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301 S US HWY 41
(Junction of Rtes 41 and 44)

February 1st Place
Suzanne Mahr
Suzanne Mahr

2nd Place
Lou FriedmanLou Friedman



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Presidents Message

A note from the president, Curt Bond

February, 2019Curt Bond

February should be a great month for CWS.  We have a demonstration scheduled by Lionel Sanchez …he was born in Trinidad, Colorado but now resides in Land O’ Lakes, Florida.  He often chooses urban and rural architecture for his subjects.  His two day workshop on Saturday and Sunday should prove most interesting and informative.

Our annual February Show & Sale at the Homosassa Wildlife Park, chaired by Jeanne Conrad, will be the 16th and 17th.  Get those browse boxes ready along with your best framed paintings and cards for the event.  For more information please contact Jeanne or consult the CWS website.
I hope to see you all at the demo Friday….and bring those works of art for the Painting of the Month judging.

Curt Bond


"Rural subjects utilizing representation and abstract shapes"

Lionel SanchezThe Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) welcomes Land O’ Lakes artist Lionel Sanchez as the demonstrating artist at the February 8th meeting. A native of Colorado by several generations, Lionel P. Sanchez was born and raised in Trinidad, which is in the southern part of the state. His keen interest in art appeared at an early age, but he did not begin serious study until after service in the U.S. Navy. Formal studies were at Auraria Community College in Denver. From there he attended numerous workshops in New Mexico and Colorado with Joseph Boehler, Jose Sanchez, William Condit, Kim Mackey, and Carole Barnes.

Lionel’s subjects are whatever attracts his attention. His mastery of drawing is evident in his frequent choices of architectural subjects, both urban and rural. To these he brings bold expression in both line and color. The wonders of nature have also been preserved by Lionel in watercolors, from rocky mountain peaks to florals captured in a local garden.  Frequent travels about the country yield still more varied subjects for Lionel’s unique interpretation. Whatever his subject, Lionel combines the authentic enthusiasm of the small-town boy he was, with the mature, urban sensibilities of today.

His works hang in numerous corporate businesses and private collections in Denver, throughout the Southwest region, a region to which he has a special affinity, and in other countries. Lionel has taught workshops at the foothills Gallery in Golden, CO, the Arvada Art Center in Arvada, CO, and Red Rock Community in Lakewood, CO, as well as the Tampa, FL and Miami, FL areas. Lionel is presently teaching classes at the Life Enrichment Center in Tampa, FL. Lionel has signature status in the Colorado Watercolor Society, Miami Watercolor Society and Gold Coast Watercolor Society. He is also past president of Miami Watercolor Society, 2012-2013. You can view his work at

Two-Day Workshop

Lionel Sanchez will conduct a two-day workshop at the Whispering Pines facility in Inverness, on Saturday, February.9, and Sunday, February 10, 2019.
For information and registration form, click here to go to the Workshops page.

Homossassa Spring Show & Sale

The Citrus Watercolor Society will conduct its Spring Show & Sale at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park on Saturday, February 16, 2019 (9 :00 AM-5:30 PM), and Sunday, February 17, 2019 (9:00 AM-4:30 PM). Artwork created by the Nature Coasts finest watercolorists on view and for sale.
For more info, click here to go to the Shows page.


CWS Shines Among FWS Online Show Winners

Congratulations to those CWS members who have been honored by having paintings chosen for exhibit on the Florida Watercolor Society On-Line Show: Wanda Boyd, Nancy Dias, Heather Doherty, SusanJane Donohoe, Norman Freyer and Peggy Lefebvre.




CWS Announces Homosassa State Wildlife Park
Juried Fall Art Show Winners

Article and Photos Courtesy of Norm Freyer

The Citrus Watercolor Society announces the winners in the juried portion of the recent Fall Show and Sale held at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa State Wildlife Park. Hernando artist Douglas Murray was awarded the Best of Show honors. His watercolor painting of “Peggy’s Cove” (pictured above) was the best of some very competitive artwork. Murray is an accomplished watercolorist and has won numerous awards for his artwork. Other award winners were First Place, Helene Lancaster of Crystal River, for her painting “PalmsAlot”; Second Place went to Chuck Chesnul of Floral City with his painting “Yankeetown Marina”; and Third Place winner was Norman Freyer of Homosassa and his painting “Crotonesque”. Two artists, Susan Strawbridge of Inverness, and Curt Bond of Dunnellon received Honorable Mention awards. A painting by Yvonne Brunelle of Floral City received the President’s Award.


