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NFWS Fall 2019 International Transparent Watercolor Exhibition

NFWS 14th International Exhibition opens October 20, 2019 at the Kenan Center House Gallery in Lockport, NY. The prospectus is available to review, download and print here and on the Call for Work page. The Submission Period is open, and extends until midnight, August 24th. Our Workshop Artist, Iain Stewart will be the juror and the judge for awards. The Awards Reception is Sunday, October 20, 2019, 1 – 4 pm. 

International Exhibition Prospectus Fall 2019 corrected 7.10.19

This is one of Iain Stewart’s idyllic transparent watercolor landscapes!

Fall 2019 Workshop with Iain Stewart


The Watercolor Workshop will be held at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust Street, Lockport, NY October 15 – 18, 2019, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.  

 Registration Forms will be available for download here on August 5, 2019.



Iain Stewart is a watercolor artist / illustrator and a signature member of both the American and National Watercolor Societies. His work has received numerous awards in international competition and he is a sought after juror and workshop instructor. He is also an architectural illustrator with an international clientele- a business he has run for the last 20 years. Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama.

Artist’s Statement

I rely on instinct a great deal and my sketchbook when selecting subjects for my paintings. The lion’s share of my work is done in one sitting as my real struggle in painting is to capture the initial vision for any given piece. I am most often motivated by capturing a definitive lighting condition and how it influences shape and value rather than faithfully representing the subject as witnessed. Watercolor is uniquely suited for this task as “light” is reserved from the first brush strokes and must be protected throughout the painting process .

The underlying narrative in my work is not based on any theme in particular but quite simply how “place” is inhabited and used daily. 

I often use remembered atmospheric and lighting conditions in my work and would say that I paint from life and memory simultaneously. My watercolors are not only a translation of what I see, but more importantly, an expression of how I choose to view the world. 

   Web Site: http://iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com


September 18th Members Meeting and Demonstration by Drayton Jones.

After a short and informative members meeting, we will welcome Drayton Jones, transparent watercolor artist and teacher coming to us from Fayetteville, New York.

Drayton Jones, a Fayetteville, NY resident, is an active member of the Cazenovia Watercolor Society, participates in local shows including St. David’s and The Dark Isle at Lorenzo and teaches various workshops. Recently he became a Signature member of Watercolor West, a nationally recognized Watercolor Society. He has studied under Nicora Gangi, a full time nationally award- winning painter/artist. Gangi says “Drayton Jones’ sensitive style of expression, through the medium of watercolor, poetically captures the drama of natural light on his subject matter, whether it be the soft rolling hills of central New York or the tranquil beauty of our surrounding lakes”. Jones also received acclaim by Syracuse Post writer, Katherine Rushworth, in her article, Sunday June 10th, 2007 declaring “one of the highlights in the show was discovering the work of Drayton Jones. His style is reminiscent of the great American watercolorist John Marin, but Jones is crisper and less abstract in his approach.” Ms. Rushworth called his work “fluid, bold” and “daring””.

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

Submission Period, NFWS Fall 2019 14th International Transparent Watercolor Exhibition

The Submission Period for our International Exhibition is officially open. Iain Stewart, our Fall Workshop Artist, is the juror and the judge. You may view the Prospectus and submit on line by going to the Call for Work page. Mailed submissions are also acceptable following the instructions in the International Exhibition Prospectus Fall 2019 corrected 7.10.19

Members 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 members who are also beloved artist teachers, Sandy Ludwig and Mike Killea. 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!


Mike Killelea’s Codetalker                                         Sandy Ludwig’s Remembering Super Duper

Call for Work, Fall 2019 14th International Exhibition of Transparent Watercolor, October 20 – November 17, 2019, Kenan Center House Gallery, Lockport, NY.The submission period for the Fall 2019 Exhibition IS OPEN!, It will close at midnight, August 24, 2019. 

This Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society’s Fall 2019 14th International Exhibition of Transparent Watercolor  will be juried by Iain Stewart, our NFWS Fall 2019 Workshop Artist. The Submissions Period IS OPEN! It will close at midnight, August 24, 2019. Artists will be notified as to the status of their submitted paintings soon after September 2, 2019. The Awards Reception will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2018 from 1 to 4 pm at the Kenan Center House Gallery.

Learn more about this exhibition.

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!