President’s Message, December 2022

President’s Message, December 2022

Season’s Greetings and a big “welcome back” to our snowbirds.

As the holidays approach and 2022 comes to an end, remember to carve out some time for yourself. Count your blessings, set your goals, and do or create something just for you. When you nurture yourself, even for brief moments here and there, you re-energize yourself and are then able to better care for all of the people who admire and rely on you.

Congratulations to all our award winners from the wildlife show: Flora & Fauna of Brevard County! Photos of the winning entries are on our Facebook Page.  The entries were magnificent. Please take time out of your busy holiday schedules to view all of the paintings: Cocoa Library, Viera Government Building, floors 1-3 and the Eau Gallie Library. Many thanks to Therese Ferguson and Darleen Hunt and all of the volunteers who helped make this event such a success.

Splash is approaching fast!  February 18-19, 2023. You’ll find the Prospectus here. Open to all BWS members whose dues have been paid by January 1, 2023, or with the Splash application.

Speaking of which…..2023 Membership can be done on line. Membership renewal and application. Questions can be directed to Donna Ware.

A reminder and a plea – Laurie Griffin will end her role as Mini-Workshop Coordinator at the end of the year. We have not had anyone come forward to fill the role. We need someone to continue this high interest program for our group. Please let me know if you’re interested in bringing your ideas and commitment to the role.

We have another committee position coming open later in 2023. Michele Loftus-Trzcinski will end her role as Webmaster in December 2023.  Please let me know if you’re interested. We’re hoping to get an early commitment for a smooth transition.

Keeping the group active and informed is all done through volunteering. I invite you to contribute your talent and some of your time to keep us going strong.

Under the category of counting blessings – I want to thank the Board, Committee members and Diane Harmon who have been so helpful in familiarizing me with the inner workings of BWS. I was moved beyond words by all of the members who offered personal notes of encouragement at the General Meeting.


Wishing you all the best,


Teri Mahnken

BWS President

President’s Message, October 2022

President’s Message, October  2022


Hello everyone!


Congratulations to our members who received awards and recognition at the Florida Watercolor Society’s convention in Charlotte Harbor: Sue Doucette, Barbara Burkhardt, Janet Davis, Darleen Hunt, Lori Pitten Jenkins, Linda Schuler, and Frank Spino.


Have your paintbrushes been busy preparing for the Wildlife Show and Splash? Both are fast approaching!   Mark your calendars now for Splash the weekend of February 18-19, 2023.


Laurie Griffin will end her role as Mini-Workshop Coordinator at the end of the year. We need someone to continue this high interest program for our group. An email is being sent describing the position. Please let me know if you’re interested in bringing your ideas and commitment to the role.


Amazon has a program for giving donations to non-profit organizations and we have set ourselves up under the program. When you shop, they send a percentage of your purchase to your selected charity. All it takes is a one-time selection of the charity (us) and instead of going to to shop, you go to instead. That’s it!  Please consider setting this up before your holiday shopping begins. For more information, please see their Q&A page.


Many of us will be traveling in the next few months, either as an autumn getaway or for the holidays. I always take some art supplies with me. When you travel do you take your watercolors with you? A full set or a travel set? Do you take good paper, pads or books? Do you plan time paint or only if you can “catch” an opportunity? Drop me a note about your travel art and I’ll share in next month’s Message.


Keep creating!

Teri Mahnken
BWS President

President’s Message – September 2022

President’s Message, September 2022
Hello everyone!

Thank you all for your encouragement and support during the election last week. Many thanks to Diane for the service she has given for the organization and for all the preparation she did in passing the torch.

Please congratulate Jolene Bruce on her new (again) Vice President / 3 day workshops role and Donna Ware on returning for a second term and 2nd Vice President / Membership


A little about myself. I moved to Florida a little over eight years ago – it is my soul state. I’m still working full-time as a Quality Assurance Engineer for Satcom Direct, a local flight operations and satellite communications company. I am a beginning watercolorist and am learning so much from this group. I could not bear to let the organization fold and offered to fill the role of President.

