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!

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.

May 2017 Meeting Recap

Sunday May 7, 2017

The president welcomed new members and guests. She reminded the membership to renew now for the next season—2017-2018. She presented the nearly completed 2017-2018 calendar of events and explain why we are moved to the second Sunday for most of our meetings in 2018 due to holidays and venue date requirements. She said the newest calendar will be in the newsletter and it will be updated as events change.

Mary was excited to be able to announce that after CFWS finishes out the 2017 part of the 17-18 season, there will be a change in venue. We will meet at Germaine-Marvel until after the 2017 Christmas party and then in January we will begin meeting at Altamonte Chapel Social Hall at 825 E. Altamonte, Altamonte Springs with doors opening at 1:00. CFWS members will no longer need to haul the equipment from Public Storage to set up and contend with take down and restoring. From January 2018-May 2018 we will be renting from the Altamonte Chapel using their large, bright social hall with the option to continue at the facility. We are very excited about this venue.

  • They will provide on-site storage in an A/C facility.
  • Sound system is already in place.
  • State of the art projector will be installed or we can use the TV or mirror. (our choice)
  • They will bring the equipment to the hall and set up all the tables and chairs we need.
  • They are more reasonably priced than A&H keeping our expenses to where we won’t have to raise dues.
  • Ample parking and lovely grounds.
  • Library will no longer have to cart books and magazines from place to place; books can be securely stored on site.
  • We will be able to use the venue for workshops too if we desire.

We are hoping to have a plein air event on the site prior to a general meeting. Our longstanding member, Jean Stirling’s memorial  was at this chapel and several of our members were present. All of them asked if the facility might be available to us. Your board made that happen!

Mary announced that Nancy Larkin and a few other members meet on Tuesday morning in College Park near Princeton (behind the elementary school area) from 9-1 to have a free painting session. She encourages others to join them. Contact Nancy Larkin for more info.

Kim Minichello, CFWS member and future president of FWS, is actively seeking donations for the FWS silent auction. Items do not have to be art related. Mary encouraged members to ‘clean out their closets’ and see if there are items to donate.

Recently we lost a longstanding member of our group—Robert Woodring. His wife asked Mary to let the membership know that she will be disposing of his art supplies. She is relocating. Mary added the list of items for sale to the “Sell and Trade” Book and made Jan Woodring’s email available. She should be contacted directly if anyone is interested in items. Mary will send a general notice around to the membership during the week.

Plein air chairperson, Marcela Moglia, informed the group that there would be some very interesting plein air events next season and that, along with the week-end events, she is planning some week day specials.

VP Teresa Chin reminded members that we still need artists to submit jpgs for the Bloomingdales exhibit and that the deadline has been extended a week. Ken Austin, one of the judges—along with Rebecca Wilkinson, asked folks to use his gmail address when sending the images.

Before presenting the names in nomination of the new officers and introduce the board, Mary acknowledged the members of the 2016-2017 board and thanked them for their outstanding service. A rousing round of applause followed.

Mary called two members to the front and acknowledged them. Pam Merle will take the last remaining chairperson slot—workshops. (Rich Lewis and Mary Dall will assist her as we transition.) Sharon Stitely-past hospitality chair-volunteered to take the September and October hospitality duties for Marge Reed who vacations with her family each year during that two-month slot. Sharon volunteered for this service last season also. Both ladies were acknowledged and were applauded by the assembly. Mary also explained the voting procedure. Officers are voted on. Chairpersons are appointed. VP and nominating committee chair, Teresa Chin, presented the slate of officers.

President: Teresa Chin

VP: Krys Petit

Secretary: Ann Hague

Treasurer: Jerry Snyder

President, Mary Dall, for her last official act, called for a “yea” or “nay” vote. The vote was unanimous and the new officers were voted in. Mary congratulated Teresa and the new board. Applause ensued. Teresa Chin,  the newly elected president, presented Mary with a parting gift and thanked her for her service. Again, applause followed. Mary thanked everyone again for their assistance and encouragement and especially noted Teresa’s support as a wonderful vice-president.

