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!

   

         

 

 

Meeting Recap for March 3, 2019

 

Thanks to Michael Holter we all learned about a “Swashbuckler Wash” at our March 3rd demo. He painted a boat silhouetted against a sunrise wash. Using a large brush he mixed up a stew of colors, showing us how to shift the colors to the warm or cool spectrum. He finished the painting by scrapping out with a credit card to demonstrate all sorts of tools can be use to create a great painting.

Marcela has been busy once again lining up many plein air activities for us. Michael Holter mentioned that it was a great practice to paint on location to increase speed, observation and considers it vital in the artistic process.

Check our website for further details on the following locations:

March 16 – Cornell Art Museum/Rollins College

March 17 – Orlando Science Center

March 24 – Albin Polasek Museum

April 20 – Environmental Garden in Oviedo.

All CFWS members are invited to our next board meeting on 3/21 at 10 amat the Casselberry library on Oxford Rd. where we’ll discuss the upcoming season.

WE NEED A PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT to satisfy the requirements of our By-laws and 501 c 3. Otherwise, our society is in danger of having to disband. So far, The board, Mary and I have had no luck in finding someone to step up to either of these positions. If we want this society to continue, we need to find 2 folks who would like to work together. Our next season is set up and information is organized in easy to access files so no one has to “reinvent the wheel”.

Contact Teresa Chin or Mary Dall if you would like to learn more.

Meeting Recap for Dec. 2, 2018 Holiday Party In House Show

December 2, The CFWS Holiday Party was a big success! It was our first party in our new location. We had 57 members and 2 guests. A bit smaller this year, with the board providing finger food, snacks and drinks, while members added sweet treats, but cozy and fun and we all had a great time! Santa, Vera,  Deborah and Krys helped pass out the wonderful door prizes, of which there were many. There were so many beautiful paintings to choose from! Congratulations to the People’s Choice Award Winners: Susan Grogan (1st), Bob Hague (2nd) and Marian Wagster (3rd).

Our CFWS non juried show reception for Mt. Dora Center for the Arts is Dec. 14th from 6 – 8 pm. Please bring munchies.

20THANNIVERSARY Annual Juried Members Show – JPEG images due midnight Jan. 6,2019 – $25 for one entry, $30 for two.

Kim Minichiello discussed the Florida Watercolor Convention in Orlando next year and introduced Susan Donohoe, volunteer coordinator.

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

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 until March

Remember you can make a year end donation through the United Arts website. Type in the Central Florida Watercolor Society in the large box marked “other Organization Name”. Donations will be matched by 15%!  Pass the word.

Make a Gift or Pledge

 

    

 

March Meeting Recap

In case you missed it / President Recap for – March 11, 2018

Please remember we start our meeting at 1:45 now. Doors will be opened at 1 – 1:15 only for those setting up the meeting space.

We welcomed 56 members and 6 guests to our March meeting.

Members were reminded of our “Sell and Trade Book” – for who have extra art supplies. “How to” instructions on the cover of the book.

50/50 – Get your tickets for a chance to win! Raffle off 2 Leu Gardens guest passes.

Announcements:

The Suzanna Winton Workshop, at McRae Art Studios, March 12,13,14 was SOLD OUT! The March 14 reception was announced.

We passed around the sign up sheets for the Polasek Pop Up one day event March 25, 2018  1-4 pm. CFWS watercolor plein air demonstrations, lessons for families who want to try watercolor.

The potential Polasek exhibit, with theme, for 2019, title was announced: A Splash of Color was the top choice, followed by Waterworks, and Wonder of Watercolor.

Members were encouraged to sign up for the “Arts &Craft Day” on Altamonte Chapel campus – April14th. Only $10 per spot for CFWS members and you get to keep anything you sell!

Also, Altamonte Chapel has asked for donations of any items that you come across in your spring cleaning for the chapel’s yard sale in May. You can bring anytime. They would prefer small items and no furniture.

Great News: We have been awarded our first United Arts Grant! $1,000 matching grant. Now the work begins. We have a lot of volunteer opportunities waiting to be filled.

Pam Merle introduced a very special artist, Suzanna Winton, who was also our juror for the member’s show. For more than 18 years her paintings have captured the personality and warmth of her subjects in a beautiful, lyrical style. She is truly a master watercolor artist and used a series of light washes wet-into-wet using a hair dryer in between. She developed skin tones slowly and delicately. Thank you Suzanna for your wonderful demonstration.

