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May 2023

President's Palette

Are your Mondays Blah and Boring?
If so, then you should have come with us...

BWS President Sherry Morell

On April 17th, 40 BWS members and guests took a chartered bus to NYC to see the 156th American Watercolor Society Exhibition. The day there was very dreary but it didn’t curb our enthusiasm and, with time to spare before the Salmagundi Club opened at 1pm, many hit the neighborhood eateries and also the Strand Bookstore or Dick Blick nearby. As we walked back from our lunch, the sun came out, turning a drizzly day into a dazzling one, with beds of gorgeous tulips and cherry trees heavy with branches in full “quin pink/opera” blossom mode, lining the sidewalks. The Salmagundi Club, in an historic brownstone building, is a work of art on its own - a center for American Art since 1871 – housing famous artists, art classes, events, concerts and Exhibitions, mostly free, and the blooms outside were just a foretaste of the color on its walls inside:

tulips    BWS members at Salmagundi Club  BWS members at Salmagundi Club

BWS had 12 (!!!) paintings by its Members selected to hang in this 2023 AWS Exhibition (see Feb 2023 Highlights issue for the whole list of our artists selected) and 4 of those artists - Joanna Barnum, Ann Smiga Greene, Stacy Lund Levy and Pam Wenger - achieved AWS* Signature Artist status as this was the 3rd time their paintings were selected. To make it even more of a celebration, one of those 4, Joanna Barnum, won an award with her painting, “Breach”. Congratulations to All!


The day didn’t end there, however. After applauding the artists and their paintings we headed uptown to the “Museum Mile”. Again dispersing– some to the MET, others to the Guggenheim, several to the Neue Gallery where they drooled over the Klimts, and others to the Jewish Museum to see the Sassoon Collection.

BWS members outside Salmagundi Club      

The bus ride home was noisy at first, as the group shared their experiences, and then silence crept in as they succumbed to exhaustion – but not before they vowed to do it all over again next year. Finally dreams took over that maybe, just maybe, next year their paintings would be hanging on the walls of the Salmagundi.

May their dreams come true...

BWS President's Signature
Sherry Morell
BWS President


    Denny Bond
    1952 - 2023

    It is with deep sadness that the BWS Board announces the loss of an amazing artist and close friend to many of us. We received word from his beloved wife Alice and family that Denny passed away suddenly April 11, 2023 after having a severe stoke several days earlier. “He was an award –winning internationally recognized hyper-realistic watercolorist and illustrator. He was also a signature member and a juror of numerous prestigious watercolor societies, including AWS, NWS, and BWS. Denny was passionate about actively spending time with his family and friends through pickleball playing, landscape gardening, hiking, and trail biking.” Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family.

    Just days before the stroke, Denny had been communicating with BWS as to the number of times he had exhibited in the BWS Mid-Atlantic Exhibition in order to secure the new designation as a Watermedia Master Elite (BWS-WME). The results showed that Denny set the record – he had exhibited 19 times in the Mid-Atlantic, with many of his paintings immortalizing treasures from the past, and that he had received many awards, including the Gold Medal in 2015 for his portrait “Twisted”. The favorite painting of many of us, however, will always remain his incredible, and insightful, self-portrait “Unraveled” (shown), for which he won the Bronze Medal in 2013. The Mid-Atlantic Exhibition will seem empty without one of his meticulously planned and executed paintings on the wall, but his presence will always be there.

    The BWS Board

    Exciting Changes in the Mid-Atlantic Exhibition Awards This Year - Introducing the BWS Mid-Atlantic Awards Program

    The Baltimore Watercolor Society Mid-Atlantic Awards Fund is established to give encouragement to our members and to award artistic excellence. We appreciate your considering making a donation to this special awards fund. 

    With a goal of increasing the value of awards to recipients, the Awards Committee has conducted an extensive review of the BWS rich awards history as well as award programs in other art societies. The 2023 Mid-Atlantic award winners will receive cash or certificates and small amounts of high quality merchandise.  

    Awards are a vital way for us to give encouragement to our members and to recognize artistic excellence. We invite you to support this critical function through a donation to BWS. 

    These awards can also provide a wonderful way for those interested in the arts to honor the memory of their loved ones. Please consider donating any amount to the Mid-Atlantic Exhibit Memorial Awards fund using this link:

    If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Janet Arsenault & Janet Freeman at our shared email -

    Schedule of events related to the 2023 Mid Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition

    Here is a list of dates related to the 2023 Mid Atlantic Exhibition. Please mark your calendars and look for details in future BWS communications. We look forward to seeing your submitted paintings and welcoming you to the planned events.

