President's Letter, March 2023

March 13, 2023 9:55 AM | Nancy Moody

By Karen Stopnicki, WAS-H President

Dear WAS-H Friends,

The International Watermedia Exhibition (IWE) is now on display in our gallery – it is truly fabulous! My heart is full with the dedication from the many volunteers, the hard work and talent of the many artists in the exhibition and perseverance of our few members recently awarded Signature and Elite Signature Status. The proverb β€œIt Takes a Village to Raise a Child,” certainly applies to our annual IWE as we have a village making our events happen.

Our March General Meeting included a wonderful demo with award-winning artist Brenda Swenson, was followed by our IWE Awards Ceremony, and then capped with a beautiful reception to celebrate the IWE. The exhibition will be on display until the end of March. Please make plans to come by and see it in person, it really is spectacular!

Looking to April, our General Meeting will be on April 2nd. Our election of officers is at that meeting, so it is really important to come and cast your vote. Patrick Palmer, well-known artist and Dean of Glassell Studio School, will be our demo artist. Our Gallery Exhibit theme is Fences and Borders (Real or Metaphorical) with juror Diane Brahm.

The Awards and Reception will follow our General Meeting. Registration for the April 1st Paint-In with Kat Rodgers is waitlist only.

We have a number of classes on the schedule for April and May -- see our full class list HERE. Registering for a class is a great way to enjoy the camaraderie of other artists and enhance your artistic skills. Our standard events such as Open Studio, Model Lab and Senior Group are going strong and welcome you to join in. 

I want to extend a special thanks to Donna Van Fleet, our Vice President who graciously agreed to Chair the IWE event, and key volunteer leaders Patty Armstrong, Louise Bateman, Kathleen Church, Darlene Dittoe, Mike Doan, Paula Fowler, Carla Gauthier, Beth Graham, Maureen Lewis, Laura McMahon, Kelly Ann Medrano, Laura Mossman, and Katie Steck. Thank you to everyone else, too many to name, who helped in the days leading up to and the day of the opening.

I hope you will join with everything going on at WAS-H – thank you for being a part of our wonderful arts community at WAS-H!


Warm Regards,

Karen Houston Stopnicki

WAS-H President

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