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January 2023

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Getting Back to the Future (Normal)

It is January and a whole fresh, New Year is in front of us.  We pray that it truly will be a normal new year with activities going off “as usual” and in-person. We look forward to painting together in the big room at Hawthorne and learning the newest techniques and tips from our visiting Artists. Yes, some things will be different: there will not be a fancy spread in the “break room” – instead there will be the individually packaged snacks and bottled water (members have said they are “more comfortable” with this offering) and we will not gather around the instructor’s table to look over their shoulder – we will be watching every move on the video projection. All for the purpose of keeping you safe and healthy.

One thing that we have learned over the course of the past 2 years is the incredible value of Zoom. Utilizing it, artists have been able to survive the pandemic. We have migrated all of our Board Meetings to Zoom as Board members reside from the Eastern Shore (both MD and DE) to Western MD – some have even lived in PA and VA. Zoom has also enabled us to provide free demos by distant artists, to our members in their own homes and even online videos of some of our exhibits. All organizations have come a long way in their use of this technology. Our next free Zoom demo will be Liz Walker on January 10th (when last I looked, we had 139 enrolled, so if you aren’t signed up yet - there is still time and space) and over the next year we will be expanding our number of free Zoom demos for our members as we are able and as funds become available from other events.

One favorite in-person activity, that we dearly missed and are looking forward to this year, is returning to New York City to see the 156th American Watercolor Society International Exhibit. It is scheduled from April 3-28th at the Salmagundi Club and we are in the planning stages of arranging a bus tour again during that time frame. In years past, we made a second stop at the “Met” for several hours, but this year we are looking at a different stop at one of the other NYC museums and with slightly different scheduling. More information will be forthcoming as the plan comes together. 

And just wait till you hear who will be the Mid-Atlantic Juror/Instructor this year… but my lips are sealed. Shhhh…

Sherry Morell
BWS President

    2023 Mid-Atlantic Exhibition


    The 2023 exhibition will be hosted by Kentlands in Gaithersburg October 6 - January 15, just in time for the year-end holiday buying! Make that New Year’s resolution to create your strongest work, and submit it this summer. (More details to follow.)

    Upcoming Events

    Note: The above Upcoming Events summary only displays the start date for each event. For full details please click on the event, or visit the Events page.

    Reminder to Support BWS with Your Amazon Purchases

    Amazon has provided a wonderful way to contribute to Baltimore Watercolor Society, the AmazonSmile Foundation, set up specifically to benefit non-profit organizations. When you shop online, instead of using, use AmazonSmile at our custom link When you make a purchase via AmazonSmile, AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchase to the charitable organization of your choice. Set up your AmazonSmile charity now, before you start your Holiday shopping, by selecting The Baltimore Watercolor Society, Inc.

    If you shop using the Amazon App you can select your preferred Charity under Setting > AmazonSmile.  You may have to periodically refresh this setting within the App.

    If you need to locate our BWS Custom link in the future you will find it on our website’s Donate page at

    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

    Boxed off featured ads are available for $25 and may include up to 100 words and one image. Contact the Newsletter Editor at for details.

    Staunton Artist Peg Sheridan is teaching watercolor workshops and weekly classes in the Shenandoah Valley. She is also available to teach a workshop in your area. 

    J. M. Littleton was invited to exhibit at the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore, Holiday 2022.  Exploring Lighthouses in Watercolor, Workshop, 1/28/23, 11-2:30 pm, Littleton School of Art.  Weekly realistic watercolor classes continue, Fri. & Sat. mornings.

    Annie Strack is organizing a trip for artists to Italy’s Marche region in June 2023, which includes a paper making workshop in Fabriano and a paint making workshop with Gallo watercolors in Assisi, in addition to daily painting sessions. Artists of all levels are welcome and there are also other activities available for non-artists on this trip.

    Lessons We Picked Up Along the Way

    Hi fellow artists, me again. This column is a place for sharing art related tips. Any time you come across a great product, website or technique that seems useful pass it on to the rest of us. If we have to rely on me alone to come up with ideas this column will not last long. Send your tip to Dana Kleinsteuber at I will post them here so we can all benefit. The tips are for all levels of painter so some things you may already know and some may be a revelation. The idea is that we can all share great ideas. Some examples are below.

    1. You may recall Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT held an extraordinary exhibition, J.M.W. Turner Exhibit from the Tate, shortly before the pandemic changed our lives. This year they have another fascinating exhibition for you to explore, titled Sargent, Whistler & Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano. The exhibition is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. You can learn more on their website at Like the Turner exhibition before it, this exhibition runs through February 2023. If you are heading north, or live in the proximity, it sounds like a stop worth making.

