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Highlights Newsletter January 2022

President's Palette

Photograph of BWS president Sherry Morell

As you can imagine, we are still basking in the success of the fabulous BWS exhibition at McBride Galleries in Annapolis. The paintings were all outstanding and so diverse – in themes, execution and styles. If you missed it in person, I certainly hoped that you went online for a “virtual visit.”

There were about 75 amazing paintings presented and unfortunately we couldn’t give awards to each one, but they certainly deserved it. The public also agreed with that assessment as there were 15 and possibly 16 paintings sold. (I think this may be a record.) This is a testament not only to the talent of our artists but additionally to Kathy Daywalt who organized the exhibit and the McBride Gallery, one of the most prestigious in Annapolis, and its owner Cynthia McBride and her staff who hung the show beautifully and then marketed it to their discerning clientele.

On a dreary, rainy morning in early November I took a bus with 15 or 16 residents from the community where we live, down to Annapolis, to view the exhibit. I had previously taken them to our last three “in-person” Mid-Atlantic Exhibits and discussed the award winning paintings. This time Abigail McBride (who was our Juror of the Carroll County show) joined us and pointed out her favorite paintings and lectured the group about composition, light, styles and the fine techniques and tricks artists use to create depth and emphasis. Their most frequent comment to me was “This exhibit looks just like the Mid-Atlantic ones, only smaller/more intimate!” And it did – a mini Mid-Atlantic.

And speaking of the Mid-Atlantic Exhibition...get ready, here it comes! We are scheduled to be back in person, complete with a workshop. I already know that you will love our Juror and Workshop Instructor as the artist is really outstanding! You will notice that I’m not giving many hints – I’m going to let Sharon Green, our Mid-Atlantic guru, fill in the details in her notice on the following pages.

Sharon has also been busy training her replacements – yes, it is taking two people to replace her, but then she has been managing this complex, mind-boggling job for 11 years. Stacy Lund Levy, our former Jurying Chair, and Susan Bradley, who has newly joined the Board. Stacy and Susan are following Sharon’s instructions closely and under her tutelage are learning how to set up next year’s exhibit. I know from long years of working with Sharon that the task is all-encompassing and somewhat akin to not just “herding cats” but “juggling cats” but I’m sure that Stacy and Susan can manage it – they plan to “divide and conquer”!

I don’t know about you but (even if Winter has just barely started) I’m really looking forward to June and seeing the sunlit gallery at BlackRock filled with magnificent images and then experiencing the joy of the Awards Ceremony. Even thinking about it conveys a sense of normalcy. I hope that in the coming months, the newest variants of Covid will diminish in ferocity and transmission rates and that you stay healthy and strong during this difficult time. I pray also that there will soon come a time when we can all be together again, painting side by side, without masks and restrictions. I can hardly wait.


    Upcoming Events

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    This month we would like to introduce you to Susan Bradley who is one of the two new Co-Chairs of the Mid-Atlantic, taking over from Sharon Green who is retiring after June. Susan has been a BWS Signature Member since September 2017 and is a resident of Gaithersburg, MD. When asked to submit her resume for the newsletter she really surprised us. Welcome, Susan!

    After many years providing management and exhibit support to Smithsonian museums and government consulting firms, Susan Bradley followed her international bureaucrat husband and her dreams to live in Paris, from 2004-2011. It was always the plan to paint later in life, and moving to France brought the plan to reality with no paying job and new-found time on her hands. She took drawing and painting coursework at the Ecole des Beaux Arts as well as other workshops and classes in the Washington area. In 2009, Susan and Anne McDermott, an Australian (and another international bureaucrat spouse) produced the exhibit “Deux Regards” with paintings and photos at the International Energy Agency. 

    Susan has a B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of California, and a M.A. in American Studies with emphasis on 19th Century American Art from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also attained a Superior level certificate in French language and culture from the Universite de Paris, Sorbonne. She has been a resident in Montgomery County off and on since 1979.

    Susan is currently President of the Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association, a BWS Signature Member and a member of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists.

    Mid-Atlantic 2022

    Registration for the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition will be opening soon. We are booked for a live exhibit at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD. The dates for the exhibit are June 11 - July 23, 2022, and our juror is the talented Kathleen Giles, AWS NWS. Get your best work ready for submission!

