Tuesday, May 19, 2015


President Marilyn Bishop called the meeting to order.  Since our Secretary, Joyce, was absent, Carol Fencl kindly offered to take the minutes.

Marilyn asked for someone to volunteer to be a coffee backup person for the rare times when Joan Miley is absent.

Sally Wester gave the Treasurer’s report. 

Membership Chair Deb Ward reported that we now have 83 paid members.  She also distributed membership books to members who were present.

Watercolor Workshop:  Dianna Duncan reported that our sponsored workshop with artist Sue Archer to be held May 29-31 has a full group.  She asked for people to serve as helpers for the workshop.  This was opened to people not attending, but who could volunteer time and sit in on some of the sessions. 

Carol McAfee reported on our Annual Exhibit to be held this summer at The Barn in Mariemont.  The dates will be August 5-25.  The reception will be on Sunday afternoon, August 9.  She asked for sitters for the three weekends of the show.  Exhibitors are asked to bring their pictures to the August meeting (August 5) which will be held at The Barn instead of our usual location.

Supplies for the Lockland High School to be given to the art teacher will be collected at the end of today’s meeting by Margie Carleton.  With the cutbacks in school budgets, members were asked to contribute supplies.

DVDs for the GCWS lending library were on the table in the back.

Joan O’Leary announced the following programs:
June – Litsa Spanos on boosting your sales with innovative marketing ideas.
July – representative from Winsor Newton, with samples for those attending
August (at The Barn) – Jean Vance, GCWS member – things you want to know (tips)

Program presentation by Mark Willenbrink speaking on creating depth in art work. 
Mark Willenbrink
Mark gave us examples of perspective drawings.
Mark began a demonstration painting, showing us atmospheric/aerial perspective.
Mark focused on three ways to create depth in art:
Linear perspective
Atmospheric (aerial) perspective (values)
Use of color – with warm and cool colors
Marks’ website is: www.shadowblaze.com.
He critiqued artwork brought in by members following his presentation.

Mark showed us some of his paintings during his program - as follows:

Young Adult Financial Awards were presented by Dot Burdin at the conclusion of the program.  Each of the two persons chosen shared some of their portfolio work.  The two who were selected from the Art Academy to be awarded a check for $500 each to further their art careers were:  Hannah Parker and Taylor Wellman.

Dot Burdin presented Hannah and Taylor with their awards certificates and checks,
then each showed some of the work from their portfolios (below)

Respectfully submitted, Carol Fencl, Secretary Pro Tem
Photos by Deb Ward

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MINUTES - April, 2015

Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society
April 1, 2015 Meeting/Program
 Wow!  After not having meetings scheduled for January or February (because the weather probably would be bad), we had to cancel our March meeting for that very reason.  So, we were fearful of what April Fool’s Day would bring – but, the sun was out, as was a large percentage of our members – anxious to renew our friendships and learning!  We did have one difficulty – our President Marilyn Bishop was not able to be there, as she was recovering from a procedure on her foot.  Our past president, Deb Ward, graciously filled in to lead us.
A very nice crowd!
Deb welcomed everyone, and the guests were introduced.  There was Vicki Fleming, former student of Susan Grogan, friend of Dianna Duncan;  and Judy Doyle, recently moved to our area.  Interestingly, Judy lives in the same complex as Margaret Mailley, whose Memorial Art Show surrounded the meeting room.  Judy told us that Margaret had been a very talented person in other aspects of her life besides her painting.  Other guests were Nancy Biers, former student of Rhonda Carpenter, Heidi Hanson, Libby Sharwau, who is now retired and now has time to paint, and Shirley Cooper, from the Eastgate area.  We appreciate their visit and hope they will join the group.

These are a few of the paintings by Margaret Mailly that lined the gallery walls.
As you can see, Margaret specialized in trains.
We discussed “Staying to Paint”.  Everyone is invited to stay after our meetings, enjoy a light lunch, and the fellowship of painting with others.   If you desire, you may ask the others for some pointers, or ideas, etc., or give some; stay for a little while, or a little longer.
Sally Wester gave the Treasurer’s Report.  We have sufficient money to cover the Expenses for the year, and to keep some in our Reserve.  Some of the money is used for subsidizing members’ participation in workshops or other events, thereby keeping the prices reasonable.

Deb gave the Membership Report -  Our number is down about 10 from last year right now.  This may be because some people forgot to bring their checks to the meeting.  Also, we hope that today’s guests will join and enjoy all the benefits of membership.

Dianna Duncan gave a report on the Sue Archer Workshop – There is one spot left, and you may put your name on a waiting list.  Dianna has moved, so if you want to send anything to her, call her first.   Sue is a well-known and acclaimed artist, and everyone who attends will learn a great deal.  Dianna asked members who are not attending the workshop to please give her some assistance in making it all run smoothly.  It would be most appreciated.

Carol McAfee gave a report on our Annual Exhibit - It will be at the “Barn” from August 5 – 25, and Carol will need quite a few volunteers to do a little something each, to have a successful Exhibit.  If you are willing to help in any way, please let Carol know.  More info later.  Our August meeting will be at the Barn, which will be convenient for drop-off, etc.

