President's Letter - March 2021

March 15, 2021 4:55 PM | Ksenia Annis (Administrator)

My letter is a bit delayed this month because I spent all last week delightfully painting two paintings a day, in-person, with renowned artist Keiko Tanabe. I hope you will forgive me for putting off my duties for brushes & paint.

Sunday, March 7, was our general meeting, a wonderful demo by Keiko, who also juried the 45th International Watercolor Exhibit this year. We have the 16 finalists’ paintings hanging in the gallery and you can use sign-up on the website to schedule a viewing with a few friends or family. The rest of the beautiful 96 entries juried into the show are available for viewing on our website.

The March general meeting was still a ZOOM meeting and an online show, but with vaccines being distributed we are confident that starting in September we will be seeing you in person and getting your beautiful artwork back on our gallery walls.

Stay tuned for plans for a gallery Summer Retrospective, filled with art on loan (and for sale) by our many talented Signature, Signature Elite, and Rising Stars.

Our Spring Classes, March through May, have something for you to take 4-6 days a week, every week. We are continuing to offer online classes as we begin fitting in the in-person classes, as well. Be sure to check the website for announcements and be ready to register for new classes!  Most of the 16 classes are online, but 5 are in-person, including the rescheduled visit by Don Andrews. He was our AME 2020 artist set for October, but even though we cancelled due to rising Covid cases, Don is returning for a shorter three-day workshop at the end of April. There are only a few openings left so come and paint in person with us!

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 one spot open to step up and join the team- serve on our Board of Directors for 2021-2022. Current spot available is Technology Director. This position does not require lots of time, just familiarity with Office365 and simple basics. The other 16 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:  president@watercolorhouston.org and vicepresident@watercolorhouston.org .

We can hardly wait to see you!!  Until then, check our website for new plein air trips, gallery shows, and volunteer opportunities in the fall as a way to give back and to keep WAS-H vibrant.

Keep your brushes wet and paint so much that you run out of paint and paper!

Sincerely,

Beth Graham, WAS-H President

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