The Wildlife Show is returning this year! The show will open at the old Brevard Art Museum in Eau Gallie for 2 weeks beginning November 11, 2022, and will include an opening awards reception for the artists, then will move to three other locations throughout Brevard for the month of December, the Government Building in Viera, the Eau Gallie and Cocoa Libraries.

Splash had its kickoff on Thursday, September 1. Splash is special to me as it was my introduction to the wonderful world of the Brevard Watercolor Society. Mark your calendars now for the weekend of February 18-19, 2023.

Thank you again for the warm reception. I look forward to getting to know each of you!
Teri Mahnken
BWS President

President’s Message, July 2022

First, I want to congratulate Laurie on a fun and enjoyable zoom workshop with Vlad. I have heard nothing but praises. I know Laurie works hard on bringing us these mini workshops and I do appreciate it. If you can and took the class, please post your results on Facebook. We have another one coming up July 27 with Anne Abgott. The class is now full.

I was recently contacted by a reporter, who plans on featuring BWS in future issues so keep a lookout for that in local paper and magazines. She is also reporting on Helen Morr, our 1st place Splash winner 2022.

All the board members and chairman with the help of Michele Loftus-Trzcinski, have been working on updating our website. If you see incorrect information, please let me know. Also remember to post on our Facebook pages. We would all love to see your latest art work and hear about classes you take!

On a sad note, no one has offered to run for President when my term ends in September. I will soon be gathering information on how to dissolve our wonderful society. There is money to be dealt with and supplies to be sold or given to other organizations. I am hoping it will not come to this but I feel afraid it will be so.

Please have a wonderful day and stay safe,
Diane Harmon
BWS President

President’s Message, June 2022

It has been a while since I sent one of these out. But I want to thank all the people who have been working so hard to get us up and running again.

First, I want to thank all our board members who have worked with me to figure out how to make BWS even better than it was. We have had many board meetings to discuss ways to improve BWS and move forward after the setback Covid caused.

I am proud to say membership is up and raising. Thank you Donna Ware for keeping track of this.
Karen Sullenger has moved out of state but continued to work as our VP in charge of 3day workshops until we found a replacement. Thankfully, Jolene Bruce had offered to fill that role until she is elected in September.

Laurie Griffin, our mini workshop chairman, has been unbelievable finding artists to do not only in person workshops but zoom ones. There are 2 wonderful ones lined up for the upcoming months. Get your checks in so you don’t get closed out!

Laurel Jolly did a great job as treasurer dealing with Splash. Deb Marriot was Laurel’s right had man is getting all that taken care of.

Splash went off smoothly and was one of our most profitable ones yet! Laurie Griffin did a great job leading her team. They say many hands make for light work but I am not sure this was light work! Thank you, Ginny Wright, Therese Ferguson, Lynn Tweed, Barbara Rios, Sally Anderson, Barbara Harris, Marjorie Carey, Kathy Benson, Cindy McKee, Beth Kring, Karen Sullenger, Lori Jenkins, Rose Allen, and Dorothy Koliba.  If I missed anyone, thank you too!  And I apologize for missing you!

Shout out to Barbara Rios who led a fun and informative mini workshop. So much information and so little time! I think I can speak for everyone when I say we had fun and all learned something!

There is one sad note. As many of you know my term is up this September. I had a wonderful time these last 2+ years. But I feel I am done and need to pass the crown. I will continue to do email blasts and will help ease someone into this position. But so far we do not have any candidates. If someone does not step forward, we will have to consider disbanding. What a shame that would be. There has been talk of a dual president position. That would be better than dissolving and could be considered.

Please have a great day and be safe!

Diane Harmon
BWS President

President’s Message – October 2021

Well summer is over and hopefully soon hurricane season will be gone also!

