It’s Time to Take a Break

July 2021

Press Release by Norm Freyer

It’s July! And in July the Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) takes the month off! At this time, I am writing this communication from a small cottage near the shores of Long Island Sound in Niantic, Connecticut; it is only a short distance to the centers of art in Old Lyme.

So, this week I attended the “88th Annual Juried Exhibition” at the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme. Artists from The Hudson Valley Art Association had submitted 142 pieces of art in various mediums to be judged by the Jurors. These included Pastels, Sculptures, Watercolor, Graphics and Oils.

Of course, I was particularly interested in the watercolor submissions. My thoughts? Very impressive! I will probably go back again before this show closes.

Want to know about the Hudson Valley Art Association? Check out this website Next door is the Florence Griswold where the current art exhibit is “Social and Solitary”

And that is not all. Drive to the east a short distance and you reach the Mystic Art Gallery, with more outstanding artwork.

To top things off in Mystic, a visit to the studio of Russ Kramer to view his latest nautical artwork. Visit Kramer’s web site at

Back at home, plans are still being made for the upcoming Fall programs. But July does offer somewhat of a respite compared to the rest of the year. Our program chairperson, Susan Strawbridge, has been hard at work planning guest artist demonstrations and workshops.

In October, Marilyn Johansen will be on hand for the CWS meeting for a demonstration followed by a two-day workshop. Marilyn is an imaginative award-winning artist who is driven by an incredible passion for self-expression through art. She is based in South Florida and has signature status with numerous signature status.

In December, Tom Jones makes a return stop to the area as the demonstrator for the Citrus Watercolor Society holiday luncheon, followed by a one-day workshop. Tom impresses you with his ease of instruction, his interesting dialogue, where everyone gets the same individual instruction and encouragement, and everyone seems to gain something in their knowledge of watercolor art. His approach to watercolor painting just seems to make things so simple.

Tom has traveled from coast to coast in the U.S. and to international sites with this type of workshop that is in constant demand. Always sporting a trademark straw hat with a colorful band, he has indeed become an extremely popular artist.

Norm Freyer handles publicity for the Citrus Watercolor Society.