Suzanna will also be our juror for our members show, at Leu Gardens and do the demo at our March 11 meeting.

Thank you to all the participants who stepped up to share “What I did This Summer” to great applause. Several people mentioned it was like going to a workshop and learning new tips and ideas. We learned about Tonalism, urban sketching, experimenting with alcohol inks, poetry and publishing, mounting a watercolor on wood and so much more!

Tom Jones brought a generous supply of watercolor papers and pads to give away. What fun! Thank you Tom!

Janet presented our updated, brochure and we encouraged members to grab a handful and network our society.

We had a lot of fun with our 50/50 drawing, which may become a permanent feature of our meetings.

Mary Dall announced the October 7 one day workshop, at Kingswood Manor, by Ken Austin. This will be a fun one-day workshop titled “Kick it up a Notch” exploring a variety of techniques in watercolors. Ken will also be doing our demo for the October 1st meeting…I can’t wait.

Marcela Moglia, announced our October 11, Plein-Air will be at the beautiful and historic Bradlee-McIntyre House, on the outside grounds, in historic Longwood from 10 – 4pm.