President's Newsletter - October 2022

October 13, 2022 9:24 AM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

By Karen Stopnicki, President

Dear WAS-H Friends,

Hurrah – it’s October, and the cool weather has been blessing us! I already have my Halloween decorations out but am holding off on buying the candy because it is so tempting to eat it all before the trick-or-treaters arrive.

If you have not seen the Annual Members Exhibit, it is on display, and it is FABULOUS! You must come see it and bring some friends. It will be on display in the gallery through November 3.  I want to thank Diane Trepagnier and her tireless group of volunteers for the work they put in to bring us this beautiful show! And another big thanks to Irene Sheytman and Diann Zimmerman who made our dream workshop with Ryan Fox a reality.

The Art Fair is this Saturday October 8, from 11-4. It will be a glorious day, and the parking lot will be full of amazing art, priced to sell. I am planning to be there and hope to see you!

Looking ahead, our November Show will be combined with the December Show. The theme is Small Treasures Holiday Bazaar. We are adding original greeting cards this year in addition to the small paintings, so there will be a wonderful variety. It's a great place to buy gifts for family, friends (or yourself)! Our November Paint-In is open for registration and features fun acrylic techniques with Lynn Chatman.

On Sunday, November 6 at 2pm we have our General Meeting, Demo, and Awards Presentation for the November Gallery Exhibit. Following a short meeting of announcements, a favorite WAS-H teacher, Ed Pettitt, will demonstrate Watercolor Mapmaking. Mark your calendar and plan to attend spend a fun afternoon at WAS-H!

I recently read an article about slowing down and observing to make sense of the world around us.  I wasn't surprised to see that one of the recommended activities was taking time to make art or take an art class.  We are so lucky to have an excellent facility and a superb variety of class offerings that allow you to explore the artist inside you.  If you haven't seen the latest line up of classes, check out our education calendar HERE

Another article (yes, I read a lot!) mentioned the importance of making friends as adults.  We have to seek out the grown-up equivalent of a sandbox -- a place where we can make meaningful connections.  I realize that for me, that place is WAS-H!  I encourage you to join in and volunteer for some of our activities.  It is so rewarding -- and a great way to connect with others who share your same interests.  Don't be shy -- we'd love to have your help and could use all the hands we get!

I look forward to seeing you at WAS-H soon!

Warm Regards,

Karen Houston Stopnicki

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