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Spring 2019 Workshop with Pat Dews

Our Spring Workshop will feature internationally renowned watermedia painter and teacher Pat Dews.

This Spring’s Watercolor Workshop will be held at Marienthal Country Inn, 5107 Langford Road in Eden, NY, May 13 – 17, 2019, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Registration Forms for the Workshop will be available on Monday. March 4, 2019  on this site. They will also be emailed to all NFWS Members.


Pat Dews, a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City is a signature member and Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, National Collage Society and the New Jersey Water Color Society.

Dews creates experimental works in watermedia on paper and canvas.  She paints the abstract essence of nature.  The shapes and textures of flowers, rocks, water, crumbled walls, rusty objects are translated into richly layered paint surfaces. Collage is often integrated.  Dews skillfully juggles organic and geometric forms, transparent and opaque paint – all held together by a basic abstract underlying shape.  It is this intricate dance, rendered in strong color and value which produces her award-winning paintings.  

Dews’ painting, “Overpass” received Second Place in the 33rdAnnual Artist’s Magazine Abstract/Experimental category. Pat received The  Mary Bryan Memorial Medal at the 150thAmerican Watercolor Society Exhibition, 2017, the Paul B. Remmey, AWS, Memorial Award at the 148thAmerican Watercolor Society International Exhibition, 2015, the Edgar Whitney Memorial Award at the 149thAmerican Watercolor Society Exhibition, 2016 and the China Zou Yinong Silver Award – China/NWS Small Image Exhibition, 2016. Dews’ paintings were represented in the 2015 Small Image Exchange Exhibition and the 2015 Shenzhen International Biennial Exhibition, China.

Pat is the author of [the painter’s workshop] Creative Composition & Design, 2003 (ebook), and Creative Discoveries in Watermedia,1998, published by North Light Books.  Her work has appeared in numerous books and publications. Dews’ videos, Designing Great Starts with Texture and Formand Let’s Get Started Finishingare available through Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.

Pat is an enthusiastic, popular instructor, teaching workshops internationally. Dews has acted as juror for both the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. Pat lives in Hobe Sound, Florida and spends summers in Southold, New York.

E-mail: PatDews@aol.com    Web Site: www.patdews.com


For Pat design is everything as she creates experimental works in watermedia on paper and
canvas. The design elements: shape, texture, line, space, value and color translate what she
sees in nature. Being an intuitive painter, she delights in showing students how they also can
transform realistic imagery into well composed abstractions.

Here is the 5 Day Plan for Pat’s Workshop:

Learn to Paint Better Abstracts

Join us for a week of inspiration and camaraderie.

Spring 2019 Members Watermedia Exhibition, April 28 – May 25, 2019 at the Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., N. Tonawanda, NY 14120. Submission Period opens January 18, 2019 and closes March 10, 2019.

This Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society’s Spring 2019 Members’ Watermedia  Exhibition will be juried by Pat Dews, our NFWS Spring 2019 Workshop Artist. The Submissions Period opens January 18, 2019 and closes March 10, 2019. Artists will be notified as to the status of their submitted paintings soon after April 1, 2019. The Awards Reception will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 2 to 4 pm at the Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda, NY 14120.

To learn more about this Exhibition, click here.

Artists Talks, Fall 2017 Members Watermedia Exhibition

Sally Treanor and Mike Killelea will co-host this event featuring six NFWS Member-Artists whose painting(s) are included in this incredible exhibition.

The artists are Roberta Bolt, Sallye Keith, Kathleen Giles, Mary Ellen Hanna, Kateri Ewing and Catherine O’Neill.

Join us and find out about transparent watercolor and water media. It’s fun!



Watercolor Demonstration by NFWS Workshop Artist Linda Frayne Kemp at the Burchfield Penney Art Center

Twice a year, in October and May, NFWS partners with the Burchfield Penney Art Center to host a demonstration by the NFWS Workshop Artist. Our Fall Workshop Artist is internationally renowned watercolor and water media artist, Linda Frayne Kemp. Come to the BPAC early, check our the exhibitions, and the gallery shop. All are welcome!

A full time artist, Linda Kemp frequently instructs and lectures at national symposiums and watercolour workshops throughout Canada, The United States and The United Kingdom. She was the recipient of the 2005 Woman of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture and in 2008 received the AJ Casson Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Watercolour, the top award for the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour National Juried Exhibition.

Linda is internationally recognized for her unique contemporary watercolours and innovative use of negative painting. She is the author of two books: Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines – A Positive Approach to Negative Painting and Simplifying Design and Color For Artists – Positive Results Using Negative Painting Techniques (North Light pub.) and four instructional Dvds. Kemp is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, The Ontario Society of Artists and The Society of Canadian Artists and was given honorary membership in the Society for all Artists (UK). This artist is profiled in Canadian Who’s Who, Who’s Who of Canadian Women, The Dictionary of International Biography, The 20th Anniversary Edition of Trivial Pursuit and 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century.

Her award winning paintings are in private, public, and corporate collections around the world, including The Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, and the private collection of HRH The Prince of Wales.

Her paintings and articles have been featured in publications such as Artist’s Magazine, American Artist, Watercolor Magic, International Artist, Watermedia Focus, Palette Magazine and The Watercolour Gazette. Castle, U.K.

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.