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October 13, 2017
Kim Minichiello

November 10, 2017
Sharon Harris

December 8, 2017
Jaimie Cordero Demo


RECENT PROGRAMS

JANUARY 2017

Joyce Cusick

FEBRUARY 10, 2017
John Bayalis

Feb 11-12,2017
John Bayalis
Two Day Workshop

March 10, 2017
Jerome Chesley

April 7, 2017
Barbara Kerr

April 8-9, 2017
Terry Denson
Two-Day Workshop

May 12, 2017
Annual May Luncheon
and Installation of Officers

May 13, 2017
Tom Jones - One Day Workshop

June 9, 2017
Curt Bond

August 11, 2017
Darla Goldberg


September 8, 2017
Members' Show & Tell


COMING PROGRAMS
2018

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Past Programs 2016



Mothly Meetings
Talented and well known artists demonstrate work
in water media at our monthly meetings at
First Christian Church, 2018 Colonade, Inverness, FL
Coming Programs


October 13, 2017
Kim Minichiello

Kim Minichiello

From the earliest age I can remember, I have been designing and creating. From painting, drawing and needlework, to creating gardens and refining my culinary skills, I have always found a broad variety of ways to express my creativity.  After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design at Purdue University, my career in art and design has spanned over 30 years.  As a designer for Walt Disney Imagineering, I designed, shops restaurants, and attractions, for Disney theme parks in Paris, Tokyo, California and Florida.  At the same time, I established myself as an accomplished Textile Artist, creating one of a kind garments and painted and printed home furnishings shown in various galleries in the U.S.,  as well as creating and producing my own line of wearable art for children.  

In 2000, my interest  in digital media led me to co-found a studio creating digital art for art licensing.  In a span of 7 years, I worked with over 35 manufacturers of home and fashion accessories, toys, stationary,  and art prints,  creating art for a wide variety of products, sold at Target, Stein Mart, and Bed Bath and Beyond, to name a few.

I continue to do projects with the Walt Disney company, illustrating menus for the Coral Reef Restaurant, at Epcot, Walt Disney World, and Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar at Disney Springs, as well as teach painting workshops for the Walt Disney Imagineers, and in various locations throughout Florida, as well as private lessons in my studio.

Both my love of travel, and the opportunities that I have had, to live and work in Paris, France and Hong Kong, China working with Disney, have brought me full circle as an artist back to my true passion of painting.  Working in watercolor and oils, I draw inspiration from the amazing people and cultures I have had the pleasure of experiencing and living among.  Whether visiting a temple in China or Japan, or many of the astounding museums in Paris and Europe, I have absorbed and studied the rich cultural heritage of these places that profoundly influence my work.

My work is in numerous private collections in the U.S. and abroad.
Originally from Indiana, I live and work in Windermere, Florida with my husband and daughter.

Signature Member: Georgia Watercolor Society, GWS; Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, PWS; Louisiana Watercolor Society, LWS

Kim Minichiello website
www.KimMinichiello.com


November 10, 2017
Sharon Harris

Lonely Walk

Sharon did undergraduate work in the Art Department at Texas Tech University and completed a Bachelor of Science at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC,  in Industrial Art with a fine art minor.

She has received critical acclaim for her artworks in drawing, painting, pottery and sculpture throughout the Southeast.  In North Carolina at the North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh), Charlotte, Fayetteville, Wilmington, Oak Island, Southport, Wilson and in Oklahoma and Truman State University in Missouri.  In Florida her works have received critical acclaim in Ocala, Inverness, St Pete Beach and Citrus County.

Though art was always a part of her life, after college she pursued a career as a project architect for nationally known AE firms, followed by ownership of a design/build contracting company, ProDesigns, Inc.

Since moving to Florida after retirement in 1998, Sharon served as Vice President and then for six years as the President of the Art Center during which time she was instrumental in building the Art Center Theatre and enlarging/renovating the Art & Education Building on the Art Center Campus.

She now spends time in her painting and pottery studios, teaching, is house manager for the Theatre and Director of the Youth Programs in art and drama at the Art Center.

Sharon Harris website www.sharonharrisart.com


December 8, 2017
Jaimie Cordero
Demonstration at the Annual December Luncheon

Jaimie Cordero

"Layering Color for Translucent Light & Shadow in Watercolor."
Jaimie Cordero is a nationally recognized Watercolor Artist, who exhibits in International Juried Exhibitions, holding signature membership in several Watercolor Societies. She is widely collected, and has had works published in nationally recognized books and periodicals.
Jaimie has solo-artist shows bi-yearly, and teaches Watercolor Workshops and Classes year-round. She is sought-after as a judge, demo artist, and Workshop Instructor, and teaches in a well-organized, clear, inspirational manner about the Color Layering Process.

