Ken Austin’s work at Crealde’s Showwalter Hughes Gallery

Crealde’s Showalter Hughes Gallery will open the show, “Helen Bennet and Ken Austin: A Tribute To 2 Central Florida Artists” on February 19th and will show through April 30th. The Reception will be Friday, February 26th from 7-9pm.

“I want to let you know you are all invited to attend, CFWS members and friends.  I hope everyone can be there!”


A SOBO visit after a rained out Plein Air

Leslie, Thouraya and Terri had planned to do some plein air painting at the Tibet-Butler preserve, but nature had other plans. After it started to rain, we went over to see the CFWS juried annual member show at SOBO. It was a safe visit and we enjoyed the 2 beautiful shows. In the outer gallery was the abstract artwork. At least 3 of our society members were in this show! We have a lot of talent!

Thouraya with her “Late Afternoon” seaside painting.
Leslie with her mountain lion painting “Surveyor”.

In the newly constructed gallery was our exceptional annual juried show. It has been getting great reviews! One comment, from SOBO, was that it had so much life!

We all felt that going during the week, when crowds are small, was a good thing. The gallery had masks and hand sanitizers as you entered. Social distancing was encouraged.

Parking is conveniently located next to the building and there is also a free parking structure across the street.

If you get hungry, Pammies Sammies is next door. There is a walk-up window and outdoor eating area for a nice leisurely meal in safety and comfort.

walk up window and outdoor seating

If you haven’t’ seen the shows yet, we highly recommend them.

Thank you SOBO for this beautiful and safe venue. A good time was had by all!

Everyone wore masks to stay safe.

Click on the link for more information on these 2 wonderful shows at the Winter Garden Art Association:

Feb. 7 David Smith AWS, NWS, watercolor demonstration of a misty lake

CFWS members watch the zoom demo

We had 59 members join David Smith via Zoom to watch a fascinating and fun demonstration on painting waves and mist in a pine forest.  David likes to paint happy trees, like Bob Ross, one of his favorite artists. He even has a Bob Ross cutout in his studio!   He painted on an 11 x 15 sheet of cold press, Arches #140 paper, but he also likes Fabriano which is more sensitive. The paper is on an angled tripod that can swivel. After taping down the paper he works wet into wet .

ball joint in the tripod

David likes to work wet into wet. Using a large flat brush, he wet the top half of the page,  brushed in the Sky with Indigo and Payne’s Grey.

David using a big brush to wet the sky area.
The troughs of water drawn at bottom.
Pointed brushes for building waves.
Faux Squirrel 1827 liner Aux Reservoir brush

One of the brushes used was a #12 Faux Squirrel round and another was a Faux Squirrel 1827 liner Aux Reservoir to build up the waves.  First draw the troughs and waves, then add cream consistency into the light areas  and build up the waves. Spatter with water so the pigment follows the water and pulls the color up the paper, create texture.

Build up waves by flowing in dark color with liner brush.

Add tree trunks, with a liner, then use a sponge to add leaves. Use a thirsty brush to pull the paint out for a misty effect. Don’t make all the trees the same size or distance apart.

Use a thirsty brush to pull out color for a misty effect. At the end add some birds and you are done!
Final painting with birds on the right.

Thank you David for a great demonstration! Several of our members recommended his fun workshops! Click on the link for more info:

CFWS Plein Air Event FUN! For Feb. – May 2021 See you there!

February 17, 2021  –  WEDNESDAY !!! 10am – 4pm
Tibet – Butler Nature Preserve
8777 Winter Garden/ Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32836

Please be attentive to the park entrance, it is easy to miss. Follow directions from the park entrance to the parking area near the Park Office. Restrooms are nearby. There is a small butterfly garden with native plants there, and a habitat for rescued tortoises. The large veranda has rocking chairs for visitors. Past the veranda and the office is the entrance to the trails. No fees required

March 20, 2021 – Saturday  10 am – 4 pm
Lake Concord Park, adjacent to where the Casselberry Art House is located.
Quail Pond Circle parking area
Casselberry, FL

There are many park benches and lots of outdoor sculptures in the gardens.

April 17, 2021  – Saturday  10-4pm
Cypress Grove Park
290 Holden Ave., Orlando FL

NOTE: Meeting Point to be determined.

May 15, 2021 – Saturday 10 – 4pm
Leu Gardens (Entrance fee for non-members)   1920 N Forest Ave., Orlando FL
Meet by the outdoor sitting area outside the main entrance.

Annual Show Participating Artists

Artists participating in the 2021 Annual Show
hosted at SOBO this February/March

Janet Asbury Ken Austin Sandi Baier Jane Brinckerhoff Teresa Chin
Pamela Chock Charlotte Cipes Dorothy Cline Karen Cole Mary Dall
Nancy Dias Susan Jane Donohoe Diana Eagles Dione Fetner Susan Greenlee-Mamon
Susan Grogan Vera Gubnitskaia Sandi Hanlon-Breuer Stewart Jones Patty Kane
Nancy Larkin Mike Malloy Tiffany McCarty Kim Minichiello Marcela Moglia
Jackii Molsick Chauncey Nelson Marianna Ross Leslie Rossetti Susie Schreiber
Richelle Siska George Stuart Cindy Sturla Deborah G Umphrey Mary Kathryn Van Kleunen
Marion Wagster Rebecca Wilkinson Ann Worrall Thouraya Zapara

Annual Show Drop-Off, January 31st


DROP OFF: January 31, 2020 between  3pm – 5pm.
Accepted work to the SOBO Gallery.

