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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.


January Members’ Meeting and Demonstration by Carol Molnar

After a short and informative members meeting, we will welcome our own NFWS Signature Member Carol Molnar, an Elma NY artist whose paintings and other media creations have long fascinated all who know her. 

Artist’s Statement: “Watercolor is just one of several ways I find to get the art stuff out.  I taught art for thirty one years (1st-12th grade) so I see myself as a “jack of all trades and a master of none”.  It wasn’t until several years after retiring and joining NFWS that watercolors were given some extra space next to: sewing, gardening, painted wood creations, batik, stained glass and jewelry design.

I am not by any sense of the word a “disciplined” painter.  Weeks or even months will go by before picking up a brush.  The paintings are always worked on in my head long before being placed on paper.  Then the need to paint takes over and I will disappear into my workroom.

A future painting presents itself at any given time.  I am so thankful for camera phones to preserve the memory of that perfect composition.  Sometimes … well actually pretty often, I will view a scene and see it as if it was already a finished painting.  Objects from nature appear to be the work of assorted artists: a Burchfield tree, a Georgia O’Keeffe sky, a Picasso rock, (I have one in my garden), a composition by Adolph Gottlieb, and then the sun will quietly and perfectly cover a house for a painting by Edward Hopper.  I’m sure this happens because of all those years of teaching art history, the principles of design and the elements of art.” 

Everyone, member, not yet member and watercolor lover alike, is welcome to join us. We are a group that shares enthusiasm for watercolor and watermedia, welcomes  friendship old and new,  and  enjoys good snacks!!!