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Highlights Newsletter OctoBER 2022

President's Palette

Photograph of BWS president Sherry Morell

This October President’s Palette isn’t by me, but is co-authored by several BWS members of a devoted, weekly watercolor group.  One of the group’s members is a very special and treasured lady who comes faithfully and paints... well, I’m not going to tell the story, they are...

Sherry Morell
BWS President

Interview - Ruth Lotz

Interview Text: Deborah Cohan and Susan Bradley
Images supplied by: Angela Lacy

Ruth, at 101 years, is the oldest of our BWS members.  She was born in Oregon but has travelled the world. She started drawing when she was about 4 years old.  She clearly remembers drawing a cat and a fish.  Her mother, also an artist, thought they were exceptional and put them in her baby book.  Ruth always found a way to create art with whatever was near at hand.  This was her outlet.  She took art classes in high school, and those started her painting career.  She attended University of Oregon, where she majored in Art.  Her first exhibition was at about age 18, when she had a painting exhibited in a Portland art museum.

Ruth has lived in the US as well as in Vienna.  She traveled with her husband, who was with the International Atomic Energy Association, and her 3 children.  Her paintings often reflect those travels, especially those of Japan. 

Her 90th year was particularly exciting for Ruth.  Her work was recognized by Frank Webb, and he awarded her the Gold Medal at the Mid-Atlantic Exhibition that year.  She also had a solo show at the National Eye Institute at NIH.  They have retained 3 of her paintings.  This was to highlight how someone with macular degeneration and who is legally blind could produce such remarkable work.

Ruth credits Susan Herron (BWS, NWS) for bringing artists of like mind together.  Susan taught watercolor at the retirement home where she resides.  It is out of those who participated, both residents and nonresidents, that her present painting group evolved.  Ruth continues to paint with the group every Tuesday and she serves as inspiration for all of us.  She says that in addition to painting together, she loves hearing the conversation and getting the support of others.  

She currently is working on a series she calls "Cloud Paintings" and is influenced by memories, especially of her beloved Oregon and happy times with her sisters, now 103 and 99.  She says, “Keep going, don’t stop”. It is with that in mind that her doctor recently told her she would probably live to 120.

To read more about several of our other fabulous "over 90" BWS Life Members, click on the link to our November 2020 newsletter
“What’s a Life Member?”

    Thank you Life Members from the desk of the Treasurer

    Recently BWS sent an email to Life Members asking for a donation to help BWS cover the cost of the beautiful full-color catalog of the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition. This is just one of the many BWS membership benefits our Life Members receive to ensure they are aware of the results of this wonderful exhibition. Did you know BWS spends over $10/catalog just for the cost of producing and bulk mailing the Mid-Atlantic Catalog, and it would be more if not for reduced costs due to the design and production by a BWS member.

    As our President, Sharon Morell, stated in the solicitation email, “I love being a BWS Life Member because, instead of paying “Dues”, I can designate a voluntary “Donation” that benefits the whole community as well as our BWS organization – such as Scholarships/Awards for the next generation of Watercolor Artists and/or for Exhibits in new locations.” 

    We want to thank the quick response by nearly 20 Life Members.  We so appreciate your thoughtfulness and are delighted to see donations from new and continuing Life Members. Your support gives us confidence that our programs, workshops, exhibitions and other initiatives are resounding with you.  If you have not yet donated and want to contribute you may make a donation online - use the following link:

    To donate by check, make your check out to BWS, note as Donation, and mail to:
    Janice Hendra
    103 Avondale Circle
    Severna Park, MD 21146 

    Donations to BWS are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. A copy of the current financial statement of Baltimore Watercolor Society, Inc. is available at or by writing BWS, 14032 Howard Road, Dayton, MD 21036-1020 or by calling (443) 766-0148. Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401, (410) 974-5534.

    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.

    Board Officer Position
    BWS Secretary Position Opening

    Deborah Cohan, our dedicated BWS Secretary, will be retiring from the position after 7 years of faithfully serving on the Board.  As a result, we are seeking someone to take over the duties of the office - which are to Record, Finalize (after a draft is proofed), and then Distribute the Board minutes of each regular monthly or special meeting.  Since this position is a BWS Board of Governors Officer, our Bylaws require that it may only be filled by a BWS Signature Artist.  For more information and/or to apply, please contact Sherry Morell, BWS President, at

    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 Honorable Mention in the Georgia Watercolor Society Annual Juried Members Exhibit and People’s Choice Award in the Cohansey River Plein Air in New Jersey. Her paintings were also juried into Garden State Watercolor Society 52nd Exhibit, American Artists Professional League 94th National Juried Exhibit, and Arizona Watercolor Society Exhibit.

