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April 2015 - The President’s MessageHelene

One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul, and yet no one ever comes to sit by it.
Vincent van Gogh, painter (30 Mar 1853-1890)

This club is the answer to your art heart! It responds to your needs in so many ways~ Bringing in our wonderful demo artists, a Library that provides and shares free reference materials, this glorious space for our meetings and the Whispering Pines workshop space. All these are provided by our Board Members and  Chairpersons! They share their time, energy, knowledge and friendship to this group, continuing the club’s wonderful tradition of sharing this Watercolor Experience. Each year we welcome returning and new Board Members and Chairpersons back to keep the club moving forward.  The CWC showers distinguished artists demonstrating watercolor for us all!

April Meeting Accomplishments

  • We are so proud and thankful our previous Board has decided to remain and has been artfully re-elected for another year; and we are certainly grateful for all our continuing and new volunteers. (see more..)

  • Ray Jowers was honored with a Lifetime Membership recognizing his accomplishments for the Citrus Watercolor Club (see more...)

  • Joan Swetland’s Demonstration 'touched' us all with her simplicity and acumen! (see more...)

Events of Note

Sign-up for the May luncheon Demonstration by Ted Head~ you will not get enough of Ted! - and enjoy the Installation of our 2015 Board of Directors and Chairpersons click here for details

Sign up for the April 29th, 2015 Bus Trip to the Museum of Fine Art in St Petersburg for the MONET TO MATISSE on the French Coast exhibit (sponsored by the Spring Hill Art League)

We invite you to come out for the Citrus Cultural Alliance Art Expo at the Campus of the Central Florida College on May 9 from 10a.m. to 2p.m., where CWC members will be promoting Membership and see Joyce Cusick demonstrating painting in Plein Air!

Sign up and join us for the Elaine Hahn Workshop
in June
- seats will go quickly for this enlightened marine artist. click here for details

Helene Lancaster, President
Citrus Watercolor Club

April 10, 2015 - Watercolor Art Inspired by a Love of Our Natural Environment

Press Release by Norm Freyer - Demo Collage courtesy of Ray Jowers
click on Joan's pic to view the entire collage; click again to enlarge

Joan SwetlandThe Demonstrating artist for the April 10th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Club is talented Spring Hill watercolorist, Joan Swetland. Joan grew up on the west side of Detroit and has lived in Florida since 1971. She has had no formal art training, but trained in 10 workshops with Nita Engle. In 1984, her first watercolor workshop was to study with Nita at the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island in northern Michigan. This was followed not with stay-at-home workshops, instead, they occurred in faraway places like Africa, Bali, Italy and Mexico. Joan comments that, “All my travels were with my mentor Nita Engle who lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.” Nita Engle is a member and frequent exhibitor of the American Watercolor Society since 1969. Her works were exhibited at the "1976 - 200 Years of American Illustration" - along with Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth and Winslow Homer - and other Society of Illustrators exhibitions in New York. Ref: Wikipedia.

Joan Swetland has been an instructor at Dunedin Fine Art Center in Dunedin, FL since 1991, committed to teaching her students how to fulfill their painting goals. She is a Past President and Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor Society and Signature Member of the Suncoast Watercolor Society. Joan’s work appears in Blue Egretjuried shows and numerous corporate collections including, Mobil Mining and Minerals, Bamett Bank of Florida, Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, Florida, 1992 Reflectone Calendar, and numerous private collections.

Speaking about her artwork she says, “Birds are a delight. My hope is to catch them in that moment of time when they are caring for their young, busy searching for food or preening in the limb of a tree. They provide me with many painting ideas. Flowers as well, are a joy to paint. Every change of season provides an endless variety of color and beauty that I love to capture with my watercolors.” She continues, “The colors that I use in my paintings are carefully planned. For the most part I use only a triad of colors in a single painting to achieve color harmony. My paintings are kindled by my concerns for the environment. I attempt to create my vision of the land, the creatures, and the plant life that co-exist with us. Painting workshops to have supplied me with a variety of subject material for my paintings.” Joan is a member of the Citrus Watercolor Club, the Florida Artists Gallery, the Florida Watercolor Society, the Suncoast Watercolor Society and the Tampa Realistic Artist. You can see Joan’s artwork at the web site

Save this date! May 8, 2015
May Luncheon & Installation of Officers

Sign up or call to reserve a seat at the May Luncheon at Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club in the Hampton room  

Contact: Meredith Keene  352-382-8973
or Miriam Springer 352-503-5356    
Cost is $14.95 with tips and tax included in that price.
Make Checks payable to CWC

Save this date! June 13-14, 2015
Elaine Hahn Workshop

Elaine Hahnclick here for details

March 13, 2015
Program Change Alert

German BoettcherCarol Ann Sherman has been our scheduled demonstrator for our meeting this coming Friday, March 13th, 2015. Unfortunately, Carol Ann has had to cancel due to illness. 

