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October 2015 - The President’s Message



Helene"Art washes away from the soul the dust of
everyday life
."~ Pablo Picasso

Well, if you’re ready to wash away the dust of your painting doldrums  –we are proud to have Norm Freyerdemonstrating this month! A distinguished and talented member of CWC, I hear he is a superb teacher! We are thrilled to have Norm share his skill and talent with us! Thank you, Norm!!

October marks Founders’ Day for the Citrus Watercolor Club, we’ve been meeting since October 1981! To honor our continuing success, the winner of this month’s Painting of the Month will be recipient of a ‘Founder’s Day Award’! Last year’s winner was Barbara Kerr! So don’t forget to bring in your paintings for a little friendly competition!

Upcoming Events for CWC Members
We have a beautiful space again, at the Homosassa Wildlife State Park Visitor Center. Are you ready!?  Our 2015 Annual Fall Show & Sale will take place November 7 & 8! That’s one week before our November meeting. So, bring your framed pieces to be judged and your browse boxes to be perused! Setup is at 8a.m. Saturday morning and we open at 9a.m.! See you there!

We are ready to sign you up for the December Luncheon featuring a demonstration by Tom Jones. Aileen Croly will have the Luncheon sign-ups, and Jeanne Conrad the Workshop sign-ups.

Elaine Hahn will be demonstrating at the January 8, 2016 meeting! Sign up for the Workshop on January 9 & 10, 2016 and don’t miss this opportunity to paint with Elaine!

We gather here from all corners of the U.S. to share our talent and skills with each other.  Welcome everyone and enjoy all we have to share! Hitch yourself to our vitality and volunteer to help us make things happen!

Don’t Forget
Florida Watercolor Society Annual Exhibit at Leepa Rattner Museum at St Augustine College in Tarpon Springs. Now through November 1

Helene Lancaster, President

October 9, 2015 Painting Birds? Solving the Background Dilemmas

Note: As the author of this column, and, as I am the demonstrator at the October meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Club, I am uncomfortable writing about myself. The column this month is written by my friend and colleague, Barbara Fife, an established watercolorist from Ocala, Florida.

Through the year Citrus Watercolor Club hosts distinguished artists who demonstrate their techniques and unique approaches to painting. Interpretation and style vary widely among artists, but all paintings, from landscapes, marine paintings, portraits, birds, animals, still life, share a common challenge: the BACKGROUND. At the October 9th meeting, one of our members, outstanding and regionally recognized artist Norm Freyer, will demonstrate his successful approach to painting backgrounds focusing on “Birds and Backgrounds”. If you are an artist who has ever struggled to decide: should the background be atmospheric, complicated or detailed? Light or dark? Warm or cool colors? Should the background be painted first, or last? Norm Freyer will share his strategies for navigating the many choices for an effective background for a painting. Beginners and experienced artists alike are sure to take away valuable and practical tips.

Norm FreyerNorm Freyer is a native of Connecticut. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Agriculture, and spent nearly 40 years in sales and marketing in the animal health sector of the pharmaceutical industry. Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to Florida. It was then that he became interested in watercolor and studied watercolor techniques under Marion Langlois of the Withlacoochee Technical Institute from 1999 to 2002. In addition, he has studied in watercolor workshops with such noted artists as Tom Jones, Chuck MacClachlan, Ken Hosmer, Kathleen Hoffsinger, Steve Rogers and Paul George. He is a member of the Art Center of Citrus County, the Citrus Watercolor Club, the Nature Coast Painters and an associate member of the Florida Watercolor Society. He served as president of the Citrus Watercolor Club from 2008 to 2010. Recent awards include the Award of Excellence at the 2007 Manatee Festival & St. Petersburg Times Fine Art Show, the Award of Merit at the 2008 Manatee Festival, the First Place Award in all media at the 2009 Homosassa Seafood Festival, the Second Place Award in 2010, the Award of Excellence at the Festival of the Arts in 2011, Best of Show in all media at the Homosassa Seafood Festival in 2011, Best of Show at the 2012 - 20th Annual CWC Show & Sale, as well as “Featured Artist” at the 2012 Homosassa Seafood Festival, and Best of Show in 2013 Nature Coast Exhibit #1, Art Center of Citrus County. His paintings, “Fishy Business”, “Gentle Giants”, “Palm Tracks”, and “Autumn Seagrapes” have been exhibited on the Florida Watercolor Society “On-Line Show”. In addition to completing a number of commission works, individual collectors in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, Texas, California, New York and Pennsylvania have purchased his paintings for their collections. His work can be found on his web site