Jaimie has perfected this painting process developing her evocative color palettes and sensitive compositions. Laying in each successive wash develops colors, progressively building depth and intensity of color.
This 2-Day Watercolor Workshop is designed to strengthen the skills of both the novice and the more experienced watercolor painter. Jaimie will lead participants step-by-step through every aspect and concern related to planning, composition, applying masking fluid, pouring, spraying, glazing, color layering, value lessons, use of materials, use of darks, and finishing.

Jaimie Cordero website www.mijelloart.com/jamie-cordero.html

Two-Day Workshop at Whispering Pines
December 9-10, 2017

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Coming - 2018
January 12, 2018
Karlyn Holman

Seascape

Karlyn Holman is completely immersed in the world of art. Karlyn’s watercolor paintings reflect a special exuberance for her native area of Lake Superior and her travels around the world.

 



February 9, 2018
Carol Frye
Carol Frye
Demo and Two-Day Workshop
February 10 & 11, 2018


April 13, 2018
Diane Simon

Diane Simon

I have been blessed with many excellent instructorsstarting in grade school where my oldest sister was an Art Teacher. One of my majors in high school was art and when I applied to an art school, I was not accepted.

I DID manage to take some additional courses and have been able to take many workshops and classes through the Art Center Manatee, Keeton's Office and Art Supply, Cheap Joe's,  Kings Point Art League, and others. 

I have been teaching a Beginner Watercolor Class or doing Watercolor Workshops for almost nine years to residents of Sun City Center, Treelakes Community, and several local Art Guilds or Leagues.  I am a Signature Member of the Florida  Watercolor Society, Signature Member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, and member of  Kings Point Art League, Sun City Center Art League, and the Art Center Manatee.

I truly believe that IF you have a desire to paint, you can.  It is an attitude that develops with some basic guidelines and techniques.

Two-Day Workshop
April 14 & 15, 2018

 

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Recent Programs

January 13, 2017
Joyce Cusick
Landscapes in Plein Air

Ghost Tree

Inspired by color and light, Joyce paints from life, on site, in oils, watercolors, pastels and acrylics. Rivers, coastal areas and historic towns are favorite locations. Wild birds, people, and animals are often included in her paintings. The Plein Air paintings are the Inspiration and reference for large landscapes and wildlife paintings created in her studio.

Joyce leads the Citrus Watercolor Club Plein Air Group and belongs to Florida Plein Air Painters, and the Ocala Plein Air Painters.

She studied at Rhode Island School of Design and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from The University of Miami, (1976), with a major in painting.

A professional artist for more than 50 years, Joyce Taught drawing and painting to children and adults in the City of Hollywood, Florida. (1973—1977) , and teens at Loch Haven Art Center, Orlando. FL (1977 –1978) Graphics/Research Assistant — Senior Planner Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council, Ocala, FL (1978— 1984) President of Historic Preservation , Inc.., (1986—2003) , National Registry of Historic Places Nom-inations, for Historic Districts and Individual Buildings, with maps and photography. Author, designer and illustrator of “Crafting With Lace,“ including a History of lace. Published by: Sterling Publishing Co., New York, 1993. Contributing Designer for many other books.

Exhibitions Include: Civic Buildings, Ocala, Florida Brick City Center for the Arts, Ocala, Florida,
Chronicle Gallery, Inverness, Florida, Citrus County Art Center, Hernando, Florida
Homosassa Springs State Park Rainbow Springs State Park
Brooksville City Hall, Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council,
Florida State Capital Collection, Lowe Museum, Coral Gables, Florida,
Hollywood Art Museum, Hollywood, Florida, Providence Art Club, Providence, R.I.


