May 2016 Meeting Recap

The president, Mary Dall, thanked the University Club WP, and in particular Nita Rizzo and Daphne Frutchey for hosting the CFWS Charter Member’s Art Show which was a celebration of the folks who had the foresight to form our society.

Brief housekeeping info:
The membership table was manned in 15 min increments by volunteers so that any member wishing to renew for the 2016-2017 season had easier access. Several new memberships were added also. The president reminded all that the membership book for each new season is printed over the summer so all are encouraged to renew ASAP.

A reminder was added: there is one more newsletter for this season, THEN, watch for the first newsletter of the new season in August where you will be able to see the calendar for 2016-17.

Mary encouraged everyone to paint over the summer and be ready for the September fun “Show ‘n Tell” meeting where we all bring in paintings and share technique, inspiration and receive positive feedback.

She thanked Nancy Larkin, Janet Asbury, Michel Oliver and her husband, Dan, who assisted in pick up of some of the painting from SOBO on April 2 and getting them to their owners. Our juried show folks, Jackii Molsick and Sandi Hanlon-Breuer did a great job.

Thank you to Cindy Sturla, Nancy Larkin, Bob and Ann Hague, Ken Austin, Teresa Chin who are helping to review the by-laws.

We are still looking for a plein air coordinator. Teresa Chin has it organized well and we hope someone will come forward soon.

Mary added–we will be having lots of exciting demos and at least two workshops next season: Lynn Ferris and Jaime Cardero will be coming. Please consider attending at least one of these.

Mary thanked Sharon Stitely who will be stepping down as Hospitality. She was recognized for her dedication to CFWS. Welcome was offered to Marge Reed who will be assuming that position. Marge recently made drapes for us to control the glare to the TV from the back windows at the G-M building. And, a thank you was sent out to Denise Hendrickson for her work with Publicity as she steps down and Judi Kaye steps up to assume that position. Thank you Sharon and Denise! Welcome Judi and Marge!

The president turned back to the Charter Show. She gave a very brief history of how it all came about back in 1998. She named each Charter Member in turn and each received a round of applause as they stood or waved to the assembly. It was pointed out that while all charter members couldn’t be present, information on all was available on bio boards peppered amongst the high top tables.

Lastly, a special thanks went out to Nita, Daphne, and Teresa Chin (all around best VP in the business) who helped to hang the paintings on Wednesday. Jerry Snyder, treasurer, was especially recognized for organizing the refreshments and settings for the show—and a thank you to everyone assisting. A special thanks to “the Michel and Ted show” who added greatly to the festivities. The lovely watercolor nametags were designed and made by Jackii Molsick. Lastly, Marianna Ross was recognized. She inspired and encouraged us to have this show to honor the Charter Members.

The president then encourage everyone to mingle and have a good time reminded those assembled that we’d all be together again in the fall!

April 2016 Meeting Recap

In Case You Missed IT. . . April 3, 2016

Volunteer opportunities are available. Hospitality volunteer is needed now.

May 1 is the Charter Member Show at the University Club, WP. This will be our last meeting for the 2015-2016 season. We want a good showing. Please come out aqnd show your support on May 1 at the reception from 2-4. Orlando Arts Magazine will have an Eye on Arts about the upcoming Charter Show.

Interested in Tee Shirts and/or Aprons? Please sign up to show your interest. No money now. If we have enough interest we’ll order them in Sept. and know the exact cost as it may go down with quantity.

Special thanks to Nancy Larkin, Sandi Hanlon-Breuer and Janet Asbury for assisting with pick-up and delivery of paintings from the SOBO Gallery.

Thank yous went out for Plein Air at Yalaha in March hosted by Jackii Molsic. In April we will have TWO plein air opportunities‚ serving both sides of town.
Date: April 16
Time:10 a.m.
Chuluota (GPS-Oviedo)(Rebecca Wilkinson)
Sunday, April 17th at Fern Creek (Janet Asbury-her art on brochure)

Members were reminded to renew memberships for next season 2016-2017 early, preferably today or on-line or via check to the treasurer as our May meeting will be at the University Club celebrating our Charter Members.
Vlad Yeliseyev was introduced and did a wonderful demo.

