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Highlights Newsletter November 2021

President's Palette

Photograph of BWS president Sherry Morell


The Orthopedic Specialist looked at the x-ray and said, “Your patient profile says you are an artist – do you paint using an easel or flat on a work table?”

“I’m a watercolorist and paint mostly flat,” I responded.

“That’s good,” he said, “because your range of motion in your right painting arm will be diminished even after the fractured humorous is healed which will take about 6-8 months. With extensive PT, you still wouldn’t be able to reach the top of an easel.”

Ouch – the implications of that statement hurt almost as much as the recent break does. Fortunately, no surgery is needed as the fractured humorous head and shaft pieces have not separated, but months of painful work lie ahead to try and repair the damage that happened in just a minute with an unexpected fall in the ocean surf. A fall, the results of which could have been far worse if several people had not been there to rescue me. Life is like that it only takes a moment – or a word to damage a life forever. And sometimes what we need is someone to step in when we are most helpless and stop the process.

Your BWS Board members are all very cognizant of that fact, of our responsibilities, and of your trust in us, so over the past several years we have taken steps to try and make our events as safe and welcoming to everyone as we possibly can. Several years ago we instituted a “Code of Etiquette” which we have used successfully in our workshops to point out any behavior that was disruptive to the class, annoying to its members and was just plain “unacceptable.

With the current rise in awareness of the impact of words as well as actions of discrimination, harassment and bullying in any form, we have felt it imperative to add to that “Etiquette” document, a new one that will outline not only the forbidden actions and speech but the channels for reporting problems and their consequences. This hasn’t been an easy decision to make or process forward, so we have enlisted the assistance of a lawyer who works with individuals and organizations in the creative arts (e.g. visual artists, writers) and with whom several of our members have taken workshops on the legal aspects of the business of creative art. The resulting document is still in the draft stages, but we felt you should be informed as to its existence and of the work going into it.

It is a necessary document to protect you, our members, and if you have any pertinent input we would be welcoming to hear it. Just contact me or Joanna Barnum, our Newsletter Editor, who is also the Board liaison to the lawyer.

As always, 



On a much lighter note PLEASE, PLEASE, gather a group of friends or “painting buddies” together and visit the BWS Signature Member Exhibition at the McBride Gallery in Annapolis, then go out to lunch at one of the open air eateries along Main Street. It is a spectacular exhibit with 75 paintings of “Mid-Atlantic” quality and excellence. If you miss seeing this exhibit in person, you will regret it. It is a feast for "beauty deprived” (i.e. Covid-isolated) eyes and is guaranteed to have you rushing home with your head filled with dozens of creative ideas and your fingers itching to grab a brush! The show lasts until December 2nd but many paintings have already been sold. Congrats to all the award winners for their paintings which we will feature in the December Highlights newsletter.


    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.

    People's Choice Award

    This year's Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition People's Choice Award winner is Amy Harris for her painting "Shapes of a City." The People's Choice Award was selected by popular vote of guests viewing the Online Exhibition. Congratulations, Amy!

    Shapes of a City by Amy Harris, watermedia painting of abstracted rhythmic city shapes in white linework layered over expressive color

    Help! Treasurer Needed

    BWS needs your analytical talents, please! If you have a talent not only for art, but for numbers, and are familiar working with Excel spreadsheets and doing basic accounting and bookkeeping—we need your help! The organization is still looking for a Treasurer to take over from Gaye Holcomb who is retiring after 11 years as our faithful Treasurer. Since this position is a Board Officer, it must be filled by a Signature Artist. To inquire about the training and the duties, please contact Gaye at (410) 913-4105 or

    Welcome New Associates

    Emily Parker of Baltimore, MD

    Christine Zimmerman of Baltimore, 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.

    Annie Strack won Best of Show in the Miami Watercolor Society 48th National Juried Show and Merit Award in the Arizona Watercolor Society Annual Juried Members Show.

    J. M. Littleton is teaching classes in Realistic Watercolor and Classical Drawing at the Littleton School of Art, Friday & Saturday mornings, and is teaching a Watercolor Workshop through the BlackRock Center for the Arts on November 20, 11-2pm. or for more info.


    Fallbrook Art Center
    13th Annual Signature American Watermedia International Exhibition
    Fallbrook, CA
    Entry Deadline: November 8, 2021

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

    In Memoriam

    Bonnie Reynolds

    Cocoon by B. Reynolds, watermedia mixed media painting in warm neutral colors, abstracted image of a figure beneath drips, abstract mark making, and handwriting

    Cocoon by Bonnie Reynolds, courtesy of the Reynolds family

    Board of Governors and Committee Chairs

    Baltimore Watercolor Society, a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization

    President: Sharon Morell,, 443-465-1863

    Vice President:

    Secretary: Deborah Cohan, 301-977-6212

    Treasurer: Gaye Holcomb, 410-442-1922

    Mid-Atlantic Chair: Sharon Green,, 410-363-1922

    Workshops & Programs: Sabine Yeager,, 410-245-0366

    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: April Rimpo,, 443-766-0148

    Membership/Jurying: Stacy Levy,, 410-446-2714

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

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

    Exhibits Chair: David Drown, 410-971-9769

    Exhibits: Kathy Daywalt, 410-507-1662

    Publicity: Harold Walpert, 443-825-8463

    Social Media: Annie Strack, 610-925-2815

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