President's Letter - February 2021

February 03, 2021 3:15 PM | Ksenia Annis (Administrator)

Sunday, February 7, is our next general meeting, artist demonstration, and awards for the second WAS-H exhibit of this calendar year. The theme is Dear to Our Hearts and the juror is Linda Vanek and Carol Rensink will be our demo artist. It will still be a ZOOM meeting and an online show, but with vaccines being distributed, we are ever closer to seeing you in person and getting your beautiful artwork back on our gallery walls. Don’t forget to register for the meeting & demo to be eligible for the door prizes in the form of gift certificates from Art Supply on Almeda, owned by long-time WAS-H supporter, Vicky Trammel. Be sure to stop by there this month for their big sale: brushes 50% off and everything else on sale 40% or more off.

February 15 registration opens for our Spring Classes, March through May. Be sure to check the website for announcements and be ready to register for new classes! We are continuing to offer online classes as we begin fitting in in-person classes, as well. My hope is that this forced time apart will help us to really appreciate how special it is to gather together again. How we will celebrate!

Also, in February WAS-H is hosting a Plein Aire painting event in Hermann Park. Check the website for details.

Last month we hosted a Virtual Happy Hour for new members in 2020 and got to know some of the great people who will be showing up in classes and exhibits. It was lovely getting to chat with them.

I would like to thank everyone who has shown their support of WAS-H with their donations to our annual fundraiser. This year, more than ever, every amount helps. If you haven’t contributed, please drop by the website and scroll down to the DONATE button at the bottom. Your help is greatly appreciated!

We still have a couple of spots open to step up and join the team- serve on our Board of Directors for 2021-2022. Current spots available, at print time, are Administrative Resources (by-laws, policy & procedures), Technology Director, and Outreach. The other 15 spots are filled with wonderful people. Serving on the board is a great way to really get connected and deepen those friendships with “paint pals.” If you have questions, please contact either me or Karen Capper, our vice-president, at these email addresses: and

Make plans next month to venture out to view the winners of the March International Watercolor Exhibit. The gallery will be open for limited hours to see the paintings of the winners. Check the website for dates and times. We will also post on the website a catalog of all paintings juried into the show. The winners will be announced at next month’s General Meeting on March 7, and the demo artist will be the renowned artist, Keiko Tanabe. Spots will go fast, so register early!

We can hardly wait for everyone’s return!! Until then, check our website for virtual volunteer opportunities, as well as serving on the board, as a way to give back and to keep WAS-H vibrant.

Stay safe and keep painting!


Beth Graham, WAS-H President

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