Greetings to all ! Here is an important update on our meeting schedule. The First Methodist Church building in Inverness where we hold our meetings had a lightning strike on July 8th. Since the building is out of commission, the August 8th meeting has been cancelled. We are planning to meet on September 12th, we just don’t know where at this point. The air conditioning and a lot of the lighting, plus many other systems are out at the church building. The church secretary has told me that it could take a while to get the insurance inspection done plus all the repairs finished.
Our September meeting will still be members’ show and tell . This is truly one of my favorite meetings. So plan on bringing a painting to share. Rhonda Hancock’s demonstration has been postponed until November.
The board and I are looking into alternative meeting sites should the need arise. We will need to be flexible as we may not know the meeting site until a couple of weeks before the meeting. Please check the website for updates. The newsletter that comes out the end of August should have the location of the Sept. meeting. Since there are quite a few members who don’t have listed e-mail addresses, please tell your CWC friends who aren’t yet on-line the latest updates.
Our club is honored to have two members who have achieved recognition by having their paintings accepted into the FWS Exhibition at Boca Raton which runs September to November. They are German Boettcher ( 6th time ) and Susan Strawbridge ( 2nd time ). Congratulations to both! This is a very prestigious watercolor show. There is a link to both FWS and The Art Center on our club’s website.
Remember, the AUGUST 8TH MEETING IS CANCELLED. See you in September!
Laurie Kansky, President
|“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
Scott Adams, cartoonist
Watercolor Club Announces Summer/Fall Program
July is the month that the Citrus Watercolor Club and its member artists take a break to enjoy summer and the myriad of activities and attractions that occur at this time of the year. In June a new Board of Directors was elected and will be led by club President, Laurie Kansky. A new slate of activities has already been scheduled by Program Chairman Ray Jowers and as follows: September is the annual “Show & Tell” program, when each artist has the opportunity to display their latest watercolor rendering, and relate to their peers just how they accomplished the work. In October there will be a repeat visit by the popular, FWS Signature Member artist, Donna Morrison, followed by a two-day workshop. The November meeting program is in the process of development, but in addition, there will be an exciting new fall Art Show & Sale on the weekend of Nov. 15th and 16th at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. The December session will feature Orange City artists, Tom and Bonnie Jones. Tom and Bonnie Jones will present the holiday meeting demo and then follow that with a two-day workshop. More exciting programs are on tap for the 2015 spring schedule and will be announced at a later date.
For my part, I am spending some time in my home town of Norwich, CT. Norwich has a rich and distinguished colonial history. It was the home of Samuel Huntington, signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation, and as president of the Continental Congress, was the first president of the United States before the U. S. Congress assembled in 1781. It is also the home of the famous Revolutionary war general, and later a traitor, Benedict Arnold. In 1778 the French General Lafayette and his army encamped at Norwich. In 2009, I had the occasion to attend ceremonies observing the 350th anniversary of the town of Norwich, as well as the 278th birthday of Samuel Huntington, and painted a watercolor depiction of the Connecticut Governor’s Foot Guard as they prepared to honor Huntington at his tomb in Norwich Town. In May of this year, that painting was accepted in the permanent collection of art at the Slater Memorial Museum at the Norwich Free Academy on behalf of the Norwich Historical Society. This was a personal honor for me as I was a graduate of the Academy. See the museum web site at http://www.slatermuseum.org/page.cfm?p=1213
Rhona Hancock passes the gavel to incoming President Laurie Kansky at
photo at left courtesy of Ray Jowers
More photos of the luncheon and our demonstrator Kathy Detrano below.
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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 - Secrets 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 http://www.maggiemcclellan.com/
CWC May 2014 Luncheon & Installation of Officers
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The marriage of two media...how watercolor can inspire pastel
It is hard to believe that another year has passed! It has been year of great demonstrations, workshops, shows – and great watercolor art!
May is a month of transition for the Citrus Watercolor Club. Looking ahead to the coming year, Friday, May 9th is the date of the CWC Luncheon and Installation of Officers for the year 2014-2015. The venue is the Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club.
If you haven’t made a reservation, you still have time to contact Carolyn Park (352-489-8257).
And now for a change of pace. The demonstrator for this luncheon meeting will be Tarpon Springs artist Kathy Detrano. Kathy is a pastel artist who began her study of painting and portraiture in mid life. Her topic will be “The marriage of two media...how watercolor can inspire pastel.” No need to follow strict watercolor rules...in fact, go ahead and break them! Don't worry; you can't make a mistake with a watercolor under painting! Because the pastel layer will magically add beauty and depth. What fun!
