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.

Watermark Archives

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.

Watercolor & Acrylic with Nancy McDonald

Watercolor and Acrylic every Tuesday, 9 am, to 12 noon at
The Fran Carlton Center, 11 North Forrest Ave in Apopka, FL.

For more information and cost call Nancy at 407 464 6724.

Come and visit the first class to see if you like it. We will be working all summer  and it is an open class so if you miss a class ..no problem. And then we all go out to lunch.

Watercolor class with Roberta Lerman

CFWS Roberta Lerman’s Watercolor Class has openings on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:30. The classes are ongoing and not divided into sessions. Classes offered at the Maitland Senior Center on Maitland Avenue.

The class fee is $5 per lesson.  Option: Pay $16 on the first Wed. of the month for the current and next three Wednesday sessions.

The atmosphere is relaxed , attendees are expected to make good use of their time painting or drawing.

Class Agenda :
• Watercolor demo for the first 45 minutes;
• Members of the class may work on their own version of the demo painting or work on their own subject for remaining time.  Instructor available to answer questions and assist for the remainder of the class.

 *Students responsible for their own painting supplies.

May 2016 Meeting Recap

The president, Mary Dall, thanked the University Club WP, and in particular Nita Rizzo and Daphne Frutchey for hosting the CFWS Charter Member’s Art Show which was a celebration of the folks who had the foresight to form our society.

Brief housekeeping info:
The membership table was manned in 15 min increments by volunteers so that any member wishing to renew for the 2016-2017 season had easier access. Several new memberships were added also. The president reminded all that the membership book for each new season is printed over the summer so all are encouraged to renew ASAP.

A reminder was added: there is one more newsletter for this season, THEN, watch for the first newsletter of the new season in August where you will be able to see the calendar for 2016-17.

Mary encouraged everyone to paint over the summer and be ready for the September fun “Show ‘n Tell” meeting where we all bring in paintings and share technique, inspiration and receive positive feedback.

She thanked Nancy Larkin, Janet Asbury, Michel Oliver and her husband, Dan, who assisted in pick up of some of the painting from SOBO on April 2 and getting them to their owners. Our juried show folks, Jackii Molsick and Sandi Hanlon-Breuer did a great job.

Thank you to Cindy Sturla, Nancy Larkin, Bob and Ann Hague, Ken Austin, Teresa Chin who are helping to review the by-laws.

We are still looking for a plein air coordinator. Teresa Chin has it organized well and we hope someone will come forward soon.

Mary added–we will be having lots of exciting demos and at least two workshops next season: Lynn Ferris and Jaime Cardero will be coming. Please consider attending at least one of these.

Mary thanked Sharon Stitely who will be stepping down as Hospitality. She was recognized for her dedication to CFWS. Welcome was offered to Marge Reed who will be assuming that position. Marge recently made drapes for us to control the glare to the TV from the back windows at the G-M building. And, a thank you was sent out to Denise Hendrickson for her work with Publicity as she steps down and Judi Kaye steps up to assume that position. Thank you Sharon and Denise! Welcome Judi and Marge!

The president turned back to the Charter Show. She gave a very brief history of how it all came about back in 1998. She named each Charter Member in turn and each received a round of applause as they stood or waved to the assembly. It was pointed out that while all charter members couldn’t be present, information on all was available on bio boards peppered amongst the high top tables.

Lastly, a special thanks went out to Nita, Daphne, and Teresa Chin (all around best VP in the business) who helped to hang the paintings on Wednesday. Jerry Snyder, treasurer, was especially recognized for organizing the refreshments and settings for the show—and a thank you to everyone assisting. A special thanks to “the Michel and Ted show” who added greatly to the festivities. The lovely watercolor nametags were designed and made by Jackii Molsick. Lastly, Marianna Ross was recognized. She inspired and encouraged us to have this show to honor the Charter Members.

The president then encourage everyone to mingle and have a good time reminded those assembled that we’d all be together again in the fall!

April 2016 Meeting Recap

In Case You Missed IT. . . April 3, 2016

Volunteer opportunities are available. Hospitality volunteer is needed now.

May 1 is the Charter Member Show at the University Club, WP. This will be our last meeting for the 2015-2016 season. We want a good showing. Please come out aqnd show your support on May 1 at the reception from 2-4. Orlando Arts Magazine will have an Eye on Arts about the upcoming Charter Show.

Interested in Tee Shirts and/or Aprons? Please sign up to show your interest. No money now. If we have enough interest we’ll order them in Sept. and know the exact cost as it may go down with quantity.

Special thanks to Nancy Larkin, Sandi Hanlon-Breuer and Janet Asbury for assisting with pick-up and delivery of paintings from the SOBO Gallery.

Thank yous went out for Plein Air at Yalaha in March hosted by Jackii Molsic. In April we will have TWO plein air opportunities‚ serving both sides of town.
Date: April 16
Time:10 a.m.
Chuluota (GPS-Oviedo)(Rebecca Wilkinson)
and
Sunday, April 17th at Fern Creek (Janet Asbury-her art on brochure)

Members were reminded to renew memberships for next season 2016-2017 early, preferably today or on-line or via check to the treasurer as our May meeting will be at the University Club celebrating our Charter Members.
Vlad Yeliseyev was introduced and did a wonderful demo.

See you next month at the Charter Member Show opening.

March 2016 Meeting Recap

In Case You Missed IT. . .March 6, 2016

Welcome new members and guests
Thank you to Ricki McCurdy for setting up the sound for Dave Williams.
Thank you to Rich Lewis and Dan for getting the equipment from the storage area and setting up. We would like to have a CFWS member step up to assist with set-up in the future.

SOBO pick-up: Pick-up is April 2 between the hours of 3:30-5:00.
If you are picking up your own art, that’s great. IF you want your art picked up and returned to A & H, please sign the clipboard or contact marydall to have your name added for pickup and delivery. Time to pick up paintings will be confirmed and in newsletter.

Vlad Yeliseyev Demo and workshop. April 3, Workshop April 4,5,6

Plein Air will be at Yalaha. Host: Jackii Molsick
Date: March 19
Time:10am
Directions: Address in newsletter. GPS suggested.

May 1 is the Charter Member Show at the University Club, WP. Reception 2:00-4:00. Clipboards for donations of food and/or wine were circulated at the meeting. This will be our last meeting for the 2015-2016 season. We want a good showing. A very brief business meeting and artist introduction will start at 2 with a reception to follow. A donation of food and wine clipboard was sent around. Jerry Snyder will assist with the reception refreshments.

VP Teresa Chin (program chair and VP) introduced Nancy Larkin who coordinated this presentation on “Ways to Expand Your Art” publishing presentation with Q & A. This program helped to show additional ways to use our art. I know the members gained insight into putting art into book form. The roundtable with Edna Siniff, Amanda Egan, Nancy Larkin and yours truly was well received. Edna was a wealth of information. Her book, Living Seminole, is a fascinating history illustrated by Nancy. Nancy, as MC, delighted us with the art she created for (very young author) Amanda’s book, Dolly’s Garden. Amanda described how a loving memory turned into a book. Such a delight! And it was an added pleasure to have “Dolly” Ernestine Egan present along with Amanda’s dutifully proud Dad. Mary Dall and Roberta Lerman have both published using createspace and were part of the last segment on self-publishing.