President recap: “What I Did This Summer” 9/13/20

At first, there were just two of us in the waiting room….then, two more, and then 5, 10, 15, twenty…more and more CFWS members attending the kickoff season meeting, “What I Did This Summer”.

Were all these members meeting at the Altamonte Chapel? (We need more chairs!)  Were we waiting in our cars in the steamy afternoon heat? Were we trying to bum an extra easel to prop up our work in the chapel?

After admitting 60 of our member friends into the meeting, the inaugural CFWS 2020-2021 season kicked off on ZOOM. Always a popular time to see old friends we’ve missed over the summer, we did not want to have to cancel this popular meeting due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.

What do artists do when they’re bored? Quarantined? Under lockdown with Mother Nature outside? We MAKE ART!!! And, we like to show everybody what we did….so, undaunted, everyone courageously downloaded the ZOOM App and we had 60 members online, joining in on the meeting. Let me tell you, seeing 50 smiling faces staring back at you will make anybody happy for a long time.

We had over twenty artists show their beautiful works of art, along with raised hands, comments and emoji’s of oohs and aahs. Almost like a real meeting at Altamonte Chapel! (Not. Remember the snack time)

But, it was still fun to hear everybody’s voices and see their smiling faces. My favorite part was the Nancy and Sharon Show, where they run between houses, ipads, and swimming pools showing us their beautiful creations, and all in bare feet!

Ken Austin kicked off the festivities with some beautiful matted (nice touch, Ken) floral block print/paintings. Dot Cline, who lives in assisted living and was not allowed to leave her facility, painted a gorgeous red flower right outside her door.

Marian Wagster shared her grand, full sheet paintings, and they all fit within the ZOOM screen…We also liked David Williams Southern Amish painting and his new facial hair. Charlie Cipes wrapped up the meeting with her portrait of her father as a navy pilot. I certainly got chills….via ZOOM!

Every single artist had beautiful works to share, and the other 40 members in the audience all enjoyed it immensely. So, THANK YOU to all our ZOOM SHARERS! You were very brave and generous. The paintings looked beautiful on our screens. We can imagine how beautiful they are when we get to see them in person. Maybe for the MAY 2021 meeting???

Don’t forget to join the fun. Volunteer to be on the BOARD.

Pam and Charlie

       

Richelle recommended a website by Jane Blundell, who makes color swatches of her paints.

 

Call for Artists: Juried show sponsored by Jess Jewelers of Bradenton, Florida

An open, all media juried exhibit with a twist, sponsored by Jess Jewelers of Bradenton, Florida.

On Display: Oct 13 – Nov 20
Online Entry by Oct 1, 5:00pm
In-person receiving: Oct 10, 9:00-3:00pm

First, the subject matter must be of a sea creature or a seascape;
Second, said creature needs to be wearing a diamond earring or the seascape must include a diamond earring.

Why the specific guidelines? Jess Jewelers will present the top three award winners with a pair of genuine diamond earrings, as well as large cash prizes. So challenge yourself to think outside the tackle box and bring us your best whimsical sea creatures wearing some bling!

First Place: $1000 and diamond earrings valued at $1000
Second Place: $750 and diamond earrings valued at $750
Third Place: $500 and diamond earrings valued at $500
Merit: $200
Best in 3D: $250
Best in Jewelry: $250
Honorable Mentions (3): $50 each

Sponsored by Jess Jewelers, Bradenton Florida

Exhibition Requirements

Entry Fees: Entry fees are nonrefundable and support the exhibition program at ArtCenter Manatee and help to keep the arts alive and vibrant in our community. If you are not currently a member, an individual membership is available for $60 for one full year.

1 piece – members $20, non-members $30
2 pieces – members $30, non-members $50
3 pieces – members $35, non-members $65
Diptych –members add $5, non-members add $10
Triptych –members add $15, non-members add $30

Submission form and more information:

Fishing For Diamonds Call For Artists

Images of Pompeii show – latest information 9/16/20

The dates of the CFWS members “ Images of Pompeii” show will be –  October 23, 2020 – February 7, 2021. 
The show drop off will be on Wednesday, October 21st between 9 – 11 am.
 Uninstall on Monday, February 8th. Time to be determined. We will use the main entrance, across the bridge.
 Remember to wear a mask and social distance. 
For those who want to avoid going out to the science center, Terri Chin, Marcela Moglia, Cindy Sturla, Janet Asbury, Pam Chock and Ann Worrall have offered their homes for early drop off. Deadline for early drop off is October 16th. Call or email to make an appointment.
Labels and gallery agreement have been sent to the participating artists. Please follow the instructions and have paperwork ready along with your painting.
To view the Pompeii exhibit, as well as our show, please remember to reserve your timed entry ticket. Go online:

Summer of Art Changes

Ok, this is a work in progress. We’ve changed the limitation to the show from 25 to all submissions. We will display one work per member at any given time. All submissions will show online but one work per artist will show at any given time. If you submit more than one work, we will replace any currently showing work with the new submission.

Renew your membership and send us your latest work!

Ralph Dunagin was a favorite…

We all have our favorite watercolorists. Some for their color and boldness, others for their creativity and draftsmanship. Ralph Dunagin was one of my favorite CFWS watercolorists and I always looked forward to our annual show so I could see what Ralph was up to.

“His paintings, like him, were quiet, but spot-on in drawing and color combinations.” said Ken Austin, a long time friend and fellow artist.

Ralph recently passed and he and his talent will be missed.

His full sheet watercolors won awards each year.
Below is a selection of his work that appeared in past annual shows while he was an active CFWS member.

Ralph was a cartoonist for the Orlando Sentinel for almost 40 years.  Read his story.

2020 Creative Confinement Challenge, by FWS members, is on line!

The Florida Watercolor Society challenged members to paint art just 64 inches square, or 8x8inch. This unique online exhibition is up and open 24 hours a day for your viewing pleasure. Work had to be created after the stay-at-home order of March 13th. It is fun to see the many different interpretations of sheltering in place, from the view of an artist! Over 100 entries are available for purchase. So, sit back relax and enjoy the show with your favorite beverage.

CFWS members in the show: Teresa Chin, Charlotte “Charlie” Cipes, Caryn Dahm, Diane Darnall, Susan Jane Donohoe, Diana Eagles, Nancy Larkin, Kim Minichiello, Marcela Moglia

https://floridawatercolorsociety.org/ccc-exhibition/

 

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Summer of Art Online Show

We invited our members to submit paintings to our online show and what a response. Originally planned to take this live on June 20th but since we are ready to go, WHY WAIT?

We are showing 25 paintings and will be rotating new work into the show every 14 days. If you don’t see your submission this time, check back June 20th, it will be posted. If you get rotated out, feel free to submit another. CFWS members with current dues paid for 2020-2021 Season are eligible.

Summer of Art Rotating Online Show.

Cudos to the committee: Diane Darnall, Janet Asbury, Jane Brinckerhoff and Mike Malloy.