Happy Spring!

February brought us a really splashy Splash with heavy rain on Sunday. Despite the weather challenges we had over 900 attendees! Congratulations to our winners – we had some magnificent entries. Many thanks to all those who entered. Thank you to all the volunteers who made it happen (over 50% of our membership).

BWS president Terri Mahnken, J. Susan Cole Stone and Ruth Fein awarding Susan with the 2024 Splash win for her painting Fifty Shades of Grey #2.

BWS president Terri Mahnken, J. Susan Cole Stone and Ruth Fein. Susan’s painting “Fifty Shades of Grey #2” was the overall winner of Splash 2024.

Laurie Griffin did another amazing job in coordinating everyone and making Splash as success for individuals, the membership and the community. This was her last year as coordinating and we are in need of someone to take on the role for next year.

Long time member, Barbara Brook, led a 2-day workshop on Batik watercolor. We had 15 attend. Over the two days we created two major pieces and some smaller ones. I am always so astonished and appreciative of the skills I learn during workshops.

Happy group of artists at Barbara Brooks’s 2-day Batik Workshop.

Many of you have requested social events, beyond general meetings and workshops. The Board will be meeting in early April with part of our agenda being planning one or two for you. We’ve received lots of ideas!

We have one general meeting left before our Summer break, on Saturday, May 11, 1-3 pm. The next general meeting after that, in September is……Elections. You know where I’m going with this. 😊

  • We’ve had one member come forward with an interest in the Presidency or Vice President/Workshop position. We will be talking more to see if the presidency is a fit for her. We must have a President and really need the VP position filled so the presidency isn’t a full-time job.
  • We need to know by the May meeting if we can fill these positions so we can familiarize everyone with their roles and have them be ready to step in, in September. Conversely, if we don’t have interest in the positions, we’ll have to prepare to dissolve the non-profit status. Please contact me if you will help.

Thank you again and still for the outpouring of support. I enjoy hearing from all of you with your feedback and ideas for the group. You’re the best.

See you all soon!

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
– Vincent Van Gogh


– Teri Mahnken

Teri Mahnken
President, Brevard Watercolor Society