Letter from the President: October 2023

October 14, 2023 4:22 PM | Kelly Medrano (Administrator)

By Karen Stopnicki, President

Dear WAS-H Friends,

Welcome to Fall and October at WAS-H! Fall is my favorite season with a slight dip in temps and the ramp up of activities after summer. Why is Fall so wonderful at WAS-H?

First of all, the Annual Members Exhibit (AME) is on display the entire month. We kicked off the AME with a delightful demo from juror/judge artist Ken Call, known internationally for his compelling figurative paintings. The awards reception followed, and everyone adjourned downstairs to enjoy the exhibit and the camaraderie of fellow artists and guests. If you haven't sent it yet, be sure to schedule a time before the end of the exhibit. The gallery is open to the public, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm.

Secondly, the Art Fair is Saturday, October 21, from 11 am - 4 pm. 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, too!

Thirdly (is thirdly a thing?), there are so many classes now available at WAS-H, both in-person and online. Check out our updated Education Calendar, (https://watercolorhouston.org/Classes-and-Workshops). Our Education Directors, Cheryl Evans and Susan Giannantonio are working so hard to bring in a variety of classes to benefit our membership and community interested in taking water-media classes.

Looking ahead, our November/December Monthly Show is themed Holiday Small Treasures. The smaller paintings make great gifts for family, friends (or yourself)! The Show will open on Sunday, November 5, following our General Meeting and Demo, with an Awards Presentation and Reception. This will be our last meeting and reception for the calendar year.

Our November Paint-In is open for registration and features abstract acrylic techniques with longtime WAS-H member Judi Coffey.

Do you know how all these wonderful events happen at WAS-H? We have devoted volunteers contributing time, energy, and frankly love to WAS-H in a wide range of roles from leadership to occasional volunteering. Nancy Moody, our Volunteer Director, is leading a recruitment of volunteers for variety of needs. If you are interested in being a part of our WAS-H volunteer team, please reach out to Nancy at volunteer@watercolorhouston.org. And keep an eye out for her requests for assistance as needs arise.

I want to thank Kat Rodgers and her tireless group of volunteers for the beautiful Annual Members Exhibit. It is truly a showstopper! Kudos to Diane Trepagnier and her group of volunteers for hosting a lovely reception. And another big thanks to Donna Van Fleet and Mary Klug who made our workshop with Ken Call a great experience.

I hope to see you at WAS-H soon - we have so much to offer, please stop by!

Warm Regards,

Karen Stopnicki


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