Kathy is primarily self-taught and has augmented her studies with workshops and private instruction under various professional artists including Richard McKinley, Albert Handel, Anita Louise West, Frank Zuccarelli, Allyn Schaeffer, Tim Gaydos, Carol Duerwald, Thomas Nash, and others. She says,” Finding the light…‘passages’ that make me smile…the joy of under painting…a driving need to create…the urgency and energy of the moment…the intoxication of the creation process…a never-ending quest to learn…and to share. These are the reasons I paint, the reasons I am an artist, the reasons I teach.” She continues, “I use that same passion to portray the ‘soul’ of the landscape, the bits of light peaking between the branches, the quiet violets and blues that bring peace to the scene, the simple shapes of trees and streams, the touches of the warm sun and cool shadows, the places of beauty, and the places that make me smile.”
Detrano has won numerous awards in regional art shows, the Claude Parsons Memorial Award at the 66th Grand National Show of the of the American Artists Professional League in New York City, is the recipient of the Pastel Society of America’s 1997 “Joe Hing Lowe” Scholarship, to study a semester with this renowned portrait artist, and was accepted into the Pastel Society of America as a Juried Associate Member in 2006. She has won numerous awards in local and national shows, enjoys membership in four regional pastel societies, and is currently the President of the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay. She is deeply involved in the study of plein air landscape painting, focusing primarily on value, color, and light. Her life today is that of a full-time artist, traveling, painting, and sharing with others the joys of portraying the landscape, whether in the studio or in plein air. For view of her work, see her web site at http://kathydetrano.com/
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At the April 11th meeting of the CWC the demonstrator will be Douglas Murray, a watercolorist of many talents. Having known Doug for several years, I feel that he is one of the most accomplished artists that I have met. Now retired from the commercial world, Doug is doing what he enjoys the most – fine arts – involving watercolor, oils, pastels, pencil, pen and ink, and air brush. He has been a consistent winner in art exhibitions in Massachusetts and Florida. His painting “Mayflower II” was the winner of the 2013 Birds, Beaches and Boats Show of the Cape Cod Art Association in Barnstable, MA. His commissioned pen and ink drawings have been represented at trade shows in Washington, DC, San Antonio, TX, San Francisco, CA, and Orlando, FL. His customized renderings of homes, industrial scenes, wildlife, portraits, seascapes and landscapes appear in many private collections. Doug says, “I have been a multimedia artist since I was a young boy. My talents were enhanced as a student at the New England School of Art & Design, later as a technical illustrator and artist. I was strongly influenced by N. C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle”. He continues, “I want people to appreciate the complexity and craftsmanship required to not only create a likeness, but to be able to convey and capture what the artist is feeling in a special moment in time.” Doug is a member of the South Shore Art Center, the Cape Cod Art Association, the Art Center of Citrus County and the Nature Coast Painters. He and his wife Mary spend the winter months in Hernando, FL, and during the summer at their home on Cape Cod.
At the CWC May Luncheon, Douglas Murray donated this completed painting from his April Demo.
The March program for the Citrus Watercolor Club required that some last minute changes to be made in the scheduled demonstrator. This occurred when Carol Ann Sherman had to cancel due to a serious medical condition. Many, many thanks to Karen Heidler, FWS of Spring Hill, FL who, on short notice, adequately filled in with a great educational demo.
Feb 2014 - Homosassa Springs Art Show & Sale
February 22 & 23, 2014. Watercolor artists from the Citrus Watercolor Club presented their annual show & sale at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park. The show featured many talented member watercolor artists from the local area. This is the 22nd year that the Club has cooperated with the Homosassa Wildlife State Park to conduct the show & sale.
Photo at left- Curt Bond, Best of Show for Sandhill in Flight
photo courtesy of Norm Freyer
Homosassa Springs Art Show
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If there is one thing that watercolor artists strive to achieve during their career, it is the distinguished achievement of being recognized as a signature member of a major watercolor society, like the Florida Watercolor Society (FWS). It is something very special. It allows the artist to sign artwork with the accompanying tag (i.e., John Doe, FWS). Being a signature member of a watercolor society is a rare badge of successful accomplishment in the field of thousands of watercolorists. The late Dr. Bill Slinger, FWS, of Homosassa achieved this recognition as a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society in his 90th year. Others in the Nature Coast area that have attained this honor include Dick Krall, FWS, of Inverness; German Boettcher, FWS, of Inverness; Kim Shields, FWS, of Inverness; Grant Lamb, FWS, of Dunnellon; Joan Swetland, FWS, Spring Hill; Betty Beceden, FWS, of Spring Hill; Jan Kiszonak, NEWS, of Hernando and Karen Heidler, FWS of Spring Hill.