 

February Meeting Recap

In case you missed it / President Recap for – February 11, 2018

 Please remember we start our meeting at 1:45 now. Doors will be opened at 1 – 1:15 only for those setting up the meeting space.

We welcomed 56 members and 6 guests to our Feb. meeting.

Members were reminded of our “Sell and Trade Book” – for who have extra art supplies. “How to” instructions on the cover of the book.

Tickets sold well for the 50/50 and chance to win!

Announcements:

 Febrary 17-Plein Air at Dickson-Azalea Park, 100 Rosearden Drive, 32803

February 24, 2PM – We had a docent-led tour for members of the CFWS for: Towards Impressionism – Landscape Painting from Corot to Monet, the new exhibit at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum on the Rollins College Campus in Winter Park, Florida.

We congratulated the artists who were juried into the 2018 Leu gardens Members Show!

We know everyone worked hard at their art and they would like to show their work to a large audience.  Therefore, the CFWS Board has decided that later in the year we will be looking at having a non-juried online exhibit, on our website, so that all members have an opportunity to show their work to a greater audience.

March 3 from 9 – 10 am drop off paintings at Leu Gardens

March 11, 1:45 pm general meeting with demo by our juror Suzanna Winton

March 12,13,14 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Suzanna Winton workshop at McRae Art Studios.

March 14, 6 – 8pm, Reception in Camellia Room at Leu Gardens

March 25, 2018  1-4 pm. Polasek Pop Up One Day Event of CFWS watercolor plein air demonstrations, and outreach to the public. Check our website for more information and register to paint in the gardens.

After our announcements we were treated to a fascination and fun demonstration by Faye Tambrino. She started with a pour of colors and let the paint do what it wanted. Then she used a variety of tools to add textures to spark creativity. Faye is a wonderful teacher who uses humor and tips in her instruction.

She teaches watercolor at the Mayflower Retirement Community.

 

 

January Meeting Recap

Happy New Year to you All! Hope your holiday festivities were good ones. We welcomed members and special guests to our new location in the Altamonte Chapel Social Hall. Our new storage area is set up and we are happy to have such a nice space. Our new library cart holds lots of books. Thank you Mary for sewing the new cover!

The first meeting in our new location was well attended and we had a fascinating lesson in stretching 300 lb. paper, and painting a beautiful Marlin by Glen Ward. This was a great way to kick off the new year.

   

Please remember we start our meeting at 1:45 now. Doors will be opened at 1:15 only for those setting up the meeting space.

Thank you to all of our members for turning in surveys, to Annette, for the United Arts grant application. We appreciate your input and will tailor future events with this information in mind.

The 2018 Leu Gardens Member Show important dates:

March 12, 13, 14 workshop, 9 – 4 pm, at McRae Art Studios

Faye reminded us that we have 4 spots left in our Suzanna Winton workshop, so please get your seat reserved soon!

March 14, 2018, 6-8pm, Reception in Camellia Room, Leu Gardens

A fun opportunity is coming up April 14th. We need a couple of volunteers to help plan out the details for a community Craft Day at the Altamonte Chapel campus. Please email me.

Cindy and John announced a special March 25, 2018 “Pop Up Event” and painting exhibition at the Albin Polasek Museum. We passed around 2 sign up sheets for refreshment volunteers and greeters and got a very strong response. The committee is working out the details of this very special opportunity to promote our society in a lovely garden location.

We have a lot more in store, so keep checking our website and newsletter for more information and opportunities.

 

December 2017 Meeting Recap

We welcomed members and special guests to our Annual Holiday In-House Show and Party.

Rachel Fox, of the Dixon Ticonderoga Co., was awarded an honorary membership in appreciation of her support of our society.

Percy and Linda Maynard, of Art Systems of Orlando, were awarded an honorary membership in appreciation of their support of our society.

The 2018 Leu Gardens Member Show important dates were announced:

Jan. 7, 2018 midnight, jpeg’s to Jane Brinckerhoff. Please photograph and crop your image to the best of your ability. Submission information is on our website click on -“CFWS Exhibits”.

March 14, 2018, 6-8pm, Reception in Camellia Room, Leu Gardens

March 12, 13, 14 workshop, 9 – 4 pm, at McRae Art Studios, only a few seats left!

