December 2016 Party Recap

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We welcomed everyone to the 11th Annual Central Florida Watercolor Society Member In House Show and Holiday party, in the Germaine Marvel building, at the Art & History Museums – Maitland.

Members signed in and those with paintings had them numbered and displayed for the voting. Also, one free raffle ticket was given to each member. Mini paintings were displayed and as we ate our meal those who brought one took one out of a small box.

After the business was taken care of, we passed out ballots for the people’s choice voting and the meal was begun. There were tables filled with amazing appetizers, food, desserts, and drinks. It was all so delicious!

This was Marge Reed’s first Christmas party as hospitality 
and she proved to be a pro. She even designed and made all of the precious centerpieces. Sharon Stitely, our past hospitality chair, was with Marge each step of the way. They worked like a fine tuned machine. What a blessing it is when a chair transition spot moves fluidly from past to present. Thank you ladies.

Was so happy that Tom Jones brought Michele Montes, artist-representative with Dixon-Ticonderoga, to the party so that we could meet her. We 
hope to develop a working relationship with the company. She was very informative and a lovely lady. Thanks Tom and Bonnie for inviting her.

David Williams was in good form performing MC raffle duties and kept Santa (Michel Oliver) and Margaret Wheaton hopping as they passed out prizes for everyone. Thank you.

At the first meeting after the New Year, January 8th, we will have our own Nancy McDonald doing a demo. This is sure to be a fascinating presentation as she is an active and fun teacher.

At the January meeting we will pass around a sheet for members to sign if they are interested in doing a paid demo during the 2017-2018 season at one of our regular first Sunday meetings.

Thanks also to everyone who helped with the Hidden Gem exhibit and reception, especially Rita Watts and Jerry Snyder.

Our last workshop of the season is in February with Jaimie Cordero. Reserve your spot via our website or contact our registrar, Faye Tambrino by email directly.

Make plans to be at our opening reception and awards for the CFWS annual juried member show, in Winter Garden at the SOBO Gallery, on February 2, 2017.

As the meal was winding down, we began the raffle for donations from Art Systems, Princeton Artist Brush Co., Tom Jones, DK Art Supply & Custom Framing, Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, Dana Daydodge, Marilyn Hausy, Jackii Molsick, Terri Chin and the estate of Tom Knight. We had the one and only SANTA (Michel Olivier) help to hand out the prizes! Dave Williams did the raffle calls in a most entertaining way! What great fun we had and we laughed until we cried!

 Finally the people’s choice winners were announced:

First Place: Ruby Schwarzschild

Second Place: Chauncey Nelson

Third Place: Susan Grogan

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS! It was a beautiful art show with talent showing in all the paintings! Everyone loved being surrounded by such wonderful work.

 

Cindy Sturla, CFWS artist, offers watercolor classes

Classes are held  in Studio One, at Gallery on First, 211 E First Street, Sanford, FL.  

  • Watercolor I is offered Tuesday afternoons, 1:30 – 4:30. This classs is for first-time  painters wanting to learn the basics of watercolor painting.
  • Watercolor II is offered Friday mornings from 10am – 1pm. This is for the painter with past experience in watercolor painting who wants to improve their skills.

For each class, there is a painting project which the students complete by following me through a demo.
Classes are small so there is a lot of one on one teaching.  The cost per class is $25 or $95 for four classes.  Please contact Cindy Sturla via email for more information or registration.

Free Online Course: Transfer Drawings With Tracing Paper

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Karen Bowden, CFWS member, now offers courses online. Her first free course shows how to work on the composition beforehand. Then how to economically transfer it to watercolor paper. You can find the course at Skillshare where you can sign up for free: http://skl.sh/2fNhxIk

At the end of the course, you can see a time lapse of the watercolor painting of two Scrubjays transferred using this technique.

Volunteer Opportunities

CFWS depends on member participation to fulfill its’ mission.  There are a number of opportunities for you to get involved by volunteering to be a board member, assist a board member in their duties or joining a committee in organizing the various events held throughout the season.

