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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.

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.