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.    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.

Backyard Biodiversity Day ay 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!

Call to Artists – Show Opportunity

Entries are now being accepted for:

 2019  Florida State Fair Creative Living Competitions

February 7 – 18, 2019

4800 US Hwy. 301 North, Tampa, FL 33610


Fine Arts Divisions :          Adult (18+),

Senior Adult (60+)

Artists with Disabilities


Entry Deadline:  Friday, December 14, 2018

Open to all non-professional Florida Artists.

Cash Awards in each Division.

For information on the competitions and the handbook on how to enter,

Go to

Under the State Fair tab, choose Creative Living Competitions –

Then Under Arts & Crafts, see Fine Arts (Adult)

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

CFWS & the OCPA Office Exhibit


CFWS has been invited to exhibit approximately 20 -24 paintings in the public offices of the Orange County Property Appraiser from November 5, 2018 to January 4, 2019. There is no theme for the exhibit, but the paintings must be family friendly as they will be hung in the lobby to be enjoyed by the residents of Orange County who visit the OCPA offices. Larger paintings are preferred, and should be properly framed and wired to hang. (The office staff will not handle any sales, but OCPA staff will provide a space for bios, business cards/flyers, etc., and will direct any inquiries back to the artists.)

There is no fee to participate in this exhibit.
Acceptance will be in the order work is submitted, based on the space available, and subject to final review and acceptance by the Office of the Property Appraiser.
Since this is an exhibit only and not a judged show, paintings that have previously been in our shows and paintings that are a few years old are acceptable.

Drop-off is Monday, November 5th; details will be provided.

The deadline for entries is Monday, October 9th.
To submit work for consideration, e-mail Jane Brinckerhoff at with your name, telephone number and preferred email address.
• For each painting (limit of 2), include the Title, Framed Size, and Price and attach a JPEG image of each painting.
• Please make sure the JPEG is labeled as follows: LASTNAME_firstname_Title.
We will be sending the JPEGs to the Property Appraiser’s Office for review and approval, make sure your image is a good one!  For tips on photo taking and resizing, go here in Member Resources.

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