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February 2016 President's Message

Helene_LancasterPainting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
~Leonardo da Vinci

February already!

And we have a lot to take advantage of at the Citrus Watercolor Club.

Our Nominating Committee is working to fill volunteer spots for the next year!!
Share an extra moment or two during the month; we need support people in a couple strategic positions – It’s for ourselves!
Step up if asked! You will be proud of yourself and we can continue
providing great inspiration!
Thanks to you all for joining us every month to share and immerse ourselves
in the wonderful worlds of watercolor!
Make this a great new year for your watercolor!

  Coming Events  


February 12, 2016
A Visit from a Master of the Art of Watercolor

Press Release by Norm Freyer

Virginia ChenGainesville watercolorist Virginia Chen will be the demonstrating artist for the Citrus Watercolor Club meeting on February 12, 2016. About a month ago, I visited Virginia’s home along with some other artists from a watercolor critique group. Virginia has a number of her paintings on exhibit throughout her home. Personally I find her watercolors stunning, because when you see them you know that you have encountered something very special. Critiques of her work usually end up with a succession of praises for work not just well done – but of a mastered artistry. Those praises can best be summarized by what is found regarding her art on the Internet. “Watercolor is Virginia's first choice of expression. She finds that this media provides the unique qualities of transparency, clarity, freshness, and pure spontaneity. Her choice of subjects includes florals, landscapes, buildings, boats, wildlife, etc. Her use of light and color transposes the viewer to a simple place & time and also inspires feelings of joy, peace and harmony. Most of her work grows out of a sense of beauty and desire to impart visual pleasure to the viewer.”

Virginia has been painting and exhibiting her work in Gainesville area since 1980. Originally from Hong Kong, she attended Iowa State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. Although she studied science in college, her real love was art. Virginia pursues her love of art by working with, and participating in workshops led by nationally known artists.
Virginia is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, is a member of the Nature Coast Painters, the Gainesville Fine Art Association, the Ocala Art Group and member/exhibitor at Gainesville’s Artisans’ Guild Gallery. Her painting “Rainbow Springs” was chosen to highlight The Nature Coast in the Public Broadcasting System’s 10th anniversary fund raising campaign in 2005. And in 2008 she presented art demos in the PBS “TV Galleries” programs. Virginia has won many awards at local and regional art festivals, and her works can be found in numerous private and corporate collections. To see examples of Virginia’s work see the web sites, or

Art Show and Sale

The Citrus Watercolor Club spring show and sale will be held at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on Saturday, February 20 & Sunday, February 21, 2016. For information contact Jeanne Conrad or the CWC web site.

The Art of Painting Featuring the Best of the Best

January 2016 Press Release by Norm Freyer
Elaine HahnOur demonstrator for the Friday, January 8th meeting is Elaine Hahn, a native of Kansas City, Missouri. Elaine holds a BA and MA in Art from the University of Missouri, and has studied with noted artists throughout the United States, England and Mexico. Elaine was first scheduled as demonstrator for the CWC in June 2015, but had to cancel due to illness. When I first looked at the extensive number of awards, activities and signature memberships that this artist has accumulated, I was astonished. I had to ask myself, “When does this person have time to paint – and then consistently paint such high quality work?” And a visit to her website gallery of original watercolors confirms that the awards are well deserved. Her early career was influenced by her experience at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. She holds Signature memberships in the Miniature Artists of America, American Women Artists, the American Society of Marine Artists, the National Association of Artists, the Paint America Association Signature Society, the Florida Artists Group, the Florida Plein Air Society, the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. She is also a member of the Oil Painters of America and the International Guild of Realism and an Art Renewal Living Artist. Her paintings have achieved prominence through acceptance and awards in major national juried exhibitions. While gaining a national reputation for her watercolors, the addition of oil painting and miniature painting to her repertoire bring a new dimension to Elaine’s work. She works from her studio on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida, where she focuses her efforts on developing and expanding her painting techniques on Landscapes, Still Life, and Miniature Painting and traveling for painting and Plein Air Events throughout the United States and Europe. She says, “I feel that the more I learn, the more I realize this is a lifelong learning process. I hope that viewers will receive the same pleasure in seeing my paintings as I did in creating them.”

