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Painting of the Month
The first and second place paintings of the month are displayed at
Cadence Bank in Inverness,
301 S US HWY 41
(Junction of Rtes 41 and 44)

November 1st Place
Polly Boston
Polly Boston

2nd Place Tie
Susan Strawbridge
Susan Strawbridge

Nancy Vallimont
Nancy Vallimont



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Presidents Message

A note from the president, Curt Bond

December, 2018Curt Bond

The end of the year is in sight … seems like only yesterday it was the beginning of 2018.  By all accounts, this has been a great year for the Citrus Watercolor Society.  We still have a few coins in the ole vault … have enjoyed many wonderful demonstrators and workshops … the November show & sale went off without a hitch … all is right in the world of art.

          The Holiday Luncheon is going to be on the 14th at the Crystal River Golf Club.  The highlight of the luncheon will be the demo by Janet Rogers.  We are so lucky to have an artist of her magnitude at our annual get together.  I am sure her two day workshop will be amazing and very informative.

          Our next event will be the February Show & Sale at the Homosassa Wildlife Park hosted by Jeanne Conrad.  Thanks to all the members that volunteered this past year … the club would not exist if not for their participation. Hope to see all of you at the luncheon …remember to bring a Holiday Card … original or print … for the exchange with your fellow members

I wish you the happiest of holidays and a wonderful New Year.

Curt Bond          


Watercolor Impressions- From Flowers to Figures

Janet RogersIf you are watercolorist - if you want to keep learning about watercolor - or if you just enjoy painting - then you should make it a point to attend the December Christmas luncheon demonstration of the Citrus Watercolor Society. Because Janet Rogers returns to be the guest demonstrator. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Janet currently lives in Ormond Beach, Florida with watercolorist, Steve Rogers. Janet has been a working professional artist for over 30 years, and is a nationally recognized instructor, conducting workshops all over the United States and in Europe. As a national instructor, she has demonstrated extensively for various groups and exhibitions. Janet has won numerous awards from exhibiting her watercolors, including Disney’s Festival of the Masters, “Under the Oaks”, and the Florida Watercolor Society. Janet is well known for her sensitive portraits of women and children, as well as her expressive floral paintings. Watercolor demonstrations are part of her busy schedule, including Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, Florida Watercolor Society, and of course, workshops throughout the United States. She remarks that, “I love the fluid nature of watercolor. To me, the interaction of artist with the medium is like a dance – full of motion, feeling, and expression. Discovering new color and composition as the painting develops is my joy. As a teacher, my goal is to enable students to find their connections with watercolor in new and expressive ways.”

Janet’s work is in Galleries in Maine, and Florida, and can also be found in the book “The One-Hour Watercolorist” by Patrick Seslar, and published by North Light, as well as her three new DVDs. Janet Rogers is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, and a Member with Excellence of the South Carolina Watercolor Society. You can view Janet’s work on her web site at 

Two-Day Workshop December 15 - 16, 2018

Janet Rogers will conduct a two-day workshop, December 15 & 16, 2018, at the Whispering Pines facility in Inverness, FL. For workshop information contact Kim Shields at 352-637-4634, or see Workshop page of the CWS web site

December Luncheon


CWS Announces Homosassa State Wildlife Park
Juried Fall Art Show Winners

Article and Photos Courtesy of Norm Freyer

The Citrus Watercolor Society announces the winners in the juried portion of the recent Fall Show and Sale held at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa State Wildlife Park. Hernando artist Douglas Murray was awarded the Best of Show honors. His watercolor painting of “Peggy’s Cove” (pictured above) was the best of some very competitive artwork. Murray is an accomplished watercolorist and has won numerous awards for his artwork. Other award winners were First Place, Helene Lancaster of Crystal River, for her painting “PalmsAlot”; Second Place went to Chuck Chesnul of Floral City with his painting “Yankeetown Marina”; and Third Place winner was Norman Freyer of Homosassa and his painting “Crotonesque”. Two artists, Susan Strawbridge of Inverness, and Curt Bond of Dunnellon received Honorable Mention awards. A painting by Yvonne Brunelle of Floral City received the President’s Award.

  • Best of Show- Doug Murray - Peggy's Cove
  • First Place - Helen Lancaster - PalmsAlot
  • Second Place - Chuck Chesnul - Yankeetown Marina
  • Third Place - Norm Freyer - Crotonesque
  • Honorable Mention - Curt Bond - Heron in Flight
  • Honorable Mention - Susan Strawbridge - Daisies
  • Presidents Choice - Yvonne Brunelle - Goose and Baby
  • Best of Show- Doug Murray - Peggy's Cove
  • First Place - Helen Lancaster - PalmsAlot
  • Second Place - Chuck Chesnul - Yankeetown Marina
  • Third Place - Norm Freyer - Crotonesque
  • Honorable Mention - Curt Bond - Heron in Flight
  • Honorable Mention - Susan Strawbridge - Daisies
  • Presidents Choice - Yvonne Brunelle - Goose and Baby



Recent Programs

 November Press Release

Returning to the first love in painting –
watercolor art

Hancy FisherIt takes a special artist to excel in more than one medium, along with a special application as well. Nancy Fisher, the demonstrating artist at the November meeting, is a nationally known china painter and watercolor teacher. She resides in Spring Hill, FL and has a degree in art. She has taught in most of the 48 states and even Europe. She has taught in schools in New York, Florida, Indiana, Arizona, Mid-West, and Michigan. With years of experience in china painting, Nancy Fisher is a renowned artist whose works have been bought by collectors throughout the world. From her home in Florida, she travels the country to teach others how to develop their talent. She was the featured artist at the California Association of Porcelain Art convention in 2011 and is a presenter at the Oregon Porcelain Art Retreat in 2014. PeoniesAs a porcelain artist, Nancy specializes in floral studies with roses and peonies. That career has spanned over 50 years. She has also taught oil painting for 24 years. Now with the onset of lung disease she is returning to her first love, that is watercolor art. She will show how one art medium influences the other. Her specialty is florals. The demo on roses will show how to take an idea to a finished piece.

