Call to Artists… Watercolor USA

2019 Juror Dean Mitchell receives the 2018 Watercolor USA Honor Society Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.

Watercolor USA Exhibition
Deadline to apply: February 27, 2019

The Museum seeks your watermedia submissions for Watercolor USA 2019. The 58th annual juried exhibition of the very best in contemporary American watermedia is scheduled for June 8 – September 1, 2019. This exhibition is open to artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories and will be judged by award-winning watercolor artist Dean Mitchell. Approximately $20,000 in cash and possible Museum purchase awards are available. Artists whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional aqueous media are encouraged to enter.
For full information on entry rules and how to submit art work, please visit our website.

SOBO hosts FWS Traveling Show

Take time to visit the SOBO Gallery during February & March to see the select Florida Watercolor Society work from the recent annual show. Rare opportunity to see the best watercolor paintings in a local setting.

Free to the public and lots of parking.

For more information on the show, gallery hours and info on SOBO, goto:

FWS Traveling Show & Sculptural Pursuit

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