We had a good but quiet summer. The August mini that was originally planned was canceled but Laurie Griffin stepped in and lead us through some lovely sunflower paintings. Our September mini was lead by Jan Faerber. An exercise on the degrees of shadows. You can see examples of our work on our face book page. About 20 people attended. Click here for video link.

Here is another helpful link by Anne Abgott. Click here

October’s mini will be lead by Therese Ferguson and will involve painting on black paper. The date is 10/23.

The Brevard Teacher’s Art class was a great success thanks to Jolene Bruce and all the other volunteers. We hope to be able to offer this again next year to encourage watercolor in Brevard schools.
Elections were held in the September meeting. Laurel Jolly is our new treasurer and Kathy Benson our new secretary. I would like to personally thank them for offering up their services. I also would like to thank Deb Marriott and Mary Warnick for their years of service and the great job they did.

We currently have a crew working on Splash for next year. If you are interested in helping please contact Laurie Griffin.

Our 3-Day Workshop with Vladislav Yeliseyev 11/14/21-11/16/21 at present, so far this will be in person. Sign up soon so you don’t get left out!
I have included our meeting minutes below for you to read.

I think that is all for now, have a great day and stay safe!

Diane Harmon
BWS President



Vice President Donna Ware opened the Zoom meeting at 1:07
Participants = 18
New members = Ann Fry

Motion to accept minutes from May 8th meeting
Motion : Laurie Griffin
Seconded: Michele
Motion carried

Treasurer’s Report: Debby Marriott
Initial balance of net checking is $14,214.67
Annual insurance bill is $1761.21 paid 09/23/2021
Leaving 12,453.46

Education fund: $3218 .81

ELECTIONS: Present slate accepted.

Social Media: Ruth Foreman:  Nothing to report

Post on public Facebook: Elizabeth Bishop: Nothing to report

On line gallery update:  Nothing to report.

Plein Air: Kathie Benson  reported for Rose Allan:
The group has been meeting every Tuesday at different locations throughout Brevard County from 9:00 AM to 1200PM.

Art in Education: No one present to report

Membership : 47 not renewed, 146 current

3-Day Workshop:
Vladislav Yeliseyev  11/14/21-11/16/21
At present, this will be in person.

MINI  workshop:
September 25th Jan Farber: Colorful shadows
October 23rd Therese Ferguson : Painting on black paper.

MIWA:  Nothing to report

SUNSHINE: Nothing to report


Are we meeting in person nest month? Yes.

SPLASH: Laurie Griffin
Debbie F suggested asking for gift cards
Office Depot shopping card saves money making labels, etc.

Next general meeting is live on November 13th with Vladislav Yeliseyev .


Susan Smith made a motion to adjourn.

Carolyn Jones seconded.

Minutes submitted by Kathie Benson, Secretary

President’s Message, June 2021

Summer is here so we are taking a small break but I wanted to update you on a few things. Please take a few minutes and read this to the end. I will try to be brief.

First our mini-workshop was a lot of fun. We had over 20 members with many laughs. It was great seeing old friends again-lots of new hair dos and colors! We shared tips and ideas. Watched Therese Ferguson do a demo on black watercolor paper. And got great information about the Brevard Cultural Alliance from Lynn Brezina. All in a safe and roomy atmosphere.

Our Art and Education Chairman, Jolene Bruce, has been working with Annamarie Zing from Brevard County Schools to plan a teacher lesson for high school art teachers. She and I have been collecting supplies and art books to help with the project.

This September we need to elect a new secretary and treasurer. Mary Warnick and Deb Marriott have both done exceptional work. We are lucky to have such dedicated people willing to help us. We thank them for their service. We currently have one candidate for each position. George Breslau has agreed to run for treasurer. Kathie Benson for secretary. If anyone else is interested please contact me so you name can be included in the vote which will take place at the September meeting.

Our next mini workshop is the end of August. We are still looking teachers to do workshops later in the year. Contact Laurie Griffin if you are interested.

Elizabeth Bishop is getting us a new facebook page that will be open to the public. She is working with Ruth Foreman to get this accomplished.