CWC membership roster includes many very accomplished artists who are ready to step up in such emergencies. .We are very fortunate to have German Boettcher (FWS, AWS, and NWS) , an award-winning watercolorist,  as demonstrator at our March 13th meeting. German Boettcher often focuses on the techniques of paintings in urban settings including people, architecture and shadows.  CWC members will find German's demonstration an inspiring and educational presentation on watercolor techniques.

We hope that you can join us this Friday!
Ray Jowers, Program Chair


Annual Show and Sale at Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park

Award winning art at the recent Citrus Watercolor Club Show & Sale was judged by Lorna Jean Thunderhorse. Best of Show (below) was won by Art Estrella of Hernando; First place won by Norm Freyer; Second Place by Helene Lancaster; Third place by Barbara Kerr; Honorable Mentions by Laurie Kansky and Chuck Chesnul, and the President’s award went to Susan Strawbridge.
To view all Award Winning Watercolors click here. Photos contributed by Show Coordinator Jeanne Conrad.

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February 21-22, 2015
Annual Show and Sale at Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park

Nature Coast residents and lovers of watercolor art are in for a treat on the weekend of February 21 & 22, 2015. Watercolor artists from the Citrus Watercolor Club will present their annual show & sale at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park. The show features many talented member watercolor artists from the local area. This is the 23nd year that the Club has cooperated with the Homosassa Wildlife State Park to conduct the show & sale.

Curt BondA painting by Dunnellon watercolorist Curt Bond, pictured above and entitled “Sand Hill in Flight”, was awarded the Best of Show at the 2014 Citrus Watercolor Club Spring Show & Sale. Numerous award-winning watercolors will be on exhibit and for sale on the weekend of February 21 & 22, 2015. Watercolor artists from the Citrus Watercolor Club will present their annual Spring Show & Sale at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park. This juried show features many talented local watercolor artists including Curt Bond, Barbara Kerr, Helene Lancaster, Kim Shields, Norman Freyer, Susan Strawbridge, German Boettcher, Rhonda Hancock, Jude Caborn, Glenda Ackley and many others. Jeanne Conrad, chairperson of the show & sale notes that, “In addition to a wide selection of original watercolor paintings, reproductions, note cards and book marks also will be available for sale.” Conrad continued, “This is the 23nd year that the Club has cooperated with the Homosassa State Wildlife Park to conduct the show & sale.” The Citrus Watercolor Club contributes a percentage of the receipts from art sales during the show to “The Friends of the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park”. For more information contact Jeanne Conrad (352-628-7760), or the club web site

February 2015 -Watercolor Club Favorite Returns for Demo and Workshop

Press Release by Norm Freyer

Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, FWS, has been a favorite artist of members of the Citrus Watercolor Club (CWC), and has demonstrated numerous times on CWC programs. Lynn will return as the demonstrator at the February 13th meeting of the CWC. One should note that Ferris is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, and the Florida Watercolor Society. She is a winter resident of Beverly Hills and spends her summers in Berkley Springs, West Virginia. She attended Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. Before becoming a full time watercolorist, she worked as both a commercial and architectural illustrator. Lynn is also a show judge and instructor, teaching both classes and workshops. Lynn's work has appeared as cover art in "The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association", was the subject of a feature article in "Watercolor" magazine, published by American Artist, and is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Florida. “The details in Lynn Ferris’ watercolors flow seamlessly with the artist’s sense of color and tone. There’s a newness and comfort to her work. One feels refreshed for having seen it, yet completely at home…as if you’ve known this work all of your life.”
Lynn has participated in many one person and juried shows, where her work has received numerous awards. Her many awards include "Best of Show" at both the 2007 Florida Watercolor Society Exhibit and the 2010 Tallahassee Watercolor Society Tri-State Juried Exhibit. Her painting entitled "Anna" received an honorable mention in the 2013 "Artist's Magazine" all media competition. Solo shows include the Leesburg Center for the Arts, The Monongalia Arts Center, and This Century Gallery in Williamsburg, VA. For samples of her work, see Lynn’s web site at

Lynn Ferris Workshop February 14-15, 2015

Gathering Lynn Ferris

The details in Lynn Ferris' watercolors flow seamlessly with the artist's sense of color and tone. There's a newness and comfort to her work. One feels refreshed for having seen it, yet completely at home…as if you've known this work all your life. Learn more about Lynn Ferris..

