Meeting Recap September 8, 2019

In case you missed it: 

Our new season was kicked off with a fun members meeting called “What I Did This Summer”. Pam Merle, one of our new co-presidents, introduced our 2019-2020 calendar. It is going to be an awesome year! Check your newsletter and the CFWS website for more details.

September 16 -21, the Florida Watercolor Society is holding their annual convention, tradeshow and art exhibit in Orlando. Please contact Susan Donohoe for some really great volunteer positions. We need our members help to make this the best convention so far!

https://floridawatercolorsociety.org/events/#!event/2019/9/19/fws-convention-volunteer-opportunities

The Altamonte Chapel has asked our society to partner with them once again on the October 19 “Arts and Crafts Day/Plein Air” event. CFWS members can reserve a spot for their table and handcrafted arts for only $10. You keep all the profits! We also need teacher volunteers to set up free watercolor lessons to our community. Please contact Serina Ramos-Colon to reserve your table and Terri Chin for teaching and Marcela Moglia for plein air.

November 16, Niko Floyd will be doing another one-day workshop “Perspectives in Drawing”. Niko is back by popular demand and will also do our general meeting demonstration on November 3. Reserve your space for his popular workshop now!

Our annual juried members show will be from February 6 – March 29, 2020 at the SOBO gallery in Winter Garden. The last day for entering your artwork in the show is November 15, 2019. This is only 9 weeks away, so get your brushes moving!  Don Andrews will be our juror and will also offer a 3-day workshop “Landscapes, Composition and Color” February 10-12. Early Bird members registration is $300 before October 31 – so reserve now!

A special summer exhibit is planned at the Orlando Science Center. The theme is “Images of Pompeii” and we will be using the photographs of our members who have been to Pompeii as inspiration for our masterpieces. Please contact Cindy Sturla or Marcela Moglia if you are willing to share your travel photos for this blockbuster exhibit!

Marcela announced some upcoming plein air events:

September 21 – Kraft Azalea Gardens in Winter Park

October 19 – Altamonte Chapel campus

November 16 – Mead Botanical Gardens in Winter Park

We took a break to grab some munchies and then settled down to a wonderful series of members paintings and the stories behind the artwork. So many different styles, from journaling, to plein air to framed paintings were presented. Everyone who brought art had a chance to stand up and talk about the experience. It was a ton of fun!

Call to CFWS members… Pompeii Show

The Central Florida Watercolor Society (CFWS) is honored to partner with the Orlando Science Center (OSC) to participate in an art exhibition of fascinating glimpses of the ancient city of Pompeii. This STEAM exhibit combines art and archeology using the personal photography of OSC members and art by CFWS members.

We have been invited to paint scenes of Pompeii to exhibit with this exhibition! Reference photos are being compiled. Use of copyrighted images without permission is prohibited.

The exhibition runs May 8th – July 28th, 2020.
Deadline for entry is 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 1, 2020
Jurying will take 2 weeks.
Artists to be notified no later than March 19th of the selection decisions.

Paintings will be delivered to the OSC on April 7th, 2020.

More information and a prospectus will be published soon on the website.

Meeting Recap for April 7, 2019

Ken Austin thanked members for honoring him at the reception.

Introducing Diana Eagles– our new, hospitality chair!

Diane Darnall – membership chair made an announcement on renewing your CFWS membership.

Marcela announced upcoming plein air dates: April 13 – Environmental Garden in Oviedo. June 22 – Orlando Science Center Pop Up/Plein Air event

All CFWS members are invited to our next board meeting on April 18 at 10 am at the Casselberry library on Oxford Rd. Snacks provided.

Interested in becoming our new PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT?

Membership in CFWS has many benefits: free demos, developing your skills in workshops, displaying your artwork in various exhibits, networking with other artists and organizations, accessing our CFWS library of books and DVDs’, outreach to our community and introducing the public to the wonderful world of watercolor. Volunteering has been documented to keep you physically and mentally active by allowing you to use your talents and experience. Managing our operations with volunteers is critical to keeping our fees low.      Contact Teresa Chin or Mary Dall asap to learn more.

