Baltimore Watercolor Society
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For the President’s Palette this month, I would like to introduce you to Kathleen Gardiner, our new Jurying Chair. Most of the BWS Board Members do their work in the background and are only “out front” when there is a problem to be fixed or an event. The Jurying Chair is “out there” working and communicating with individual Associates who are applying for Signature Membership (many often going through Jurying several times before they achieve Signature Artist status), writing letters that are often difficult but must be encouraging and enlightening at the same time, schooling new Board members in Jurying Criteria and Etiquette, and making sure that the whole process is anonymous. Thus it takes a special type of person to mentor everyone (applicants and jurors both) along the way. Read on and meet Kathleen – you will be as pleased that she is there for you as we are to have her join us.
"I grew up on Long Island enjoying the Atlantic shore as well as the Sound. Summers were spent in Upstate NY rambling through old growth forests and swimming in cool clear lakes. It feels as if I’ve always drawn or painted my interpretations of nature. Colorful birds, shimmering waterscapes and towering white pines painted on stones, old barn wood and canvas. I studied Art at SUNY Plattsburg and spent a few years in the classroom, teaching Social Studies (American History & Government) in NY and MD. I also taught art at St Mary's in Annapolis and gave private lessons in my home when I was a Middle School teacher.
Since moving to Maryland in 1981 and raising three children with my husband, Scott, I’ve been able to continue connecting with nature. When not in front of an easel, I can be found in my garden blowing bubbles with my grandchildren, exploring the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay by boat, hiking with my bouncy dogs along nature trails, and visiting Assateague National Park and local wildlife refuges. My work is inspired by and reflects these experiences.
I was very influenced by my Uncle, George Dunham, who was a plein air oil painter who worked in the style of the Hudson River School. Consequently, I originally took classes and studied with oil painters in New York like Joseph Abruzzo and my SUNY professors all of whom encouraged me to study with other local artists and to keep drawing and keep painting. Then five years ago I went with a friend to a watercolor class and fell in love! I love the transparency, the luminosity and the way colors blend and flow into each other. Researching the works of Watercolor Masters has given me further direction, inspiration, techniques, an understanding of the importance of composition, design and solid drawing: Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, John Singer Sargent and Edward Hopper are some of my favorites. My tubes of oils are now covered in dust!
I have also been very fortunate to have the opportunity of attending classes and workshops through organizations, such as BWS, as well as the Chesapeake Fine Arts Studio on Kent Island. BWS has an incredible number of wonderful and gifted artists who are also teachers. Taking each other's workshops and setting up time to paint together are priceless resources to use in order to learn and grow as an artist. I am honored to be part of BWS and thankful for the opportunity to serve on the Board and to help and serve all the members of BWS.”
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Annual Member Meeting & Luncheon Photos
BWS members enjoyed a beautiful day of plein air painting, socializing, and lunch at the historic Elkridge Furnace Inn.
Photos by Joan Orcutt
Welcome New Signature Members
New Signature Memberships are announced only after dues are paid and members are considered in good standing. Additional new Signature Memberships will be announced next month.
Gregory McLemone, Towson, MD
Eric Miller, Hanover, MD
Luis Perez, Canaan, NY
Jyotsna Umesh, Chantilly, VA
Frank Wengen, Dallas, PA
Welcome New Associates
Scott Ponemone, Baltimore, MDMaria Sola-Simon, Washington DC
Where to Send Your News
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Lois Ward Wolford has been awarded the Maurice Prendergast Award in the 2022 TWS 46th Annual National Exhibition for her painting "Morning Routine" (below). Her painting "NY Morning Rush" has been accepted into the Adirondack 2022 National Exhibition. Her painting “Can You Repeat That" won an Honorable Mention at the Laurel Art Guild’s 2022 Annual Juried Show.
J. M. Littleton is offering an in-person watercolor workshop at the Littleton School of Art in Color Theory/Mixing Difficult Shadow Colors, Saturday June 4, 11-2pm. Lecture, multiple demos, and student exercises. Welles21@verizon.net, JMLittletonart.com.
Great News From the 2022- Mid Atlantic Awards Committee
Loyal donors have been very generous this year contributing to memorial awards, reciprocal awards (art groups matching each other in donation), and corporate awards. New sponsors have joined in supporting BWS in each of these award categories!
Armed with help and advice passed on from Dana Kleinstuber, we (Janet Arsenault and Janet Freeman), have much to share about reaching out to the art world and having such a great response.
BWS corporate sponsors have been extremely generous again this year, donating certificates or gift cards for merchandise. These include Acuity, Artist Angle Gallery, Dick Blick, Cheap Joe’s, Classic Homes of Maryland, MGraham, Princeton Artist Brush, Creative Catalyst, Ampersand Art Supply, Colson Art Printing, Airfloat Systems, Talas, Hahnemuhle and Artist Magazine. Paint sets from Dr. Ph Martin, Holbein, Jerry’s ArtaRama, QoR, and Winsor Newton have been received as well as watercolor paper from Stonehenge Aqua, and Winsor Newton and brushes from Silver Brush, Jack Richeson, and Winsor Newton.
BWS has added a new art society to our reciprocal award sponsors. The New Jersey Watercolor Society joins with Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Delaware Watercolor Society, Virginia Watercolor Society, Potomac Valley Watercolorists, and the International Society of Experimental Artists.
In addition to two regularly donated memorial awards (Gold Award in Memory of David Churchill and $300 award in Memory of Edward Longley), this year BWS will be presenting awards in memory of Edward Kidera and Virginia Gordon, funded by family and friends.
As representatives of BWS we have formed relationships with wonderful people. Below is a list of a few highlights that are a result of this year’s support from donors.
Finally, as of June 1st, the BWS website sponsor page will contain this year’s award sponsors. This is a great place to check out our valued 2022 award sponsors and find a link to some of their websites. Thank you for supporting our sponsors.
See you at the awards ceremony!
Janet Arsenault and Janet Freeman, Mid-Atlantic Awards Chairs
OpportunitiesPittsburgh Watercolor Society
Aqueous Open 2022 International Exhibition
Stifel Fine Arts Center, Oglebay Institute
Entry Deadline: July 15, 2022
In MemoriamRobert Dansky, Baltimore, MD
Jeanne Johnson, Mechanicsburg, PA
"Three Sports" by Jeanne Johnson
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, email@example.com, 443-465-1863
Secretary: Deborah Cohan, 301-977-6212
Treasurer: April Rimpo, firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-766-0148
Assistant Treasurer: Ruth Lampi, email@example.com 240-515-0552
Mid-Atlantic Co-Chair (outgoing): Sharon Green, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-363-1922
Mid-Atlantic Co-Chair: Stacy Lund Levy, 410-446-2714
Mid-Atlantic Co-Chair: Susan Bradley, 301-525-6303
Workshops: Sabine Yeager, email@example.com, 410-245-0366
Programs: Dana Kleinsteuber, Kleinstk@verizon.net, 410-917-7935
Webmaster: Bob Coe, 410-877-3730
Newsletter Editor (In Training): Devin Lulu, firstname.lastname@example.org, 302-690-8635
Newsletter Editor (Outgoing): 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: Joan Orcutt, 240-381-9309
Membership/Database: Janice Hendra, email@example.com, 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
Exhibits: Jennifer Murtha, 443-834-4160
Publicity: Harold Walpert, 443-825-8463
Social Media: Annie Strack, 610-925-2815