See you next month at the Charter Member Show opening.

March 2016 Meeting Recap

In Case You Missed IT. . .March 6, 2016

Welcome new members and guests
Thank you to Ricki McCurdy for setting up the sound for Dave Williams.
Thank you to Rich Lewis and Dan for getting the equipment from the storage area and setting up. We would like to have a CFWS member step up to assist with set-up in the future.

SOBO pick-up: Pick-up is April 2 between the hours of 3:30-5:00.
If you are picking up your own art, that’s great. IF you want your art picked up and returned to A & H, please sign the clipboard or contact marydall to have your name added for pickup and delivery. Time to pick up paintings will be confirmed and in newsletter.

Vlad Yeliseyev Demo and workshop. April 3, Workshop April 4,5,6

Plein Air will be at Yalaha. Host: Jackii Molsick
Date: March 19
Directions: Address in newsletter. GPS suggested.

May 1 is the Charter Member Show at the University Club, WP. Reception 2:00-4:00. Clipboards for donations of food and/or wine were circulated at the meeting. This will be our last meeting for the 2015-2016 season. We want a good showing. A very brief business meeting and artist introduction will start at 2 with a reception to follow. A donation of food and wine clipboard was sent around. Jerry Snyder will assist with the reception refreshments.

VP Teresa Chin (program chair and VP) introduced Nancy Larkin who coordinated this presentation on “Ways to Expand Your Art” publishing presentation with Q & A. This program helped to show additional ways to use our art. I know the members gained insight into putting art into book form. The roundtable with Edna Siniff, Amanda Egan, Nancy Larkin and yours truly was well received. Edna was a wealth of information. Her book, Living Seminole, is a fascinating history illustrated by Nancy. Nancy, as MC, delighted us with the art she created for (very young author) Amanda’s book, Dolly’s Garden. Amanda described how a loving memory turned into a book. Such a delight! And it was an added pleasure to have “Dolly” Ernestine Egan present along with Amanda’s dutifully proud Dad. Mary Dall and Roberta Lerman have both published using createspace and were part of the last segment on self-publishing.

January 2016 Meeting Recap

In case you missed it: General meeting and demo. with Janet King , January 31, 2016

The president welcomed new members and guests.

The president reminded everyone that the Make a Splash! non-juried show at the Casselberry Art House was a success and runs until Feb. 5. She introduced and congratulated David Williams for winning the Peoples’ Choice for his painting, Lizard. She reminded everyone that pick-up at the Art House is Feb. 8-9.

See you all at SOBO hopefully. The reception will be this Thursday, Feb. 4 from 5:30-8:00 Members were encouraged to come out to the restaurants, etc. and make an evening of it. Jackii and Sandi stood and were acknowledge for putting together such a beautiful show. Artists were reminded to please bring a bottle of wine. Bartender has been hired.

The Art Book was mentioned for selling and swapping. Let’s use it!

Job descriptions began posting in the Newsletter (one each month) and will soon be on-line. We want you to be thinking of the new board that will be for 2017-2018. We hope for a smooth transition in May of 2017.

The president discussed dues. Dues are per season. We will collect in April and May for the 2016-2017 season. Early registration is encouraged. The Member Book is prepared over the summer. This is a big job and Janet works hard to get your information in there so let’s make her job easier by signing up for he 2016-2017 season in April or May. May 1 will be the Charter Member Show at the University Club so renewing membership early for next year in April would be the best. (Feb. 1-May is dues only for new members and only one time.)

Plein Air at the Mayflower hosted by Sally Hall was fabulous! 12 artists in attendance. The Feb. plein air will be Feb. 20 at Lake Lily. 10:00.

Next month we will be sending around a sign-up for help with the refreshments for the Charter Member show. The show is May 1 at the University Club and lots of info will be in the newsletter.

Janet King, demo artist judge for the SOBO show presented a wonderful demo. Several more members immediately signed up for the workshop which runs Feb. 1, 2, and 3 at G-M.

December 2015 Meeting Recap

In case you missed it: December 6, 2015 Party Summary

We welcomed everyone to the 10th Annual Central Florida Watercolor Society Member In House Show and Holiday party, in the Germaine Marvel building, at the Art & History Museums – Maitland.

