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How to prepare to become a Signature Member of the BWS

  • 11 Nov 2017
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043
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One Day Workshop 
Sharon Green, BWS, PWCS
Sherry Morell, BWS

Saturday, November 11th 2017

from 10 AM to 2:00 PM

We are pleased to have two very talented Artists give a lecture and critique for future Signature Members

Both will lead us through all criteria that the Jurors follow in their selecting new Signature Members.

For online registration visit and go to Public Events.

Member Registration Opens September 9th 2017 

Member Fee: 45.00

Non-Member Registration Opens October 7th 2017

Non-Member Fee: 50.00

Not a Member? Consider signing up as an Associate

Registration Deadline:  November 3rd, unless the program is full prior to this date.


Sharon Green


Sharon Green has been working as an artist for more than twenty years.  As a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, and now as its Past-President, she has exhibited in galleries throughout the State of Maryland as well as national and international juried exhibitions.  She studied in Baltimore with Jim Condron at Towson University, Nancy Linden at School 33, and Polly Mitchell at The Mitchell School of Fine Arts.  Sharon participated in workshops conducted by the nationally known instructors like Frank Webb, Mark Mehaffey and Linda Baker.  Her paintings can be found in many fine corporate and private collections.

Listed below are are some of Sharon Green's many exhibits:

2016, 2012 – Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD

2014 – Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition, UMUC, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Award

2012 – Baltimore Watercolor Society exhibit at Delaplaine Art Center, Frederick MD – First Prize

2012 – Keystone National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper, Mechanicsburg, PA

2010 National Watercolor Society, San Pedro, CA

2009, 2011 International Exhibition of Works on Paper, Philadelphia, PA

2008, 2003, 2001 and 1997 Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Hoffberger Gallery

2005 Columbia Art Center, “Bike” National Juried Exhibition

1996 Mid-Atlantic Regional Juried Exhibition, North Light Art School Award, Johns Hopkins Turner Auditorium

1996 – present Baltimore Watercolor Society:  Multiple exhibits and awards at various locations in Maryland

Sherry Morell


An Ohio native but Towson resident since 1963, Sharon Morell is part of a multi-generational family of artists. She has always had dual interests in art and the sciences, spending her 35 year career in science at the Johns Hopkins Medical School and UMBC, plus all the while, taking classes at MICA, Mitchell School of Fine Art, plein air watercolor at Schuler School and various workshops with Baltimore and national artists. After retiring from academia in 1999 Sharon was able to devote more time to watercolor and was awarded BWS Signature Artist status in 2005. 

She served as BWS Treasurer for 6 years and now as Jurying Chair for 3. Melding her love of nature with her art has proven to be a good match, as her works have been selected for 6 of the last 13 Mid-Atlantic Exhibitions.

While early works were plein air paintings, more recent acceptances were a Lionfish with an attitude (2014) and a flock of reflected Royal Terns(2015). 

“Onward and Upward - Bryce Canyon” (2016) which conveys the incredible experience of hiking in Bryce Canyon with her husband Tom was awarded the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Exhibit “Blick Art Award”. 

 “I’ve Got My Eyes On You” 2014

Students will bring two matted and framed paintings to go through the jurying process. Please note that the pictures will be excluded from future jurying.


Some paintings can be considered "high concept"and communicate bold ideas, reflection on the human condition or a particular world view, while others attempt to evoke a mood, capture a subtle feeling or tell a story. Is each painting successful in communicating the conceptual intent of the artist?


Is the subject, the treatment, the composition , or the overall approach of the paintings fresh and original? 


The Elements of Design

Line, Shape, Color, Value, Texture, Space Form

The Principles of Design

Balance, Unity, Emphasis, Variety, Pattern, Proportion, Movement, Rhythm. Gradation


Do the paintings demonstrate adequate mastery of technical components to accomplish the goals of the artist? ( Not all technical aspects equally important in any particular painting.) Some technical elements which could be considered include: 

Paint applications and brushwork, Drawing, Linear and areal  perspective, Understanding of unique aspects of water media, Color mixing, Treatment of edges.


Do all of the paintings submitted for consideration demonstrate a consistent style and quality? (All four paintings do not need to address the same subject matter.)


Do the matting and framing of physical submissions (or the photographic quality and electronic file preparation of digital submissions) demonstrate professionalism and create a favorable presentation of the artwork? 

Objective Versus Non-Objective Art Submissions:

The same considerations of concept, composition and design, originality, technique, consistency and presentation apply to both objective and non- objective paintings. However, the relative weights and merits of each may differ, again depending on the goals of the artist, the style, the subject matter, the painting size and format, and other factors. 


Please pack a lunch and beverage. Light refreshments will be available.


From the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) take the exit onto I-70W and follow for 4.4 miles. Take exit 87B to merge onto US-29N towards MD-99. Turn right at Rogers Ave. At the traffic light, take the exit to stay straight on Rogers Ave. Turn left at High Ridge Rd. and the Howard Co. Center for the Arts is on the left.

Registration Deadline: November 3rd, unless the program is full prior to this date. 

Cancellation: 75% refund if notified no later than November 3rd 2017 

Refunds for later cancellations are subject to availability of a substitute participant.

Please direct questions to our Program Chair
Sabine Yeager at

or by phone at 410-774-4212

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