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.

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.