Members signed in and those with paintings had them numbered and displayed for the voting. Also, one free raffle ticket was given to each member. Mini paintings were displayed and as we ate our meal those who brought one took one out of a small box.

We thanked our volunteers and hospitality chair, Sharon Stitely. After guests were introduced we had a quick business meeting making a few announcement of upcoming events.
Dec. 12 – SOBO jpgs are due to Jane Brinckerhoff.
Jan. 3 – THERE IS NO JAN. 3RD MEETING OF CFWS! Please attend the “Make A Splash” Show Reception, Jan 8, at the Cassleberry Art House
Jan. 4 – Drop off for CFWS Non-Juried show ‚ “Make a Splash” at the CASSELBERRY ART HOUSE. Contact Mary Dall, Rita Watts or Jerry Snyder with any questions.
Jan. 8 – Reception at CASSELBERRY ART HOUSE (6-8pm)
Jan. 30 – Drop off paintings for JURIED Members show at SOBO 8:30-9:30. Three volunteers will take accepted paintings from Maitland Art Center A&H parking lot to SOBO
Jan. 31 – Janet King demo. at regular members meeting ‚ 1:30 – Germaine-Marvel building.
Feb. 1-2-3 – Janet King Workshop, Germaine Marvel building, Art & History Museums‚ Maitland. Use the ONE TIME coupon and get signed up. Only 1/2 down holds your spot. We are opening the workshop to non-members, but they are NOT eligible to use the $50 coupon.
March 6th ‚ CFWS member meeting‚ Nancy Larkin will be presenting a program from an illustrator point of view. Nancy also spoke about her Mennello workshop on Dec. 15.

Sally Hall, stood up to speak about the next Plein Air event on January 16 at the Mayflower Retirement Community, behind Crealde. She is hosting this event and described the lovely scenery there to paint and draw, and how to get there.

After the business was taken care of, we passed out ballots for the people‚ choice voting and the meal was begun. There were four tables filled with amazing appetizers, food, desserts, and drinks. It was all so delicious! We ate far too much!

As the meal was winding down, we began the raffle for donations from Art Systems, Fogo de Chao, Blick art materials, Kim Minichiello, Tom Jones, Laura Evans/Studio 17, Dana Daydodge and the estates of Dee Jansen and Connie Marcan. We had the one and only SANTA (Michel Olivier) help to hand out the prizes! Dave Williams did the raffle calls in a most entertaining way! What great fun we had and we laughed until we cried!

November 2015 Meeting Recap

In case you missed it: November 1, 2015

The general meeting of the CFWS was called to order at 1:30. After guest and new members were introduced we discussed the Christmas Party. Most prior members were familiar with this event but the president went over the basics: This event is a covered-dish, we have a member show (bring ONE painting to display). Each member in good standing is asked to vote for his/her favorite three paintings, there is a mini-painting display (then exchange), and a very nice raffle. (Every member receives one free raffle ticket.) After a very short meeting, we eat. Then we start the raffle. (Votes are collected and counted.) Mini paintings are put in a box and distributed: “bring one, pick one”. Prizes are awarded for the member show. At the meeting Terri Chin (VP) signed up helpers for the event. She will be MCing this event.

The “Make a Splash” Casselberry Art House Non-Juried Member Show was discussed. This show is designed for emerging artist, but open to all members. The “Make a Splash” committee presented the sign-up sheet that had been started via email and continues to record names for this event at the meeting. The paperwork necessary to comply with the Art House rules was provided to each person who signed in previously and/or at the meeting. The committee began collecting the small, $5 entry fee and provided receipts. It was announced that the show would have a “Best of Show” voted on by popular vote the evening of the reception, January 8 from (6:00-8:00) Prize: TBD Light refreshments will be served.
The show will run from Jan.8-Feb 12. Drop off: Jan. 4 (9:30-10:00), Pick-up: Feb. 12 (time: TBD)
Location: Casselberry Art House – 127 Quail Pond Circle, Casselberry, FL  32707. Chairpersons for this event are: Rita Watts, Jerry Snyder and Mary Dall.