  • Best of Show- Doug Murray - Peggy's Cove
  • First Place - Helen Lancaster - PalmsAlot
  • Second Place - Chuck Chesnul - Yankeetown Marina
  • Third Place - Norm Freyer - Crotonesque
  • Honorable Mention - Curt Bond - Heron in Flight
  • Honorable Mention - Susan Strawbridge - Daisies
  • Presidents Choice - Yvonne Brunelle - Goose and Baby
  • Best of Show- Doug Murray - Peggy's Cove
  • First Place - Helen Lancaster - PalmsAlot
  • Second Place - Chuck Chesnul - Yankeetown Marina
  • Third Place - Norm Freyer - Crotonesque
  • Honorable Mention - Curt Bond - Heron in Flight
  • Honorable Mention - Susan Strawbridge - Daisies
  • Presidents Choice - Yvonne Brunelle - Goose and Baby

January Press Release

Capturing Light and Color in Water Media

Susan StrawbridgeI am sure that many of you have encountered Susan Strawbridge, the demonstrator for the January 11th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS).  Probably you have read her columns in the Chronicle focusing on many of the different animals living at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Homosassa. She recently retired after serving as a Park Services Specialist. But, did you know that Susan in an accomplished watercolorist? She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and received her Master of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2017 she earned her Signature Membership of the Florida Watercolor Society. She has had the opportunity to attend many workshops with wonderful artists and teachers and have learned so much from all of them.

In her demonstration at the CWS meeting she will explain how she finds subjects to paint by looking for some light and color and trying to capture these qualities. She says,” My favorite themes include close-ups of plants, birds and animals, and landscapes and seascapes. When I go out to explore the natural world with my camera and sketch pad, I look for subjects that inspire me and are enhanced by the light. I then come home and attempt to translate that with paint. I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember.  I have explored other mediums such as oils, acrylics and pastels, but it was always watercolors that fascinated me. There is something about the luminosity of watercolors and how, with the transparency of this medium that allows light and color to come through.” Susan is a member of the Florida Watercolor Society, the Citrus Watercolor Society, the Nature Coast Painters and is a member artist at the Florida Artists Gallery. Susan teaches watercolor classes for beginners and intermediate skill levels at the gallery which is in Floral City. To view Susan’s artwork, see the web site

To see the photo collage of Susan's demo, click here.

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July Press Release

Artists Depart, But Their Art Lives On

Mary Ann HollarsThis is the time of the year that the Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) takes a break in its busy schedule, regroups, and looks ahead toward another year promoting the art of watercolor. There are always unexpected events that occur, but it seems that there are those that suddenly hit us in the head like a thrown brick. Such a stunning occurrence happened recently with the death of artist Mary Ann Hollars of Ocala. She succumbed to cancer after a short and trying battle. She possessed a bubbly personality. I will best remember her as she is pictured on the Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) web site. She was an accomplished watercolor artist and was devoted to the art of watercolor. An active supporter and officer of the Citrus Watercolor Society, serving in the position as Vice President-Programs, she ensured that there were continual high-quality programs, demonstrators and workshops available to the CWS monthly programs. Mary Ann was on the Board of Directors of the Florida Watercolor Society serving as the current Secretary. She was a member of the Citrus Watercolor Society, the Florida Watercolor Society, the Ocala Art Group, and the Nature Coast Painters. We will miss her and shed some tears because she leaves a gap in our lives, our Society and the art community.
Mary Ann’s death reminds all of us that life is short, and as artists we have seen the recent departure of many of our Nature Coast artist friends. Now we remember our departed friends who have passed away too soon: Mary Ann Hollars, Ray Jowers, Dolores Witt, Dr. Virginia Neal, Jean Morey, Dr. Bill Slinger, Corky Duink, Joanne Boyd and Carol Maguire. Their art lives on!

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About Citrus Watercolor Society

Members of the Citrus Watercolor Society enjoy a "Painting of the Month" competition in October, November, January, February, March and April. They have opportunities to show and sell their work, take workshops and participate in monthly sketch/paint-outs, etc. For more information about the meeting, or to become a member, call Jane Kegan (352) 527-6934, Curt Bond (352)-489-1938 or see the CWS web site The Citrus Watercolor Society meets at 12:00 Noon on the second Friday of every month, except July, at the Family Center of the 1st Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade Street, Inverness, FL. . . . Learn more...)

Citrus Watercolor Society
P.O. Box 2464
Inverness, FL  34451-2464