All of this brings us to Lynn Ferris, NWS, FWS, the demonstrator at the February 14th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Club. One should note that Lynn is a signature member of both the 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. .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. Her limited edition prints have been featured nationally by the French Creek Sheep and Wool Company and her watercolor entitled "the Group" appeared as cover art on the "Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association." Lynn has participated in many one person and juried shows, where her work has received numerous awards. 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. Solo shows include the Leesburg Center for the Arts, The Monongalia Arts Center, and This Century Gallery in Williamsburg, VA. She was the subject of a feature article in "Watercolor" magazine, published by American Artist. Lynn's work is also included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Florida. For samples of her work, see Lynn’s web site at http://www.lynnferris.com/.
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Demo Painting - Key West
For the demonstrating artist Mary Trowbridge, the March, 2013 meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Club, was something that she was prepared to do, her subject matter was prepared, paints selected, brushes ready – in short, everything was ready to go – except that she was very ill. She had to cancel her part in the program at the last minute. Now Mary is making a much anticipated visit as demonstrator at the January 10th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Club. Trowbridge is most well known for her watercolors, although she often works in acrylics or pen and ink, or a combination of all of those mediums. Mary has lived many years in Europe and South America, as well as several other states in this country. She studied art and languages at Bowling Green State University in Ohio before raising her six children and two stepchildren, who are all now attending to their own successful lives. She is a member of the Ocala Art Group, Gallery East, the Mural Masters of Marion County, and the Florida Watercolor Society.
Mary states that, “Art and painting is my necessary outlet for thoughts, ideas, interests, passions, and emotions. When I begin a painting, although I have a plan, I don't know exactly where it will end, but have an idea I want to express. Each brushstroke leads me in a new direction until I surprise myself with the glimpse of an end result. I can take it from there.” She continues, “I have been drawing and painting all my life, but a few classes in watercolor in the 1990s made me focus on a true love--the surprising actions of the watercolor medium. It can be controlled to a point, but the final painting is a partnership between the elusive qualities of watercolor and me, and that's what I love about it. She has shown in many exhibitions in Ohio and Florida, winning many prizes and awards, and her works are included in private and public collections throughout the country, including Ohio Government offices. You can view samples of Mary’s artwork at www.galleryeastfl.org.
Photos of the Reception courtesy of Laurie Kansky
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There is no question when it comes to who is among the favorite watercolorists that visit the Citrus Watercolor Club. On Friday, December 13th, Tom Jones makes a welcomed return as the demonstrator for the Citrus Watercolor Club Holiday Luncheon to be held at the Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club, with festivities starting at 12 Noon. As one of the most popular artists among Nature Coast watercolorists Tom has been a frequent demonstrator, and has presented numerous educational workshops to local artists. Tom and his wife Bonnie reside in Orange City, FL. Both are members of the Citrus Watercolor Club. 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 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 behind it. All my paintings do." Tom’s web site is http://www.tomjonesartist.com.
On November 23, 2013, the Inaugural Traveling Exhibition of the Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) made its initial appearance at the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, FL. Two Citrus County artists will have their work in this exhibition. German Boettcher, FWS, Inverness watercolorist, shows his painting entitled “Letters from Home”; and Lynn Ferris, FWS, NWS, outstanding artist from Beverly Hills, exhibits her work, “Gathering”. This exhibition will stand from November 23, 2013 until January 19, 2014. Reserve a date on your calendar to see watercolor works by some of the premier artists in the State of Florida. The Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala, FL 34470. For more information, the Florida Watercolor Society web site is www.floridawatercolor.org; the Appleton Museum of Art at www.appletonmuseum.org/; the Citrus Watercolor Club at www.citruswatercolorclub.com
Local Artists Featured in Florida Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition
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Finally! The North Central portion of the Nature Coast is due to host an art function that normally occurs in highly populated areas of Florida. Usually, high powered art communities like Sarasota, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and St. Petersburg are the recipients of major shows and similar affairs. Starting on Saturday, November 23, 2013, the Inaugural Traveling Exhibition of the Florida Watercolor Society will make its initial appearance at the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, FL. In September, the Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) held its 42nd Annual Exhibition at the Art Center Sarasota with 100 exquisite watercolor paintings on display. These 100 paintings were judged the best of the over 700 entries by artists from all of Florida. The FWS Traveling Exhibition will feature 35 paintings from the original 100 shown in the FWS Annual Exhibition. So, local watercolor enthusiasts get to see the best of the best at the Appleton. The Florida Watercolor Society is one of the largest state-based watercolor societies in the country, with over 1000 members, many of which are located in this portion of the Nature Coast. A number of