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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

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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.


Coming Events

Raffle There is lots more to look forward to this fall.We will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win the beautiful seascape that April demonstrator and new member Doug Murray donated to the club. Starting at our Sept. meeting, see DeLois Lang-Dick to purchase raffle tickets. The drawing will be held at the Holiday Luncheon in December (see article below).

Plan now to exhibit your work on Nov. 15 – 16 at our new fall show at Homosassa Wildlife Park. Co-chairs are the very capable Susan Strawbridge and Helene Lancaster. The October demonstrator is TBA. Donna Morrison will be our November demonstrator, with a fabulous weekend workshop on the 15th and 16th. This was moved from October to November to give members more time to sign up. December brings our annual Christmas luncheon with everyone’s favorite demonstrator Tom Jones. This year on the weekend following the meeting, we are fortunate to have workshops with both Tom and Bonnie Jones !

The Citrus Watercolor Club Holiday Luncheon
Friday, December 12, 2014

The Annual Holiday Luncheon will be held at the Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club 505 E. Hartford St., Hernando, FL 34442 on Friday, December 12, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.. A cash bar will be available at 11:00 a.m..  Lunch will be served at noon. The cost is $15 per person, payable by check only.  Checks should be made out to CWC and given to either Barbara Kerr or Jo Ann Boyd, event co-chairs.

Please indicate your menu choice on your check.
The menu choices are as follows:Chicken Piccata, Sliced Roast Pork with Cinnamon Apple Glaze, Beef Tips, or Veggie Stir Fry over Rice. Also a tossed salad and pineapple upside down cake will be served. The vegetable of the day and rice pilaf will also be included.

Tom Jones will be the Demonstrator and assorted prizes will be awarded to lucky ticket-holding recipients.

CWC will also host a holiday card exchange.  An original for an original; a print for a print.

Luncheon Co-chairs - Barbara Kerr & JoAnn Boyd

First V.P. for Programs - Position Open

A recent resignation by the 1st V.P. for Programs left a vacancy and an URGENT need to fill the position before our fall workshops. Click here to see a PDF of the Guidelines for the position.


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.

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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 - 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

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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 Ray Jowers (352-489-0588), Heather Doherty (352) 873-1656, 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 1st Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonnade Street, Inverness, FL.

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