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!