Lynn presents CWC members and non-members alike with an exceptional opportunity to attend a two-day workshop at the Whispering Pines facility in Inverness, FL on Saturday, February 14, and Sunday February 15. Call Glenda Ackley at 352-560-4220 for information.

January 2015
Talented New Face Demonstrates at Watercolor Club Meeting - Jane Collin

Press Release by Norm Freyer

Jane CollinThe January 9th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Club features a talented new face to the Nature Coast art scene. Artist Jane Collin will demonstrate her exceptional talents to those attending the session. Jane hails from Broward County, FL. After a career holding executive positions in non-profit organizations, Jane turned her passion, art, into a new, full-time career.
Jane holds a Masters Degree from Florida Atlantic University. She studied at the Woodstock School of Art and with nationally known artists Frank Ryan, Richard Segalman, Margaret Martin, Skip Lawrence, Fran Larsen, Katherine Liu, Christopher Schink, and Alex Powers. Working primarily in water media, Jane’s work is representational. Her love of people and the human form is reflected in her “Figures and Faces” page of her gallery. She also is enthralled with God’s creation of this beautiful earth. The “Impressions” section of her gallery page reflects her interpretation of nature. One can best describe Jane’s work as “expressions” and “impressions”.

To view the enite Photo Collage of Jane Collin's Demo contributed by Ray Jowers, click on the portion below, right.

Jane Collin Demo
Drawing on her experience as a corporate trainer, Jane teaches adult classes and workshops. Her classes are always up beat and fun, as her students explore their own paths to creativity. Her classes are positive and uplifting. She encourages students to make progress, not perfection, and she wants her students to develop their own style and paint what interests them. She is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, the Gold Coast Watercolor Society, The Southern Watercolor Society, The Broward Art Guild and the Portrait Society of America. Her works can be found in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States. See her web site at .

2014 FWS Non-Signature Online Show

Members of the Citrus Watercolor Club have had their paintings accepted for the 2014 Florida Watercolor Society On-Line Show. Chosen were Norm Freyer "Autumn Seagrapes", Laurie Kansky "Enraptured".... Learn more...
To view the entire FWS On-Line Show Click here.


Looking Back - December to May 2014

December 2014
The Story Behind the Painting; by Tom Jones

Press Release by Norm Freyer

Tom JonesIt must have been 10 or 12 years ago that I first met Tom Jones, I can’t remember exactly when, but it was at a workshop he was presenting following a watercolor club meeting. And it was during this workshop that he impressed me with his ease of instruction, his interesting dialogue, where everyone got the same individual instruction and encouragement, and those attending seemed to gain something in their knowledge of watercolor art. His approach to watercolor painting just seemed to make things so simple. Tom has traveled from coast to coast in the U.S., and International sites with this type workshop that is in constant demand. Always sporting a straw hat with a colorful band, he has indeed become a very popular artist.
And so, Tom is one of the most popular artists among Nature Coast watercolorists as well. He has been a frequent visitor and demonstrator at the Citrus Watercolor Club; and has presented numerous educational workshops to local artists. Tom and his wife Bonnie reside in Altamonte Springs, FL. Bonnie is an accomplished artist in her own right, she is mostly self-taught, and she has studied under several well known artists, as well as attending Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, FL. Both are members of the Citrus Watercolor Club. On Friday, December 12th, Tom makes a return stop to the area as the demonstrator for the Citrus Watercolor Club Holiday Luncheon to be held at the Citrus Hill Golf & Country Club in Hernando, FL. Tom shares his passion for art and love of nature with students of varying skill levels through nationwide workshops, demonstrations, and instructional DVDs. "I am a story teller. I tell stories with my paintings, of places I have been and things I have seen. I believe that a painting should not only tell a story, but should have a story Demo-12-12-14behind it. All my paintings do."

