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April 2019 1st Place
Wanda Boyd
Wanda Boyd

2nd Place
Susan StrawbridgeSusan Strawbridge



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Presidents Message

A note from the president, Curt Bond

April, 2019Curt Bond

April looks to be another great month for the Citrus Watercolor Society.  I regret missing the March meeting but really enjoyed my vacation … starting with a flight to the left coast to visit our son in Palm Springs, CA.  After spending some time with him we boarded a Cruise Ship for South America, passage through the Panama Canal and finally returning to the Port of Miami. 

Well, enough about that, thanks to Kim Shields for filling in during my absence.  I am sure he did a great job. 

This month our demonstrator will be the very talented artist and instructor
Sue Primeau.  This should prove to be very informative and entertaining.  Her reputation and qualifications go without saying.  I am sure the rest of the membership is equally excited about this presentation. Please bring a painting or two for her to critique.

The May Luncheon is just around the corner … we are returning to the Country Club …. bring your check to the April meeting and sign up.  The new officers will be installed at the May Luncheon … thanks to all the candidates for their participation.

Hope to see you all at the meeting …. bring a friend or interested non-member artist.

Curt Bond

April Press Rerlease

Painting Abstract Reality

Florida has many highly talented watercolorists. We certainly don’t have to venture far to find one of them, as many are in the area of the Nature coast. In fact, we searched no further than the membership of the Citrus Watercolor Society. Such is the case with the demonstrator for the meeting agenda on Friday, April 12, 2019. Gifted artist Sue Primeau makes a return visit for this session.Sue Primeau I for one declare that it has been much too long since her last appearance here as demonstrator. Sue is a resident of Ocala, originally from Minnesota. She has a BS in Industrial Technology, Graphics, from Cheney University, and an MBA from University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.

Her techniques as a watercolorist are interesting because she is creative and spontaneous. Sue refers to her work as abstract reality. She is passionate about the world in which we live and the beauty that surrounds our everyday life. It is this readily available subject where she finds her inspiration. Being that she works primarily in watercolor, a medium she prefers not to control. She often begins by letting shapes and colors occur with little or no guidance. Sue then studies the resulting image to determine how she will develop the painting. She feels the favorite expression of her mother and grandmother sums up her painting style.” It is the little things that count”, while recognizing too much detail in a painting is simply replicating a photograph. Aside from painting Sue loves to teach watercolor techniques and takes great joy in helping others realize their innate creative and artistic talents.

Sue is a member of Florida Watercolor Society, the Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala FL, Ocala Art Group, and the Citrus Watercolor Society. You can view her art work by accessing her web site

Two-Day Workshop

Sue Primeau will conduct a two-day workshop, “Is it done yet?” Suggestions about how to know IF your painting is done, and if not, how to finish, on Saturday, April 13, 2019 and Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the Whispering Pines facility in Inverness, FL. For information, contact Judith Callison at 352-476-6131, or email See website Workshop page for information and printable Registration Form.


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.



Homosassa Spring Show & Sale

The Citrus Watercolor Society held 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. To see photos of Winners of the Judged Exhibit, click here to go to the Shows page.


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.



"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.


March Press Release

Immersing Oneself in the World of Art-
Karlyn Holman Demonstration March 8, 2019

Karlyn Holman


Over the years, there have been numerous watercolorists that have made demonstrator and workshop appearances at the Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) monthly meetings. There are always some that stand out more in the eyes and minds of society members. One such visiting artist is
Karlyn Holman who makes her home in Washburn, Wisconsin. We welcome back Karlyn again as she demonstrates at the Friday, March 8th meeting of the CWS. She has immersed herself in the world of art. She is an internationally recognized artist, author and art instructor. She has owned and operated an art gallery since 1968. She is a prolific artist with a busy teaching schedule. Nature is the driving force in her paintings, whether abstract or realistic. Karlyn has a loose, spontaneous painting style and an energetic, encouraging teaching style. She has an MA in Art from the University of Wisconsin and has taught at the college level for ten years.

She remarks, “Watercolor has always intrigued me. I enjoy the challenge of trying to control this elusive medium and I love the luminosity that transparent paint can produce. Watercolor is a balancing act between control and spontaneity. My most successful workshops are those in which I offer guided instruction as a basis for creating a look of spontaneity. Once armed with knowledge and mastery of basic techniques, you will be able to venture into the fascinating world of watercolor and mixed media. If you study and understand color theory, learn what each brush can do, and most importantly, develop an attitude of taking risks, you will be able to freely explore without boundaries.”

Karlyn Holman has had a studio-gallery for over 41 years and enjoys a full schedule of teaching workshops and painting in her studio. Karlyn’s watercolor paintings reflect a special kind of exuberance for her native area of Lake Superior and her travels around the world. Her paintings could be described as realism based on abstract structure. She has illustrated five children’s picture books. She has written several books on watercolor techniques, “Watercolor-The Spirit of Spontaneity”, “Watercolor Fun and Free”, “Searching for the Artist Within”, and the newest, “Watercolor without Boundaries’. Karlyn has taught on location in England, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Guatemala, Greece, France, Portugal, Austria, Yucatan, China, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Croatia, The Czech Republic, New Zealand and on three cruises in the Caribbean. You can see Karlyn Holman’s work at this web site:

Karlyn Holman Two-Day Workshop March 9-10

Karlyn Holman will conduct a two-day workshop at the Whispering Pines facility in Inverness. For information see the Workshops page or contact Nancy Vallimont at 352-270-8959.

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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