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April Members Meeting and Demonstration by Bill Mancuso

NOTE: this meeting and demo is the 4th Thursday, April 25th!

After a short and informative members meeting, we will welcome Bill Mancuso, sketcher, watercolor painter, Plein air enthusiast who joins us from Ohio. Here is his “Bio of Sorts”.

Bill shares: I have drawn for as long as I can remember and since 1998 I’ve shared that interest with students at Ohio Northern University in the flatlands of Ada, OH where I live and work with my wife Melissa, an accomplished artist who also teaches at Northern, our two amazing daughters and a small herd of cats.  Before ONU I taught at Thiel College in Greenville, PA for nine years after a year of shuffling between several schools in WNY teaching as an adjunct professor.

I first came to painting as a kid with a local artist, Rose DiCarlo, who taught out of her home and who had us out on the street drawing and painting whenever she could.  Later I was extremely fortunate to be taken under wing by Don Grieger and John Hodgins who loved to paint outdoors and this was my real introduction to not just the process, but also thinking about the purpose of the work.   

My “official” training came afterwards and consists of an undergraduate degree from SUNY College of Brockport where I was fortunate enough to study painting and drawing with Robert Marx and ceramics with Bill Stewart. My graduate degree is in drawing and painting from the University of Buffalo where the wonderful Harvey Breverman taught. I have also had the opportunity to participate in workshops with Charles Movalli, Andy Evansen, Bill Vrscak, Vladislav Yeliseyev, Eric Michaels and Yuki Hall amongst others.

For myself, drawing and painting is about seeing interconnectedness. By attempting to see, by participating in the process of seeing, I try to be conscious and pay attention. Drawing and painting, for me, is a way to create a trail of my attention to the moment, of being here now. When I consider what Gandhi said when asked about his message, “my life is my message”, perhaps the trail one leaves in art and life is not only our message, but the ultimate form of art?

Everyone is welcome to join us. We are a group that shares enthusiasm for watercolor and watermedia, shares friendship and good snacks!!!

March 2019 Members Meeting and Demonstration by Nancy Lane

After a short and informative members meeting, we will welcome Nancy Lane, fine artist since 2007, who works in watercolor and other watermedia. She creates her paintings and illustrations in her studio in the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York, and is a member of the Rochester Art Club and the Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters. 

“I spent 30 years as an illustrator of more than 24 picture books, as well as book covers and magazine stories. Now I focus my time on my own paintings and commissioned work.

I also enjoy teaching art to individuals and groups, in my home as well as at Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery in Canandaigua, NY. I’ve learned how to explain the intuitive process of creating art so that my students can grow as artists.

When not in the studio, I’m an avid reader. I play piano and love hearing live music. I have two grown children that I’m overly proud of.  I enjoy hiking with my husband and our rescued dog in the woods surrounding our log home in  New York’s Finger Lakes region.” 

Everyone is welcome to join us for an entertaining evening of friendship, learning and inspiration.  See you in March!



February Members Meeting and Demonstration by Mary Hardegen

A respected watercolor painter, NFWS Signature Member Mary Hardegen will be our demonstrator in February.

Mary shares the following:
“Exposed to watercolor at a young age, I knew that my artistic abilities would ultimately be devoted to it. Watercolor itself offers a lifetime of experimentation to learn its elusive qualities. Intrigued more by what the paint itself displays than the actual subjects I choose, I am inspired by anything that captures light and color, especially landscapes. An expressive medium with unique results every time makes it an exciting medium to share with others through hands on experience, which is why I also enjoy teaching others about watercolor.

My work has been exhibited locally and nationally, receiving awards and being purchased for personal collections.

I have been a member of NFWS for over 12 years, serving as President and in several other roles. I also participate in the Southtowns Watercolor Salon. Centennial Art Center, and Western New York Artists Group.

I have taught classes in a variety of settings. I currently do not have a website but can be contacted through email.”

Join us for an evening of friendship and inspiration. Everyone is welcome!!

January Members Meeting and Demonstration by Vicki O’Reilly

For our January 17th Members Meeting we welcome NFWS Signature Member Vicki O’Reilly whose mastery of luminous florals and keen observation of nature and our surroundings delight lovers of watercolor across the Niagara Frontier.

Vicki has shared the following:

“I have admired watercolor paintings my whole life, but until 15 years ago, I had never worked in watercolor. In 1997, I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art and art history from U.B., taking classes part time while I raised my two children. I also studied locally with a studio artist in portraiture and life drawing in oils, pastels and charcoals. I was first introduced to transparent watercolor when I met Denise Sperry at a figure drawing class and was intrigued by the medium in which she worked. Denise told me that she gave classes in technique, and I immediately signed up. From then on, I have never looked back.
I draw inspiration for my paintings from observation of my everyday environment as well as experience gained in my travels. People are often the subjects of my paintings and at other times I find a landscape or cityscape of a place intriguing. Flowers, however, are a special subject for me and often I find myself drawn to them, wherever I may be. I believe that we all sometimes take the beauty around us for granted and I try to paint in a way that makes people take notice. My goal when I paint is to relate my poetic response to my subject. I will frequently zoom in and exaggerate the color or value to intensify the drama, create a sense of mystery and communicate my excitement. Each painting holds a challenge for me both technically and spiritually, as I work to depict visually what I feel emotionally.
I am a signature member of NFWS and have been honored to receive awards for pieces exhibited in their juried shows. I served on the Board of Directors for 3 years and continue to be active in the society. I am also a longtime member of the Williamsville Art Society where I served as past President and chairperson of several committees. I continue to exhibit in their shows as well and have been honored with several awards. In October 2016, I was accepted as an exhibiting member of the Buffalo Society of Artists. I live in Buffalo, New York and have continued my art education by attending numerous workshops both locally and internationally.”

