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Changes, Changes, Changes
As we look toward the New Year, it always seems be a time of change. We inevitably make resolutions to improve something – be it our health by losing weight, catching up on backlogged correspondence, or even to quit procrastinating and finally clean out the basement or attic or maybe just our desktop. Some people even take the leap toward retirement.
Several months ago our hardworking Treasurer since 2011, Gaye Holcomb, announced hers and we searched in vain for a replacement. Gaye, even though her stature is diminutive, leaves big shoes to fill, and several folks have tried to fill them without success. Then at our last Board meeting Sharon Green, our Mid-Atlantic Chair for 13 years, announced that she will also be retiring in June (after 23 years on the board)! Yes, we knew that both of these changes were coming but that doesn’t make them any less of an upheaval.
Many of the positions on the Board require specific skills – for example the Treasurer’s position requires basic accounting skills, computer skills and familiarity with spreadsheets and databases due to our use of Wild Apricot and its payment module AffiniPay. The Mid-Atlantic Exhibit Chair not only locates venues and jurors but negotiates contracts, organizes the exhibit, receives painting images (a high percentage of which must be resized as they were incorrectly submitted), etc., etc., etc., all of which requite computer and juggling skills. How do we find members who might serve in these positions?
Do you remember those surveys you are asked to fill out each year when you pay your dues? There are questions in them about volunteering and what skills you possess which could serve our organization. Ah ha! Several of us spend time pouring over them to find people with the talents needed in specific jobs – I know that I do. April Rimpo is currently revamping the survey so it will be even more useful in finding volunteers. Another way to volunteer is to ask members of the Board how you can serve BWS and we can put your name and interests on a list for prospective Board Members.
But back to the retirements and changes – some which involve current Board members changing responsibilities and some of which involve new or returning Board members:
1) So Gaye Holcomb, BWS Treasurer, is retiring in January and April Rimpo has left her position of Membership/Database Chair (where she juggled statistics and every data problem imaginable since 2004) to take over as the Treasurer.
2) This change left the Membership/Database Chair empty. New Signature Artist (via three acceptances in the Mid-Atlantic) Janice Hendra will be joining the Board and taking over there, putting to work her skills gleaned from being a systems analyst for 30 years.
3) Sharon Green’s retirement will leave the Mid-Atlantic Exhibit Chair open and now Stacy Lund Levy has stepped in to take over those reins. Stacy has been our Membership/Jurying Chair since 2018.
4) Membership/Jurying – with the departure of Stacy as Jurying Chair, Kathleen Gardiner will join the Board and take over that position, to guide applicants through the process toward Signature Membership.
5) Mid-Atlantic Awards Co-Chair, Dana Kleinsteuber is transitioning to the re-instituted Programs/Events Chair position as we will be doing more short programs and demos in the upcoming year(s). Janet Freeman has now joined the Board as part of the Mid-Atlantic Awards solicitation group.
6) Lastly, Jeffery Turner resigned from Exhibits this Fall due to other heavy commitments and is being replaced by Jennifer Kohn Murtha who is returning to the Board, having worked previously on Exhibits from 2004-2005 and who is already busy lining up venues.
I know these seven changes are a lot to take in – I have to use a flow chart to keep everything/everyone straight – and though we are so sad to lose our beloved Sharon and Gaye as we owe them a debt of gratitude for so many years of excellent service to BWS, we are excited to welcome the new faces and talents of Janice, Kathleen, Janet and Jennifer to join us. You will learn more about these folks in the months to come from their bios in the newsletter, but know that we, and they, are looking forward to an exciting New Year of working for you and BWS.
So from our homes to yours, the BWS Board and I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Blessed and Healthy New Year,
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The Baltimore Watercolor Society Website is Getting a Facelift!
Soon you will see a different design for our website. It may look a little different, but be assured, all your favorite links will still be available. While we make the transition, you may notice some odd things happening on some of the pages. We will be cleaning things up as soon as we can.
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Thanks for your patience and understanding as we move ahead.
Bob Coe, Webmaster
Welcome New Signature Artists
New Signature Artists are announced only after their dues have been paid and they are considered in good standing. Additional new Signature Artists will be announced next month.
