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.

September 2017 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.

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.

April 2017 Meeting Recap

April 2, 2017

The president welcomed new members and guests and asked for any new folks to get up and introduce themselves. Mary reminded everyone that the renewal for the 2017-2018 season is now underway. The board has been working hard to keep the cost at $40 for the season.

Mary encouraged participation in the 50/50 donation raffle.

The president thanked Tom Jones for introducing us to Dixon-Ticonderoga. Tom offered an initial two-day workshop, March 30-31 with 16 participants. We learned a lot from Tom, of course, but also Dixon treated us to a nice lunch both days, gave us a tour or their museum and not only provided us with free samples of their new paints, but also provided samples of their newest paper lines—both cold press and hot press. A fun time was had by all. Thank you Tom! Thank you Dixon-Ticonderoga.

The president highlighted that the board continues to work to complete the new season calendar. We were fortunate to have two people come forward with interest in the VP slot that opens as Teresa Chin moves up to the presidency. Assuming the presidency after two season as the VP is always a consideration and Krys Pettit felt she would be in a position to move up two seasons from now. We are still in need of a workshop chairperson. Mary reminded the membership that positions could be filled by two friends who wanted to work together.

We just heard discovered that the Terrace Gallery has been slated for renovation during the from Dec. 2017-June 2018. This means that our member show there will be transferred to another venue. We will still be working with the new director and will confirm that we will maintain the March 12-May 25 dates as planned. More info to follow. So much for me having the calendar done in April—we will aim for the first part of May before the new board is installed. Leu Gardens is being considered.

The board has been working on some Policies and Procedures including some new things we’re going to initiate. The board approved a small perk incentive for officers and chairpersons. There will be a $50 reduction in cost to officers and board members who wish to attend workshops. Each chair receives this discount. If two share a chairmanship, the reduction too would be shared. We’re giving this incentive a try for the 2017-18 season and probably the 2018-19 season to see how it works. We are also trying to determine a fair deduction in workshop costs for the workshop assistant. The workshop chairperson is able to attend workshops for free, but in order to enjoy the perk they need a workshop assistant. The job of workshop assistant had sort of “fallen through the cracks” in recent years. The board has decided to have a written statement under Policies and Procedures for this non-board position that can be assumed by various members during the year. At the April board meeting we will approve the reduction amount in workshop fees the assistant will be given along with a specific list of duties. These will be on our website and available in the newsletter once approved and voted on.

Mary reminded the assembly that we will have a special demo by Mike Bisceglia at the May meeting and the election of officers for the 2017-2019 seasons.

Marcela Moglia, Plein Air chairperson, got up to speak and reminded everyone of the upcoming plain-air events and to check the website and newsletter for updates.

VP Teresa Chin addressed the assembly with the latest on the Bloomingdales event over the summer. She then introduced Dana Daydodge, who was featured in the Orlando Arts magazine, as our demo artist. After drawing the 50/50 donation winner, Dana demonstrated watercolor on Yupo paper, talked about color, papers and innovative use of watercolor. Thank you Dana!

The meeting adjourned at approximately 4:00.

March 2017 Meeting Recap

The president, Mary Dall, welcomed the guests and new members. During the short business meeting she reminded the members that the board was hard at work putting together the 2017-18 season. She asked for members to consider a board position or to volunteer as needed for one time assistance with particular needs such as hospitality help and set up help.

Please look over the three positions available, VP, workshop chair and juried show chair. As each steps down they are willing and able to provide information and guidance to the new chair to make the transition an easy one. If you are interested but would like to come to a board meeting to get better acquainted, we meet once a month, third Thursday at 10:00 at Seminole Co. Library, first floor

There are three board positions available:

VP-the VP sets the demo calendar, orchestrates the holiday party and assists the president as needed, should consider stepping up to the president slot. (Much of the preliminary work is done. A guideline is prepared.)

Juried Show-finds the venue, co-ordinates with artist(s), assimilates information and plans the show. We are set up for 2017-18 already. Then, the new chair sets up for the next season and for a subsequent season for the next chair. (Much of the preliminary work is done. A guideline is prepared.)

