Baltimore Watercolor Society
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The Baltimore Watercolor Society is about 670 members strong and there are 20 members on the BWS Board, including Committee members. You have all probably heard the old joke that – “in any organization 10% of the people do 100% of the work” – well, in BWS it is 2.9%. And we need some new ideas.
Some on the Board have been in their positions for many years, so new blood is needed with fresh ideas and methods of working that will bring BWS to a new level. We’re willing to consider splitting positions up with someone who provides oversight working with a committee of volunteers to get the job done in smaller bites. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Make a proposal describing what you are able to do. Redefining and dividing jobs is always an option, so don’t hesitate to make suggestions. We’d love to hear from you.
Jobs have been redefined in the past. For example, previously the Membership Chair took care of both the day to day Membership activities, plus the semi-annual Jurying of new Signature Artists. Now this is divided into two separate positions. There are other examples, so trust us; we will listen to new ideas.
Currently our 20 Volunteers:
WE NEED HELP TO CONTINUE PROVIDING THESE SERVICES TO ALL OF YOU. Several positions are open and available, specifically the Secretary, who takes minutes at our monthly meeting, and the Mid-Atlantic (Chair and committee members). We proposed at least two committee members but it could be more. The Secretary, because it is an Officer position, must be a Signature Artist, but the Mid-Atlantic Chair and Committee members may be either Associate or Signature Artist members. It is also good to note that all monthly Board meetings are on Zoom – no travel required.
So what do you get in return for your work? I agree with and would like to quote Sharon Green, our “retired” Mid-Atlantic Chair, who eloquently voices the feelings of almost everyone on the Board – “As the longest serving member of the Board, I have had the joy of connecting with a large, vibrant, talented and diverse community of artists. My closest friends in Baltimore are my artist friends that I have met and worked with over the years. We have shared each other’s delights and sometimes sorrows, and we have taught each other more about watercolor than a dozen workshops. Come and join us.”
In order for BWS to survive, we must have help and BWS members to fill the vacancies – without help there will be no 2023 Mid-Atlantic Exhibit and possibly other events. It is up to you – the BWS Members. Can you help? Do you know someone who could?
We’d love to hear from you – email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to someone on the Board that you know.
Your BWS Board
53 artists • 100 pieces
October 17 - December 17, 2022
Hereford Branch, Baltimore County Public Library
16940 York Rd • Monkton, MD 21111
In the world of BWS Mid-Atlantic awards, there are three types of donors: Corporate - awards donated by corporations such as Dick Blick or Cheap Joe’s; Memorial/Honor - awards donated by individuals or groups in memory or honor of someone; and Reciprocal - awards exchanged with other watercolor societies.
The awards team call the watercolor societies who exchange awards with BWS ‘The Reciprocals’. BWS is part of a group of Midatlantic region watercolor societies who support each other by funding awards in each other’s major exhibitions.
The BWS Reciprocal group consists of the following: The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, The Philadelphia Watercolor Society, The Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, The Virginia Watercolor Society, The Potomac Valley Watercolorists, The Delaware Watercolor Society and the New Jersey Watercolor Society. There is one larger society that participates with us - the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA).
Through mutual agreements, BWS and the Reciprocals fund an award in each other’s major exhibition. This is done by trust, in that no money is exchanged. In order to simplify things for everyone, each society agrees to fund an award for the other (reciprocate).
We recently received thank-you notes from the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and ISEA. We also send thank you notes in return for all the donations sent to fund the Awards for our Mid-Atlantic winners.
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.
New Way 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 Amazon.com, use AmazonSmile at our custom link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1164539. 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 https://bws.wildapricot.org/Donate.
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Annie Strack won the M Graham Award in Northeast Watercolor Society 46th International Juried Show and Commissioner’s Award in Worcester Plein Air in Maryland. Her paintings were also juried into Society of Watercolor Artists Exhibit, Philadelphia Watercolor Society 122nd International Exhibit, and Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 43rd International. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Watercolor Society. (Congrats, Annie!)
A Kathy Daywalt Solo Exhibit, “Painting with Pattern” is being held at Benfield Gallery, 12-5pm, Monday through Saturday. Benfield Gallery: 410-544-2299, 485 Jumpers Hole Road, Severna Park, MD 21146. "Winter Formal" Watercolor on YUPO, 24x18" (shown)
Board Officer Position
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 Committee: 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: Devin Lulu, firstname.lastname@example.org, 302-690-8635
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
Publicity/Social Media: Jennifer Murtha, 443-834-4160