FORMS FOR ENTRY will be sent with your notification email. Please, have all forms and labels in place when dropping off.

RECEPTION:  February 4th at SOBO, 6-8pm
The reception will be a social-distanced walk-through the exhibit with arrows directing people through the gallery one way, with a limited number of guests at a time.

Janet Rogers demo at January 10th CFWS meeting

January 10, 2021 – Fifty five members watched a great demonstration of transparent watercolors by Janet Rogers, AWS.  Her subject was a portrait of Erin, Mary’s daughter, in a feathered hat. First she started with some warm up exercises of Iris and Roses. Playing with the paint and changing values as you go, add movement to your colors. The brushes that she uses are KingArt. She likes their spring and used a round #9 size and a flat. She worked on #140 lb Arches.

CFWS members
CFWS members
Warming up with blues and greens.
Warm up painting a rose and playing with greens

Her palette colors are Aureolin (W/N), Permanent Rose (W/N, Cheap Joe’s) and Cobalt blue (W/N, Cheap Joe’s) for the first triad. Quinachridone Gold (W/N, Daniel Smith), Permanent Alizarin Crimson (W/N, Holbein) and Ultramarine blue (W/N, American Journey) for the second triad.

Janet’s 6 palette colors
Preliminary sketch in pencil
Warm colors bring forward and cool colors push back.
Neutral shadows
     Portrait shows hard and soft edges. Dark background brings out white feathers.

Plein Air fun at Nehrling Gardens

Marcela had a nice and peaceful day sketching in the beautiful Nehrling Gardens. It was a bit cloudy, but the rain was still miles away. Only few gardeners shared the space with her as she sat at a picnic table and did 2 small sketches.   Check back for more locations and join us in the new year!

Call to teaching artists from SOBO/WGART

This is a call out to the members of CFWS who teach, from Dana Acevedo/Gallery Manager at SOBO.

We are starting a community outreach program that will focus on beginner style classes conducted off-site at partner locations within Downtown Winter Garden to start (restaurants/cafes, etc). We want to show unity within the community and provide more exposure to the Art Association.     We are looking for entry – intermediate style class proposals that will be organized offsite to bring exposure and interest for the next level of classes which we will have onsite at the gallery as normal (or on the patio as needed). In the end we want to bring art to life within the community with a goal of increasing exposure for you as Artists, the partner locations and redirect them to the gallery to be members, patrons and students.

We are looking for an alternative variation of your best classes, almost like an “express” version with some of the following criteria:

  • One – two hours in length at max
  • One to three times per month
  • Approachable content/basics/intro style that will grab new attendees attention (open to all – photography, jewelry, painting, drawing, crafts, sculpting, etc)
  • Pricing within reason for classes that would be held at a partner’s location (restaurant/café/outdoors)
  • Offer a follow up class/series at the gallery to continue the patrons interest/attendance
  • Once again this request is specific for offsite classes/workshops.
  • Please submit your ENTRY Level Class Proposals specifically for the off-site locations here:    

We understand some participating locations may not be able to accommodate classes depending on volume levels. Please note we are planning the following type of events, so more to come!

  • Artist Meet & Greet – bring select pieces for sale and have an opportunity to meet new patrons
  • Live Art Showcase – Artist to paint/draw/sculpt/create jewelry, etc. on premise for demonstration purposes, no class
  • Art Influenced style trips to other downtown locations

We still want your traditional style classes/workshop proposals for series and more advanced audiences. However, since the community outreach is a new initiative we are prioritizing getting entry level classes on the calendar first (ideally before the end of the year : ).

If you have any ideas to make this even better, we want to hear them! If you know someone that might be interested please spread the word!          Email us at

We are looking forward to collaborating with you and the start of hopefully an even better New Year!

Best regards,

Dana Acevedo / Gallery Manager

SOBO Gallery & Art Center

127 South Boyd Street // Winter Garden, FL  34787 // 407-347-7996

Patty Kane, CFWS classes at Crealde


Beginning Watercolor (8-week class)

Instructor: Patty Kane

Crealde @ Home: virtual art class for those who prefer to paint in the comfort of their home.

Wednesday, January 20 – March 10, 2021 from 2-4 pm
Wednesday, April 4 – May 26, 2021 from 2-4 pm

Let’s Get Started. Watercolor is a mysterious medium. Once you learn the basics, you will paint the rest of your life. This class will discuss necessary supplies, learn techniques and practice color mixing to get you on your watercolor journey. Be prepared to paint during this class.

Crealde Members $235/Non-Crealde Members $255

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For more class information, contact Patty



Achieving Creative Color with Transparent Watercolor (6-week class)

Instructor: Patty Kane

Crealde School of Art, Winter Park Campus

Thursday, January 21 – March 11, 2021 from 2-4 pm
Thursday, April 5 – May 27, 2021 from 2-4 pm

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Why are my paintings dull? Should I paint on wet or dry paper? Use transparent pigment to learn how to mix colors to achieve luminosity, spontaneity, and sparkle in your paintings. Color mixing and a variety of WOW (wet-on-wet) and dry paper techniques will be explored. There will be demonstrations for every concept discussed. Be prepared to paint in this class. Intermediate Level

Crealde Members $245/Non-Crealde Members $265

For more class information, contact Patty