3-Day Workshop with David R. Smith

David Smith’s 3 day workshop was a complete sellout at the Elks Lodge. “All 25 of us enjoyed his great sense of humor and his expertise of all things watercolor. David’s teaching style is clear and concise and he was very helpful with individual suggestions for each of us. What a fun workshop!” said Karen Krosnick, BWS Workshop Coordinator.

Other comments from attendees:
“I learned a lot about how to approach a painting and value studies. We did three paintings, all different techniques than the way I paint. Just amazing how the paintings evolve!” -Susan Miller Smith

“David packs a ton of information into his teaching and is absolutely amazing.” -Ruth Foreman

“Terrific exhausting workshop. I learned so much!” -Kathie Benson

“Best BWS workshop yet. Thanks to everyone for making it happen.” -Gloria Brubaker

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About David R. Smith

David Smith has been teaching for over 25 years and is known for the energy and enthusiasm he projects. David has studied under numerous instructors in the U.S. and in China. He displays his work in galleries and museums across the United States. David has received Signature Membership with the American Watercolor Society. Learn more about David at dsmithfineart.com.

December 2019 President’s Message

As I look back over the past year, I realize that BWS has accomplished several meaningful projects. Here are some examples of our accomplishments in 2019. Our website has been re-designed and up-dated to better serve our members and our community at large. We have also provided a recycle table at each BWS general meeting for the sharing of art supplies with the BWS members and to help our organization raise money to support art education in Brevard County. Presently, we are working hard on the restructure of the educational part of our organization, in hopes of providing a more effective way to distribute art supplies and funds to the teachers and students involved in the art programs of Brevard County.

For the immediate future, we are gearing up for the 25th Anniversary of Splash coming in February 2020. For a successful art show, we will need 100% participation from our BWS membership. Much work needs to be done, and many hands will make the work light. Also, for the coming year, we will be reviewing our bylaws and up-dating where needed. As our organization grows, we need to make sure our bylaws allow us to make the changes that meet the needs of our membership, and our art community.

As Thanksgiving approaches, we must remember to says thanks to those who have made our lives easier. So, I say thanks to all of you for your hard work and support. I am thankful for the members of the BWS board. You are a delight to work with. Your dedication and talents are noticed by all, and are greatly appreciated. To all the members of BWS, I hope you have a great Thanksgivings Holiday, and a Merry Christmas.

Donah Miller

16th Annual “Watercolor Paintings from the Refuge” Show, Reception and Awards

BWS / Merritt Island Wildlife Association (MIWA)
16th Annual “Watercolor Paintings from the Refuge”

November 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020
MINWR Visitor Center, 1987 Scrub Jay Way, Titusville, FL

Thirty one beautiful paintings from Brevard Watercolor Society members were chosen by judge Judy Mercer. Categories for art this year were Refuge Flora, Fauna, and Life on the Indian River Lagoon. Awards were presented at the Opening Reception at the Refuge Visitor Center on Sunday, November 3, 2019, which included:

Best of Show: Therese Ferguson, “Prickly Pears”
MIWA Award: Susan Smith, “Cleared for Landing”
Best of Life on the Lagoon: Mikey Riedl, “Laguna De Ais”
Best of Flora: Therese Ferguson, “Prickly Pears”
Best of Fauna: Susan Smith, “Cleared for Landing”
Merit Award: Darleen Hunt, “Red Kayak”
Merit Award: Cindy McKee, “Gliding Towards Sunset”

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Our thanks to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Association and Refuge for their support and enthusiasm in hosting the show and reception. Hats off to our judge Judy Mercer, as well as MINWR’s Kim King-Wrenn and Layne Hamilton for selecting the MIWA Award. As always, we are grateful for Co-Chairs Darleen Hunt and Therese Ferguson.

In addition to congratulating the award winners, we applaud the artists who were chosen to exhibit in this year’s show: Mary Antes, Kathie Benson, Barbara Burkhardt, Pete Crumpacker, Jeanette Drake, Therese Ferguson, Diane Harmon, Darleen Hunt, Dorothy Koliba, Susan Kessler, Christiane Kopp, Beth Kring, Phyllis Lappert, Phyllis Marple, Carol Marshall, Connie Marshall, Cindy McKee, Beverly Morgan, Mikey Riedl, Susan Smith, Sue Tully, Lolly Walton and Debbie Whalen.

Please be sure to visit the exhibition, on view until January 30, 2020 at the MINWR Visitor Center, 1987 Scrub Jay Way in Titusville.