The Lockland High School Art classes are asking for donations of art supplies.

Joan Ammerman discussed the club’s DVD collection and new entries.  All are welcome to borrow a DVD for a month.  Be sure to check it out, and check it back in.

Dot Burdin is working on our Young Artist Award project for May.  More info later.

Joan O’Leary gave us the rundown on coming attractions for our GCWS meetings –
In May, Mark Willenbrink will have a program – Creating Depth in Artwork;  June will be a program on Boost Your Sales with Innovative Ideas;  July brings the Winsor Newton representative Nick on Watercolor Markers; and in August, a member, Jean Vance.

Then, Joan introduced Rosemary Butterbaugh, our presenter of Monotype as a New Challenge.  Rosemary told us that she just might be the right program for April Fools Day!  She claimed to be an artist for 101 years, and enjoys working in Monotype, which is fine art that is pressed into the paper instead of being painted on.  We enjoyed Rosemary’s unique sense of humor, and the examples of her artwork.  (Below is a visual of Rosemary's technique).

The above 2 photos are of a simple rooster she wiped off the plate before printing.
The following series of photos are Rosemary's process of "reduction".  She adds paint to the plate, then wipes out blank areas.
Here she has placed the plate over a white sheet of paper so it is easier to see.

Placing another sheet of paper over the print paper she rubs with a kitchen scrubbing pad.
Here she uses a rolling pin to press the plate.
The completed print.
Here Rosemary is using the handle of a brush to move some of the still-wet paint in the flower center.
Deb Ward then did a couple of Critiques.  All members may bring in an unframed painting for ideas and suggestions during Critique time.

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, GCWS,  April, 2015
Photos by Deb Ward

Tuesday, March 17, 2015



May 29-31, 2015
Cincinnati Art Club Building
1021 Parkside Place
Cincinnati, OH  45202

Non-Members - $300

Only 2 openings left

Come join us with this 
Nationally Acclaimed Artist

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


This is no April Fool's Joke!  

For our first meeting of the season - on April 1, 2015
Our presenter will be Rosemary Butterbaugh from Rising Sun, Indiana.
Monotype as a New Challenge
Rosemary uses monotype to encourage new ideas.  
Come and Get Inspired!

Program followed by Critique and Open Studio Painting

Tuesday, March 3, 2015



After listening and watching the weather forecast and getting feedback from the GCWS Leadership Team, we are cancelling the March 4 meeting of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society.  Here is the forecast from the National Weather Service: Wednesday:Rain and sleet before 11am, then rain, snow, and sleet between 11am and noon, then snow after noon. Temperature falling to around 27 by 5pm. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

We regret that this is necessary but considering the wide geographic area from which we draw our membership and considering the sloping sidewalks and parking areas, we are taking the safe route when we cancel.

We have an exciting program planned for April, featuring an accomplished artist from Rising Sun, Indiana.  Don't miss it; be sure to keep your membership up-to-date by renewing and sending your check of $45 to Deb Ward.

Marilyn Bishop and the GCWS Leadership Team

Friday, February 20, 2015


Hopefully Old Man Winter will give us a break - and our New Season will begin March 4, 2015.

This month join us for a program presented by Marilyn Bishop - President:
"Paint the Background, See the Foreground"
Marilyn's demonstration will incorporate 3 colors of watercolors and negative painting.

The first Wednesday of the month

The Cincinnati Art Club Building, 1021 Parkside Place, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202 (Mt. Adams).

10 a.m. until approximately noon

Short business meeting 
Open painting

Feel free to bring an UNFRAMED painting for critique.  Bring your paint supplies to stay and paint following the program. 

If you are an artist in the Greater Cincinnati Area painting in watercolor, acrylic, gouache or any other water media, please visit one of our meetings.  You will receive a warm welcome and enjoy an informative presentation.  

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Nothing better than shopping for art supplies!
The annual Christmas party attracted over 35 people who enjoyed the annual sale of members’ unused items (lots of books), members’ small art like greeting cards and bookmarks, plus delicious snacks and desserts provided by attendees.
Decisions, decisions!

Contemplating the sale!

The interactive game, “Signature Bingo” asked members to get signatures on their paper of squares where topics like art class, museum visit, painting techniques, and home studios were in squares.  Members found others to sign their “card.”  From those completely filled, three were randomly selected to win a gift card of $10 to Michael’s arts and crafts store.  (The lucky winners were Jean Soller, Sally Wester and Tom Schroeder)
Members chat with each other and get to know one another better by playing "Signature Bingo"

Members playing "Signature Bingo"

Deb Ward distributed a list of new members and several members announced shows that they have entered.  Susan Grogan announced that she will move to Florida in January.

Fifteen art DVDs were added to the GCWS library.  Twelve of those were purchased from Larry Sparks who offered them for sale at his table of used items.  Three were recent purchases from Creative Catalyst Productions.

This is the final program of the year.  After a two-month winter break, programs and activities will resume in March 2015.

Notes (and photos) by Marilyn Bishop