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January 2015 - The President’s Message

Art should be like a holiday: something to give a man the opportunity to see things differently and to change his point of view. -Paul Klee, painter (1879-1940)

HeleneHere we are at the Top of the New 2015 Year!  It is so good to be back enjoying you all, and feeding our “art hearts”!

First and most of all, in these past few months as president-elect, I see I have joined a group of admirable colleagues! They are an honorable and distinguished line of members who have served The Citrus Watercolor Club voluntarily in many roles. We have enjoyed the efforts of an extraordinary group of people who manage the continuing, running success of our organization! Much has been accomplished the past few months!  Lou, Kim, Joe, Maxine, Mary Ann, Heather, Norm, Ray, Barbara Fife, Barb Kerr, Susan, Meredith, Glenda, Jane.  Each Volunteer, Board Member and each Program Chair is an extraordinarily vital link in keeping things moving ahead for the CWC.  There is much to be done and I am thankful to ALL for your support in the face of constant changes, and you didn’t skip a beat!   I am looking forward to working with everyone and I'd like to thank you for your vote of confidence.

As for you, our valued Membership!! We have many talented new and long-time members. The CWC wants to continue to inspire and challenge all your talents (beginners & long-timers). We want to strengthen your voice and involvement in this watercolor community.  We value every member, and we hope you enjoy the diverse and accomplished artists we have lined up for meeting demonstrations. We’d like to hear what you have to say, your suggestions, ideas, and insights need to be heard! Each of us can and should be ambassador for our organization. We're looking forward to a wonderfully stimulating year. Take advantage of all the Citrus Watercolor Club has to offer!

Remember to bring your work to the January meeting to compete for the “Painting of the Month”. Paintings should be in place by 11:30 a.m., so everyone has a chance to pick out the top two choices. Winners will be announced during the general meeting. The two paintings chosen will be on display for the month at the Cadence Bank, Inverness. Congratulations to our new POM Chairperson, Lois Moore!

Helene Lancaster, President
Citrus Watercolor Club

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.

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.


Coming Events

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..

This is a must do workshop. Contact CWC hostess Glenda Ackley 

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

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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