September 11, 2015 - "Show and Tell"
A Popular Agenda for Citrus Watercolor Club

Press Release by Norm Freyer

Photo Collage Courtesy of Ray Jowers - Click on the collage to view the FULL and ENLARGED IMAGE of the Collage.
Show-Tell_2015Remember the song “Show & Tell”? It was very popular back in 1972. Many of us should be able hum this even today. Wikipedia tells us that it was written by Jerry Fuller and recorded in 1972 by Johnny Mathis. A 1973 recording of the song by Al Wilson reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week on January 19, 1974; it sold over two million copies and was named a Cashbox Magazine Number One Single of the Year. Billboard ranked it as the No.15 song for 1974. Wilson's version also made No. 10 on the Hot Soul Singles chart.

Well, so much for the recordings by vocal artists Mathis and Wilson, today we are talking about art of another kind. “Show & Tell” watercolor art that will be on the agenda at the September meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Club. At the scheduled session on September 11th, club members will have the opportunity to present their latest watercolor compositions to the rest of the membership in the annual “Show and Tell” program. This is a popular and fun program allowing individual artists to relate how their paintings were structured, what components were used – the paints, paper, brushes and colors that were selected, and any special techniques that were employed. Artists ranging from the beginner to some of the best local watercolorists will discuss the ways in which they have accomplished the art of watercolor. Regardless of experience, everyone’s paintings need to be seen and reviewed. It is a time to review and relate – all in the spirit of learning good watercolor techniques. This is a time to share and shine before the eyes of your colleagues.

Beginners needn’t be afraid to bring their latest watercolor composition – remember, we all had to start somewhere, and this is a very friendly group. So bring it on! That reminds me. Each Monday morning I meet with a group of other Nature Coast artists to show our latest works and ask for the works to be critiqued by our fellow artists. It is not a time to be defensive or thin skinned, because the critiques made result in expanding your knowledge of becoming a better painter, regardless of the media that you chose. Personally, I know how much it has benefited me. And I am beholden to those associates who have helped me with their critique. So, whoever you are, no matter how much experience you have with your watercolor art, bring it, and show it, and tell about your experience painting it.

Congratulations German Boettcher!

We would like to extend our Congratulations and are very proud of another huge bit of news from member German Boettcher. As a member of the NWS, his work has been accepted into the international... "2015-2016 China/NWS Small Image Exchange Exhibition"!  And this year marks the award of Signature Membership for German into the Florida Watercolor Society!! Congratulations, German, on both achievements!!  We are proud to have you among our members as you are an inspiration to us all! Much success and joy in this recognition!