    2. Try adding a person to your painting. It doesn't have to be detailed. When drawing a person remember that the figure is 7 heads high, that the head is an oval and the shape of the body is a rectangle. When viewed at eye level on flat ground, adult heads in your painting should be on the same level.

    3. There is an easy method to match the color on a photo so you can paint it accurately on your masterpiece. Take a white 3x5 card and cut it in half. Use a hole punch to make a hole in the middle of each card. Place the hole in one card over the color you are trying to match. This isolates the color and gives you a white surface to try different combinations. Use the hole in the other card to isolate what you have painted for comparison.

    4. Sign up for the Liz Walker Free “Members Only” Demonstration that will be on January 10th at She will also do a 12 hour, 2 day Zoom Program for BWS in February. Currently there is plenty of space for you to get into the Demonstration but the spots for the Program are all taken. We are accepting people on the waiting list. Some times people drop out and the people on the waiting list get into the class. 

    5. Sign up for Joyce Bell's 2 day class on March 23-24 called  “Make Your Photographs Work for You” at

    "Corner Bikes" by Joyce Bell

    “Blocked In” by Joyce Bell

    All images are the property of the artists and protected by copyright. No image can be used without the written permission of the artist.


    The announcement and registration for Joe Cibere's "Mid-Tone Crisis - Ink First" workshop will open on January 7th.  Don't wait too long to register as this is expected to fill up quickly.


    The Watercolor Art Society - Houston (WAS-H)
    The 46th International Watermedia Exhibition
    WAS-H Gallery
    Houston, TX
    Entry Deadline: January 13, 2023

    Taubman Museum of Art
    65th Annual Sidewalk Art Show
    Roanoke, Virginia
    Entry Deadline: March 13, 2023

    Winter Scene Paintings Wanted

    We'd like to dress up our emails with some of your artwork. The theme this month is Winter scenes. Could be realism or abstraction, whatever your interpretation of Winter is. We will use a few in our emails and will publish all in the February newsletter to share the variety of our members' artwork. Send a clear photo of your best winter scene painting, along with your name and the painting title and size, to the Newsletter Editor at by January 10, 2023. We look forward to seeing your entries!

    Please be sure your image only shows the painting image, no mat or frame. The files should be 600 pixels in the longer dimension. If you are uncertain how to size your images refer to our website page,

    Membership Dues

    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 as of mid December, 48% of Signature Artists and 42% of Associates had already paid 2023 dues. 

    It is suggested that you pay your dues online to expedite processing, but you may also pay your dues by check. Log in to the BWS website and visit to pay online. 

    Mail checks to:
    Janice Hendra - Membership
    103 Avondale Circle
    Severna Park, MD 21106

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

    Welcome New Signature Members

    Robert Bowden, Pittsburgh, PA

    Matthew Fenton, Baltimore, MD

    Mike Flynn, Manassas, VA

    Hima Jain, Ellicott City, MD

    Elin Kim, Centreville, VA

    Welcome New Associate Members

      Susan H. Branch, Edina, MN

      Christine Corbitt, Baltimore, MD

      Reanne Singer, Hillsboro, OR

      Lisa Thompson, Baltimore, MD

      Nancy Webert, Minnetonka, MN

      Congratulations to New Signature Life Members

        Susan Bradley, Gaithersburg, MD

        Diane Dunn, Columbia, MD

        Stewart Emmerich, Perry Hall, MD

        Janet M. Epstein, Leland, NC

        Karen Frattali, Unionville, PA

        Susan Herron, Olney, MD

        Elaine Hoffman, Bethesda, MD

        Alice Kale, Alexandria, VA

        Jody Karantonis, Fallston, MD

        Nancy Kautz, Harpers Ferry, WV

        John Lockwood, Sykesville, MD

        Isabel Pizzolato, Milton, DE

        E. Jane Stoddard, E. Amherst, NY

        Donna Sturm, Alexandria, VA

        Katherine Sullivan, Arlington, VA

        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:


        Treasurer: April Rimpo,, 443-766-0148

        Assistant Treasurer: Ruth Lampi, 240-515-0552

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

        Mid-Atlantic Committee: 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: Devin Lulu,, 302-690-8635

        Archivist: Karen Norman, 301-318-2224

        Hospitality Chair: Karen Schuster, 410-531-5768

        Hospitality CommitteeDeborah Cohan, 301-977-6212

        Membership/Database: Janice Hendra,, 410-271-4943

        Membership/Jurying: Kathleen Gardiner, 410-991-1183

        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

        Publicity/Social Media: Jennifer Murtha, 443-834-4160

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