(Click to see the entire collage of pics of Tom's Demo on Dec 12. Photos courtest of Ray Jowers).
Tom has been commissioned by government agencies, corporations, environmental groups, clubs, and private collectors have commissioned him to expand their art collections. In answer to popular demand, he typically produces his watercolor landscapes in a series of three or five paintings around a specific theme. His art can be found internationally in many private and corporate collections, including commissioned paintings displayed in the Florida State Capital Building, Walt Disney World Corporation, Marriott Corporation, and the Omni Corporation. Tom's work has been featured in many books and on magazine covers as well as posters and brochures. Tom’s web site is .

November 2014
Works of Art with a Flair for the Dramatic

Press Release by Norm FreyerDonna Morrison

Noted Florida artist, Donna Morrison, will be the feature demonstrator at the November meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Club, beginning at 12 noon on Friday, November 14, 2014. Donna Morrison is a native Floridian. She grew up in Bradenton and now lives in Tampa. She attended Furman University and holds a BA in Art and Business Administration. Her artistic love is old world-Florida and other natural settings. She is a realistic painter and feels that the details of our earth are God’s little blessings to be discovered by each of us in our own way. Morrison says, “My work has been described as "photo-realistic" although I enjoying improving and enhancing the composition and color of any image or scene. I paint mostly in watercolor and occasionally in acrylic, oil and pastel. I enjoy using a variety of surfaces as they allow for a different look and experience every time”. She continues, "This past year I have turned my focus to images of Florida that help promote the state's beauty and conservation. I will continue to paint with this theme in mind throughout the coming months as I plan to hold a show with conservation photographer Carlton Ward sometime this winter. Carlton has helped educate the public through his work and especially his participation in the Wildlife Corridor Expedition 2012 and is planning another for Early 2015. We both are extremely passionate about the need to protect our state and all its natural resources. Lucky for me, my series of Everglades landscape images earned me my signature status in the National Watercolor Society with Everglades Reflections #1 being chosen for this year's international exhibition, only one of 79 chosen. Donna is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society and the Tampa Realistic Artist’s Association.  She is also a member of the Tri-State Watercolor Society. To see Donna’s work up close, go to her web site at .

Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park -Fall Art Show- Nov 15-16, 2014

Co-chairsThe Citrus Watercolor Club makes an encore visit to the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on Saturday, November 15 (from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.) and Sunday, November 16, 2014 (from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.). For many years the annual spring show and sale has been an event where art enthusiasts can view a variety of watercolor art – and now they have another chance this fall to browse and buy. Co-Chairs Susan Strawbridge (left) and Helene Lancaster (right) review some of the artwork that will be on exhibit at the show and sale. Strawbridge and Lancaster agree that, “This show will allow residents of the Nature Coast to see some of the best work that regional watercolorists put forth. Members of the Citrus Watercolor Club have established themselves as award winners at the State and National level and these talents will be on display.” They continued, “This is a great opportunity to shop for holiday gifts. Originals, prints and note cards of landscapes, abstracts, still life, seascapes, florals and many other subjects will be available for viewing and purchase by watercolor art collectors.” The Citrus Watercolor Club donates a percentage of sales from the show to the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. There is no charge to attend the exhibit. Regular park admission will apply for entrance in to the Wildlife Park.
For more information see the Citrus Watercolor Club web site at

October 2014

Award-Winning Artist Demonstrates at Watercolor Club

Press Release by Norm Freyer

GermanBoettcherThe 43rd Exhibition of the Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) was held recently at the Delray Center of the Arts/Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture, in Deerfield Beach, FL. The Citrus Watercolor Club (CWC) is proud that two of its members, German Boettcher and Susan Strawbridge, both of Inverness, had paintings chosen for exhibit at the Delray Center. Susan StrawbridgeTo attain the level in watercolor art and have ones painting in the FWS annual exhibition is a real honor. Only 100 paintings from the hundreds of works submitted by artist members make it to the exhibition. This is the sixth consecutive year that artwork by a member of the CWC Club has been chosen to exhibit.

This introduction leads us to the demonstrator at the October 10th meeting of the CWC, who will be none other than German Boettcher, FWS.

German Boettcher Demo

Click on the Collage, then click again to view a much larger image.