Workshops-contracts the artist for our one or two workshop(s) a season. Sets-up for workshops. Our present workshop chair has also been setting up for monthly demos also. We hope to have volunteers assist with this on a one time a season basis.

We need two volunteers each month to help get the TV and equipment from storage. Terri or I will meet the helpers at the storage place with the key and assist the volunteers with getting and returning the equipment.

The board is also presently working on a set of policy and procedures so that the workings of the club run even more smoothly.

The president then thanked Leslie Macauley for taking notes at the last board meeting when Ann Hague was injured. Mary held up the Orlando Arts magazine and showed the artist page that featured Dana Daydodge congratulating her and thanking our publicity chair, Judith Kaye, who worked hard to secure this space for a CFWS artist.

Terri Chin got up and gave information on the summer hanging at Bloomingdale’s at Millenia Mall. More info will be on our website and newsletter.

Marcela Moglia spoke next and told about the plein air event on March 18 at SOBO and gave information on other plein air venues.

 Mary thanked Krys Petit for her work with CFWS facebook page.

 Members were reminded that SOBO pickup is April 1, 2016 (3:00-4:30) Any problem with pickup, contact email Mary Dall or Nancy Larkin.

Tom Jones is having a very special workshop at the Dixon-Ticonderoga headquarters. It is limited to the first 16 sign ups and you need to contact Tom at tom@tomjones.com to be part of this event. Lunch and a museum tour is included.

Mary announced that we lost one of our Charter Members, Robert Woodring, who passed away on Wednesday, March 8th. Information is in the newsletter.

 Terri Chin introduced Caryn Dahm who presented a wonderful watercolor demo and talk.

Hospitality chair, Marge Reed, served refreshments at a break and then Caryn continued her presentation.

Special thanks to Glen Ward who helped us get the equipment from storage and to Ted Mammon who assisted with set-up and take down on site.

February 2017 Meeting Recap

The president, Mary Dall, welcomed the members and guests.

She thanked the Winter Garden Art Association and the many people who made the juried show a rousing success and the reception especially fun. Special thanks went out to Jackii Molsick and Sandi Hanlon-Breuer, the co-chairs and to Jane Brinckerhoff who collected and sent the jpgs and designed the beautiful postcard. The president thanked Janet Asbury, Judi Kaye and Mike Malloy who advertised via their separate functions and any and all who helped to make the event a success. The winners of the Juried Show were announced, recognized and congratulated.

Karen Bowden, librarian and coordinator of the upcoming studio show, had Jason Lee stop in. Jason Lee from Chapman-Leonard spoke to the people who will be hanging at the studio. They came up and talked with him to confirm their entries/acceptance/paperwork. There was a question about who got into the show as there was some confusion as to the procedure since some felt the interest sheet was a confirmation sheet. The information had been available on the website. It was explained and members were confirmed. The president apologized for any confusion.

Lost and found items were presented. Several members came up and took their belongings. The bulk of the items were claimed. From now on items left behind will be pictured in the newsletter and, if not claimed after a reasonable amount of time, donated to charity.

The president said that we still had a few openings in the Feb. 6-7-8 workshop.

Jaimie Cordero was asked to reach in the raffle bin and pull the winning ticket. The winner of the Frank Frances beautiful painting donated by Jackii Molsick was Donna Coulantes. Congratulations Donna!

The president reminded the assembly that we have some critical positions on the board that we need to fill for the 2017-18 season.

Jaimie Cordero was then introduced and presented a wonderful demonstration for the assembly of nearly 80 in attendance.

Congrats to Juried Show Award Winners

The jurist had a difficult task having to choose the top paintings among the selection of work making up the
2017 CFWS Annual Juried Show.
The following artists were presented with their awards at the show’s opening reception held the evening of February 2, 2017.