A big Thank You and a round of applause went out to our great board and committees:

V.P. Krys- did a great job organizing the party and also manages our social media, Jerry (treasurer), Ann (secretary), Mike (website), Pamela (workshops), Faye (workshop registrar), Rita (membership), Janet (newsletter, brochures), Judith (publicity), Marge (hospitality), Karen/Diane (Library), Leslie/Donna (Shows), Susan/Rose/Beverly (greeters), David (sound) Roberta/Ken/Mary (advisers)

Thank You to the Grants Committee: Annette, Diane, John, Sherry, and Rebecca

Thank You to the Outreach Committee: Diane and Pam

Marcela Moglia announced:

December 16, 2017 from 11 – 3 pm – Community Outreach and Plein Air Event at the Altamonte Chapel campus. This is an opportunity for the Central Florida Watercolor Society to do some outreach encouraged by our mission statement. Four volunteers will staff tables, with paper, pencils, and watercolors, for families to try some plein air painting. We’ll introduce our watercolor society to the Altamonte community, as well as give them a taste of outdoor watercolor painting and possibly joining our society. CFWS members are invited to paint, sketch, photograph and participate.

Cindy Sturla announced a special March 25, 2018 “Pop Up Event” and painting exhibition at the Albin Polasek Museum. John Gilbert, Cindy and Nancy Larkin are working out the details of this very special opportunity to promote our society in a lovely garden location. Stay tuned!

DECEMBER 18 AT 10 a.m. the board will be moving our supplies from the storage to the new Altamonte location. Your board continues to work hard for our society!

JANUARY 7 AT 1:45 p.m. Altamonte Chapel Social Hall Parking next to the building.

At our first meeting, at our new location, Glen Ward will be demonstrating stretching watercolor paper and watercolor painting. How to start a new painting… in a new year… how appropriate!

At the end of the party our 3 People’s Choice awards were announced:

1st Place – Susan Grogan

2nd Place – Chauncey Nelson

3rd Place – Jerry Snyder

Congratulations to our winners!

November 2017 Meeting Recap

President Recap – November 5, 2017

We welcomed guests and new members to our November 5th meeting.

The 2018 Leu Gardens Member Show important dates were announced:

Jan. 7, 2018 midnight, jpeg’s to Jane Brinckerhoff.  Please photograph and  crop your image to the best of your ability. This is the image that Suzanna will be looking at as she juries the show.

March 3, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m. Drop off art date, at Leu Gardens

March 14, 2018, 6-8pm, Reception in Camellia Room, Main House, Leu Gardens

June   ?   Pick up art date in first week in June, to be finalized            There is no theme this year, they waived it, so paint any subject you like (no nudes).

March 12, 13, 14 workshop, 9 – 4 pm, at McRae Art Studios, 1000 Arlington St.

Suzanna Winton, juror, for our members show, will do “Portraits with Personality”. Suzanna, a National Watercolor Society signature member, will show us how to paint realistic watercolor portraits. With her instruction and straightforward approach, you will create beautiful portraits with warmth.

Registration for this wonderful 3-day workshop is $300 for CFWS members and $350 for non-members.

Roberta sold the 50/50 tickets and we had a good response. It was a lot of fun!

Marcela Moglia announced two CFWS Plein air events:

November 18, 2017 – 10 am, Mead Botanical Garden, 1500 S. Denning Dr. in Winter Park. A 47.6 acre park that offers a variety of facilities including an amphitheater, butterfly garden, picnic tables, restrooms, boardwalk, and a bike trail. The garden is listed on the “Great Florida Birding Trail.” Cost: FREE

December 16, 2017 – Community Outreach and Plein Air Event. This is an opportunity for the Central Florida Watercolor Society to do some outreach for our community, which is encouraged by our mission statement. Four interested volunteers will staff tables, with paper, pencils, and watercolors, for those who might like to try it. This is a chance to introduce our watercolor society to the Altamonte community, as well as giving community members a taste of outdoor watercolor painting and possibly joining our society! Please come and check out our new location for 2018!

Altamonte Chapel would like to put it in their community newsletter. They will provide the tables and some supplies and our volunteers will bring what they need. Other CFWS are invited to paint /sketch / photograph, and participate.

Where: Altamonte Chapel campus our new location in Janurary 2018.

Time: 11 am – 3 pm

Address: 825 E Altamonte Dr, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Cost: FREE

Notice: If you are not getting your newsletter or emails, please check the membership book and make sure your address is correct and that your dues are paid. Check your email capacity and see if your mailbox is full. Check to see if our emails are going to spam folder.

Cindy Sturla, a past president and accomplished plein air painter,  was the demonstration artist and did a great job sharing her sketchbooks and many finished paintings done on location. She moved to Florida and found the luminous quality of watercolor works beautifully with the light and color here. She took us from preliminary thumbnail sketches to framed and finished art. Cindy has been painting in watercolor for 20 years and teaching classes for 9 years. If you want to learn the art of watercolor, her classes and studio are in Sanford, at the Gallery on First. Thank you Cindy!

