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Highlights Newsletter May 2022

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Photograph of BWS president Sherry Morell

Why the Venue Change? And A Wonderful Invitation

Some of you have asked why the BWS 2022 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor exhibition has moved.

The simple answer: two major events cannot occupy the same space at the same time.

For the last two years, BlackRock Center for the Arts has been heavily involved in Montgomery County Council’s celebration of “Juneteenth” which commemorates the end of slavery throughout the United States. This year, in order to even better serve their diverse population and to celebrate the formalization of “Juneteenth” as an official U.S. holiday, BlackRock leadership decided to host an exhibit, featuring Alonzo Davis, which is a celebration of Contemporary African-American Art during the months of April to July in the Kay Gallery; the same location (and overlapping time frame) where the BWS Mid-Atlantic Exhibit has been held for many years and which was being coordinated with them for 2022.

To accommodate both exhibits at the same time, they asked if we could use their smaller upper level gallery, not understanding the scope of the BWS Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition. We had to decline their offer as the other gallery was not large enough for our exhibition. As a result we looked for and secured a new venue at CCBC for this year.

We are delighted that Black Rock Center for the Arts, in a spirit of collaboration between the organizations, has invited any of our members who come from an African-American cultural background to participate in a special display of paintings in their lobby during the celebration of Juneteenth, lasting from April 30- July 15. Sharon Green ( sent out a special e-mail invitation with information on this exhibit opportunity. We hope that even if you are not qualified to participate, you will celebrate with them, and with us, this step forward.

Sherry Morell and Sharon Green

    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.


    We would like to introduce you to Janice Hendra who has taken over the position of Membership Chair from April Rimpo.  Janice is now the person who will send out our dues notices, keep all our statistics and surveys and answer all your membership queries. She, like many of our members, is a person who has juggled various careers in their life and has perfectly melded both her “left and right brain talents” to BWS’s advantage. 

    Photo of Janice Hendra in her studioI grew up in Detroit, Michigan and from elementary school through high school I had the chance to attend select art classes at regional schools and at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Every Saturday the DIA was my playground and being surrounded by Diego Rivera murals and European masterworks instilled a reverence for painting and painters that to this day fills me with awe. My absolute favorite painter is Peter Bruegel.  

    ​I received a BA in Fine Arts (Ceramics) and Art History from Michigan State University and worked as a studio potter for ten years until my life took a sharp turn. I discovered that computers and programming fascinated me and for the next 30 years my creative outlet was designing IT solutions for the General Assembly of Maryland as a programmer/systems analyst.​

    Now, retired from that career I have immersed myself fully in the visual arts with paint being my expressive tool of choice. I have been painting in watercolor since 2014. I enjoy randomly choosing painting subjects and styles, and do not have my own style, even after nine years of trying to come up with one.

    I love working on Yupo paper. It is a challenge, but it lets me get some pretty vivid and unusual effects that aren't possible with "real" watercolor paper.

    A friend introduced me to the term horror vacui or the fear of empty space. It refers to an artist's need to fill the entire surface of a space or an artwork with detail. In physics, it reflects Aristotle's idea that "nature abhors an empty space." Some folks would say my work exhibits horror vacui, hopefully in a good way. Probably comes from my favorite painter...Bruegel.

    I am also a member of the Annapolis Watercolor Club, The West River Artists, and the Maryland Federation of Art, and have exhibited in many local, state and regional galleries.

    Newsletter Editor Needed

    It has been my pleasure to serve as your Newsletter Editor on the Baltimore Watercolor Society Board for the past nine years. However, I must focus on other career and life demands, and it's time for me to start training a new volunteer for this position.

    The main responsibility of the Newsletter Editor is to produce 10 issues per year of the BWS Highlights newsletter. News items are provided mostly ready to publish by each Board Chairperson and by our members. Your job is to lightly edit this content and arrange it into the newsletter format for digital distribution via e-mail, after final proofing and approval of the issue by the President.

    Our newsletter currently takes the form of a page on our website, with layout done online in Wild Apricot/Personify, our membership service. You do not need prior experience using Wild Apricot, I will train you in this simple drag and drop web design interface.

    Programming skills or advanced graphic design skills are not needed, just general comfort with technology, an eye for detail and organization, and an ability to proofread for basic grammar and typos. Associate and Signature Members are both eligible for this Board position.

    If this sounds like you, please e-mail me at!

    Joanna Barnum, Newsletter Editor

    An Advertisement from Hahnemühle, a Mid-Atlantic Award Donor:

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    Hahnemühle's Collection Watercolor Paper

    Look for a sample kit of The Collection Watercolor paper inside this year's mailing of the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Exhibition Catalog! 

    This prized cotton paper has a very durable surface, and the fibers will not lift, rub off or loosen, even when applying multiple layers of color when using masking fluids and tapes.


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    Annual Member Meeting & Luncheon

    Painting the Patapsco!
    Come join us for our BWS Annual Member Meeting/Luncheon!
    A beautiful Spring Day outdoors socializing and painting en plein air with artists and friends!