  • Precious - Wilkinson
    Precious - Wilkinson
    Best of Show
  • Full Service - Daydodge
    Full Service - Daydodge
    First Place
  • Tribute to Cecil - Greenlee Mamon
    Tribute to Cecil - Greenlee Mamon
    Second Place
  • Winter Wonderland - Nelson
    Winter Wonderland - Nelson
    Third Place
  • Contemplation - Hague
    Contemplation - Hague
    Honorable Mention
  • Rorschach Aquatica II - Hanlon Breuer
    Rorschach Aquatica II - Hanlon Breuer
    Honorable Mention
  • Aubergine - Carrier
    Aubergine - Carrier
    Award of Merit
  • Along The Ripples - Antony
    Along The Ripples - Antony
    Award of Merit

BEST OF SHOW
‘Precious’ by Rebecca Wilkinson

FIRST PLACE
‘Full Service’ by Dana Daydodge

SECOND PLACE
‘Tribute to Cecil’ by Susan Greenlee-Mamon

THIRD PLACE
‘Winter Wonderland’ by Chauncey Nelson

HONORABLE MENTIONS
‘Contemplation’ by Bob Hague
‘Rorschach Aquatica II’ by Sandy Hanlon-Breuer

AWARDS OF MERIT
‘Aubergine’ by Mary Carrier
‘Along The Ripples’ by Cleetus Antony

The show runs through April 2 at the Winter Garden Art Association’s ‘127SOBO Gallery’ in Winter Garden, located  in
downtown Winter Garden.
Viewing is available during SOBO business hours,
and free and open to the public.
Free parking directly across the street.
wgart.org for more info on SOBO Gallery.

Work in show available for reference online here. 

January 2017 Meeting Recap

January 8th, 2017 Meeting Recap

The president, Mary Dall, welcomed members and guests.

She reported that the Hidden Gem show went well and thanked all who helped and participated. She showed the new sign that we used for the first time at Hidden Gem that advertises our society.

Mary related that she is working on the calendar for next season and sent a sheet around to see who might be interested in presenting a demo at a Sunday meeting. She mentioned that a $100 stipend is given in thanks.

Other notes:

We are still selling raffle tickets for the beautiful Frank Francese painting. The drawing will be at the February general meeting.

Our final workshop for 2016-2017 season is with Jaimie Cardero and coming up Feb. 6,7,8. Demo. on Sunday, Feb. 5 at the general meeting. There are still openings and sign up was encouraged. The president will be the workshop assistant for this one.

Election of officers is in May. The president encouraged participation and volunteerism. We are especially in need of someone who would serve as VP, workshop chair and juried show chair.  Descriptions of the open board positions can be found here.

Marcela Moglia has stepped up to be the Plein Air Chairperson for the 2017-2018 season.

Mary and librarian, Karen Bowden, discussed the opportunity to be part of an exhibit at Leonard/Chapman Film Studios, Inc. Karen Bowden is the point of contact with Krys Petit who will be available next week. We need helpers. Particulars will be in the newsletter and on the website.

Juried Show:
If you drop off your art at Maitland A & H between 8:30-9:30 AM on January 28th, be sure you have the form from SOBO, Winter Garden Art Association filled out and signed. We cannot accept your painting(s) without it. It was sent to you with your acceptance letter. Also, you will have to sign a blue release form for your painting and any other ones you drop off. (available from the volunteers in the parking lot.) Be sure the tags that were sent to you are also on your painting. (Back, upper right plus one on the front of each.) You MAY NOT change the painting or price of your painting on the day of hanging. Volunteers will have the painting list with prices with us at drop-off.  Jackii, juried show chair, spoke and gave additional thoughts on the Juried Show at SOBO. Reception is: Feb. 2, 2017 from 5:30-8:00. Email Mary Dall if you want on the list confirming that your painting will be collected at Maitland A&H and taken as a courtesy to SOBO for the 11:00 hanging.

In conclusion, the president reminded the membership that in April and May we will start renewing our membership for the 2017-2018 Season.

Teresa Chin, Vice-president, introduced our demo artist, Nancy McDonald.

Refreshments were served by new Hospitality Chair, Marge Reed and her helpers.