Well I guess that is all for now! See you all in August I hope!

Diane Harmon
BWS President

President’s End of Year Message

We just had our first board meeting using Zoom. I am happy to say that it went very well. Everyone could attend no matter where they were. Thank you, Laurie Griffin for your help and support!

Mark your calendar for our first Zoom General meeting of 2021. It will take place January 9th at 1:00. You will receive a reminder with sign up instruction after the first of the year. It is easy and we will provide help if you need it!

You should have received information recently about Plein Air and our virtual mini workshops that will resume in the new year.

Michele Loftus-Trzcinski is putting together instructions on our new Gallery for your artwork that will be displayed on our website. If that goes well we will work on an online show on Facebook. So, make sure you support it!  Thank you, Michele!

Karen Sullenger has been working on finalizing the details for our March 3 day workshop. They are still negotiating the terms and arrangements. Thank you, Karen!

Ruth Foreman is working with Michele to set up a new Facebook page that would be open to the public. Her current Facebook page is private to BWS members only. She has offered to supervise and maintain the new page.  Thank you, Ruth!

We are still needing a few chairmen to help us out. We need an Art and Education person. We had to cancel last year’s program but hope to have one this year. We have supplies waiting for the teachers. But haven’t been able to use them.  We also need a Publicity Chairman to help us grow and be successful.  I will continue doing the email blasts but need someone to handle the quarterly newsletter. Please consider helping with one of these positions.

We can only go forward with the online show if we get volunteers to run it. It will be much easier than running our regular Splash event. We have many people from the board and other watercolor societies that are willing to help advise. But we need someone to head it up!

I think that is all for now. As you can tell we have all been working hard to keep BWS running!  Again thank you to all my board members, chairmen, and volunteers who have been so giving and helpful in supporting me and BWS!

Stay safe. Happy Holidays! Have a great New Year! Hope to see you in 2021!




Diane Harmon
BWS President

President’s Message December 2020

I hope you had a great Turkey Day. Mine was great but crazy. My daughter, her husband, and my granddaughters, Addy 7 and Mabelle 4 are visiting for a month for Colorado.

The board met again last week. We will be trying out Zoom thanks to Laurie Griffin’s help. We will hold our next board meeting that way. Hopefully in January we will host our first Zoom general meeting!

The big thing we are currently working on with the help of Michele Loftus-Trzcinski is building a online gallery to display and sell paintings. If it goes well we will try to run a Splash like show this way.

We are also working on getting a Facebook page that is open for viewing by the public.

We currently have 2 online demos scheduled for early next year, thank you Laurie and Therese Ferguson. Karen Sullenger has been working very hard with guest artists to do virtual 3 day workshops at a reasonable cost.

Plein Air will be starting again once Jan Faerber gets back into town. We are still looking for suggested sites and an assistant to help.

Last month I asked for volunteers willing to help get BWS growing again. I am sad to say out of 190+ members I received very few responses. We need a Publicity Chair, an Art and Education Chair, and someone to help Michele with the Gallery.   If we hope to get a Splash-like show we need someone to head it up. All of us on the board will be happy to get you going but we can’t do this without help. Please consider helping in one of these areas.

Please remember to pay your 2021 dues either on line or by check to our post office box!!  That is all for now. Hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy.

Diane Harmon
BWS President

President’s Message, October 2020

Let me start by thanking our board members for all their hard work and dedication. Thank you Donah Miller, our past President and Karen Kronsick, our past 1st Vice President for your service. I also want to thank Deb Marriott, Treasurer and Mary Warrick, Secretary for their continuing support. Lastly, I need to recognize and welcome our new board members, Donna Ware, 2nd Vice President and Karen Sullenger, 1st Vice President.

As many of you probably remember, this is my second time as your President.  During my previous term I made many new friends and look back on it as a very rewarding experience. I am sure this one will be just as exciting!

Thank you for your support,
Diane Harmon
BWS President