    • CaFÉ system open for entries - June 2 through Aug 2
    • Notification of accepted entrants - Sept 1
    • Painting drop-off - Oct 2, 10am-2pm
    • Announcement of awards - Oct 3
    • Exhibition open - Oct 6, 2023 through Jan 15, 2024 at the Arts Barn and Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg
    • Opening reception and awards presentation - Nov 12, 2-4pm


    Our BWS Annual Member Meeting/Luncheon

    Registration closed April 24. We hope you will be with us this year! Gardens, vistas, and the Patapsco River await! Check-in at the tent on the property of The Historic Elkridge Furnace Inn, Tuesday, May 9, 2023. 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. Our chef prepared, farm to table, box lunch will be served at 12:30 in the tent. Questions:

    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.

    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.

    Amy Arons
    ' painting “Grandmother’s Legacy” (shown), featuring objects that belonged to both of her grandmothers, won “Best in Show” in the Rhode Island Watercolor Society’s online “Limited Palette” exhibit.

    Annie Strack, BWS, had paintings juried into Garden State Watercolor Society 53rd National Exhibit, Arizona Watercolor Society National Exhibit, Illinois Watercolor Society 39th National Exhibit, Watercolor USA Honor Society National Exhibit, and Society of Watercolor Artists International Exhibit. She earned Signature Status in Garden State Watercolor Society and Illinois Watercolor Society.

    April Rimpo's painting "Loss" was selected by juror, Beth Shadur, for the Illinois Watercolor Society's 2023 National Exhibition.

    Carolyn Councell is the featured artist at Monument Sothbey, 537A Balto. Annap. Blvd., Severna Park, MD. 21146 from May 9 until Sept. 29, 2023. Open from 9 am to 4 pm., Mon thru Fri.

    Deborah McFarlin's painting "Great Blue on Blue," (shown) has been juried into the National Watercolor Society's 2023 Member Exhibition which will be online from May 4th - June 30, 2023 at

    J. M. Littleton won an Honorable Mention at the Fur to Feathers Exhibition of Animal Art at the Schuler School of Fine Arts in March with her watercolor, See Me In Life After Facing Death (God Is My Rock). Thank you to juror, Jerome Atherholt. Monthly Workshops, weekly classes, serious training in a fun atmosphere,

    Join Instructor Kathy Daywalt for "Painting with Pattern, Watercolor on YUPO”, Saturday May 6, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Columbia Art Center. Register online at or by calling 410-730-0075.

    Scott Ponemone's
    watercolor "Jamilla & O'Donell" (shown, left) is being shown May 6 to August 6 at the Transparent Watercolor Society's 47th Annual Exhibition at the Kenosha Public Museum in Kenosha, WI. Meanwhile, "Alfredo & Winder" (shown, right) will be part of the 62nd exhibition of Watercolor USA at the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO, from June 10 to September 3.

    Award-winning artist and teacher 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. Workshop runs from June 9-11, view the Upcoming Events at for more information.

    Watercolor USA 2023

    The Springfield Museum of Art “Watercolor USA 2023” Exhibition will feature 70 contemporary works, selected out of the 366 which were submitted to their 62nd exhibit for consideration by prestigious Juror and watercolorist Keiko Tanabe. Of those exhibiting in this prestigious show, 7 are Members of BWS. The exhibit is unique as it is presented in a museum setting which also frequently acquires works from the show. The Artists exhibiting are Denny Bond, Rachel Collins, Alexis Lavine, Anne Pember, Scott Ponemone, April Rimpo, and Annie Strack.

    Spring Has Sprung!

    Join us as we celebrate Spring with these seasonal paintings by fellow BWS members.

    "Mountain Laurel"
    by Janet Arsenault

    "Spring Show Offs"
    by Rhoda Seiden

    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. When entering a show it is expected that you will have a framed painting with a clean mat and that it will have a wired back. There are often limitations on the color of the mat that is allowed. You are usually safe with a white or off-white mat. Sawtooth hangers don't work for hanging in a show. A wired back will have D ring hangers on either side with coated wire between them. The picture shown has three properly attached wire backed paintings. I have put a piece of white paper under the wire of the bottom two so you can see the wire clearly. Let me reiterate that you need a clean mat. Beware of cat and dog hair when you are putting your frame together. Mat board is like a magnet for dog and cat hair.

    2. When you are using tape and want to be careful not to rip the paper, it can be helpful to put the tape strip you are using on your clothing first. It takes some of the sticky part off. Thanks to Janet Freeman for her addition to the tips column.

    3. Ever wondered what the chisel tip on the end of your brush is for? The chisel tip can be used to scratch highlights on your painting or to separate a sheet of watercolor paper from a block. Thank you Devin Lulu.

    4. Ever wonder what color you have in a particular palette? Attach a sheet of watercolor paper to the lid with all the important information. Thanks for the great idea Sharon Green.