Her work has been published by Rockport Publishers in the Best of Watercolor and the Best of Florals. She was also a featured Artist in Watercolor Magic Magazine, published by Artist's Magazine, and in the U. S. Art Magazine-Introductions of 29 Artists Worthy of Collector's Attention. Her work has been included in the publications The Artistic Touch 3, by Creative Art Press, the Southeaster Framer Magazine, Splash 5: Best of Watercolor -The Glory of Color, Splash 6 – The Magic of Texture, and Splash 7 – The Qualities of Light, by North Light Books. In July 2005 she was a featured Artist in Décor Magazine’s Biography Series and the Marine Artist in the March 2006 issue of Art Business News. In 2007 she was included in the book Best of America-Watercolor by Kennedy Publishing Inc. In 2009 she was published as a finalist in the International Artist Magazine Landscape Challenge in the February-March issue. In 2010 she is one of ten artists profiled in The Artist Magazine March issue - Stellar At 60+. Her works are included in private and corporate collections throughout the United States. She has taught and conducted Workshops in the US and Europe and has served as a judge in Art Shows on the local, regional and national levels. You can see Elaine’s work on her website at

Elaine Hahn Workshop Jan 2016

Photo Collage Courtesy of Patricia Otto

This workshop radiated with the shared energy of people who enjoy and love to watercolor! Elaine Hahn's workshop was a complete success! She was generous of her knowledge and personalized each participant's instruction!  Loving to teach, she shared with us all, her passion for mixing colors, assigning value, and discovering composition with illustrated exercises. Elaine embraced our friendly group's skill and works, as well! It was a workshop enjoyed by all! Thank you, Elaine Hahn!
Helen Lancaster, CWC President


Coming Soon - Homosassa Spring Art Show

February 2016: Spring Show & Sale Art at the Wildlife Park,
February 20 & 2, 20161

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A look ahead– Friday demos and Saturday one-day mini workshops with Sue Primeau and Pat Weaver:

April 2016 - Sue Primeau –She refers to her work as abstract reality. She works primarily in watercolor, a medium she prefers not to control, she often begins by letting the shapes and color occur spontaneously with little or no guidance.

August 2016 - Pat Weaver is an internationally recognized watercolor artist with more than 30 years of experience. Her commissioned pet portraits and painting workshops are highly sought after across the country. She is particularly noted for her spontaneous and direct watercolor work. The colors excite the viewer and flow from her brush like music from a fine violin.

Results In-Fall Art Show at Homosassa Wildlife Park

I’m very pleased that sales at our November Show & Sale at the Homosassa Wildlife Park were moderately successful, considering a confluence of issues, which should be resolved by our February appearance there. The Award Winners:
Best of Show to multi-talented Barbara Kerr;
1st Place to the stunning work of Susan Strawbridge;
2nd Place to new member Pat Otto; and
3rd Place to new member Patty LeFebvre;  and
2 Honorable Mentions given to past president Laurie Kansky
and new member Terry Carter.

Thank you all for participating and Congratulations for the winners!
Thank you to Lynn Ferris for the Judging!

Every month holds another opportunity to immerse ourselves up close and personal into the watercolor experience.  This month's Lynn Ferris is one of our very finest! You will recognize her work as full of skill and extraordinary light! Watching her paint affords us great insight as she imparts clearly her work and technique attainable for each of us.

We are indebted to our Volunteers the Board Members and all the Chairpersons involved in carrying on the ‘traditions’! Thank you to the volunteers who helped set up the show: Susan Strawbridge (GREAT idea to decorate Bubbles the Manatee!), Jeanne Conrad, Ron Lancaster & Terrance Carter, Ida Bradley, Laurie & Dick Kansky, Norm & Winnie Freyer, Meredith and Terry Keene. Thanks to you our new volunteers:  Aileen Croly  for handling Dec. Luncheon sign-ups and Jeanne Conrad sign-ups for Tom Jones Workshops;  and Lois Moore for signing up Nancy Roth and Nancy Vallimont, to monitor the Card Exchange! Welcome everyone and enjoy all we have to share! Hitch yourself to our vitality and volunteer to help us make things happen! (I said that last month, but I like it; it's always worth repeating!)

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.


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