Homosassa Art Show and Sale

If you love watercolor art, here are two dates you will want to remember. The Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) will hold its annual Fall Show and Sale at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18, 2018. Watercolor art by many artists from the Nature Coast will be on exhibit and for sale. Click here for more info...


October Press Release

Following the path to watercolor art

Kim ShieldsOver the years, first as the Citrus Watercolor Club, and now as the Citrus Watercolor Society, this organization has had many accomplished artists demonstrate their talents at our monthly meetings. Our demonstrator this month is another one of the talented artists who reside on the Nature Coast of Florida, Inverness artist Kim Shields. He is probably a bit reluctant to think that he fits with some of those who have appeared previously, but we are reminding him that he is a special watercolor artist. Kim says, “For me life has become, not about the destination, but rather learning to enjoy the journey. That journey has not always taken a direct route. There have been a few stops and detours along the way. I suppose that also describes my journey of discovering my place in fine art.” He continues, “I have had no formal education in art. I graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with art as only an occasional enjoyment. I have no regrets in that part of my journey, as I have learned much. I have discovered the ability to create things with my hands. I have the satisfaction of knowing I can run my own business. I have enjoyed meeting and interacting with so many nice people. Like most introverts, with a little help from friends, running my own company nudged me out into this world.” 12 years ago, because of some outside influences, he found himself taking a different path. He put down the trowel and picked up the artist's paint brushes and pulled from under the bed those paintings stored out of sight for too long. He notes, “There was a time when ten years was an eternity. Now twelve years as an artist makes me realize, twelve years is only a beginning. A beginning of a journey that will be winding, yet full of interesting and enjoyable discovery. I believe like most artists; my best work is still before me. And I am going to enjoy the journey getting there.”

Kim Shields is a member of the Citrus Watercolor Society, the Florida Watercolor Society and the Nature Coast Painters. He is past-president of the Citrus Watercolor Club and past president of the Florida Watercolor Society. You can view his artwork on his web site at

Kim Shields will conduct a two-day workshop on Oct. 13 & 14; at the Whispering Pines facility. For information regarding the workshop, see the CWS web site at

September Press Release

Watercolor Society announces
Founders Award winner

The September meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) featured a “Show and Tell” format where 22-member artists presented their watercolor works of art to the attending membership. Each artist described the subject, the paper, paint, brushes used in developing the painting. Voting then took place to determine the best overall painting exhibited. The winning painting (pictured below), TBD by The Villages artist Peggy Lefebvre, received the CWS Founders Award and a cash prize of $50.

Peggy Lefebvre

Collage of artists and their paintings is on the Calendar page. CLICK here to see!


Looking ahead, there are some great programs scheduled, including October 12th demonstrator Kim Shields, , followed by a two-day workshop on Oct. 13 & 14; November 9th demonstrator, Nancy Fischer; and December 14th demonstrator Janet Rogers , followed by two-day workshop Dec. 15 & 16.


August Press Release

Pouring Techniques in Acrylic Water Media

Marie SloanIt is always refreshing to have a member of the of the Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) come forward and demonstrate their artistic skills before their fellow artists. Such is the case at the August 10th meeting of the CWS when artist Marie Sloan of Beverly Hills demonstrates the use of the acrylic pouring technique in water-based media. Marie was born in Hackensack, New Jersey. She moved to Florida after her sophomore year of high school.  Having taken all the credits she needed to graduate, her last two years of high school were filled with art classes. Marie was fortunate to have two wonderful teachers, a husband and wife team, the Henderson’s. There she learned calligraphy, linoleum printmaking, clay sculpture, story boards and much more.  She attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale for one short semester. Work and school were too time consuming, so art was put on the back burner until three years ago. While caring for an elderly relative, her husband urged her to return to art and make some time for herself. So, she enrolled in an oil painting course at the Withlacoochee Technical Institute. Then she found the Art Center of Citrus County and has been active in the “We Paint” group. Marie joined the Citrus Watercolor Society three years ago and has enhanced her skills by attending workshops in all media. Subsequently she has completed work in oil, acrylic, watercolor and color pencil She has not determined the medium of choice yet, but she loves the journey.

Pouring Workshop with Martie Sloan

Acrylic Pouring by Marie Sloan



Marie Sloan will conduct a one–day acrylic pouring workshop on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the Whispering Pines facility in Inverness. Pouring is a way to help free your painting style, loosen up, or just plain have fun.  

For information regarding the workshop, contact Darla Goldberg at 352-777-2217, or dardar@tampabay.rr.comor click below for more information and registration form.

See the Calendar page.... click here


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 Jane Kegan (352) 527-6934, Curt Bond (352)-489-1938 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 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