    Photo of an artist painting watercolor outdoorsGardens, vistas, and the Patapsco River await us! Check-in at the tent on the property of The Historic Elkridge Furnace Inn, Thursday, May 19, 2022 (pre-registration online by May 10 is required). Come no earlier than 9:45am and bring your painting supplies to paint en plein-air. The event will start at 10am and continue until 3:45pm.

    If you’d rather not paint, at least come in time for our chef prepared, farm to table, box lunch served at 12:30 in the tent. It has been such a long time since we’ve had the chance to socialize and enjoy each other in person. It’s a great opportunity to meet and get to know your BWS Board Members.

    You do not have to paint. If you prefer, bring a lawn chair, pencil, and sketch pad--or a camera to take photos for later. You can just walk around and visit with friends.

    The cost is just $35 each for members and their guests. Stay all or part of the day. Details, menu, and directions are available on our website. Register and pay online at Registration closes May 10. We hope to see all of you there.

    Questions or help with registration:

    Photo of the large tent with tables and fans at Elkridge Furnace Inn

    Welcome New Signature Member

    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.

    Ann Greene, Newton, NJ

    Welcome New Associates

    Deborah McFarlin, Easton, MD

    Barbara Collins, Columbia, MD

    Nancy Flack, Severna Park, MD

    Sandy Hohne, Westminster, MD

    Jody McKinley, Elkridge, MD

    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.

    April Rimpo’s watercolor "Shipping Port" (below) was awarded Best of Show by the Awards Juror, Linda Doll, in the Missouri Watercolor Society’s Member Show, held at the MOWS Gallery, 3526 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO.

    Watermedia painting by A. Rimpo, a scene of a shipping port with a large red crane, a large boat with shipping containers, a tug boat, and a shore full of shipping containers, in a wide horizontal format

      Lily Kak's watercolor painting "Seeing Eye to Eye" received the Third Place award in the Watercolor category at the Art Show organized by the Women's Club of Chevy Chase on April 1-3, 2022. She will host an art exhibition on Mothers Day weekend, May 7 and 8, 12-5pm, at the Yellow Barn Gallery in Glen Echo, MD. Her show will include a series of mother-baby animal dyads to celebrate Mother's Day.Watermedia painting by L. Kak, a woman with a camera looking into the eyes of a curious lemur that is touching her shoulder

      Annie Strack had paintings juried into the Illinois Watercolor Society 38th National Exhibit, Arizona Watercolor Society Juried Exhibit, and Northwest Watercolor Society Members Exhibit.

      Theodora T. Tilton will offer a workshop that explores the natural world through painting in the Shenandoah Mountains. Choosing oil or watercolor, students of all levels will paint "en plein aire" (painting outdoors) in the beautiful mountains surrounding his­toric Shrine Mont in Orkney Springs, Virginia. Students will start with the basics and work through the process of creating a painting with each day taking you to a new location. Accommodations are provided by Shrine Mont. Please go to to sign up.

      Peg Sheridan is offering classes "Rocks and Water in Watercolor" April 13-14, "Beginning Watercolors" April 30, and "Plein Air Painting in Watercolor" June 6-7. Also, registration is open for Plein Air Painting in Coastal Maine from September 8-14 in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. She is in a group show, "Rivers and Streams of Western Virginia," May 6-27, 2022, at Smith House Galleries in Harrisonburg, VA, opening Friday May 6, 5-7 pm.

      Security Hints for Instagram

      By April Rimpo

      You’ve likely received direct messages in Instagram from people you know sharing a “video just for you” that “took me 2 hours to create.” I’ve received these several times over the years. Don’t view the video. I don’t know the details of the scam, but if you DM (direct message) the person back to ask them if they sent it you will likely find out they didn’t. One simple thing you can do to make sure your account can’t be used to “broadcast" these types of messages to those following you, is to go to your Instagram Settings, select Privacy and Security, then turn on Two Factor Authentication. You can select to receive a code via text message or to use an authentication app.


      Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition
      Center for the Arts Evergreen
      Evergreen, CO
      Entry Deadline: May 16, 2022

      Pittsburgh Water Color Society
      Aqueous Open 2022 International Exhibition
      Stifel Fine Arts Center, Oglebay Institute
      Wheeling, WV
      Entry Deadline: July 15, 2022

      In Memoriam

      Barbara Kirchner, Jarrettsville, MD

      Watermedia painting by B. Kirchner, bundles of wheat in a field

      Sinikka Benson, White Hall, MD

      Watermedia painting by Sinikka Benson, a person peeping through intricate foliage, eyes and hand with rings visible

      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: April Rimpo,, 443-766-0148

      Assistant Treasurer: Ruth Lampi, 240-515-0552

      Mid-Atlantic Co-Chair (outgoing): Sharon Green,, 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,, 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: Joan Orcutt, 240-381-9309

      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

      Exhibits: Jennifer Murtha, 443-834-4160

      Publicity: Harold Walpert, 443-825-8463

      Social Media: Annie Strack, 610-925-2815

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