We currently need a Plein Air coordinator and individuals to assist with the Annual Show.  Board position openings will be posted for your consideration as the need arises.

Descriptions of the various Board positions are described here.

November 2016 Meeting Recap

At 1:30, after welcoming our new members and guests, President Mary Dall opened the meeting with a welcome to our new hospitality chairperson, Marge Reed, and a thank you to Sharon Stitely who stayed on a bit longer until Marge was back in town.

Mary acknowledged the sudden passing of a long-term member and fine watercolorist, Jean Stirling. Her memorial service was November 4th and was attended by several CFWS members.

March 18 plein air set up by Judi Kaye (publicity) will be near SOBO in conjunction with our juried show. Judy also received thanks for securing extra attention in the Orlando Arts magazine for our group.

Mary gave a shout out to Mike Malloy, our web master, who has made entering the juried show an easy process on-line. Several members attested to the ease of submission on line. Mary reminded the members to check out our website and noted that the URL is published at the bottom of the electronic newsletter Janet sends.

We have already had several phone or email changes to our directory so going electronically with it was a good idea.

It was noted that the sign-up for Hidden Gem: CFWS, Casselberry Art House Show that runs from Dec. 2-30 would now close. We have complete details in the newsletter and on our website. Our treasurer collected the $5.00 entry fee at the meeting (or it still can be paid at install) and forms were available for members still needing the releases and liability pages. Mary pointed out that we will be having this exhibit in conjunction with the Casselberry Recreation Center’s “Music in the Park” and boutique. Members signed up to participate at the boutique table.

Janet Asbury continued the distribution of tees and brought the CFWS aprons to distribute. They are beautiful!

Mary reminded the members to not delay getting the jpgs and monies in for our wonderful Juried Show. We are once again at SOBO, 127 South Boyd, Winter Garden.  Images are due Dec. 4 and now it is easier than ever to submit on line. Jane Brinckerhof once again will be compiling the jpgs. to send to the juror, Jaimie Cordero. Jane said that our juror simply wants a good quality jpg. and we need not worry about exact dimensions. Jackii Molsick talked about submitting to the Juried show.

We continued the raffle of the beautiful Frank Francese painting that Jackii donated. By sharing this painting over several months more members will have a chance to participate.

Mary mentioned that after the first of the year, our society will have a 50/50 raffle at the meetings to help generate funds. A dollar a ticket (6 for $5) with 50% going to the club and 50% going to the winner.

The president send around a form to ascertain interest in a hanging at the Leonard Chapman Studios, 9460  Delegates Dr. Orlando and to see if there was someone willing to coordinate this three month hanging  in February. Their point man, Jason Lee, said they will need  80-90 pieces. We need a coordinator for this event to step forward. The coordinator will simply retain a copy of emails and remind the artists between now and February as to install, take down and any reception notes. There seems to be enough member interest to proceed at this juncture.

We will be forming the new board slate in the coming months. The president encouraged involvement. She suggested members should consider attending a board meeting to get to know the members who are being retained.  Come May we will be in need of a workshop chair, plein air chair and a VP.

Then, Rebecca Wilkenson was introduced and she presented a fascinating Power Point that shows how she executes a water painting. She included info about her studio and fascinating travels. During the presentation there was time for a Q and A. Refreshments followed and Jill Hoppes, from Lake Mary Lifestyles, came to take photos to accompany an article she will be doing about CFWS.

October 2016 Meeting Recap

Teresa Chin, vice-president, introduced new members and guests. She thanked Sharon Stitely, who is helping one last time before the new Hospitalty chair, Marge Reed, was available. Marge will be back in November.

The by-laws committee was thanked again, especially Cindy and Ann. The members were reminded that the by-laws were passed at last months meeting, and can now be found at our website.

