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Painting of the Month
The first and second place paintings of the month are displayed at
Cadence Bank in Inverness,
301 S US HWY 41
(Junction of Rtes 41 and 44)

October 11, 2019
First Place
Norm Freyer
Norm Freyer

2nd Place
Pamela LivesayPamela Livesay



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Presidents Message

A note from the president, Wanda Boyd

Wanda BoydOctober, 2019

This month’s meeting is going to be extra special because we have an extra special lady doing our demo – the illustrious Libit Jones.  For those of you that know Libit you know she is a fun-loving little dynamo of a woman who paints with great passion and enthusiasm, as in be careful if you are sitting on the front row type of enthusiasm.  I am very much looking forward to both her demo and the workshop.  If you have not signed up for her two day workshop being held on October 12 and 13, which, by the way, is being offered at the reduced rate of $100 to members, do yourself a favor and sign up -- there are some spots left, so call Helene Lancaster at (352) 257-1261 and get yourself on the fun bus already!

As mentioned last month, the Inverness Festival of the Arts is being held on November 2 and 3, and Citrus Watercolor Society was given an opportunity to have a free booth at the festival in exchange for offering breaks to the artists.  Well, we took that opportunity and will be on hand both days, providing breaks in exchange for showing some of our work, talking about Citrus Watercolor Society, and talking about the wonderful workshop program we offer.  I’ve got a small cadre of volunteers that have offered their services but can always use a few more helping hands.  So far I’ve got Art, Bonnie, Barbara, Darla, Jan, Kim, Kristine and Susan along with yours truly.   Susan Strawbridge has also graciously offered her tent, thank you very much for that!

We have another opportunity (I know, right?) with the Cooter Festival being held in Whispering Pines City Park on October 25 – 27.  On Saturday, October 26th, from 11 am to 8 pm they’ve offered us a freeeeeee spot in the large pavilion, complete with a table and some chairs, where we can yet again talk about our wonderful club and workshop program.  Although I can’t participate as I have a prior commitment, Helene Lancaster and Kim Shields have already volunteered for part of the day.  I need a few more volunteers to keep them company and out of trouble, so if you are interested in getting a gold volunteer star for this super easy job, please email me at

Art in the Wildlife Park, our fall show at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, will be here before you know it. This year it is scheduled for November 16 and 17, which gives you plenty of time to get your paintings lined up and ready to display.  Remember, participation in this show is free, and some members have done quite well at selling their work here.  If you have a painting of which you are exceptionally proud, enter it in the juried show portion of this show.  You can enter up to two paintings for only $5 per painting – not a bad deal, especially if you win one of the cash prizes.  If you have any questions about how this all works or want to get your name on the volunteer list, just email Helen Lancaster at

I want to thank Nancy Dias for taking on the responsibility of signing us up for the Holiday Luncheon this year; she’ll be ready to start accepting your money and luncheon choices at our next meeting. The luncheon will be on December 13 at the Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club and will feature a demonstration by Tom Jones. Oh, and the door prizes this year are amazing;  I know because I’ve been squirreling them away for the past six months.   We may also do another special surprise activity.  More to follow on that.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the next meeting; time to get back to my pumpkin spiced latte now.

Wanda Boyd
(804) 536-1794



October Press Release

Libit Jones: "Accent the Positive with the Negative"

Libit Jones

Libit Jones makes an encore appearance as demonstrator at the Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) meeting on Friday, October 11th. Libit Jones is a Texas native who has called St Petersburg home since1995. She is a well-known artist in the Tampa Bay area and a popular instructor.

Although she works in various media, her passion is watercolor. She says that, “From a girl with a pencil in her hand, to a woman with painting in her heart, I have found art to be a defining aspect of my life.”

Libit paints with strong contrast and pure color that entices and draws the viewer to explore the power of her paintings. Her style is what she calls casual reality. She continues, “I am addicted to texture and texture making. I love the abandonment and joy of applying paint with big brushes, spattering, dripping, and using conventional and unconventional objects to make marks. I have been painting this way for several years.” The majority of these paintings are done on Yupo, a synthetic paper. The paint is watercolor. Yupo is a non-absorbent surface, which makes it easy to manipulate.

She is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society and a member of the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA). She has been accepted into many prestigious shows and won numerous awards. Her paintings are owned by private collectors across the United States, Canada and England. You can view Libit’s work on her web site at

Two-Day Workshop OCT 12 - 13, 2019

Libit Jones will conduct a two-day workshop, on Saturday October 12 and Sunday, October 13 at the Whispering Pines facility in Inverness. For more information on the workshop, click her:

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September Press Release

Show and Tell – An Opportunity

Mel Rustom - Winner of Founders Award 2019
Mel Rustom - Winner of the Founders Award 2019

To view a collage of the participants in the Annual Show & Tell, click here.

The program on September 13th is entitled, “Show and Tell”. It provides an opportunity for our fellow Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) artists to exhibit their artwork to the group as a whole and tell about the basis for their watercolor creation, the types of paints used, the colors that were selected, the choice of brushes and papers used, problems they may have encountered – and how they solved them. I have written about this program in previous submissions to the Chronicle, and after struggling to present the program in a new light, I must come back to the reason that the CWS continues the program in September of each year. Members of the society, old and new alike, get a chance to present their creations to their fellow artists. The meeting format allows some outstanding watercolor paintings make their appearance. The works of our member artists are impressive, and they get better each year. It is also an opportunity for members to praise and to provide helpful critique. No need to be afraid of exhibiting your personal masterpiece. This is a casual setting and we are a friendly and helpful group. I am a member of a group of artists that meet weekly to critique the art of other members of the group. Over time, I have learned more about how to improve the work that I create, all from the discussions and critique that occurs. I think that you will find that there is an appreciation for the time and effort that each artist has put into the creative piece of artwork. You will feel good about presenting your work to the CWS members. And remember, “Favorable comments and praise are always good for the ego”. After review of all the artwork is presented, the Society will present the Founders cash award of $50 to the winning artist exhibiting at this meeting.

Looking ahead, there are some great programs scheduled, including on October 11th, the will be demonstrator Libit Jones, , followed by a two-day workshop on Oct. 12 & 13; on November 8th he demonstrator is Lynn Ferris, “Capturing the Light”, and two-day workshop on is November 9 and 10; and December 10th demonstrator Tom Jones, followed by one-day workshop Dec. 11.

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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 Marie Sloan (352) 322-0002, or Wanda Boyd, (804) 536-1794, or see the CWS web site at  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