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Mary Whyte has completed her selection process for our Spring 2023 Open Watercolor Exhibition!

Mary selected 60 paintings for the Exhibition from the 104 submitted. Congratulations to all of the artists. Our co-chairs of the Exhibition Committee, Janet Ide and Martha Rogala, emailed all notifications to submitting artists on March 15, 2023. Check your email inbox and spam, junk, and whatever other similar boxes you may have. If you do not see your email, contact Janet at or Martha at 

The paintings selected will be posted on our website on May 3, 2023, the same day that the Exhibition opens at the Carnegie Art Center.

Again, Congratulations! We can be proud of our artists. It promises to be a beautiful show. 

One more week to submit your paintings for jurying by Mary Whyte, NFWS Spring 2023 Open Watercolor Exhibition!

Mary Whyte is NFWS’ Spring Workshop Artist, in person!  Here is a link to more information about the workshop, The Best of Portrait and Figure with Mary Whyte.

Submit your paintings online through the Call for Work Page. Go to Exhibits on the NFWS page  Menu, or here’s the link Call for Work.

Mary’s Self-Portrait


The Registration Form and Details for the Mary Whyte 3-Day Workshop, The Best of Portrait and Figure in Watercolor can be viewed and printed on the Event Page in our calendar. Click here to access.

Read about this Workshop, and access the Registration Document on our Calendar event page. Here is a link to our Event Page for the Workshop:


Following a brief Members Meeting we will have the pleasure of a demonstration by Illinois watercolor artist Tom Francesconi. This will be a Zoom event, at 4 pm, on Thursday, February 16th. A Zoom link will be sent by email to all NFWS Members on the Monday before the Thursday afternoon Meeting.

Here is a link to the event page for Tom Francesconi’s 4 pm demonstration:

February 16th Members Meeting and Demonstration by Tom Francesconi

26 Days left to submit your paintings to our NFWS Spring 2023 Open Watercolor Exhibition. The Prospectus is available here and on the Call for Work page! The Submission Period runs through February 26, 2023.

Click here for the Prospectus:

Spring 2023 Open Watercolor Exhibition Prospectus 

Click here for the link to the  Call for Work page.

This Exhibition will be on view from May 3 – 26, 2023 at the Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda, New York.

The Exhibition Juror and Judge of Awards is renowned artist and cherished teacher Mary Whyte, our NFWS Spring Workshop Artist. 

“In my studio I have a small plaque that reads, “The most beautiful things in life cannot be touched.” It was a gift from my friend Georgeanna, and a constant reminder of what it is we artists try to express. It is not the days we remember in our lives but the small moments.”   Mary Whyte, An Artist’s Way of Seeing.