Jackii Molsick did a great job promoting the raffle for the wonderful Frank Franscese original watercolor. It’s estimated value is $600. Tickets are offered for $1.00 donation or 6 for $5.00. (The final drawing will be held at a future meeting.) She also talked about the jpeg’s needed for the member’s show and due Dec. 4th.

A big thank you to Mike Malloy, our webmaster, who updated our site over the summer. Please check back often for updates.

Janet Asbury was handing out the new CFWS t-shirts to the people who had ordered them, and they looked beautiful! The aprons will be in next time.

Please follow along and “Like” us on our Facebook page.

The bus trip to the convention was a great success, thanks to Nancy Larkin! We had a chance to take in some demo’s by accomplished artists, buy art supplies at the trade show, mingle, socialize and see the Florida Watercolor show in person. The catalog does not do the art justice… it was wonderful! Congrats to all who were juried in!

Members were asked to fill out a workshop survery and put in the basket.

The member book was sent by Janet Asbury to every member’s email address. The digital copy saves the club money, and is easy to change as updates come in regularly.

Member’s were reminded of their art discount card, that is behind their name card in the plastic holder. Local art stores will offer discounts to CFWS members!

Interested members were invited to attend the board meetings. Next one is October 20th, at 10 a.m. at the Casselberry Library.

The Casselberry Art show at the art house was explained, so everyone can start planning for that. Mary Dall, president, can field any questions.

A few members stood up to make announcements.

October 15 is our first Plein Air, in Casselberry at Lake Concord Park. Our host is Sally Hall.

Plein Air will be hosted in November by Rebecca Wilkinson on November 12th in Chuluota.

We took a break to grab some munchies and then settled down to a wonderful and educational demonstration of painting light and shadows by Lynn Ferris. At the end of the demo she drew a number and Dot Cline was the lucky winner of the demo painting! Thank you Lynn, for a great time!

Member Directory now .pdf

The 2016-17 Membership Directory has been distributed to the current membership in .pdf format via email.  If you are current in your membership but did not receive your copy, contact our membership coordinator.

There will not be a printed version of the directory.  The directory will be updated periodically during the season and redistributed.

Thanks,
CFWS Board

September 2016 Meeting Recap

Recap of CFWS General Membership Meeting, 9/11/16:

Mary Dall, president, introduced new members and guests and then introduced and acknowledged the board and made note of the changes to the board roster. She specifically thanked Sharon Stitlely, who stayed on for an additional two months to help out before the new Hospitality chair, Marge Reed, was available. Mary welcomed Judith Kaye, the new Publicity Chair, taking over for Denise Hendrickson over the summer and thanked them for working closely to make the transition an easy one.

At sign up today, each attendee received a gift paint sampler courtesy of Golden’s local paint supplier.

Jackii’s Molsick has offered a generous gift to the club. We will be promoting a donation raffle of a beautiful Frank Franscese watercolor. It is estimated to be valued at approx. $600. Tickets will be offered for $1.00 donation (6 for $5) and a drawing will be held at a designated meeting to be announced in the newsletter.

Mary thanked the By-laws Committee, headed by past president Cindy Sturla and compiled by Ann Hague, for their hard work. The new, and improved, by-laws were distributed electronically to the membership in preparation for the voice vote today. Karen Bowden offered a motion to accept the revised by-laws. It was seconded by Roberta Lerman. The president called for a voice vote. The motion was approved and the by-laws were approved by unanimous consent.  The By-laws can be found on our website.

Kim Minichiello was introduced and she spoke about the Florida Watercolor Society upcoming convention and provided a wealth of information on the event. She is a VP for FWS.

The Bus Trip to the FWS Convention being organized by Nancy Larkin was discussed. Monies were collected. This is a pay ahead event.