August 14, 2015 Demonstration
An Opportunity to Look at Outsider Art

Press Release by Norm Freyer

Ted Kloski Demo

Photo Collage of Ted Kloski's Dem Courtesy of Ray Jowers
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The demonstrator for the August meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Club will be Ocala artist Ted Kloski. Ted has an impressive background in Abstract Expressionism; a pursuit that began in the early 1960s when he studied art at the University of California, Berkeley, and subsequently graduated with a Master of Arts degree. He paints primarily in acrylic and oil media. I have seen Ted’s artwork at the Art Center of Citrus County, and I would say that his work is colorful, striking, startling, eye catching, and definitely outside traditional art work seen at the center. This is a demonstration that you must not miss! He lists himself as a follower of “Outsider Art” philosophy. The term outsider art was coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English synonym for art brut (French: "raw art" or "rough art"), a label created by French artist Jean Dubuffet to describe art created outside the boundaries of official culture; Dubuffet focused particularly on art by those on the outside of the established art scene. While Dubuffet's term is quite specific, the English term "outsider art" is often applied more broadly, to include certain self-taught or naïve art makers who were never formally trained. Typically, those labeled as outsider artists have little or no contact with the mainstream art world or art institutions. In many cases, their work is discovered only after their deaths. Often, outsider art illustrates extreme mental states, unconventional ideas, or elaborate fantasy worlds. Over the years, the parameters of Outsider Art have expanded dramatically to include art made by a wide variety of art-makers who share this common denominator of raw creativity. Outsiders come from all walks of life, from all cultures, from all age groups. Kloski, in his artist statement notes that, “What my eyes see is transformed into images that you can see. But the important reality is what takes place in our common inner worlds. Each of these worlds depends on the other. There can't be one set of eyes without the other. We all journey from the lower to the higher, from the outer to the inner, from death to life and from darkness to light...and the eyes are sometimes the gateway to this spiritual process.” Ted comments that, “In much of modern thinking, art is often seen as a commodity. The art consumer buys art as an interior decoration or as an investment. The art dealer who runs a gallery makes a living by fostering the art as decoration, art as investment philosophy”. He continues, “This is my response to this product oriented approach. There is a high purpose in this instantaneous recognition. It is what drives the artist to create, and is what the viewer is always looking for even though he may not notice that this purpose has almost nothing to do with money. Fame, reputation, and wealth are not the driving impulses behind serious art”. And finally, “My purpose in writing this statement is to outline my career as a working artist. I have always been mistrustful of the art gallery scene. I know that money, fame, and power fuel the gallery scene. I have not been part of this scene. My purpose in producing art has been twofold. I have developed the spiritual side of my being through my artworks, and I want to produce work that can have a strong effect on some viewers”. To see art by Ted Kloski, Google “Ted Kloski artist”.

July - Watercolor Club Takes a Break

Press Release by Norm Freyer

July is the month that the Citrus Watercolor Club (CWC) takes a hiatus in their schedule. It is the month when many of the club members take time to travel, vacation, visit relatives, enjoy the shore, have back yard barbeques and generally enjoy the time of summer. The past year has been has been interesting and challenging for the CWC. The club lost its regular meeting place at the Inverness United Methodist Church when the building was damaged by a lightning strike. One meeting was held in a temporary location at the County Canning facility. Finally, the club located a new home at the First Christian Church in Inverness where we will continue to meet at noon on the second Friday of each month. In March, Carol Ann Sherman, the Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) Susan Lattner Gold Award winner at the 2015 FWS Exhibition, was scheduled to be our demonstrator. She informed us that she could not attend due to illness. Only a short time later she succumbed, the victim of a sudden and tragic death. In June, the distinguished watercolorist, Elaine Hahn, was our scheduled demonstrator and workshop leader, who was forced to cancel due to an illness contacted while on vacation. Elaine will now be the demonstrator at the January 2016 meeting, followed by a two-day workshop. Fortunately, our program chairman, Ray Jowers, was able to quickly fill both demonstrations with established watercolorists.

Looking ahead, our demonstrator at the August session will be Ocala artist Ted Kloski. Ted will demonstrate his inimitable style which is designed to have a strong effect on some viewers. Don’t miss it! In September, the club hosts one of its most popular affairs when club members get the chance to show and tell their individual watercolor masterpieces. The numbers of talented artists continue to grow and shine in this area of the Nature Coast, and this exercise exhibits the results of those talents. In October, yours truly (Norm Freyer)will be the demonstrator, and I plan to focus on the subject of “Birds and Backgrounds”. The November program is still pending. Our demonstrator for the December session will be the very popular watercolorist and CWC member, Tom Jones. Tom will be returning from a year of traveling the United States conducting demonstrations and workshops.

In September 2016, Nature Coast area will be privileged to host the Florida Watercolor Society 45th Annual Exhibition at the Weber Center Gallery at the College of Central Florida in Ocala. CWC member, Kim Shields, 1st Vice President of the FWS, notes that this is the first time in many years that this prestigious event will be been held in this area. Artists are encouraged to fully support Kim when he looks for volunteers for this program, and moreover, attend the exhibition.

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June 12, 2015 Demonstration
A Lyrical Painter - Mary Jane Volkmann

Mary Jane Volkmann: A Short Biography

Photo Collage Courtesy of Ray Jowers. Click on the pic to view the entire collage, click again to view a large image.