    5. Several of the upcoming opportunities available to members are for plein air painting. Consider joining us at the Member Luncheon at the Furnace Inn or the Matt Fenton program. The Matt Fenton program includes plein air instruction. A plein air set up doesn't have to be elaborate. You can get away with a folding chair that has a cup holder, a container with water, a cup to hold the water, a half pan set with a round brush, a liner and a flat brush and a small pad of watercolor paper with a small sketch book and a pencil. If you are interested in the Matt Fenton program look at the announcement on the BWS website for the supply list.

    6. When you get to the 'paint out' choose a simple subject. A building in one point perspective, a tree or simple limited landscape are all on the simpler side. Do a thumb nail sketch in your sketch book of your painting idea paying attention to the shapes and the values. Remember you can move things and change colors. A thumbnail sketch will give you a plan for your painting.

    7. There is one space left for the Alicia Farris Workshop. The evening demonstration has multiple spaces left. She is an excellent portrait painter. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from her.

    Looking for Graphic Designers to Help with Design of a New BWS Recognition Pin

    Recently the BWS Board of Governors reviewed the achievements of our membership and noticed several have been accepted into the Mid-Atlantic Regional repeatedly. We were impressed with your dedication to BWS, the consistent excellence of your art, and your faithfulness in entering our prestigious exhibition year after year.  

    As you know, currently any member whose paintings are selected three times in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition qualifies as a Signature Artist. We have voted and approved two new levels of recognition.

    • BWS Watermedia Master is achieved when a BWS Signature Artist is selected at least six times in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition. They are allowed to use the initials BWS-WM after their signature.
    • BWS Watermedia Master Elite is achieved when a BWS Signature Artist is selected at least ten times in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition. They are allowed to use the initials BWS-WME after their signature.

    The Board agreed a lapel pin will be presented to the recipients as part of the recognition. Lapel pins can be worn not only on your lapel but on a purse or elsewhere. The current vision is to obtain a 0.75" die-struck pin with an imprint stamped in bronze-tone metal that reads "BWS Watermedia Master" or "BWS Watermedia Master Elite" around the edge of the pin with a graphic image in the center of the pin. As you may know the American Watercolor Society uses a Dolphin for their Dolphin Fellowship medals.  The Philadelphia Watercolor Society has a Crest Medal that looks like a wave. We are looking for Graphic Designers among our membership who could provide designs for consideration for the center of the pins. 

    The best way to let us know you have Graphic Design experience is to select the Graphic Design option as one of your 'Participation Interests' in your BWS membership profile. Simply edit your profile to let us know. We'll query your records at the end of March, then reach out for your ideas for pin designs.  

    Start thinking about simple images that would fit in the center of the pin. We are not looking to use the BWS logo.  Although AWS and PWCS chose water based images, it could be something as simple as a small sprig of flowers. The BWS Board reserves the right to make the final selection for the design.    

    Free Webinar Happening Soon:
    An Introduction to the Copyright Claims Board

    The Copyright Claims Board (CCB) is an alternative forum to federal court to resolve copyright disputes involving damages up to $30,000. The CCB opened its doors in June 2022, and this webinar is designed to provide the foundation for bringing or responding to a claim before the CCB. 

    This program is recommended for both attorneys and artists alike.
    May 2, 11am - 12pm EDT. Registration is free.

    Reserve a spot:

    Other Art Organizations' Call for Entries

    Pittsburgh Watercolor Society
    Waterworks 2023 Members Exhibition
    Sweetwater Center for the Arts and Online
    Entry Deadline: May 20, 2023

    The New Orleans Art Association
    24th National Juried Show
    The Building Art Gallery
    Entry Deadline: July 31, 2023


    Welcome New Signature Members

      Brenda Cretney, Brockport, NY
      Kathleen Maling, Havre de Grace, MD
      Sara Azzam, Alexandria, VA
      Peg Sheridan, Staunton VA
      Dana Kleinsteuber, Ellicott City, MD
      Mary Alfieri, Havre de Grace, MD
      David Outhwaite, Brooklyn, NY
      Betsy Kimball Baden, Rockville, MD
      Deborah McFarlin, Easton, MD
      Yogini Dahiwadkar, Ellicott City, MD

      Welcome New Associate Members

      Nancy Peper, Lutherville, MD
      Katherine Wah, Fulton, MD

      In Memoriam

      Ruth Sentelle, Frederick, MD
      "Still Life with Cup of Fruit" (shown)
      Friends may make a donation to BWS in her honor.

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

      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 (new): Jim Sandford,

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

      Mid-Atlantic Committee: Susan Bradley, 301-525-6303

      Workshops Chair (outgoing) : Sabine Yeager,, 410-245-0366

      Workshops and Programs Chair: 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: Deborah Cohan, 301-977-6212

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

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

      Mid-Atlantic AwardsJanet 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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