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Fall 2017 Members’ Watermedia Exhibition. Congratulations to all the Member Artists whose paintings were selected. A list can be viewed by clicking on this link.

The Juror, Linda Frayne Kemp, selected 62 paintings from the 137 submitted. 

The List of Artists Accepted, Fall 2017 Exhibition can be viewed here.

The Exhibition will be at the Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust Street, Lockport, NY, from October 8 – November 12, 2017. The Award Ceremony and Reception will be held at the Kenan Center on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 2 – 5 pm.  Artists’ Talks will be held on Saturday, October 28, at 2 pm.

Learn More Here.


September Members Meeting and Demonstration by Eileen Sudzina

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 the exciting painter from Pittsburgh, Eileen Sudzina.

Eileen offers: “When painting, I lose myself for a while and am free to create and design a work that’s loose and spontaneous on YUPO. I try to capture just the essence of what’s inside myself, painting quickly with a lot of flowing energy. I like there to be a lot going on close up, but to have the wholeness of the work show that something’s there too.
I design with pattern and my work has been described as a “Sense of Interval”.

I am the Screening Chair and Workshop Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and former Vice President.”

June Show Your Art Show

Here’s an opportunity to see what our members are doing, and to get some gentle constructive advice from two of our beloved artist teachers, Marty Kutas and Jody Ziehm. Bring in one of your paintings, preferably framed, though a mat works. Pizza and beverage will be a treat from NFWS. Join us for this enjoyable event.

Note that the starting time is 6 pm!

Itty Bitty Kitty by Jody Ziehm    Angel Trumpets by Marty Kutas


January 2017 Members’ Meeting and Demonstration by Marty Kutas

Our first meeting of the New Year, 2017, will feature Marty Kutas, a transparent watercolor artist and teacher from Hamburg, NY. She has been a member of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society for 19 years, most of that time serving as the Membership Chair. Her traditional painting style emphasize light, shadow, and experimentation with color with varied subject matter including florals, landscapes, architecture and figures. In addition to being a NFWS Member, she is a member of the Western New York Artists Group, the Centennial Art Center, the Southtowns Watercolor Salon, and an exhibiting member of the Buffalo Society of Artists,

Her formal training was in math education, but she has enjoyed painting and drawing all her life. Her training in watercolor has been through adult education classes, learning from our many talented demonstrators, and attending NFWS workshops. Now she is teaching beginning students who want to enjoy the excitement of painting with watercolor.

Everyone is invited to attend our meeting and demonstration, and to hear about our classes, upcoming events, shows and workshops. Come enjoy the camaraderie of enthusiastic fellow artists and art lovers. For more information about NFWS check our our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/niagarafrontierwatercolorsociety.

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Members Meeting & Demonstration

Our November demonstration will be by our NFWS Signature Member, artist and beloved teacher, Joan Hambleton. Joan works in a variety of styles in transparent watercolor and aqua media. She calls her work impressionistic plein air. She describes herself this way:
“As an artist, I like painting the things I see around me. Studying the play of light against the background and the various changes in color and value are exciting personal experiences for me. I have been recognized in Western New York for my watercolors and acrylics and am constantly exploring new modes of expression.Much of my work begins outdoors with either transparent watercolors or acrylics. Along with some sketches and photographs, I return to my studio to complete my paintings. By working this way, I hope to respond to my environment and capture the spirit of the day. Once in the studio, I continue to work with both watercolors and acrylics in combination.This gives me a sense of freedom and adds a new dimension to my work. .My work is done on untreated paper and is still considered aqua-media.”

The meeting and demo begin at 7 pm and last til 9 pm.
Join us as we enjoy the company of painters and art lovers.

Fall 2015 Members Watermedia Show

The Kenan Center will host the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society Fall 2015 Watermedia Show, October 18-November 15. A reception and awards presentation will be held on Sunday, October 25 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust St, Lockport. Exhibit hours are M-F, noon-5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2-5 pm. The Gallery will be closed November 7, 8 & 14. The juried exhibit will feature 48 artists and 64 works.

Juror for the exhibit is Barbara Nechis. Nechis is an artist who has developed a style known for its masterful balance of spontaneity and control of the watercolor brush. She holds a BA in History and Fine Arts from the University of Rochester and an MS from Alfred University. She was a faculty member of Parsons School of Design for many years and has taught seminars at Pratt Institute, throughout North America, Europe, and Asia . She has served as a juror and director of the American Watercolor Society and is the author of Watercolor From the Heart (Watson-Guptill Publications, 1993) and Watercolor the Creative Experience (North Light Books, 1979). Her work appears in many publications and collections, among them the Butler Institute of American Art, IBM, and Citicorp. She resides in Napa Valley in northern California.

Founded in 1980, the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society is dedicated to preserving the tradition of transparent watercolor. It is presently the largest, most active watercolor society in Western New York. More than 225 members strong, the Society’s purpose is to sponsor, encourage, teach, and develop the art of transparent watercolor and secure recognition for our region in the art world. The group holds juried members’ exhibits in the spring and fall and sponsors a national juried show every two years.

Sponsors of the Kenan Center House Gallery 2014 exhibitions are Kenan Arts Council, Grigg Lewis Foundation, and Kenan Quilters’ Guild.

NFWS Fall 2015 Juried Members Watermedia Show, was our second NFWS show spot-lighting the wide range of media and approaches available to watercolor artists!

The Fall 2015 Juried Members Watermedia Show was a huge success. It ran from October 18 to November 15, 2015 at the Kenan Center Gallery in Lockport, NY. Take a look at the winners and details on the Fall 2015 Show page in the Exhibits Section. View the Exhibit.

Our next Juried Watermedia Show will be in the Fall of 2017, with Linda Kemp as the juror.