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

August 2020 President’s Message

Our lives have changed dramatically over the last few months, and there is no instruction manual to tell us what we should do or how we should feel about social distancing, home isolation, and loneliness. We worry about our children, parents, family, friends, and the economic fallout produced be this lingering pandemic. This situation has caused a lot of stress for everyone.

According to recent news stories, however, a number of people have been able to set aside those feelings worry, anxiety, and depression.  They have learned a way to tap various sources of inspiration, creativity, and hope. Through cooking, gardening, woodworking, knitting, writing, sewing, exercising, remodeling, repairing, and painting, they have unleashed their creative energy and shared that energy, through TV and internet, with their local community. By finding optimism, these people have taught us that we can still flourish amid a time of crisis.

My hope, for the members of Brevard Watercolor Society, is that we can resurrect our own creative spirit and learn a new technique, try a new painting tool, design new art compositions, or maybe start a COVID-19 Watercolor Series. What about artists?

To encourage you to produce and share your new work, we will soon have a member’s gallery on our website. The instructions for entering paints in the gallery will be published soon. Also, when we are able to meet again, we will be having “show and tell.” We want you to share with the rest of the BWS membership your new expressions of creativity. Stay safe and inspire yourself and others to be healthy, hopeful, and happy.

BWS President

Donah Miller

February 2020 President’s Message

Well, winter is here! I noticed last week, nighttime temperatures dropped down in the low thirties. Even during the day, the weather was cold, dark, and windy. I was tempted to stay inside, drink hot chocolate, eat warm hearty soups, huddle under layers of blankets, and wait until warmer weather returned.

However, having read somewhere, recently that a lot of physical inactivity could lead to weight gain and other health implications, I decided that human hibernation was not for me. So, during these cold winter months, I’m going to enjoy some alone time indoors, but also participate in physical and social activities outside the home.

If you feel the same as I do and are looking for a great social event this winter, I invite you to attend the 25th Annual SPLASH of Watercolor Art Show on February 15-16, 2020. The event will take place at the Azan Shrine Temple Saturday 10:00-5:00 and Sunday 10:00-4:00. All BWS members and their guests are welcome! If you are looking for a physical activity, then volunteer to work the art show. We sure could use your help.

BWS President

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

September BWS General Meeting Review

Through the years, I have always felt blessed to see people in various organizations volunteer to work together for the common good. Last week at the September 14th BWS general meeting, I experienced that same cohesive feeling of camaraderie when I saw my fellow artists step forward and volunteer to fill vacant offices, chair a committee or join a committee that needed help. The board put out a call for help and the membership said YES. Isn’t it just wonderful when everything falls naturally into place?

We are proud to announce the new BWS elected officers:

  • Our 1st Vice President (workshops) is Karen Krosnick,
  • Our 2nd Vice President (Membership) is Barbara Rios,
  • and our Secretary is Mary Warnick.

I also wish to thank Cathy Robinson for volunteering to be our new greeter, and Pat Bowlds and Grace Delanoy for all their hard work in creating our lovely new website. 

Special thanks to Frank Spino for the wonderful demo immediately following our meeting. We all appreciate the opportunity to learn from such a talented artist, and are fortunate to have him as an active member.

After the Saturday meeting, I received an email from Phyllis Marple offering to chair a committee of BWS members to run Splash 2020. The committee is composed of Debbie Whalen, Cindy McKee, Lolly Walton and of course, Phyllis Marple. What a pleasant surprise it was to discover that they were willing to take on this monumental job for us. Many of these ladies have worked Splash shows in the past, and are very experienced with Splash operations.

My thanks go out to all of you who have volunteered to sacrifice their time and energy for BWS. We still have a few positions open. Currently, we need chairs for Publicity (other than Splash), Plein-air, a webmaster apprentice, and more teachers willing to do mini workshops.  If you are interested in any of these positions, let any board member or committee chair know.

Donah Miller
BWS President

Photos courtesy of Ruth Foreman.

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,