September 14, 2019 General Meeting

From Donah Miller, BWS President:

Summer is fading. Now, it’s time for us to prepare for our upcoming BWS fall and winter events. I hope you had a very relaxing summer, and are eager to join the other BWS members in making this one of the most artistic seasons in BWS history.

Our September meeting is packed with opportunities where our members can demonstrate their eagerness to make BWS the best art society in the county, and maybe the state. Some have already volunteered to help BWS this year. For example, Frank Spino has agreed to show us his excellent artistic skills by doing a demo at the September 14th meeting. Also, Pat Bowlds, a very multi-talented lady, has agreed to be our new webmaster. Diane Harmon and Therese Ferguson have agreed to be on our election committee this year.

“What can I do to help,” you ask? Well, I just happen to have a list of current needs at BWS. Feel free to step forward and take on one of the duties. Brevard Watercolor Society needs your help.

Here are some of our current needs:

  1. We need to elect officers for 1st VP (Workshops), 2nd VP (Membership) and Secretary.
  2. We need a chair for Splash (one person or a small committee).
  3. We need greeters to sign in and welcome members and visitors at our general meetings, and mini workshops.
  4. We need more used art supplies for our recycle table. These proceeds go toward art education in our county.

See you at the September 14th meeting,

Pat Bowlds – Abstract and Contemporary Watermedia

Saturday, August 24, 2019:  BWS members and guests thoroughly enjoyed the many techniques using various water media products to control opacity to transparency in Pat Bowlds’s “Abstract & Contemporary Art Watermedia” mini workshop. Photos by Kathie Benson.

“Thank you Pat, for a super workshop! This enhanced my familiarity with design, introduced me to new water media and/or techniques, and placed me in a friendly and supportive group of fellow artists. Each “free-to-members” mini-workshop is a great gift of BWS, and those of you who give up your Saturday to share and teach are special jewels in our organization. So glad I joined this year!”
– Irene “Reenie” Noden


Spotlight Artist: Debby Marriott

Lil’ Man by Debbie Marriott

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 Spotlight Artist, Debby Marriott!

Debby, who also happens to be our treasurer, also holds memberships with the American, National, Southern and Florida Watercolor Societies, and the Vero Beach Art Club. She is an extremely talented, award-winning artist who has most recently been lauded with honors for her “Senora Habana” (featured) and “Lil’ Man,” (below).

“I paint watercolor batik on Ginwashi rice paper using a wax resist. I choose this surface because it provides the translucent and textural qualities that I desire. The chopped fibers often draw the viewer closer to see what is in the paper! Rice paper lends itself to the glow of translucent paints.

While some might think it would be tedious to paint and wax each color separately I am always excited to iron off the wax when finished to see what is revealed.

I also enjoy creating art with resin mixed with paints, pigments, and inks. I use crystal clear Artresin is the catalyst throughout.”

– Debby Marriott

Besides loving Debby’s beautiful artwork and dedication to our organization, we applaud her philosophy of “paying it forward” by donating her monetary awards towards the education of three Ugandan students.

Learn more about Debby and view samples of her work at