    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.

    Jane Wise of Denver, PA

    Welcome New Associates

    Takayo Hatakeyama of Baltimore, MD
    Alice Parks of West Friendship, MD

    Membership Dues and Donations

    Thanks to all who paid their dues between October 1st and now. The dues notice was sent in early December and it was great to see that about 50% of Signature Artists and 30% of Associates already paid your dues. Thank you also for those who have provided donations to BWS. There are several categories/funds to which donations can be designated and the instructions are in the “Donations” section. We very much appreciate your continued interest in BWS.

    For those who have not yet paid your dues, please remember dues should be sent by January 31st to be considered on time.

    Mail them to:

    Janice Hendra - Membership
    103 Avondale Circle
    Severna Park, MD 21106

    Member News

    BWS members may submit a 60-word announcement gratis to be listed under the heading "Member News." Images will be included as space allows. Submissions are due by the 15th of the month preceding publication date, and may be edited for length or clarity. Please e-mail your submissions to the Newsletter Editor at

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    Annie Strack’s paintings were juried into Fallbrook’s 13th National Watercolor Signature Exhibit, and Mid Southern Watercolor society's 52nd National Exhibit. She earned Signature Status in MSW.

    Peg Sheridan will be offering watercolor classes and workshops in January and February in Staunton, Verona, and Orange, VA. See her website for more details at

    Lois Ward Wolford received the Walker Family Outstanding Watercolor Award in the 42nd Annual Pennsylvania International Show for her painting "Breakfast Alone."

    McBride Exhibit Awards Continued

    Honorable Mention: “The Layover” by Sinika Benson

    Watermedia painting by S. Benson, three older women sitting together waiting in an airport, engrossed in activities and sleeping.

    Honorable Mention: “Star of Bethlehem Steel” by Cheryl Himelright

    Watermedia painting by C. Himelright, detail view of a weathered side of a building with sections of windows and a "6" from a sign, the composition becomes abstract.

    Honorable Mention: “Pointers” by Karen Norman

    Watermedia painting by K. Norman, still life of oil cans.


    Transparent Watercolor Society of America
    46th Annual Juried Exhibition
    Kenosha, WI
    Entry Deadline: January 31, 2022

    Spokane Watercolor Society
    National Juried Show
    Spokane, WA
    Entry Deadline: February 13, 2022

    Laurel Art Guild
    53rd Annual Open Juried Exhibition
    Laurel, MD
    Entry Deadline: February 25, 2022

    Board of Governors and Committee Chairs

    Baltimore Watercolor Society, a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization

    Please note: Multiple names are listed for several positions as both the outgoing current Board Member and the new member in training are included.

    President: Sharon Morell,, 443-465-1863

    Vice President:

    Secretary: Deborah Cohan, 301-977-6212

    Treasurer (outgoing): Gaye Holcomb, 410-442-1922

    Treasurer (in training): April Rimpo,, 443-766-0148

    Treasurer (in training): Ruth Lampi, 240-515-0552

    Mid-Atlantic Co-Chair (outgoing): Sharon Green,, 410-363-1922

    Mid-Atlantic Co-Chair (in training): Stacy Lund Levy, 410-446-2714

    Mid-Atlantic Co-Chair (in training): Susan Bradley, 301-525-6303

    Workshops: Sabine Yeager,, 410-245-0366

    Programs: Dana Kleinsteuber,, 410-917-7935

    Webmaster: Bob Coe, 410-877-3730

    Newsletter Editor: Joanna Barnum,, 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 (outgoing): April Rimpo, 443-766-0148

    Membership/Database (in training): Janice Hendra,, 410-271-4943

    Membership/Jurying (outgoing): Stacy Levy,, 410-446-2714

    Membership/Jurying (in training): Kathleen Gardiner, 410-991-1183

    Mid-Atlantic Awards Chair (outgoing): Dana Kleinsteuber,, 410-917-7935

    Mid-Atlantic Awards: Janet Arsenault, 410-713-0248

    Mid-Atlantic Awards (in training): 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

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