February 10, 2017
John Bayalis

John Bayalis
Press Release by Norm Freyer

Sometimes you wonder how you could have missed an artist with very special talents. And sometimes you find a real gem close by on the west coast of Florida. I consider St. Petersburg as almost in the back yard, because it is only about an hour or so to the south. So, that includes St. Pete artist John Bayalis who will be the demonstrator at the February 10th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Society. Bayalis is a graduate with a B.A. and M.F.A., from University of Delaware. He has painted abroad in Ireland, England and France. Noted for his distinct, realist style, the artist’s skill at handling contemporary themes and subject matter has earned him acclaim from art critics and collectors throughout the United States. John’s vibrant watercolors reflect a specific clarity of light and form, while dealing with unique viewpoints in portraying popular culture and the vernacular landscape. John notes that, “My interest in painting has always been in realism. The world around me has provided an infinite variety of colors, forms and textures that I have used for the sources of my work for the past 35 years. I have always had a preference for drawing rather than painting in terms of control and the use of line and detail. Watercolor has provided me with a medium that produces a transition from drawing into using color in painting. Regardless of the hyper realistic quality of the painting, the watercolor paper surface maintains the painterly quality of the medium.” He continues, “I believe in a traditional approach to the medium, using transparent colors and use the white ground of the paper for highlights and to produces luminous colors. This pigment interaction creates hues that give a lifelike quality to the painting. From the initial viewing distance the painting may look smooth and sharp focused, but upon a closer inspection of the surface the viewer can appreciate the brushed paint application and the artistic decisions I have made”. Bayalis has been the recipient of numerous awards including Best in Show at the 2016 Southwest Watercolor Society, in Dallas, TX., and Best in Show at the 2014 Missouri Watercolor Society, in St. Louis MO., The artist’s work, “The Visitor” was selected by Watercolor Artist magazine as one of the best paintings of 2016. Among his honors are an award of an individual artist’s fellowship grant and the selection for The Watercolor Page in AMERICAN ARTIST magazine where one of his works graced the cover. The artist’s works are included in private and corporate collections throughout the United States. John Bayalis will conduct a two-day workshop on Saturday, February 11, and Sunday February 12 at the Whispering Pines facility in Inverness. For information and reservations contact Helene Lancaster at (352-873-1656). You can view John’s work at his web site http://www.bayalistudio.com/

John Bayalis - Two Day Workshop
February 11-12, 2017

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March 10, 2017
Jerome Chesley

Jerome Chesley
Press Release by Norm Freyer

I must admit that I know very little about Jerome Chesley, the demonstrator at the March 10th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Society. But I am familiar with some of his still life work exhibited at the Florida Watercolor Society annual exhibition. We have any number of great artists in the State of Florida, and based upon his impressive biography, I look forward with anticipation to his demonstration. Again, the Citrus Watercolor Society has engaged an award- winning artist as demonstrator. Jerome Chesley holds both BS and MS degrees in Art Education from SUNY College at Buffalo. He also studied at the University of Art in Siena, Italy, and the Scottsdale Art School. In addition, he has studied with distinguished teachers throughout the U.S., including Margaret Martin, the author of "No Wishy-Washy Watercolors". Jerome has created multiple art projects for community organizations. He has won numerous awards for his paintings, many of which are in private collections. He has been an art judge for shows and the artDemo curator for the estate of Margaret Martin. He has taught classes in regional Art Centers in Sarasota and Manatee Counties in Florida, where he spends the winter, and continues to give workshops and demonstrations for local art clubs and organizations. He continues to spend summers in Western New York State where he teaches watercolor workshops, throughout the season, in the Special Studies program at the renowned Chautauqua Institution. His art work is exhibited at the Art Loft Gallery in Mayville, NY and at the Athenaeum Hotel dining room at the Chautauqua Institution.  Jerome is a member of local art centers where he exhibits regularly. SunflowersJerome’s work has been chosen for exhibit in the 2011, 2012 and 2015 Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) annual exhibitions. He is a Signature Member of the FWS. He is First Vice President of the FWS and he is the current President of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society (FSWS), and President at Artcenter Manatee Art League of Manatee County. He is also an Associate Member of American Watercolor Society (AWS) and the National Watercolor Society (NWS). Chesley’s collection of paintings from his years of work showcase a variety of subject matter including still life, floral, architectural and land/seascapes. The watercolor paintings, giclees and mixed media set the stage for surrounding one’s self in a rich indulgence with a range of subtle to bold color. Much of his subject matter is based on a collection of familiar objects or places he’s visited which have a special meaning or significance. Floral painting workshops allowed his paintings to sparkle with the white of the paper dancing through his works. Jerome’s background in education at both the public school and college level allow him to incorporate the all elements of art including: form, pattern, and color in his work and in his classes. To view his work, see his web site at https://www.facebook.com/jerome.chesley

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April 7, 2017
Barbara Kerr
Barbara Kerr

