President’s Message – May 2023

Hi everyone! I hope this finds you well and all our snowbirds are settling into their summer homes.  So much to share with you this month – I’m not sure where to start. Let’s start with Art Shows/Displays!

Therese and Darlene have been working on this year’s Florida’s Flora and Fauna show, October 2-November 29. More details and prospectus to come. (I heard from a reliable source, that because it says Florida instead of Brevard, flamingos will be allowed. 🙂

The displays at the Eau Gallie Library continue – June’s theme is Sea Life, Sea Shells, Sand Castles, Dolphins, Sea Turtles, Summer Fun, walking on the beach, surfing, etc. July is Red, White and Blue! We are welcome to display the paintings we have done in classes. Just be sure to give credit of the source on the back of the painting. The themes for the rest of this year can be found on our website. Contact Susan Smith at to reserve your spot.

The November theme at the library will be Olde Brevard. This is a theme that was done for BWS shows in the early 2000’s which received much notoriety. Space/entries are limited. For reference photos, please contact Therese Ferguson at

A quick update on workshops.

  • Mini-workshop – Body in Motion, Witha Lecuesta, May 27 – last call for sign-up!
  • Zoom Workshop – Pat Dews, June 24 – free for members. More information to come. Sign up with Laurie Griffin,
  • Mini-workshop – Eyes linger longer with Textures, Lolly Walton, August 26 – more information to come.

Congratulations to our members Therese Ferguson, Lori Jenkins and Frank Spino who have been recognized by the Florida Watercolor Society for being accepted into their shows more than ten times. They will be receiving a Distinguished Signature Member award at the upcoming Ocala show.

My summer project – I will be looking at the feasibility of a regular/permanent space for our merry band of artists. Right now, I only have a list of things to think about, costs, savings, revenue, sponsorship, opportunity, risks, benefits, etc. Over the summer, I will bring this idea into focus and present it to all of you for your feedback in the fall.

September’s General meeting, September 9, will focus on elections: We have three positions open, two have volunteers who have stepped forward: Treasurer, Linda South and Secretary, Sheila Harnois. If you’d be interested in the Vice President role, please contact me: . Diane Harmon will demo painting on black paper.

Thank you for all your support as the first season of my presidency comes to a close. I admire and appreciate all of you! Have a fabulous summer!

A little historical trivia to lead into this month’s artist quote. Did you know Winston Churchill was a prolific oil painter? He partook as a stress reliever. I visited Chartwell House and have seen many of his pieces.

“Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.”

              – Winston Churchill


Teri Mahnken

President, Brevard Watercolor Society