Demo_June_2015Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Mary Jane Volkmann studied art education at university before traveling in 1974 to southern Africa where she remained to live and work for 28 years. Mary Jane’s artistic career has included commissions as varied as art workshops, portraits of an African king, coin designs, seven issues of postage stamps (two issues of which have won world awards), book illustrations, greeting card designs, murals and paintings for private collectors. A commissioned book, “Glimpses of Namibian Life: A Moment in Time” consisting of 30 of her paintings depicting life in Namibia among the native peoples of the country and authored by her was published in 1997. Active in the community, Mary Jane co-founded an educational and charitable trust in northern Namibia with a regional center for the development of the arts and crafts skills of talented Namibians, providing a means for them to market their wares and earn a living. In 2002 Mary Jane relocated with her family to Gainesville, Florida, where she continues to paint and teach painting workshops.  A signature member of Plein Air Florida, Mary Jane takes part in selected plein air events, and in 2006 was selected as Artist in Residence, Sapelo Island, for the Georgia State Parks.  Mary Jane’s paintings have been exhibited at museums and private galleries overseas and in the USA and can be found in private and corporate collections.

Mary Jane Volkmann: Statement

VolkmanI’ve been told I’m a lyrical painter. That statement makes me smile, because whether a painting stems from watching a bird land on a twisted branch or from observing the waving grass on a warm afternoon, I wonder at the metaphors of spirit which seem to reflect themselves in everything I see.  Captivated by the diverse sea of faces and lifestyles in our human family and humbled by the exquisite beauty of the natural world which supports us and is entrusted to our care, I paint portals and vistas, whether in the form of hidden pathways through thickets, views across and through the landscape or into the eyes or expression of a figure.  My paintings are my observations and quiet contemplations.

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Recent Meetings and Events
May Luncheon and Demonstration by Ted Head

Photo Collage Courtesy of Helene LancasterLuncheon_2015

Click on the Collage below to view the entire collage of Ted's demo and photos of members at our luncheon. Photo Collage Courtesy of Ray JowersTedHead
photo collage courtesy of Ray Jowers

May 8, 2015 - Watercolor by Ted Head – Love at the First Stroke

Press Release by Norm Freyer

Ted Head_Egret In FlightI first saw Ted Head when he performed a demonstration at the 2013 Florida Watercolor Society Exhibition in Sarasota. We were fortunate to have a seat in the second row of the hall housing the demo. It was easy to see that Ted had created a lot of interest, as every seat in the hall was soon taken, and then every available space for standing room quickly filled. This was probably as a result of his exquisite watercolor exhibited in the 2012 FWS exhibition, entitled “Hal”. He had preceded this with another great painting “Cast Your Care” at the 2010 Exhibition. So here we are now, and we are privileged to have Ted Head as the demonstrator at the May 8th Installation Luncheon of the Citrus Watercolor Club.

Ted hails from Jacksonville, FL. He says, “My love of drawing began when I could hold a crayon.  A yellow-green one I remember distinctly.  Not only did it have a pleasing color, it tasted pretty good too.  Even as a child, my enjoyment of nature’s beauty was never ending.  The intricacy and hues of colors, patterns, light and shadow has always fascinated me.” It is amazing, looking at his current watercolors, because he didn’t start painting until 2001. He continues, “In 2001 I was fortunate to travel to Paris and Vienna. Up to then I had only drawn with pen and ink, but had not ventured into painting. Inspired in Vienna by a beautiful outdoor flower shop, I shot a blurry photo and decided to try my hand at painting. Pouring over art books when I returned, I decided to give watercolor a go. It was love at first stroke and it has been a love affair ever since. After a few years of experimenting and growing as an artist, I started entering art shows. Encouraged by winning several awards, I decided it was time to try the art show circuit, and I continue doing several shows a year around in Florida.” Head was featured in American Artist magazine, May 2006. He was later published in the prestigious the Best of Watercolor SPLASH 11 and the upcoming SPLASH 16; Best of America Watercolor Artists & Artisans; and, Best of America Watermedia. Ted Head is a Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor Society. His demonstrations include lots of friendly interaction with his audience, so this is one demo you do not want to miss. You can view Ted’s work by going to his web site at www. , or at .

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Art Expo -  The Citrus Cultural Alliance at the College of Central Florida, Saturday, May 9, 10am – 2pm. Our CWC members participated.

Photo Collage Courtesy of Helene Lancaster

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...)

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

Press Release by Norm Freyer - Demo Collage courtesy of Ray Jowers
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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

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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

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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.

  Estrella_Best In Show  



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.

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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.

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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

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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.

Members' Annual Show & Tell - September 12, 2014

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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
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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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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