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March 17th Members Meeting and Demonstration by Kris Parins!

After a brief Members Meeting, Kris Parins will be our artist demonstrator, joining us from Sarasota, Florida.

Delight in nature was instilled in Kris in her childhood, spent at the edge of a lake in northern Wisconsin. That same small lake now provides the view and inspiration from the windows of her summer studio. She spends winters painting in Sarasota, Florida.

A Signature Member of several watercolor societies including AWS, NWS and TWSA, Kris Parins’ award-winning paintings and articles have been featured in Watercolor Artist, International Artist, and American Artist Watercolor magazines, as well as several editions of Splash, the Best of Watercolor. Her work is regularly included in international competitions including Birds in Art at the Woodson Art Museum.

After earning an art degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison she studied graphic design. As an art director and account executive, she enjoyed the occasional opportunity to create watercolor illustrations for her clients’ product graphics. Since 1999, Kris has devoted her creative energy toward fine art. Watercolor’s transparency and vibrancy, combined with an element of surprise, continue to keep her interested in this challenging medium. Frequent travels provide fresh input and continue to inform her way of interpreting the world around her. 

Kris Parins – Artist Statement:

Through my art I strive to communicate my joy of experience, both of observation and of creation. When I succeed, the person who views one of my paintings will see a small part of the world in a new light.

By exaggerating essentials and eliminating detail in my reference photos and sketches, I call attention to the ideas that interest me, resulting in paintings that are more powerful, abstract, and personal.

I continue to love transparent watercolor because I am energized by the randomness and spontaneity it provides. The swirl of color mixing on the paper creates its own nuanced atmosphere and inspires a conversation with the medium, often suggesting new directions.


The Award Winners in our Fall 2021 Members’ Exhibition of Transparent Watercolor, with the Judge’s Comments, have been posted! Click Here:

Click here to get to the Award Winners! NFWS 2021 Members Exhibition of Transparent Watercolor. The award cards are also displayed at each award winner’s painting at the Kenan Center House Gallery433 Locust St., Lockport, NY. 

A Special Thursday Night! June 17th! Andrew Pitt will demonstrate on Zoom for NFWS!

As a special treat we will have British artist Andrew Pitt on Zoom for NFWS Members from London! We will email Zoom invitations on the Monday before the Event!

Andrew Pitt was born in Maldon, Essex in the UK. He started painting at the age of eleven, inspired by watching visiting artist who came to Maldon to paint the Thames Sailing Barges.

Although he is primarily a watercolour artist he also paints and teaches oil painting. 

He has been teaching workshops and residential courses for over 40 years and has held over 20 one-man exhibitions. He has contributed many articles to the English art magazine, “The Leisure Painter’’ and his first book, ‘’Seasons and Reflections: Notes on Painting in Watercolour” was published in 2019. In 2008 Town House Films Ltd produced an instructional DVD called, ‘’Watercolour: Pure and Simple with Andrew Pitt’’.

Andrew lives in Suffolk, England with his wife Rachel and her small flock of chickens.

Here is his Artist’s Statement

Painting, particularly in watercolour, is endlessly fascinating because we are not painting what we know but what we have just found out. My aim is to paint a picture which represents the subject as I see it without compromising the fluid, transparency of the watercolour medium.

To achieve a lively, fresh painting is a high risk activity, but when a watercolour is successful it is difficult to beat using any other medium. I try to keep my technique and materials as simple as possible. I paint using a direct – all a prima – method, which dispenses with the traditional ‘’light to dark’’ approach. I go for the end straight away, the way I want my picture to look when it is finished, using the minimum of planned over-painting; a method which emphasises the freshness, and essential beauty of watercolour. I also want the viewer to feel my paintings celebrate the subject and convey the enthusiasm and pleasure of the artist. 

The 61 paintings by members that will be on view at the Artists Group Gallery beginning on April 20, 2021 can be viewed here online on the same day. Stay tuned!!

Here is the postcard that was sent to members announcing the show. Nice work, committee and AGG Staff! You will be able to view all 61 paintings on this show’s page under Exhibitions in the menu on our home page on April 20, 2021. Click here.

Awards Reception, Spring 2020 Members Exhibition of Transparent Watercolors has been CANCELED!

There will be no reception for this, our Spring 2020 Members Exhibition for it is now going to be an ONLINE SHOW, a first for NFWS.  The awards are being judged by our May Workshop Artist, Richard Stephens. We will post the SHOW here on our website on April 25th. The Awards will be posted on May 9th.

Stay home, stay safe and stay healthy, please.  

Spring 2020 Members Exhibition of Transparent Watercolor that has been changed to an ONLINE SHOW is posted!

Go here to see the Award Winners selected by Richard Stephens.

Go here to see all 59 paintings that have been selected for this first ever NFWS Members Online Exhibition.

The First Ever Members Online Exhibition of Transparent Watercolor

Richard Stephens, our Spring Workshop Artist, selected 59 paintings from the 106 submitted by our NFWS Members.  Notifications have been sent out. The ONLINE Show is now posted on the Website, and will be on our Facebook page on April 20th. Awards will be selected by our juror/judge Richard Stephens. They will be posted on May 5th. Congratulations to everyone who was selected.

It was a challenging task for Richard. His thoughtful selections have resulted in a stunning show of work by our talented NFWS community of artists. To see the show, click here.