Everyone is welcome to join us for an entertaining evening of friendship, learning and inspiration.  See you in January!

November Members Meeting and Demonstration by Katie Turner

Our monthly Members Meetings are brief and open to the public. We welcome everyone interested in watercolor, the regional arts community and learning. There is always a demonstration by remarkable watercolor artist, and snacks are provided!

November’s artist demonstrator is Katie Turner! Love her statement –

“When I paint, I am deeply immersed in watching colors mix.  It’s fascinating to play with paint – poking it – leading it – spraying it – coaxing it into walking across the paper.  I almost always see shapes from nature, most always flowers.”                                                     ~ Katie Turner

Originally from Buffalo, Katie is a watercolor artist who loves working on slick surfaces. Exposed to the art world at an early age by her late mother, a watercolorist from Buffalo, Turner continues to develop her individual style with passion and dedication painting evocative, fresh and intuitive pieces.

Although Turner spent many years in the graphic arts field, writing articles, publishing zines and working with various media, she never strays far from watercolor.

Publications: Creative Genius (Book), NLAPW, April 2018; Stone Canoe: A Journal of Arts, Literature and Social Commentary No. 12, March 2018; Celebrating 120 Years of Pen Women Coloring Book, Jan 2018; NLAPW Magazine, Winter 2017 & Spring 2015; In the Company of Women Book, Jacobs Press, June 2016; & several articles in Somerset Gallery Magazines, Scrap & Stamps & more.

Membership: International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA), National League of American Pen Women (Visual Artist), Signature member of Central New York Watercolor Society, Signature member of Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, and sitting on the Board of the Central New York Art Guild.


September Members Meeting and Demonstration by Barbara Fox

Our monthly Members Meetings are brief and open to the public. We welcome everyone interested in watercolor, the regional arts community and learning. There is always a demonstration by remarkable water media artist, and snacks are provided!

September’s artist demonstrator is Barbara Fox. What a treat!

Barbara Fox is a painter recognized for still life and floral subjects in watercolor and oil. Her meticulously crafted paintings are exhibited and collected internationally, have received numerous awards, and have been selected for publication in fine art books and magazines. Barbara’s work has been published in four editions of the watercolor publication Splash: the Best of Watercolor Painting. She has been a featured artist in the leading national art magazines American Artist and Watercolor Magic. She leads watercolor workshops around the country, teaching her method of layering washes and painting details. She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the International Guild of Realism, among others.

Barbara’s Artist Statement:

My working method pays homage to the Dutch masters and the tradition of academic painting. I work from life and photographs. Watercolor and oil paintings begin as detailed drawings to which a number of glazes are applied, building deep values and rich colors. The process of completing these works may take many weeks, so I usually have several paintings in process at once. Creating artwork is both a meditation and an adventure that opens my eyes to our beautiful world.

April Members Meeting and Demonstration by John Merlino

Regional artist John Merlino offers this from his website –
“My focus has always on artistic achievement especially in relationship to natural beauty and landscape.  I have found that working in a dry brush watercolor technique & oil painting are the perfect expressions of  my artistic vision bringing my realism to life.  My unlimited palette includes mixed media collage & abstract paintings built from the soul of inner expression. 
Thank you for your interest & input.”

March Members Meeting and Demonstration by Ron Thurston

“The fresh, bold watercolor in Ron Thurston‘s artwork moves the viewer to experience the sensation of his

landscapes – his intimate body forms use a daring color language, laced with tender lines, shapes,

shadows to produce a satisfying, emotional inventive art current.”   M.A. Sinnhuber Artist/Poet

February Members Meeting and Demonstration by Deanna Weinholtz

Come learn about what’s happening in the watercolor community in Western New York, enjoy the company of fellow watercolor and watermedia enthusiasts, and watch a demonstration by our own Deanna Weinholtz.
Deanna is a watermedia artist from Western New York who is best known for her luminous landscapes and seascapes in watercolor and acrylics. Her creations have been displayed in numerous exhibitions and galleries and have won national and regional awards
Deanna’s inspiration comes from travels throughout the United States and Canada. The Kawartha Lakes in Canada is one of her favorite subjects and is frequently featured in her paintings. She was fortunate to experience growing up at her family’s summer resort on a lake in the Kawarthas. Observing spectacular sunsets over the water and the Northern Lights occasionally dancing across the sky, has inspired a number of her paintings. Transparent watercolor and fluid acrylics are the mediums she chooses to portray her subjects because of their luminescent qualities and ability to layer creating depth. Deanna uses large brushes, rags and her fingers to create spontaneous, intuitive paintings that are a beautiful mix of representational abstract. A graduate of State University College at Buffalo with a degree in design, Deanna worked as a graphic designer for several years before leaving to raise a family. She pursued other artistic professions including designing and dressmaking of wedding gowns, until her passion for painting pulled her back to become a full time professional fine artist. She shares her knowledge and love of painting through teaching and demos. Deanna is a signature member of Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, an exhibiting member of Buffalo Society of Artists, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and Buffalo Niagara Art Association. www.deannaweinholtz. com