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Presidents Message
MAY 2017

Painting is a means of self-enlightenment.” John Olsen

Helene Lancaster

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Board!
The entire functioning of the Citrus Watercolor Society is through the efforts of its volunteers. Their purpose and responsibility support our raison d’etre.  

Kudos to those newly elected volunteers serving on the Board: Pat Otto, Mary Ann Hollars, Jane Kegan, Aileen Croly, Nancy Vallimont, Art Estrella, and Jan Kuukari.
I have every confidence the new Board will continue to provide absolutely optimal leadership for the Citrus Watercolor Society.

Thank You, also, to the outgoing Board and those who have worked with us. Thank you for your presence and gracious contributions during the previous 31 months: Maxine Connors, Mary Ann Hollars, Heather Doherty, Jeanne Conrad, Aileen Croly, Joe Nemmers, Lou Friedman, Laurie Kansky, Pat Otto, Norm Freyer, Pat Kelly-Sistrand, Glenda Ackley and Nancy Valimont and Susan Strawbridge. And especially Mary Ann Hollars who lately embraced the VP Programs role and has successfully filled in the calendar for our upcoming programs. It’s been an honor serving and working with you all!

I also have to thank the efforts of a gracious and honorable group of superbly dedicated Chairpeople who continue to serve the Society tirelessly. We are grateful to:
Norm Freyer, who creates our articles and public announcements each and every month;
Barbara Fife, who maintains our website to perfection;
Carolyn Park, and associates Mary Warren & Dolores Sierra, who keep the Library stocked and organized;
Joyce Cusick, whose tireless efforts guide our artists back to nature;
Mel Rustom, our dedicated sound engineer and set-up curator;
Rosalie Haynes, the most wonderful bag lady ever;
Our Refreshment Angel, Lois Moore; (and Nancy Reynolds, the new phone reminder);
Our Show & Sale Sponsors: Jeanne Conrad, and Susan Strawbridge;
And our New Historian, Meredith Keene, taking over for Margot Osborne
As we share the goal to feed our “art hearts,” the Society is grateful to you all!

I am honored to have been of service to such a wonderful group. How does one say thank you…. How does one say ‘phew’! it’s been quite a couple years and we’ve managed to keep things rolling along!

I invite you to encourage others to become members to discover and engage with our Society. Bring your friends so they can connect with and enjoy the diverse and accomplished programs. Each of us is an ambassador.

We're looking forward to a wonderfully stimulating year.
Take advantage of all the Citrus Watercolor Society has to offer!

Reward yourself and paint!

Helene Lancaster, President

CLICK ON EACH DATE BELOW TO SEE MORE INFO ... Darla Goldberg Workshop Jaimie Cordero Diane Simon Diane Simon Carol Frye Carol Frye Karlyn Holman Jaimie Cordero Members Annual Show and Tell Curt Bond Sharon Harris Kim Minichiello Darla Goldberg Demo
June Press Release
by N orm Freyer

Curt Bond Enjoys Two Things Most -
Drawing and Painting

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. ** Wikipedia

Curt BondOur 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



May Press Release
by N orm Freyer

Popular Artist-Storyteller Tom Jones
Returns to Watercolor Society

Smokey Mountains

You can always tell that popularity rules when an artist demonstrator is invited to come back again and again. Such is the case with Florida artist Tom Jones. Always sporting a straw hat with a colorful band, he has indeed become a very popular artist among Nature Coast watercolorists. He has been a frequent visitor and demonstrator at the Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS), appearing to demonstrate annually, for at least the past ten years; in addition to presenting numerous educational workshops to local artists. His popularity stems from his ease of instruction, and his interesting dialogue, where everyone gets the same individual instruction and encouragement. And those attending his demonstrations and workshops always seem to come away with some tidbit that expands their knowledge of watercolor. Tom has traveled from coast to coast in the U.S., and International sites with this type workshop that is in constant demand.

(To read here.)

April Press Release
by N orm Freyer

Listen Up Artists, “The Teacher Is In”

Barbara KerrAt 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. (To read here)

Special: 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




by N orm Freyer

Citrus Watercolor Society Welcomes Jerome Chesley

Jerome ChesleyI 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". (To read here.)

Homosassa Springs State Park Spring 2017 Art Show Winners

Two ways to see what you may have missed! Click below to view

a Collage of photos (courtesy of Jeanne Conrad) of Art Show Winners

and a slideshow of closeup photos of Winning Paintings, courtesy of Norm Freyer.

Citrus Watercolor Society Members Exhibit of FWS On-Line Show

Two members of the Citrus Watercolor Society had paintings chosen by judge Ron Thurston, AWS, for the juried exhibit of the FWS 2016 On-Line Show. Hernando artist Art Estrella’s painting *USS Massachusetts”, and Ocala artist Heather Doherty’s painting *Drink to Summer”, now appear in the web site gallery of the Florida Watercolor Society. You can view these paintings at the FWS web site

February Press Release
by Norm Freyer

Finding a Gem in Your Back Yard - John Bayalis

John BayalisSometimes 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. (To read more... click here.)


The Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS)
Annual Spring Show and Sale

At the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5, 2017. Watercolor art, originals, reproductions, note cards by many artists from the Nature Coast will be on exhibit and for sale.

by Norm Freyer

Plein Air Painting – What’s It All About?

Joyce CusickI am sure that, at some time or other, you have seen an artist busy painting on an easel outside at some location. And you were probably unaware that the artist was doing what is called plein air painting. Wikipedia states, “En plein air is a French term that translates literally as the open air.” The term “plein-air painting,” as it is currently used, usually refers to paintings that are completed on location. Once considered revolutionary, when French Impressionists like Monet and Pissarro first began painting outdoors, today working on location is routine for many landscape artists. Plein-air painters often contend that something is lost when a painting originates from a photograph as the sole reference material—that it just doesn’t convey the experience of being there. (To read more... click here.)

FWS Annual Convention 2016

FWS Convention

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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 Jane Kegan (352) 527-6934, Pat Otto (352)-746-2688 or see the CWS web site The Citrus Watercolor Society meets at 12:00 Noon on the second Friday of every month, except July, at the 1st Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade Street, Inverness, FL. (Learn more...)

Citrus Watercolor Society
P.O. Box 2464
Inverness, FL  34451-2464