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.


January Meeting Recap

Happy New Year to you All! Hope your holiday festivities were good ones. We welcomed members and special guests to our new location in the Altamonte Chapel Social Hall. Our new storage area is set up and we are happy to have such a nice space. Our new library cart holds lots of books. Thank you Mary for sewing the new cover!

The first meeting in our new location was well attended and we had a fascinating lesson in stretching 300 lb. paper, and painting a beautiful Marlin by Glen Ward. This was a great way to kick off the new year.


Please remember we start our meeting at 1:45 now. Doors will be opened at 1:15 only for those setting up the meeting space.

Thank you to all of our members for turning in surveys, to Annette, for the United Arts grant application. We appreciate your input and will tailor future events with this information in mind.

The 2018 Leu Gardens Member Show important dates:

March 12, 13, 14 workshop, 9 – 4 pm, at McRae Art Studios

Faye reminded us that we have 4 spots left in our Suzanna Winton workshop, so please get your seat reserved soon!

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

A fun opportunity is coming up April 14th. We need a couple of volunteers to help plan out the details for a community Craft Day at the Altamonte Chapel campus. Please email me.

Cindy and John announced a special March 25, 2018 “Pop Up Event” and painting exhibition at the Albin Polasek Museum. We passed around 2 sign up sheets for refreshment volunteers and greeters and got a very strong response. The committee is working out the details of this very special opportunity to promote our society in a lovely garden location.

We have a lot more in store, so keep checking our website and newsletter for more information and opportunities.


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

October 2017 Meeting Recap

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!

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.

Cornell Fine Art Museum Tour of Paul Signac Watercolors

The Central Florida Watercolor Society had a marvelous tour at the Cornell Fine Art Museum this August.  The tour was led by Rollins Fellow Elizabeth Coulter.  Elizabeth led an informative and entertaining in-depth tour of the paintings in the  Paul Signac watercolor exhibit.  We hope to have tours with the Museum in the future.

May 2017 Meeting Recap

Sunday May 7, 2017

The president welcomed new members and guests. She reminded the membership to renew now for the next season—2017-2018. She presented the nearly completed 2017-2018 calendar of events and explain why we are moved to the second Sunday for most of our meetings in 2018 due to holidays and venue date requirements. She said the newest calendar will be in the newsletter and it will be updated as events change.

Mary was excited to be able to announce that after CFWS finishes out the 2017 part of the 17-18 season, there will be a change in venue. We will meet at Germaine-Marvel until after the 2017 Christmas party and then in January we will begin meeting at Altamonte Chapel Social Hall at 825 E. Altamonte, Altamonte Springs with doors opening at 1:00. CFWS members will no longer need to haul the equipment from Public Storage to set up and contend with take down and restoring. From January 2018-May 2018 we will be renting from the Altamonte Chapel using their large, bright social hall with the option to continue at the facility. We are very excited about this venue.

  • They will provide on-site storage in an A/C facility.
  • Sound system is already in place.
  • State of the art projector will be installed or we can use the TV or mirror. (our choice)
  • They will bring the equipment to the hall and set up all the tables and chairs we need.
  • They are more reasonably priced than A&H keeping our expenses to where we won’t have to raise dues.
  • Ample parking and lovely grounds.
  • Library will no longer have to cart books and magazines from place to place; books can be securely stored on site.
  • We will be able to use the venue for workshops too if we desire.

We are hoping to have a plein air event on the site prior to a general meeting. Our longstanding member, Jean Stirling’s memorial  was at this chapel and several of our members were present. All of them asked if the facility might be available to us. Your board made that happen!

Mary announced that Nancy Larkin and a few other members meet on Tuesday morning in College Park near Princeton (behind the elementary school area) from 9-1 to have a free painting session. She encourages others to join them. Contact Nancy Larkin for more info.

Kim Minichello, CFWS member and future president of FWS, is actively seeking donations for the FWS silent auction. Items do not have to be art related. Mary encouraged members to ‘clean out their closets’ and see if there are items to donate.

Recently we lost a longstanding member of our group—Robert Woodring. His wife asked Mary to let the membership know that she will be disposing of his art supplies. She is relocating. Mary added the list of items for sale to the “Sell and Trade” Book and made Jan Woodring’s email available. She should be contacted directly if anyone is interested in items. Mary will send a general notice around to the membership during the week.

Plein air chairperson, Marcela Moglia, informed the group that there would be some very interesting plein air events next season and that, along with the week-end events, she is planning some week day specials.

VP Teresa Chin reminded members that we still need artists to submit jpgs for the Bloomingdales exhibit and that the deadline has been extended a week. Ken Austin, one of the judges—along with Rebecca Wilkinson, asked folks to use his gmail address when sending the images.

Before presenting the names in nomination of the new officers and introduce the board, Mary acknowledged the members of the 2016-2017 board and thanked them for their outstanding service. A rousing round of applause followed.

Mary called two members to the front and acknowledged them. Pam Merle will take the last remaining chairperson slot—workshops. (Rich Lewis and Mary Dall will assist her as we transition.) Sharon Stitely-past hospitality chair-volunteered to take the September and October hospitality duties for Marge Reed who vacations with her family each year during that two-month slot. Sharon volunteered for this service last season also. Both ladies were acknowledged and were applauded by the assembly. Mary also explained the voting procedure. Officers are voted on. Chairpersons are appointed. VP and nominating committee chair, Teresa Chin, presented the slate of officers.

President: Teresa Chin

VP: Krys Petit

Secretary: Ann Hague

Treasurer: Jerry Snyder

President, Mary Dall, for her last official act, called for a “yea” or “nay” vote. The vote was unanimous and the new officers were voted in. Mary congratulated Teresa and the new board. Applause ensued. Teresa Chin,  the newly elected president, presented Mary with a parting gift and thanked her for her service. Again, applause followed. Mary thanked everyone again for their assistance and encouragement and especially noted Teresa’s support as a wonderful vice-president.

The group stopped to have snacks and mingle.  Members returned to their seats for the demo.

Our demo artist, Mike Bisceglia, asked to introduce himself and then proceeded to entertain and delight the assembly. His anecdotes had us all laughing until we were in tears. Then, he narrated  a computer presentation of some of his paintings.  Lastly, he presented a demo that included his blowing bubbles technique. The assembly was enthralled and Mike was having fun, as were we. A lovely afternoon was had by all! Sunday was a great, and entertaining, end to the season.

Our next official general meeting will be September 10, 2017 to begin our 2017-2018 season with our annual “Show and Tell” where each member brings in one painting (usually worked on over the summer) and tells about it.