Mr. Boettcher holds a Bachelors Degree in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, plus a Masters Degree in Urban Design from the City University of New York. He has studied art in classes at the National Academy of Art and Design, The Art Student League in New York City, The Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, and the Tuscan Classical Academy in Florence, Italy. In addition, he has taken workshops with such noted artists as Charles Reid, Timothy Clark, Don Andrews, Frank Webb, Stephen Quiller, Alvaro Castagnet and Jean Grastorf. Mr. Boettcher is a Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor Society, with winning entries in the Florida Watercolor Society Annual Exhibitions in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He is a member of The Florida Watercolor Society, The American Watercolor Society, The National Watercolor Society, The Citrus Watercolor Club and the Art Center of Citrus County. Mr. Boettcher will demonstrate the techniques of painting an urban setting in watercolor, focusing on people, architecture and shadows. He has been painting since he was 4 years of age, using oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastels. Mr. Boettcher explains that, “I do not have any specialty, but I paint what inspires me. However, painting the human figure and portraits are my favorite subjects”.

Addedendum: On (9/30/2014, German Boettcher was notified that he has been awarded Signature Membership in the National Watercolor Society.

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LaurieKansky, Sue Primeau, Heather Doherty and Vandy Shake at FWS 2014.

New Meeting Location First Christian Church, Inverness

Citrus Watercolor Club members and visitors are reminded that the venue for meetings has been changed again. The October meeting, and all meetings in the future, will be held in the fellowship hall of the 1st Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonnade Street, Inverness, FL. The church is located on Colonnade St. directly in back of the Racetrack filling station on Rte. 44 in Inverness. Or it can be accessed by taking Colonnade directly across the street from the entrance to Whispering Pines Park.

Map, photos, and directions on the About Us webpage. Click here.

Members' Annual Show & Tell - September 12, 2014

Show_Tell_2014Click on the Collage to view larger images.
Photo collage courtesy of Helene Lancaster

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June 13, 2014 Demonstrator - Maggie McClellan: Talented Artist, Teacher and Author

Press Release by Norm Freyer
McClellan Demo

Photo collage of
Maggie McClellan's
June Demo
courtesy of
Ray Jowers.

To view the entire collage click here, then click again to fully enlarge the image.


Each year the month of June is the last meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Club before the summer break. Regular meeting activities, demonstrations and workshops will resume in August 2014. We always leave some of the best for last, and this year is no exception. Our demonstrator for the June 13th meeting is Florida watercolor artist, Maggie McClellan. Although she began her art career without any formal training, Maggie is a highly talented painter whose works are at the top of her profession. She has received accolades for her work and teaching programs from nationally recognized art societies, guilds, and art critics. She teaches workshops across the US, the Caribbean and for La Romita in Italy; and has juried such prestigious shows as Coconut Grove Art Festival (2005) and the Cheyenne National Exhibition, Cheyenne, Wyoming. She has been published in two national watercolor publications, American Artist and Artists Magazine. McClellan designed and authored the popular book "The Artists Express - McClellanSecrets of the Obedient Brush", and has a second book gaining similar popularity. McClellan has exhibited in and won numerous awards from such prestigious art groups as the Florida Watercolor Society, the Miami Watercolor Society, the Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Northeast Watercolor Society, Southeast Watercolor National Exhibition and Madison National Watercolor Exhibitions. She has been honored as the recipient of the FWS Winslow Homer Award for Artistic Excellence and the Pearl Art Award among many Best in Shows during the past 20 years. She graduated Miami Dade College (with Highest Honors) in Graphic Design Technology. She is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, Gold Coast Watercolor Society, and the Miami Watercolor Society. McClellan will conduct a two-day workshop on June 14 & 15 2014. For information contact Carolyn Park at 352-489-8257. Workshops are $100 for members and $150 for non-members. “Whether you are a professional artist or have never picked up a brush, workshops are the perfect place to develop that artistic potential in all of us.” Sign-up early, seating is limited. View Maggie’s work at her web site

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CWC May 2014 Luncheon & Installation of Officers

Collage of May Luncheon Photos courtesy of Helene Lancaster

Click on the Collage above to view a larger image


About CWC

Members of the Citrus Watercolor Club enjoy a "Painting of the Month" competition in October, November, January, February, March and April. They have opportunities to show and sell their work, take workshops and participate in monthly sketch/paint-outs, etc. For more information about the meeting or to become a member, call Heather Doherty (352) 873-1656, Helene Lancaster (352) 257-1261 or see the CWC web site The Citrus Watercolor Club meets at 12:00 Noon on the second Friday of every month, except July, at the Family Center of the 1st Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade Street, Inverness, FL. (Learn more...)

Citrus Watercolor Club
P.O. Box 2464
Inverness, FL  34451-2464