The president announced that CFWS has been chosen to anchor the Art House portion of the 2016 Off the Beaten Path Art Tour for Seminole County. Mary read some of the particulars of how we will determine the entries.
1.The board will head the committee, with me collecting the info.
2. A email with be sent in mid October with info as to style, subject. Information will also be in the newsletter and on website.
3. While basically, a first come first served acceptance, this is not a guarantee as this show will represent many styles, lots of subjects and everyone from novice to our most accomplished painters.
The art will represent the body of our work, the variety-diversity of our membership.
4. Mid October we will start collecting information and jpgs from folks interest in being a part of this thrilling show.
5. Acceptance will take several things into account to include if a painter has supported our juried show in the past and supported CFWS in some manner. Approximately 45 paintings will be accepted.
6. All info will be electronically collected. IF you are accepted, you will receive an email with specifications.
7. Casselberry Art House rules and requirements are available at their website and we will publish them on our site also.
8. Paintings can be for sale or NFS.  A painting can be something you have shown before, but not something produced in a workshop. Paintings must be framed properly. Framing specifications are published on our website.

The president encouraged the group to use the Trade & Sell Book— Patsy Marquart has offered frames for sale, Ken Austin’s paint box is still available, several members added items at the meeting.

The president stressed the importance of our Annual Juried Show and some preliminary information was presented. Our show will hang for two months.  We sold paintings at the last one, it was so well received that we’re going back to Winter Garden Art Association’s, SOBO Gallery.

Apron and Tee: Janet Asbury is collecting money so that we can put in the order and have the aprons and tees for a October meeting delivery. This is a great way to advertise our club. Please consider wearing them to plein-air events and take a few brochures to have handy.  You can order online and mail in your check.

Workshop: Lynn Ferris – we are excited but are concerned as to low attendance. Workshops require a lot of work, require early contracts and are expensive for us to put on so we need to plan 2017-2018 carefully. Lynn Ferris will be a presenter at FWS and she is being given flyers to pass out at her demo.

A Workshop Survey was passed out to get an idea of how our group will proceed.

Member Book-going digital. The b x w directory section can easily be printed out by members on their home computers. The president showed samples of how the book had progressed from a plain book, to a colorful book and explained how we will now have an electronic file. It was pointed out that the book will now be:

  1. Easy to change
  2. Placed on your computer desktop
  3. Can and will be updated regularly
  4. Saves the club money

Still beautiful to look, designed by our own Janet Asbury, featuring a photo taken by yours truly of our own Ann Worrell at a plein-air event in full color, other event from last season are in the file too, but the names section (the directory) will be in b x w so anyone can print it themselves should they wish a hard copy. Members will receive the book electronically with a password to open it.

Our website has been updated. Thanks Mike Malloy. Please check it often for updates especially to the calendar section. We now have an expanded usage website where several editors will be able to post.

Facebook – Janet has been monitoring our page, please like us and share!

The president pointed out several Call to Artists that our members might find of interest and reminded our group that our Newsletter guru, Janet Asbury posts this information regularly in the newsletter:

  1. One call to artists is at the City Arts Gallery downtown. They are offering some free gallery space. The president has the POC for anyone interested. Info will be in the newsletter.
  2. Another is at Polasek.

Please read the newsletter and watch for CFWS blast!

The business meeting was followed by a wonderful “Show and Tell” where our members displayed and shared info on their paintings. What talent we have!!

Watermark Archive

We will publish news items that just can’t wait for the monthly WaterMark newsletter.  Submit your news or announcement for the newsletter the same way you have in the past, suggest we add it as a online post and we will get you published.  We can also include images in your post.  Send content to WaterMark via email.

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New web site design launched…

We have moved our website to the WordPress architecture allowing CFWS to explored dynamic ways to get content to you.  WP allows for content management to be performed by a group of “authors.” Our authoring group is small for now as we learn.  As we do, we hope to add more interesting watercolor content to the site.

We want to post your announcement, invitation, item for sale, learning opportunity here for you.  Submit your content to web content and we will happily review it and get it posted.

We hope you find this to be a positive change and welcome your comments.  Contact the web admin.