    J. M. Littleton's
    Littleton School of Art: Watercolor Workshop, Sunday, 10/23/22, 1:30-5 pm, Towson/Kenilworth location, LEARN HOW TO PAINT GLASS IN WATERCOLOR.  Weekly watercolor & drawing classes, Fri. & Sat. mornings. For more info contact J. M. at

    Julia Rosenbaum is having her first solo exhibit of watercolor still life paintings at the Park View Gallery in Glen Echo Park. The show runs from Oct. 22 - Dec. 20, with a reception on Oct. 22, from 5 - 7 pm. "Orange Pepper" (shown)

    “Lessons We Picked up Along the Way”

    Hi fellow artists, me again.  This new 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. Plein Air painting is great during this time of year. Grab your gear and go. To keep the load light and compact consider the following: If you think you might need masking fluid, use a contact lens case. It is small and portable. You can put masking fluid in the case on one side with brush soap on the other side for cleaning mask brush; A plastic spackle knife can be helpful for painting straight lines. It is shorter than a ruler and can be held above the painting by the handle.

    2. For information on a variety of watercolors you'll want to check out Jane Blundell's website at She compares colors, their quality, how they mix, and suggests palettes.

    3. Daniel Smith has a great blog, check it out at There are free demos and discussions with many top-notch artists. John Cogley, owner and CEO of Daniel Smith, does regular programs. On Thursdays at 5:00 there are discussions of Daniel Smith products. On Fridays at 1:30 John brings master artists from around the world to Zoom to demonstrate and discuss how they use Daniel Smith products.

    4. There are many Facebook groups for watercolor enthusiasts. 'Watercolor- Beginners and Beyond', 'All about Watercolor', 'Watercolor Product Reviews and Tips' are just a few. It is a place to post your work for feedback (even if you are a beginner), learn about products, or just listen to the feedback being given to others. On Facebook, people from all over the world participate. It is interesting to hear about the products that are used in other places.

    5. Want to watch a great demonstration from a master artist you admire? Google 'SAA Live 2022' for a list of this years art masters. SAA Live does a yearly program in England. The videos from this year are available to everyone online. Some of the videos are slow to start, but you can jump ahead by clicking in the progress bar under the video.

    2022 “Signature Artist” Membership Status Jurying

    The October Semi-annual “Signature Artist Membership Status” Jurying is rapidly approaching. The online registration and submission of digital images will close on October 13, 2022.

    This is an online event ONLY. To register please visit the Upcoming Events section on the BWS website. Associates and non-BWS artists are welcome!  Applicants must reside in the Mid-Atlantic Region: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia or West Virginia.

    Please review full instructions on the website: 

    The Board will meet and review the submissions on October 29, 2022.  Decision letters will be mailed within two weeks of that date. 

    If you have any questions please contact Kathleen (Kathy) Gardiner at

    We are looking forward to seeing your latest work.

    Welcome New Associate Member

      Kanupriya Bajaj, Columbia, MD

      In Memoriam

        Bill Kinsey, Richmond, VA

        Mary V. Blumberg, Solomons, MD

        Frank Webb - A giant in the world of Watercolor, AWS-DF, NWS and others.  While not a BWS member, he was a Friend, Teacher and Mentor to many BWS members and Watercolorists the world over, through his classes and writing.


        October 11th-13th 2022
        Workshop with local David Daniels has one opening left. If interested, don't wait too long to register. There is no evening demo for this workshop.

        Workshops for 2023
        Joe Cibere will be teaching a workshop April 3rd-6th 2023 using india ink and watercolors titled "No more mid-tone crisis". He was featured in the Watercolor Artist magazine February 2019.

        Alicia Farris will be teaching a workshop June 19th-22nd 2023, working on single portraits and figures in action. Details are still in flux. 

        Please stay tuned to more information in the coming months.

        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 Committee: 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: Devin Lulu,, 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,, 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

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