CONNIE HAMILTON gave a wonderful demo on the healing power of journaling. She provided handouts and many samples – 37 books – of her work. Impressive! Some popular journalists include Roz Stendahl, Liz Steel, Thomas Thorspecken, and Gabriel Campanario, who began the urban sketch movement. Strathmore watercolor is one of her favorites. Bienfang, 97lbs. is too light. You can draw anywhere: jury duty, hospitals, the beach or what you had for lunch. Strathmore mixed media without rings is a good journal. The Beta series premium sketchbooks have good heavy paper. Her favorite pen is a Micron, but many journalists use fountain pens. Koi paints in small pocket sets work well for travel as well as getting a small empty palette and fill with your favorite paint like Daniel Smith or Winsor Newton. Escoda or Jack Richeson brush kits are good travel brushes as well as piston watercolor brushes. The Art Toolkit has several small sizes for purchase. All of her supplies fit into a handy backpack and away she goes! Her final tips: 1. Put a sketchbook in your purse/pocket.  2. Draw what moves you.  3. Enjoy other people’s work.  4. Draw in a group.  5. Follow your passion. Check out: Connie’s Color on Facebook and conniehamilton563 on Instagram to see her work! Thank you Connie!

   

         

 

 

20th Anniversary Members Show reception

What a beautiful reception we had last Friday. Thank you Leslie Macaulay, Donna Coulantes and Mary Dall for organizing this special reception. Opening remarks started with a little background of our society which began in 1998. Ken Austin, our founder, and Nancy Larkin, our fist president, were presented with big thank you cards signed by members wishing to express their appreciation for all of the support they have given the CFWS over the years.

Next we honored the Charter Members, of that first group of watercolor artists, known by the name “Aquamedia Society”. The members there were Roberta Lerman, Stewart Jones, Jane Brinckerhoff, Nancy Larkin, Katherine Davis and Ken Austin.

Next, we acknowledged the contributions and hard work of CFWS presidents: Nancy Larkin, Mary Dall, Cindy Sturla, Faye Tambrino, Stewart Jones, Ken Austin (founder), Teresa Chin and Bob Hague.

Janet Asbury presented 3 framed watercolor “quilts” to the Altamonte Chapel Board. Serina Ramos-Colon,  Dave Dickman, Brian Lee, Wendy and Chip Bashinski were on hand to see the beautiful artworks.

And the moment everyone was waiting for… the announcement of the awards that juror, American Impressionist watercolor artist  Michael Holter chose.

Best in Show  –  Chauncey Nelson  -White Phalaenopsis

1st –  Rebecca Wilkinson  -Inspired Craftsmanship

2nd –  Diana Eagles  -Black Mountain Pigs

3rd –  Pam Merle  -Linekin Bay Morning

Honorable Mention –  Susan Grogan  -On the Prowl

Honorable Mention –  Sandi Hanlon-Breuer  -Rorschach Aquatica

Award of Merit –  Kim Minichiello  -Interlude

Award of Merit –  Nancy Dias  -Short Circuit

Congratulations to the winners! And we have learned that as of 3/19/19 we have had 3 sales!

Thank you to Jason Costa, Linda Moore and Casselberry Parks and Recreation for the beautiful venue and your kind words for our society. We always enjoy working with you!

Mission Statement: “The purpose of the Central Florida Watercolor Society is to contribute to the cultural atmosphere of Central Florida by promoting interest,
education and participation in the art of watercolor.”

And, that is just what we do and will continue to do.

Orlando Science Center Pop Up/Plein Air Event a Success!

The Orlando Science Center on January 26 was a resounding success for Central Florida Watercolor Society. CFWS artists were able to interact with many different age levels—from eight to eighty. The facilities were especially nice and the OSC staff was well prepared for us. I think we would all agree that comments from the staff, observers and, particularly the participants, were very positive. Since all three of our sessions were full—and we’ve been invited back—OSC is obviously a great venue for future public interaction. 

Update: Mt. Dora Reception 12/19 Recap

The Mt. Dora Center for the Arts and Central Florida Watercolor Society Reception was held last night at the beautiful art center. The variety of paintings was infinite, and there were many different styles displayed by our group of watercolor artists. It was a gorgeous show and we have made 2 SALES so far!!! Thank you Marcela and Chelsey for organizing the exhibit! Try to make it up there to see the art and the town all decked out in holiday lights and decorations.

