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October- New Meeting Location
First Christian Church, Inverness

Map, photos, and directions on the About Us webpage. 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.



President's Message - September 2014Laurie Kansky

Hello, as we move into fall, we’ll be moving into our new home for our Sept. 12th meeting. It’s the Citrus County Canning Center on 3405 W. Southern St.Please check out our website for directions, photos, and a map. Many thanks to Barbara Fife who has been working overtime to keep our website absolutely up to the minute ! When you arrive at the Canning Center, there is a ramp on the left with direct access to the auditorium where our meeting will be held, if you want to avoid the steps at the front door.

September is “Show & Tell “ month, so plan on bringing a painting to share ( 2 maximum). Everyone is looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to and what new techniques you may have used! I will have plenty of members, too numerous to list here, to thank for helping in the search to find a new location and moving our supplies twice! The board has had a very active and I might add, nervewracking, summer!
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.

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 !

Please see the website for workshop sign-up info, meeting minutes, members’ awards and gallery and much more. Also there is a link to FWS so you can get info. on the Exhibition Sept. 4 – November 16 at Delray Beach and the annual convention Sept. 19 – 21 at Deerfield Beach. Our own Kim Shields will be very busy there. So, keep on painting until we meet next on Sept. 12th !

Laurie Kansky
CWC President

Members' Annual Show & Tell - September 12, 2014

Show_Tell_2014Click on the Collage to view larger images.
Photo collage courtesy of Helene Lancaster

CWC Has a New Home!

I am very happy to report that we have found a new home !   As most of you know,  we lost our meeting place at the Methodist Church when it was hit by lightning in July and damaged so severely that repair was not an option.  After a lengthy search process involving many members,  we finally found the place that could accomodate us.   I fell in love with the new location when I first saw it and I think you will, too !   The building is a former schoolhouse , recently renovated,  with a sizeable auditorium.  There is also a huge kitchen for canning (which we won’t be using).  Hence the name, Citrus County Canning Center
It’s located in Lecanto on Rt. 491 between Rt. 486 and Rt. 44.  The Canning Center is just one street south of the Post Office.  It’s on 3405 W. Southern St..  There is a blue and white sign on the opposite side of Rt. 491 that says “Citrus County Canning Plant”.  The next road heading south is Rt. 44.   A map and photos on the CWC website" About" page. Click here.

Our Sept. 12th “Show and Tell”  meeting will be held there as will the following meetings.   We are able to keep to our traditional schedule of meeting on the 2nd Friday of every month and  the same time.  Please bring one painting,  two maximum, to share with your fellow members.

Unless we have more people sign up for Donna Morrison’s workshop this fall, we will have to cancel it.   That would be a shame as she is such a talented artist.  We are looking into the possibility of moving it from  October  11 – 12 to  November 15 – 16 to give people more time to sign up.  Check the website for updates.

Please share this information with your fellow CWC members who do not have email.  Can’t wait to see you all at our new home !

Laurie Kansky
President CWC

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. 
Art is knowing which ones to keep.”  
Scott Adams, cartoonist

Have Watercolor Art - Need Home

Press Release by Norm Freyer

If you were wondering what happened to the Citrus Watercolor Club scheduled meeting during the month of August, the club found itself homeless due to an unfortunate natural occurrence.

The summer of 2014 has been a rather violent one with heavy rains and numerous lightening strikes in Citrus County. And one of those violent strikes hit the Inverness United Methodist Church causing serious damage to the complete electrical circuitry of the church structure. Damage serious enough to cause long-term loss of occupancy of the building. The CWC had used the church fellowship hall as its meeting home since 2001 – and now, the club will miss these facilities dearly. Laurie Kansky, the new president of the club, and the CWC Board of Directors have had to scurry to find another meeting place that was large enough, and centrally located to meet the needs of the organization. After screening many facilities, the Board of Directors has settled on the auditorium of the Canning Center of Citrus County. The Canning Center is located in Lecanto on Rt. 491 about a half-mile north of the junction of Rt. 44 and County Road 491, a left hand turn off CR 491. to 3405 W. Southern St. Look for the blue and white sign on the Rt. 491 that says “Citrus County Canning Plant”. Have Watercolor Art --- New Home Found!

The theme for the first meeting at our new location on September 12th will be the popular “Show & Tell”. 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 it is just as valuable as a tip from demonstration by a renowned artist. Regardless of experience, everyone’s paintings want to be seen and reviewed. It is a time to review and relate – all in the spirit of learning good watercolor techniques. So, artists all, beginners and accomplished watercolorists, bring your latest piece of art, (please limit to one or two pieces), this is your opportunity to shine.

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FWS 2014 Annual Exhibition

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. For more information about the Annual Convention and Exhibit visit the FWS website.

Watercolor Club Announces Summer/Fall Program

Press Release by Norm Freyer

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


Rhona Hancock passes the gavel to incoming President Laurie Kansky at
the Installation of Officers May 9, 2014.

photo at left courtesy of Ray Jowers

More photos of the luncheon and our demonstrator Kathy Detrano below.

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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

Click on the Collage above to view a larger image


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 (352) 560-7377, or 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 Canning Center of Citrus County, 3405 W. Southern St. (off County Rte. 491), Lecanto, FL.

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