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April 2019 1st Place
Susan StrawbridgeSusan Strawbridge

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Wanda Boyd
Wanda Boyd



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Presidents Message

A note from the president, Wanda Boyd

Wanda BoydJune, 2019

Citrus Watercolor Society is a very special community of artists and friends right here in the heart of Florida, and I was lucky to find this group several years ago. I have greatly enjoyed the friendly camaraderie at both the monthly meetings and several of the CWS sponsored workshops I’ve attended.

I was honored to be asked to be the President of this great group for the coming year and look forward to serving. However, I could not even begin to do this job without a strong board, and am grateful to Susan Strawbridge, Marie Sloan, Aileen Croly, Nancy Vallimont, Bonnie Ignico, Art Estrella, Curt Bond and Jan Kuukari for their commitment to the task at hand. A special thanks to those that are continuing their service on the board; having that strong continuity means I will reap the benefits of their wisdom via experience.

But then, every member of this group is important, and every one of you has a voice. I would love to hear from you about your hopes, dreams and desires for Citrus Watercolor Society, and together we will work to make those things happen. You can email me at

I look forward to the June meeting, scheduled for Friday, June 14th, and the “Paint A Round” event we’ll be enjoying. I also look forward to seeing each of you at the meeting.

Kindest regards and happy painting to each of you,

Wanda Boyd

July 2019 Press Release

Citrus Watercolor Society as a Regional Organization

CWS LOGOWell, here we are again. A whole year has passed. In July of each year the Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) takes the month off to enjoy the height of the vacation season. As there is no program during this month, it is a good time to review the history of the CWS. Why and where did this organization come into being?

In 1981, a small group of Citrus County artists, with a common interest in the watercolor medium of painting, joined to form the Citrus Watercolor Club (CWC). In the beginning there were only about 15 artists in the group. The founders were watercolorists Joe Bucciante, Norma Willis and Robert Darden. The first president was Norma Willis. During the 1990’s the interest in watercolor painting, and club membership increased as the club adopted the theme “Promoting the Art of Watercolor and the Artist”. Membership reached 150 members in the years around 2007-2008 and remain at that level to the present day.

It is interesting to note that a number of artists have served as president of the organization for more than one term over the years. Those include Norma Willis (two), Ray Jowers (three), Jeanne Conrad (two), Pat Kelly-Sistrand (two), and Norm Freyer (two). Club program chairpersons have been successful in scheduling regional and nationally known watercolorists to come to Citrus County and demonstrate at the club meetings, and present workshops exhibiting the techniques used in their individual success to club members.

The organization also scheduled public watercolor art shows and sales in the Spring and Fall at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and has contributed 20% of sales to the Friends of the Park over the years. In 2016, club officers recognized that make-up of membership had changed markedly, and now consists of artists not only from Citrus county, but from Levy, Hernando, Marion, Lake and Sumpter counties. The CWC board felt that it was time to change the name of the club to the Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) to better reflect the make-up of the membership.

June Press Release


CWS artists to participate in “Paint-Around”

Something new is about to happen at the June 14th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS). Something in the art world that, quite probably, you have never seen before. You are going to have to see this! The activity that will occur is a fun, and fast-paced event. The event is what is called a “Paint Around”.  A Paint-Around is an event where a number of artists each “paint-around” to create paintings.  Artists participating have limited time to contribute to the paintings, with each member taking timed turns. Those artists who will be painting include Barbara Kerr, Suzanne Mahr, Nancy Fisher, Darla Goldberg and Susan Strawbridge. These folks qualified for the Paint-Around by placing first in the CWS “Painting of the Month” contest during the past year. These five artists ll bring a painting concept already drawn off, with a reference, ready to paint on paper for a finished painting of 12”x16”.  Each artist starts on her own painting and paints for 10 minutes.  At the end of this time, volunteers help move the paintings to the next easel and each artist has 10 minutes to paint on that painting.  This continues until the artists have painted on each painting. The last rotation allows the artist 10 minutes on their own painting and this concludes the paint-around.

Each painting will be signed by all 5 artists and raffled off as a fundraiser for CWS. Tickets will be sold, $1.00 each, or 6 for $5.00. Tickets to be used by dropping tickets in any of the provided containers bearing the artist’s name/numbered painting.  Tickets can be used any time up until drawing for paintings. The CWS President will announce raffle winners. The paintings will be presented to each individual winner at that time. So come, watch this fun activity as the CWS artists take turns putting their unique spin on a painting!




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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