October 2017 Meeting Recap

We welcomed guests and new members to our October 1st meeting. The new 2017-2018 season calendar was explained, for those who missed last month.

The updated brochures by Janet were available for members to pick up and pass out to friends, families and businesses.

Pam Merle did a great job presenting information on our upcoming March 12, 13, 14 workshop. Suzanna Winton, juror, for our members show, will do “Portraits with Personality”. Suzanna, a National Watercolor Society signature member, will show us how to paint realistic watercolor portraits. With her instruction and straightforward approach, you will create beautiful portraits with warmth. Pam showed us a sample of the work she did during the workshop, which showed a hint of turquoise used as a highlight on a forehead. She also showed us a sample of eyes and mouths that she painted during the workshop. Registration for this wonderful 3-day workshop is $300 for CFWS members and $350 for non-members.
More info or register here.

An energetic Mary Dall promoted the Ken Austin’s October 7 workshop. The 9am – 4 pm one-day workshop will reveal “Tricks of the Watercolor Trade”. Ken suggests we “Kick it up a Notch” by learning a wide variety of techniques that are easy to learn and practice. Registration is $100 for members and $125 for non-members.

Mary sold the 50/50 tickets and we had a good response. It was a lot of fun!

Marcela Moglia announced the plein air at the Bradlee-McIntyre house in Longwood. This beautiful, old historic house is a Victorian Cottage Style house. Built in 1885 this Queen Anne style three story, 13-room house is adorned with the lovely ginger bread trim. (We are invited to paint around the grounds, due to the fragile furniture inside.)

We passed around a sign up sheet for the formation of a grants writing committee after United Arts invited us to apply for a grant. We had a good response and will begin work on getting some funding soon

An announcement was made of the exhibition featuring art by Sandi Hanlon-Breuer and Kim Minichiello. “Worldwide Reflections” from Oct. 11 – Nov. 10, 2017, will interpret the world through travel and a love of nature. Reception is Oct. 13 from 6 – 8 at the Michael Crews Gallery, Lake Wales Arts Council.

Vice-president, Krys Pettit, made several announcements about participating in our social media accounts … like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. She has set up another fun day in Winter Park, touring the contemporary art collection at the Alfond Inn! The planning of the holiday party is underway and volunteers and donations are welcomed!

Finally, our founder, Ken Austin NWS, FWS treated us to a fun and colorful watercolor demonstration. He did a still life that incorporated some of the tricks we will be learning in his workshop, such as stamping and creating tension. He said the only rule in watercolor is “Water on the left and coffee on the right.” A good rule!

September 2017 Meeting Recap

In case you missed it, 9/17,2017

We had a great September meeting … a week late due to Irma. The turnout was moderate but enthusiastic! We all had our hurricane stories to share and some members were still without power! We welcomed guests and 4 new members! We are glad you joined us and know you will enjoy the many events scheduled for the new season.

A big thank you to the board for the 2017-2018 season! Your good spirit and Teresa Chin, president, gave updates on the Bloomingdale’s art show and announced that two paintings sold! Congratulations to Chauncey and Susan.

She also announced that the McRae Art Studios has been secured for the Suzanna Winton, NWS watercolor workshop, March 12, 13, 14, 2018. Pam Merle, who has taken a workshop with Suzanna, explained how she will teach painting realistic watercolor portraits with warmth and personality. Suzanna will also be our juror for our members show, at Leu Gardens and do the demo at our March 11 meeting.

Thank you to all the participants who stepped up to share “What I did This Summer” to great applause. Several people mentioned it was like going to a workshop and learning new tips and ideas. We learned about Tonalism, urban sketching, experimenting with alcohol inks, poetry and publishing, mounting a watercolor on wood and so much more!

Tom Jones brought a generous supply of watercolor papers and pads to give away. What fun! Thank you Tom!

Janet presented our updated, brochure and we encouraged members to grab a handful and network our society.

We had a lot of fun with our 50/50 drawing, which may become a permanent feature of our meetings.

Mary Dall announced the October 7 one day workshop, at Kingswood Manor, by Ken Austin. This will be a fun one-day workshop titled “Kick it up a Notch” exploring a variety of techniques in watercolors. Ken will also be doing our demo for the October 1st meeting…I can’t wait.

Marcela Moglia, announced our October 11, Plein-Air will be at the beautiful and historic Bradlee-McIntyre House, on the outside grounds, in historic Longwood from 10 – 4pm.