Below are photos from the reception for “Infinite Variety – 20 years of Watercolor”

November 4, 2018 Meeting Recap

         Jane Brinckerhoff presented a slide show on how to resize images for competition in art shows. All watercolor societies are going digital This is very important information for all artists wanting to enter shows. With warmth and humor she walked us through the steps and pointed out that we have a video, on our website, on using the online editor Pixlr. Look under Member’s Resources_CFWS Tutorial: Resizing Images.

Cindy invited a special guest: Rachel Frisby, Curator, Albin Polasek Museum, to discuss our upcoming summer show: “Precious Pollinators: The Central Florida Watercolor Society,” Exhibition: May 7 – August 25, 2019. A BIG “Thank You” to Cindy Sturla for all her hard work with Rachel to set up this show! It is a huge accomplishment that Cindy has been working on for close to a year now!

Kim Minichiello talked about the upcoming Florida Watercolor Convention in Orlando next year. Many volunteer opportunities will be available to fill. Also, remember to sign up for the workshops early!

Our own CFWS member show will be March 4 – 30th at the Casselberry Art House. Deadline for submissions is January 6, but don’t wait until the last minute!

Marcela Moglia passed around the Plein Air/Pop Up booklet for volunteers to sign in. Our last 2 Pop Up events that our United Grant funded are in December 21 in the Mt. Dora Center for the Arts Gallery and January26 at the Orlando Science Center. We still need a few more teachers and artists for these venues… Please contact Marcela or Teresa Chin. Thanks!

Judi Kaye made an announcement about MOPS, an organization for mothers of preschoolers. Donations of small paintings and cards for their party in December would be terrific. Deadline to Judi is Nov. 16. Please contact her for pick up or mailing instructions. The artist/CFWS will get credit and recognition for the donations.

December 2, The CFWS Holiday Party will be a bit smaller this year.    Bring one painting per member, please not larger than 24” on one side.  There will be an award given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for those paintings which win the ‘People’s Choice Awards’. Please bring a table easel or small floor easel with your painting.

The Board will provide substantial finger food, snacks, coffee and tea.  We ask that the members help us supplement our contribution with any additional small platters finger food and sweets they would like to bring. Since we are working with a limited serving space we ask that you DO NOT BRING  HOT PLATES, CASSEROLES, COOKING POTS, LARGE PLATTERS OR FOOD WITH SERVING UTENSILS.  SNACK OR FINGER FOOD ONLY, PLEASE.

Our space is limited and we have to downsize this year. Krys Pettit has been working hard on organizing and getting special surprise gifts for us.

Our silent auction is still running and you still have time to make a bid on the Used Sony Handycam HDR – CX 330 which does video and still photography.

NOTE: We will need teachers for the last two Pop Up events, December 21 in the Mt. Dora Center for the Arts Gallery and January 26 at the Orlando Science Center. Email Teresa Chin or Marcela Moglia to volunteer.

 

Backyard Biodiversity Day Mead Gardens – Plein Air/Pop Up Recap

It was another fun and educational day at our Backyard Biodiversity Day Plein Air/Pop Up in the lovely Mead Botanical Garden, on October 20. We had 27 audience surveys filled out by folks who came from Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties. Most of our ratings were 10 out of 10! The comments were very positive, some examples are – “Loved the interactive painting.” “Wonderful experience! Haven’t watercolored in a long time!” “love the ability to have my child participate in a relaxed setting” “My 7 year old daughter loved painting and learning!”

Karen, Mary, Diana and Terri thank all the families who stopped by our tables and learned about painting the native plants and animals of Florida. Many purchased native plants, and took them home to help feed pollinators and birds.

Our next Plein Air/Pop Up is December 21 at the Mt. Dora Center for the Arts. We will be teaching from 1 – 4 in the gallery . Stop by and join in the fun!

Mennello Museum Plein Air/Pop Up Recap

It was a fun and educational day at our Mennello Plein Air/Pop Up by the lake on Saturday. We had a record 33 audience surveys filled out by folks who came from Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Polk counties. Most of our ratings were 10 out of 10! The comments were very positive, some examples are – “I love how limitless art can be.” “I learned different techniques for my artwork.” “Love to learn.” “It was so relaxing-made my day! Instructor was fabulous!”

Faye, Mary and Terri thank all the families who stopped by our tables and shared a gorgeous day out in the sculpture garden.

Our next Plein Air Pop Up is October 20 at Mead Garden. We will be involved in the Backyard Biodiversity Day. Stop by and join in the fun!

painting under the magnolia tree