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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

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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!

FWS Annual Show Reception, October 27

RECEPTION RESCHEDULED!
Due to hurricane Irma we have rescheduled the 2017 Annual Exhibition Reception to:
Friday, October 27th, 7 to 10 PM

Location: The Coral Springs Museum

It will be coined a ‘Masquerade at the Museum’ in celebration of the FWS 46th Annual Exhibit (costumes not required). Enjoy a complimentary signature drink, open bar with wine and beer offerings, butler passed hors-d’oeuvres, live music, raffle opportunities and more! While it won’t be a convention, it will be a fun evening to catch up with other artists and see the exhibit.
If you previously donated your FWS payments for the convention, please do not RSVP on the website but use the survey that was sent to all prior registrants who donated their costs.
If you have already registered or re-registered, thank you so much! Have a wonderful time at the celebration of our finest!
If you have any questions please email Donna Morrison at
Coral Springs Museum of Art
2855 Coral Springs Drive
Coral Springs FL 33065
Fri Oct 27 2017, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Oct 10 at 5 pm was the deadline for the hotel discounted rate.  You will have to arrange for your own accommodations.

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.

FWS 2017 Convention Cancelled

From FWS:   “TO ALL FWS MEMBERS:  Due to the approach of
CAT 4 hurricane IRMA toward south Florida, President Rita Szopinski and the board of Florida Watercolor Society has made the difficult decision to cancel this years’ workshops, convention and trade show scheduled for Sept 14-17.

If you need to cancel hotel reservations, please contact the hotel.

The exhibition reception at the Coral Springs Museum of Art has been postponed until a date in October to be announced later.

Hurricane Irma is extremely dangerous and we encourage everyone to prepare now and evacuate if necessary.

Be safe.
Nina Allen Freeman
Secretary, Florida Watercolor Society