Press Release by Norm Freyer

At the April 7th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Society, Inverness artist Barbara Kerr will be the demonstrator. Barbara has lived in Citrus County for 19 years after relocating from Annapolis, MD. She graduated with second honors from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Education. She retired from a 24-year career in the Department of Defense in MD and 14 years of teaching intermediate watercolor classes at The Art Center of Citrus County. Barbara availed herself of any available art classes (the University of Maryland, American University, St. John’s College, and Anne Arundel Community College). She has studied with more than 20 nationally recognized watercolor artists in classes and workshops. Currently, she conducts an Open Studio at the Florida Artists Gallery in Floral City on Tuesday afternoons from 2 – 4 p.m. She has judged numerous art events in Citrus County, and has demonstrated for the Citrus Watercolor Society, the Ocala Art Group, The Villages Art League, and The High-Country Water Media Society in Boone, NC. Barbara has conducted one-person art shows at the College of Central Florida, Lecanto Campus, East Wall Gallery; Citrus County Art League, the Art Center Theater, The Chronicle Office and Lakes Region Library, Inverness, FL; Brooksville City Hall, Brooksville, and Gallery East, Belleview, FL.

Barbara is the Past President, Ocala Art Group; Past President, Citrus Watercolor Society; and Past Program Chairman, The Art Center of Citrus County. Currently she is a member of The Nature Coast Painters and the Citrus Watercolor Society. In 2013, her “Dancing with the Stars” was accepted into the Toast to the Arts Juried Exhibition and exhibited at The Appleton Museum in Ocala. In the same year, she won four 1st place awards in Art Center of Citrus County exhibits. Her painting “Windows” won Best of Show in the 2015 CWS Fall Show and Sale. In 2016 the painting,” Chassahowitzka Retreat” won Best of Show in the Citrus County Fair competition. You can find Barbara’s paintings exhibited in many galleries, such as Lorna Jean Gallery, Crystal River; Your Art’s Desire Gallery, Spring Hill, FL; The Florida Artists Gallery, Floral City, and the River Gallery, Galesville, MD.

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April 8-9, 2017
Terry Denson
Two-Day Workshop
Color in and Out of the Shadows

Terry Denson

 

Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9, at Whispering Pines Recreation Building, workshop hours 9 AM to 4 PM each day. $95 for CWS members, $120 for non-members. For information contact Helene Lancaster at (352) 257-1261 or email ME2XS@aol.com

 

 


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May 12, 2017May Luncheon

Demonstration by Tom JonesTom Jones

May 13, 2017
Tom Jones - One Day Workshop

Article by Norm Freyer

I had been painting with watercolors for a few years and had some successes along the way. But it was a tip from Tom Jones, after he had observed some of my paint selections during a workshop, that changed the quality of my artwork forever. He told me that I should try Rembrandt brand of watercolor paints which were more vibrant than those that I was using. I made the move, dumping my current paints and ordering the watercolor paints recommended by Tom. Those vibrant colors improved the quality, the appearance, and the vibrancy of my artwork. And I use those paints to this day. Tom shares his passion for art and love of painting with students of varying skill levels through nationwide workshops, demonstrations, and instructional DVDs. His approach to watercolor painting just seems to make things so simple. He says, "I am a story teller. I tell stories with my paintings, of places I have been and things I have seen. I believe that a painting should not only tell a story, but should have a story behind it. All my paintings do."

Tom has traveled from coast to coast in the U.S., and International sites with his workshops that are in constant demand. Always sporting a straw hat with a colorful band, he has indeed become a very popular artist. He is one of the most popular artists among Nature Coast watercolorists as well. He has been a frequent visitor and demonstrator at the Citrus Watercolor Society; and has presented numerous educational workshops to local artists. Tom and his wife Bonnie reside in Central Florida. Both are members of the Citrus Watercolor Society. On Friday, December 9th, he makes a return stop to the area as the demonstrator for the Citrus Watercolor Society Holiday Luncheon to be held at the Citrus Hill Golf & Country Club in Hernando, FL.

Tom has been commissioned by government agencies, corporations, environmental groups, clubs, and private collectors have commissioned him to expand their art collections. In answer to popular demand, he typically produces his watercolor landscapes in a series of three or five paintings around a specific theme. His art can be found internationally in many private and corporate collections, including commissioned paintings displayed in the Florida State Capital Building, Walt Disney World Corporation, Marriott Corporation, and the Omni Corporation. Tom's work has been featured in many books and on magazine covers as well as posters and brochures. Tom Jones’ web site is http://www.tomjonesartist.com .

