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April 2019 1st Place
Susan StrawbridgeSusan Strawbridge

2nd Place
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

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!




See the Calendar page for more recent 2019 Demos

May Press Release

Get Glowing in Your Watercolors

May is the month when new Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) officers are installed for the 2019-2020 term of activities. All of this occurs during the installation luncheon session on Friday, May 10, 2019. Inverness artist Barbara Kerr will perform the installation ceremonies.

The demonstrator following the luncheon and installation of officers will be artist Linda WokounLinda Wokoun. Based in South West Florida, she leverages the natural characteristics of water to bring energy and movement to her paintings. She likes to incorporate both abstract and representational elements in her work and believes that water media is particularly well suited to her approach. Her process is wet into wet, blending colors and creating textures directly on the painting surface.

Linda has dreamed about life as an artist since child hood but has only recently had the luxury of painting full time. In the past few years she has studied with some of the best watercolor artists in the country including Mary Whyte, Jean Haines, Linda Kemp, Don Andrews, Jean Pederson, Janet Rogers and Lian Zhen. Linda is a signature member of the Florida Sun Coast Watercolor Society where she regularly exhibits and has won several awards. She is a member of the Florida Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America where she has also exhibited. Linda is a popular workshop instructor teaching throughout the Florida area. You can view Linda’s artwork at the web site:

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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 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