The group stopped to have snacks and mingle.  Members returned to their seats for the demo.

Our demo artist, Mike Bisceglia, asked to introduce himself and then proceeded to entertain and delight the assembly. His anecdotes had us all laughing until we were in tears. Then, he narrated  a computer presentation of some of his paintings.  Lastly, he presented a demo that included his blowing bubbles technique. The assembly was enthralled and Mike was having fun, as were we. A lovely afternoon was had by all! Sunday was a great, and entertaining, end to the season.

Our next official general meeting will be September 10, 2017 to begin our 2017-2018 season with our annual “Show and Tell” where each member brings in one painting (usually worked on over the summer) and tells about it.

April 2017 Meeting Recap

April 2, 2017

The president welcomed new members and guests and asked for any new folks to get up and introduce themselves. Mary reminded everyone that the renewal for the 2017-2018 season is now underway. The board has been working hard to keep the cost at $40 for the season.

Mary encouraged participation in the 50/50 donation raffle.

The president thanked Tom Jones for introducing us to Dixon-Ticonderoga. Tom offered an initial two-day workshop, March 30-31 with 16 participants. We learned a lot from Tom, of course, but also Dixon treated us to a nice lunch both days, gave us a tour or their museum and not only provided us with free samples of their new paints, but also provided samples of their newest paper lines—both cold press and hot press. A fun time was had by all. Thank you Tom! Thank you Dixon-Ticonderoga.

The president highlighted that the board continues to work to complete the new season calendar. We were fortunate to have two people come forward with interest in the VP slot that opens as Teresa Chin moves up to the presidency. Assuming the presidency after two season as the VP is always a consideration and Krys Pettit felt she would be in a position to move up two seasons from now. We are still in need of a workshop chairperson. Mary reminded the membership that positions could be filled by two friends who wanted to work together.

We just heard discovered that the Terrace Gallery has been slated for renovation during the from Dec. 2017-June 2018. This means that our member show there will be transferred to another venue. We will still be working with the new director and will confirm that we will maintain the March 12-May 25 dates as planned. More info to follow. So much for me having the calendar done in April—we will aim for the first part of May before the new board is installed. Leu Gardens is being considered.

The board has been working on some Policies and Procedures including some new things we’re going to initiate. The board approved a small perk incentive for officers and chairpersons. There will be a $50 reduction in cost to officers and board members who wish to attend workshops. Each chair receives this discount. If two share a chairmanship, the reduction too would be shared. We’re giving this incentive a try for the 2017-18 season and probably the 2018-19 season to see how it works. We are also trying to determine a fair deduction in workshop costs for the workshop assistant. The workshop chairperson is able to attend workshops for free, but in order to enjoy the perk they need a workshop assistant. The job of workshop assistant had sort of “fallen through the cracks” in recent years. The board has decided to have a written statement under Policies and Procedures for this non-board position that can be assumed by various members during the year. At the April board meeting we will approve the reduction amount in workshop fees the assistant will be given along with a specific list of duties. These will be on our website and available in the newsletter once approved and voted on.

Mary reminded the assembly that we will have a special demo by Mike Bisceglia at the May meeting and the election of officers for the 2017-2019 seasons.

Marcela Moglia, Plein Air chairperson, got up to speak and reminded everyone of the upcoming plain-air events and to check the website and newsletter for updates.

VP Teresa Chin addressed the assembly with the latest on the Bloomingdales event over the summer. She then introduced Dana Daydodge, who was featured in the Orlando Arts magazine, as our demo artist. After drawing the 50/50 donation winner, Dana demonstrated watercolor on Yupo paper, talked about color, papers and innovative use of watercolor. Thank you Dana!

The meeting adjourned at approximately 4:00.