The Annual CFWS Juried Show was discussed: We were so please to have one of the Winter Garden SOBO Gallery representatives (and CFWS member!), Kim Minichiello, present to give information on SOBO in general and our Juried show specifically. Sandi Breuer-Hanlon gave additional specific about the Juried Show:
Juror will be Janet King. The show will run Feb.4-April 1.
The opening reception is Feb. 8 (6:00-8:00) at SOBO, light refreshments provided. Prizes will be awarded.
Drop off: January 30, 2016 before 11:00 (or participants can take advantage of a pick-up and delivery offered by some super CFWS volunteers who will accept paintings in the MAC A&H parking lot from 8:30-9:30 on Jan. 30 and deliver them to SOBO) Pick-up April 2. (time: TBD)

ENTRY INFORMATION: JPGs will be due to Jane Brinckerhoff BEFORE December 12, 2015. (Wait for specific directions please.) Information will be forthcoming as to when to send in jpgs, cost of entering, etc. Watch for details. We want this to be our best juried show ever.
Sandi Hanlon-Breuer and Jackii Molsick are the chairpersons for this special event.

Nancy McCarthy will be the new registrar for workshops. Janet King will be presenting our next workshop and be the juror for our SOBO show! Jan. 31, 2016 Demo at Germaine-Marvel
Workshop dates: February 1-3. Signing up early is highly recommended. Our April workshop will be with Vlad Yeliseyev. You can sign up for workshops and pay fees online.
Online Workshop Information, Registration and Signup.

The president reminded the membership to read the NEWSLETTER, consult the calendar on the last page each month and read the “In case you missed it. . .” If you couldn’t make the meeting. Mike Malloy publishes it on the website after each month’s general membership meeting.

Special Events:

Cindy Sturla, past president and Mennello Event coordinator, presented a chart of the many events at Mennello in conjunction with the Mary Whyte Exhibit in which CFWS members have a footprint. We have been given a wonderful opportunity to show off what CFWS can do. Come see our members in action. Information and schedule.

Thoughts on helping the club: The president read a list of ways to help CFWS. Many suggestions were offered from gifting partial workshop fees to a friend to sponsoring a young adult with a membership to our group.

Terri Chin, VP, gave a report on the very special Plein Air Event on Nov. 21st at MAC A&H. ALL members are encouraged to be part of the connection between CFWS andA & H. There will be demos and other specials. Participation by families and children is especially encouraged. Come one, come all!

Terri then introduce Jim Holehouse, whose special connection was that Jim was the juror for CFWS’s first juried show 10 years ago! It was good to have him back. Jim was impressed with our group and how we have grown. He presented an interesting demo where color and spontaneity reigned. He offered a lot of good hints and suggestions and encourage allowing the “water of watercolor” to work. He brought some lovely large paintings for us to enjoy also.

Next meeting: Holiday Party!!!!

October 2015 Recap

In case you missed the October 2015 Meeting…

CFWS hosted its second general meeting of the year on October 4, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church of Maitland. Attendance was good considering that our event coincided with the Florida Watercolor Society and its conference weekend. We were pleased to add several new members on Sunday!

The rules for the January Art House show were explained. This show is a first come-first served show and without a judge to select entries an email response seemed the best way to verify the participant and time of request. On Oct. 21 at “High Noon” interested participants will with their intent to show. Only CFWS members in good standing will be permitted to participate. All rules and regulations can be found in the member October newsletter or on the participating artist page on the website.

Vice President, Terri Chin, explained how Plein Air will work “by host” until a coordinator steps forward and several people signed up. Roberta Lerman will host the first Plein Air in October. (Please contact Roberta for additional information and map.) Roberta reminded everyone that she will provide light snacks but that they should bring their own lunches. If anyone is interested in presenting a demo at the event they should contact Roberta. Additionally, Terri is taking the Plein Air sign-up to our website. Now you can sign up to host electronically- PleinAir Hosting! You can also see what dates are available, get details on planned events and save the dates. Please visit our website often.

The President, Mary Dall, reminded us that she’d be presenting ideas to expand and enhance the club and welcomes suggestions that she can share with the group. Email suggestions.