Linda Daniels Cermak of Boonsboro, MD
Kathleen Jamieson of Arlington, VA
Ruth Lampi of Chevy Chase, MD
Devin Lulu of Newark, DE
Tena Turner of Silver Spring, MD
Welcome New Associates
Eric Miller of Hanover, PA
McBride Gallery Exhibit Results
Thank you to Juror Sunhee Kim Jung for providing the following comments and selections for this show:
It’s a great honor to jury the exhibition here with amazing works. I categorized Artistic Component, Creativity and Completeness. All the painting techniques and watercolor skills are well developed.
From landscapes of nature, still life, figures, and even graphical representation in the painting, it was really hard to choose the top three. These works are just simply proof that all artists are masters in their own right. So I focused on the paintings which evoked my emotions. These emotions led me to wanting more, to go beyond the surface.
First Place: “Rocket Riders” by Lois Wolford
"Rocket Riders" touched my emotions. I could feel frustration, anxiety, freedom and joy but also their endless passion for riding throughout the background colors.
Second Place: “Somebody Bring Me A Biscuit” by Stacy Lund Levy
"Somebody Bring Me A Biscuit" gave me a peaceful and loving feeling. I wanted to reach out and hug the dog to share the peace and love.
Third Place: “Treeflections” by Janet Belich
This painting divided many surfaces into many forms to be shown in a wonderful graphical design format. Lines and colors were excellent to show the seasonal changes incredibly.
Honorable Mention: “The Layover” by Sinika Benson
The expression of these three ladies at the airport is good and fun to watch. Reading, knitting, napping, the three ladies show our normal human lives. It’s story telling and with the back shadows, there are still so many things that are hidden behind our lives.
Honorable Mention: “Star of Bethlehem Steel” by Cheryl Himelright
What is the number 6 meaning in this painting? With the fading away images, aged rusty images, broken windows. Everything is old and broken yet a new life is thriving. It reminds me of humanity. The contrast is a very attractive.
Honorable Mention: “Pointers” by Karen Norman
"Pointers" is a gorgeous painting with the gorgeous background wall color. It’s truly a master’s art work.
My choice was very subjective so please don’t get discouraged or disappointed when your name was not called. Your hands are all master’s hands. Congratulations all! You deserve all the honor!
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Annie Strack is featured in the December/January issue of Southwest Art magazine as a top award finalist in their annual Artistic Excellence competition.
Sue Moses's painting "Pennyfield Towpath" was selected to be displayed as Contressman David Trone's Facebook cover image to show the beauty of Montgomery County, MD.
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President: Sharon Morell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-465-1863
Secretary: Deborah Cohan, 301-977-6212
Treasurer: Gaye Holcomb, 410-442-1922
Treasurer: April Rimpo, 443-766-0148
Mid-Atlantic Chair: Sharon Green, email@example.com, 410-363-1922
Workshops: Sabine Yeager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-245-0366
Programs: Dana Kleinsteuber, 410-917-7935
Webmaster: Bob Coe, 410-877-3730
Newsletter Editor: Joanna Barnum, email@example.com, 410-428-3432
Newsletter Committee: Carolyn Murphy, 443-578-8343
Archivist: Karen Norman, 301-318-2224
Hospitality Chair: Karen Schuster, 410-531-5768
Hospitality: Bonita Glaser, 301-498-3946
Hospitality: Joan Orcutt, 240-381-9309
Membership/Database: April Rimpo, firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-766-0148
Membership/Database: Janice Hendra, email@example.com, 410-271-4943
Membership/Jurying: Stacy Levy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-446-2714
Membership/Jurying: Kathleen Gardiner, 410-991-1183
Mid-Atlantic Awards Chair: Dana Kleinsteuber, 410-917-7935
Mid-Atlantic Awards: Janet Arsenault, 410-713-0248
Mid-Atlantic Awards: Janet Freeman, 410-299-3906
Exhibits Chair: David Drown, 410-971-9769
Exhibits: Kathy Daywalt, 410-507-1662
Exhibits: Jennifer Murtha, 443-834-4160
Publicity: Harold Walpert, 443-825-8463
Social Media: Annie Strack, 610-925-2815