President’s Letter

Hello NFWS friends!

2017 is almost complete at Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, and hasn’t it been grand! The Fall 2017 Members Watermedia Exhibition judged by our Fall Workshop Artist Linda Frayne Kemp, will run until November 12, 2017 at the Kenan Center House gallery. The Awards Reception was held on Sunday, October 22, with Artists Talks on Saturday, October 28th.  

Our visiting artist for the Fall Workshop at the Kenan Center in Lockport was Linda Frayne Kemp.Check out Linda’s website.  Linda demonstrated her painting process at our October meeting at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, on Thursday, October 19th, 2017.

As a heads up, begin your planning now  for the Spring Workshop, the third week of May at Marienthal Country Inn in Eden. We will welcome a new face for NFWS, Pittsburgh artist Peggi Habets. Workshop co-chairs Carol Molnar and Marty Kutas, the dynamite team who hosted Carol Carter for our Spring 2018 Workshop at Marienthal, are already planning for this full week. Check out her work at The Spring 2018  Members Watercolor Show will be an non-juried show open to all members. Peggi Habet will judge the show for awards. It is scheduled for the Artists Group Gallery, One Linwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY. 

We have a meeting and demonstration on the third Thursday of every month, 7 – 9 pm, September – November, and January – June at the Amherst Community Church, featuring a demonstration by a wonderful artist each month.

Our demonstrating artists for the year include for September 21st – Eileen Sudzina, October 19th – Linda Kemp, November 16th – Paul Allen Taylor, January 18th – Dan Meyer, February 15th – Deanna Weinholtz, March 15th – Ron Thurston, April  19th – John Merlino, and May 17th– Peggi Habets. These demonstrations follow our short meetings full of announcements about classes and shows our members are involved in, and are held at 7 pm at the Amherst Community Church. The exceptions are the October and May demos by our Workshop Artists, which will be held at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

June 21st, 2018 brings the return of the Members’ Show Your Art Show at 6:00 at the Amherst Community Church. Each member brings in a painting he/she would like to share, and two of our terrific member/teachers give critiques and suggestions. This will be the 7th year for this event, one we look forward to each year.

Our monthly meetings give us a chance to reconnect with friends, make new friends, and watch a water media painter at work. I know that I am not alone in my belief that I have so much yet to try!

I’m going to borrow from a previous President’s letter because this so aptly captures what our Society means for our community. “We value the coming together of like-minded individuals to express and share through the watercolor medium…” We are open to all, artists in all media, art lovers, and art makers, and we overflow with encouragement and support. Welcome!

Sally Treanor
President, NFWS