The best part of the meeting, of course, was the chance to see Janet Rogers in action! Janet did several demos for the group and was enthusiastically welcomed and appreciated. It was a wonderful and rewarding Sunday afternoon. The members taking the workshop on Oct. 5,6,7 were especially thrilled and ready to get started.

Look forward to seeing you all at our next general meeting on Nov. 1!

September 2015 Meeting Recap

In case you missed the September 2015 Meeting. . .

CFWS hosted its first general meeting of the year September 13, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church of Maitland with over seventy members and guests braving the rain that stopped just prior to the gathering. As members signed in they were able to pick up the lovely Member Book created by newsletter guru, Janet Asbury, with cover art by Roberta Lerman.

Rita Watts (membership), Suzi Greenlee-Mamon (greeter) and Jerry Snyder (treasurer) assisted at the sign-in table as members gathered. At 1:30, new president, Mary Dall, welcomed guests and new members who were asked to introduce themselves. Next, congratulations were in order for the CFWS members who were accepted into the 44th Annual Florida Watercolor Society Show, Sept.6-Nov 1: Jackii Molsick, Sandi Hanlon-Breuer, Bonnie Jones and Katherine Davis. Jackii Molsick will also be part of the traveling show.

The president then introduced, and acknowledge, the board (see complete listing on the web) and some special assistants for their hard work and dedication to CFWS. Along with the board members a special acknowledgement was made for Doris Threlkeld who is moving to Deland and has been a dedicated library assistant for our own Karen Bowden for many years. Special acknowledgement was also extended to Cindy Sturla, past president and mentor who prepared the way for this years meetings and to Ken Austin, the founding father of CFWS who, like Cindy, will be attending board meetings to add expertise.

Well-known watercolorist, Mary Whyte will be having a special exhibit at the Mennello in October and CFWS has been offered an opportunity to assist with watercolor demonstrations and/or adult drop-in classes during the course of the exhibition. Cindy Sturla graciously offered to oversee CFWS’s participation. She presented a sign-up sheet for interested members. (Please email Cindy for possible participation and check out the Mennello website for additional information.)

Vice President, Terri Chin, explained how Plein Air will work “by host” until a coordinator steps forward and several people signed up. Roberta Lerman will host the first Plein Air in October. (Please contact Roberta for additional information.) To host a event, use the form on the Plein Air webpage.

Mary Dall explained the “Sell or Trade” Book that will replace bringing art supplies to the final meeting of the year to sell, give or trade. All members who participate handle all transactions themselves via the book. There are forms to fill out, room for a picture or description and sleeves to hold the information. (The club has provided this book as a trial and service to the members and offers no warranties or guarantees on items offered. Only art related items may be listed.)

Mary reminded members to read the newsletter, check the calendar and watch for updates and changes. She encouraged all members to submit information to the newsletter and website.

The hard work of Rich Lewis to bring notable artists to CFWS was acknowledged and encouraged participation in our upcoming workshop with Janet Rogers. (Demo: Oct. 3 at First Presbyterian Church and workshop Oct. 4-5-6 at the Germaine-Marvel building.) Susan Neumeyer’s wonderful poster offered members a chance to see other examples of Janet Rogers’ work.

Mary asked the members to look at the last page of their member book and make note that we will be having THREE watercolor shows this year.

One, a non-juried, “Make a Splash” show January 8 at the Art House, Casselberry;

Two—our annual juried show at SOBO Gallery-February 4, Winter Garden; and

THREE-close out the year with a very special Charter Member Show-May 1, 2016.

Everyone was encouraged to check out the website regularly to watch for information updates. After the business meeting, Sharon Stitely (hospitality) and her many helpers treated us to a wonderful “snack time” supplied by the board (and friends) while we mingled and enjoyed the art work presented around the room displayed on tabletop easels. After refreshments, we all took our seats again while members got up and participated in a “show and tell” of their paintings produced over the summer. Participants spoke briefly as their work was held for all to see. This was a great opportunity to learn about techniques, explore what inspired us and to discover what we learned over the summer. This proved to be a great deal of fun and members were able to share information on classes they offered and were a wealth of creative information. A great time was had by all! The next gathering will be the general meeting and demo by Janet Rogers at the First Presbyterian Church on Oct. 3. See you then!