If you have never taken a workshop with Tom Jones – now is the time to start! Tom will be conducting a one-day workshop on Saturday, May 13 at the First Christian Church Family Center (our regular meeting place) in Inverness, FL. For information contact Jeanne Conrad at 352-628-7760.

 

June 9, 2017
Curt Bond
Curt Bond Demo

Curt Bond Enjoys Two Things Most - Drawing and Painting

Press Release by Norm Freyer

Not all artists have the opportunity of a formal education in one of the well-known art institutes in the United States. Even so, there are many artists that have a natural ability to gain recognition of their peers through the output of artwork of consistently high quality. Just for instance, as one of the richest living artists, Jasper Johns** hardly needs an introduction. Many know him for his abstract paintings of flags and maps. He left schools early and continued painting before and after his two years of service in the Korean War. His work is now considered timeless and more relevant than ever in discussions of nationalism, globalism, and symbolism. In 2010, President Obama presented him with the 2010 Medal of Freedom. Still another, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s** mother gave him an early art education of sorts, but he didn’t take a liking to art school, and many would argue that he didn’t need it. Basquiat showed artistic promise at an early age and was trilingual by the time he turned 11. Fast forward to the ’80s, and Basquiat was a successful artist with seemingly endless potential. Although he died young, his art is still some of the most valuable work out there, and his most expensive painting went for $48,843,750 at auction. ** WikipediaCurt Bond

Our demonstrator for the month of June, Curt Bond of Dunnellon, has limited formal education in the arts, has not reached the artistic status of Johns or Basquiat, but he has painted and exhibited landscape and wildlife watercolors that are considered fetching, realistic and attractive among artists on the Nature Coast. Bond comments that, “I began my lifelong appreciation of art at a very young age. I was the kid in the classroom that missed some of the assignments while doodling on a scrap of paper, rather than paying attention to the instructor. Kids soon were coming to me and asking - Curt, can you draw my cat, or dog or some inanimate object in which they were interested? This art talent that I seemed to have, manifested itself in many forms throughout my life. In high school I was doing caricatures of the other football players to hang in their lockers, or pin striping cars, or air brushing flames and scenes on anything that would stand still, including tee shirts.”  He continues, “Following high school, I apprenticed at a large sign shop in Chicago and became a journeyman sign painter. Now I was getting paid for doing the things that I enjoyed most - drawing and painting.” Bond took design and art classes at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the local community college. He had the good fortune of taking workshops with several fine watercolorists, Paul George, Tony Couch and Tom Jones. He is a member Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS), the Ocala Art Group, the Florida Watercolor Society (FWS), and the Nature Coast Painters (NCP). He notes that, “The NCP is an art critique group in the central Florida area that meets weekly to discuss and critique each other’s work. I attribute the growth and development of my work to this exceptional group.” For examples on work by Curt Bond go to the CWS member’s gallery at http://www.citruswatercolorsociety.org/Showcase/index.html

August 11, 2017
Darla GoldbergDemo



People will sometimes ask me when did you know you wanted to be an artist?
Honestly, I don't remember ever not being an artist. I was forever drawing,
painting and creating things (usually messy things!). My other lifetime
passion is science. Many of my "experiments" then and since have been a
blend of these two.
As an adult I was blessed to be able to incorporate both art and science Just Ducky
in my career as an Ocularist. Ocularistry is the art of making and fitting
artificial eyes. So for many years my canvas was about 12 mm wide. Each
prosthetic eye is, in size shape and color, as unique as the person who
would be wearing it.
Upon my retirement in 2001 I decided to concentrate on learning fine art.
My paintings at this stage were mostly in oils.
Then I discovered the CWS and became fascinated with the watercolor medium.
Classes, workshops and stacks of books were my mentors. Daily practice
became a routine. Many of these workshops were provided by our own
wonderful CWS. Artists like Tom Jones, Janet Rogers, Mort Solberg, Ann
Abgott Sue Connors, Lynn Ferris, Joe Fettingis and Pat Weaver, to only name
a few.
DarlaIt continues to be my goal to paint and or draw every day. I feel this is
one of the most beneficial things that I can do for myself as I continue to
grow as an artist.
I have been a member of the CWS for 14 years. It has been my privilege
to serve on the board and to help with various committees. My art has won
numerous local Awards. Including best in shows at Homosassa Wildlife Park
and Citrus County Fair. I've also had paintings juried and accepted by the
FWS and ACCC.

 



September 8, 2017
Annual Members Show and Tell

The Annual Show and Tell is an opportunity for members to bring in a piece of their work and share their techniques or painting process.

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