Plein Air: Nehrling Gardens

WEDNESDAY December 16, 2020
10 am – 2 pm (closing time)
Nehrling Gardens
2267 Hempel Road
Gotha, FL
Please use the Pedestrian Entrance. Paths are mulched so it is rougher walking. There are benches along the paths. A $5.00 donation is requested. The main house museum and library are closed until further notice as of this date, Sept ’20, due to Covid-19 considerations.Parking is available across the street on the open field or at the Church parking lot. Hempel Road is a very busy road and everyone should be careful when crossing it.

Wearing of masks will be required of all participants.  We will observe social distancing when we set up.  It may seem strange but let’s have fun with this new normal.

Plein Air: Ward Park

Saturday November 21, 2020
10 am – 4 pm
Ward Park
Cady Way and Perth Lane, Winter Park FL
Across the street from the Wellness Center of Winter Park.
If there is work being done in the park’s parking lot, it will be unavailable for cars. If so, parking may be done along the street.
Wearing of masks will be required of all participants.  We will observe social distancing when we set up.  It may seem strange but let’s have fun with this new normal.

Plein Air: Mead Botanical Gardens

Saturday October 17, 2020
10 am – 3 pm

Mead Botanical Garden
1300 S. Denning Dr.,
Winter Park FL
This event is in conjunction with the annual Backyard Biodiversity Day held by the Florida Native Plant Society. Their event begins at 9 am until 3 pm. Artists are welcome to arrive earlier, if desired.

Wearing of masks will be required of all participants.  We will observe social distancing when we set up.  It may seem strange but let’s have fun with this new normal.

Jan. 15 – Plein Air at Nehrling Gardens

Ten CFWS members showed up on Wednesday at Nehrling Gardens in Gotha.It was a great day to paint in such a beautiful and historic garden! It was cool and quiet and there were landscapes, flowers, a pollinator garden and even an alligator sculpture to paint.
Jane finished her beautiful painting of the Nehrling house! Thank you Jane!
It was a great day to paint in such a beautiful and historic garden! There were landscapes of bamboo.

 

There was a pollinator garden with lots of lovely flowers.
Surprise! Someone carved an alligator into a tree trunk.
The front room.

Leslie’s lovely bamboo painting.
Cute bee house near the pollinator plants.
Thank you Marcela for setting this up.  👏

Plein Air Event

Plein Air Event. Mead Botanical Gardens
1300 S. Denning Dr. Winter Park
10am – 3pm
All are welcome to attend.

Plein Air Events 2019-2020 Season

Plein air events are informal gatherings of artists who enjoy painting outdoors in a variety of locations. Occasionally, there may be a painting demonstration if an artist volunteers to do so. There is no instructional teaching provided.  Locations vary, some may be rough where there is only mowed grass or mulched paths. Selected locations provide restroom facilities and parking. Artists should consider bringing a lunch and beverage.

September 21, 2019  Saturday  10 am – 4 pm

Kraft Azalea Gardens – 1365 Alabama Dr., Winter Park, 32789

 

October 19, 2019  Saturday  11 am- 3 pm

Altamonte Chapel Campus – 825 E. Altamonte Dr.,  Altamonte Springs, 32701

Arts and Crafts Fair and Plein Air Painting

 

November 16, 2019  Saturday  10 am – 4 pm

Mead Botanical Gardens – 1300 S. Denning Dr., Winter Park, 32789

 

December 2019 – No plein air event scheduled

 

January 15, 2020 WEDNESDAY  10 am – 2 pm  WEDNESDAY!

Nehrling Gardens – 2267 Hempel Ave., Gotha, 34734 (open 10am-2pm)

Mulched rough paths only, benches along the paths. Please use the Pedestrian Entrance. Public parking is only available across the street at the Church parking lot, or at the extension parking lot. There is no public parking available at the gardens.

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!

Science Center needs volunteers, RSVP by May 28

    June 1st Saturday –  Science Night Live at the Orlando Science Center –  Soft opening at 7.30 pm, full open at 8 pm until 11 pm. CFWS members are welcome to paint at the OSC Nature Works area, other areas may be added.
Please send your full name by May 28th, Wednesday, to Marcela Moglia at mcmoglia@gmail.com.

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. 

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!