President’s Letter

Hello NFWS friends!

Our new season at Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society Is underway and has already exceeded expectations. We had a tremendous member’s response to our invitation to enter our second Watermedia Show - 102 submitted paintings from 89 members with 64 chosen by Barbara Nechis, our Fall Workshop Artist, to be in the Exhibition. The show opened at the Kenan Center House Gallery in Lockport on October 18th and will run until November 15th. The Awards Reception was held on Sunday, October 25. The winning paintings are shown on the NFWS 2016 Juried Members Watermedia Show page.

The Fall Workshop with Barbara Nechis was a huge success! Nice job again by two of our workshop co-chairs Carol Molnar and Marty Kutas. Check Barbara out at barbaranechis.com. Barbara also demonstrated her lyrical abstractions at our October meeting at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, on Thursday, October 15th, 2015.

If you didn’t get into this Fall Workshop, start planning for the Spring Workshop, the third week of May at the Kenan Center. We will welcome a favorite artist, Margaret Roseman, down from Toronto. Workshop co-chairs Ann Sessions and Beckey Leahy are hard at work planning for this full week. Check out her work at margaretroseman.com. The Spring Juried Members Show is scheduled for the Artists Group Gallery, One Linwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY, with Margaret Roseman as the juror.

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 rest of the year include for November 19th- Joan Hambleton, January 21st - Sally Treanor, February18th – Ric Feeney, March 17th– Art Cunanan, April 21st– Jody Ziehm, and May 19th– Margaret Roseman. 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 exception is the May 19th demo by our Spring Workshop Artist, Margaret Roseman, which will be held at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

June 16th, 2016 brings the return of the Members’ Show Your Art Show at 6:30 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 5th 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 last year’s September 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!

Carol Case Siracuse
President, NFWS
716 867-9044, csir@me.com