Citrus and Hernando County artists will have their work in this exhibition. German Boettcher, FWS, Inverness watercolorist, shows his painting entitled “Letters from Home”(shown above); Lynn Ferris, FWS, NWS, outstanding artist from Beverly Hills, exhibits her work,“Gathering”; and Karen Heidler, FWS, Spring Hill , with her presentation, “The Reader”. The FWS is dedicated to promoting watercolor through its annual convention and exhibition. The organization is excited to be expanding its annual exhibition with this, the Inaugural Traveling Exhibition of 35 of the best works. This exhibition will stand from November 23, 2013 until January 19, 2014. Reserve a date on your calendar to see watercolor works by some of the premier artists in the State of Florida. The Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala, FL 34470. For more information, the Florida Watercolor Society web site is www.floridawatercolor.org; the Appleton Museum of Art at www.appletonmuseum.org/ ; the Citrus Watercolor Club at www.citruswatercolorclub.com
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Florida has many highly talented water color artists. Fortunately you don’t have to venture far to find one of them, as many are located in the area of the Nature coast. Such is the case with the demonstrator for the meeting agenda on Friday, November 8, 2013. In fact, we didn’t even have to stray outside of the CWC membership, as gifted Florida artist Sue Primeau is scheduled for this session. Her techniques as a watercolorist are interesting because she is creative and spontaneous. Sue refers to her work as abstract reality. She is passionate about the world in which we live and the beauty that surrounds our everyday life. It is this readily available subject where she finds her inspiration. Being that she works primarily in watercolor, a medium she prefers not to control. She often begins by letting shapes and colors occur with little or no guidance. Sue then studies the resulting image to determine how she will develop the painting. She feels the favorite expression of her mother and grandmother sums up her painting style. "It is the little things that count”, while recognizing too much detail in a painting is simply replicating a photograph. Aside from painting Sue loves to teach watercolor techniques and takes great joy in helping others realize their innate creative and artistic talents. You can find samples of her art work by accessing her web site http://www.teamingpondinc.com/
Sue is a resident of Ocala, originally from Minnesota. She has a BS in Industrial Technology, Graphics, from Cheney University, and an MBA from University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. Sue is an associate member of Florida Watercolor Society, the Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala FL, Ocala Art Group, Citrus Watercolor Club, and the Visual Arts Society, Ocala FL.
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Noted Florida artist, Donna Morrison, will be the feature demonstrator at the October meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Club, beginning at 12 noon on Friday, October 11th, 2013. 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, “Being a native Floridian, my first artistic love is old world Florida. I find inspiration in natural settings, creatures and people discovered all around the world in my travels and experiences. I combine my passion for color and detail to produce works of art with a flair for the dramatic.” She continues, “I've been recognized for my realistic representations of Florida which include such subject matter as water birds, landscapes and orchids as well as cows and native plants.” She enjoys making the colors of nature sing especially with the use of watercolors and pastels. Her collective body of work includes watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel paintings, limited edition prints, and cards. She is a signature member of the Florida 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 http://www.donnamorrison.net/
Photo of Donna Morrison courtesy of Laurie Kansky; photo of Horse, the October demo by Donna Morriso, courtesy of Ray Jowers.
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Show & Tell – it sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? But I wanted to see what some authority has to say about it, so – why not go to Wikipedia and see what that source has to say? “Show and tell is a common expression about showing an audience something and telling them about it. In North America and Australia, it is a common classroom activity at early elementary school. It is used to teach young children the skills of public speaking. For example, a child will bring an item from home and will explain to the class why they chose that particular item, where they got it, and other relevant information.”Ref: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.” i.e., “In the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, show and tell in Calvin's class is an occasionally recurring theme.”
Ammer, Christine. (1997). "show and tell," The American Heritage dictionary of idioms, p. 580.
You guessed it! This is the theme for the September 13th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Club. CWC member artists will have the opportunity to exhibit and share their latest artwork with the other members attending. Artists show their completed artwork and have time to tell exactly how they painted the piece. What inspired the subject? What were the colors used? What was the choice of paper, paints, and brushes? In show & tell your information is a treasure trove of information for your fellow artists. One little piece of meaningful watercolor art information is all one needs from a program like this, and is just as valuable as a tip from demonstration by a renowned artist. So, artists all, beginners and accomplished watercolorists, bring your latest piece of art – this is your opportunity to shine.
Members of 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 Laurie Kansky at (352-560-7377) or Heather Doherty (352) 873-1656, or see the CWC web site www.citruswatercolorclub.com The Citrus Watercolor Club meets at 12:00 Noon on the second Friday of every month, except July, at the First United Methodist Church, Pleasant Grove Road, (County Rte. 581), Inverness, FL.
Citrus Watercolor Club
P.O. Box 2464
Inverness, FL 34451-2464