Wednesday, August 21, 2019

PROGRAM - August 7, 2019 - Vivian Ripley

Vivian Ripley
Tom Schroeder introduced our presenter, Miss Vivian Ripley.

A Mount Wahington native, Vivian is an accomplished artist of quite varied subject matter, namely pastels, acrylic, colored pencil as well as watercolor.She presently lives in Columbus where she she has taught weekly classes for decades.

This truly unique lady wasted no time telling us that she is happiest outside, especially painting watercolor outside. Never one to be content with the tried and true methods of painting, she is constantly experimenting and trying different techniques. As a result, she is constantly growing and developing.

She demonstrated her love of gessoed watercolor paper. With a gessoed surface, Vivian can create a variety of edges. She claims that despite her experimentation, her adherance to the importance of light and shadow and the use of unique color and color combinations is vital to her work.

Respectfully submitted, Mary Fleischmann
Photos Mary Fleischmann, Deb Ward

Monday, August 19, 2019

MINUTES - August 7, 2019

Kathy Lang, filling in for Pat Lester, called the meeting of the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society to order. 

The first news on the agenda was a message from Pat. She is hoping to be out of rehab shortly and will be recovering at home. Amy Giglio Earls will be passing an original card around for all to sign and thanks to Amy.

Diana Marra reported she will be showing her paintings at the Kentucky Art Center in Berea, KY. She will also be offering classes in Asian brush stroke techniques.

Judy Reed is entered in the Middletown Art Center Show. She reported that entry deadline is September 5th should anyone decide to participate.

Debbie Cannatella reports that there are 2 openings for the fall workshop, taught by Chris Krupinski, September 20 through 22nd.

Treasurer's report: Connie Dettmer gave her Treasurer's report.
Kathy Lang asked if anyone would be interested in joining the Cincinnati Art Club for a joint art show possibly in September or if not then, in October. After further discussion and investigation into this opportunity, we will decide at the next meeting'

It was reported that our member Gary Brooks has been busy with classes with the Arts Connect group as well as the Anderson Watercolor group.

Diane Jeffries introduced our scholarship winner, Miss Clare Flath. Clare received a check for $500.00 and is considered a paid member of our society for a year and was invited to our reception at the Barn. She was most appreciative, explaining her journey through her artwork and assured us that she will be happy to join us at the reception.
Clare Flath receiving her scholarship award from Diane Jeffries

Clare Flath with her painting

Amy Giglio Earls reported on the show and was most appreciative of the support shown. She reported that everyone in the show has volunteered in some way to make it a success.Times the Barn is open and reception hours was reviewed. Members were encouraged to attend.

Respectfully submitted, Mary Fleischmann
Photos John Jeffries

Thursday, August 15, 2019


We had a beautiful day and a wonderful turnout for our 17th Annual Show, at "The Barn" - Women's Art Center - 6980 Cambridge Avenue in Mariemont, Ohio.  There was agreement that our show quality is getting better each year.
Our juror, Nita LeLand

Tom Schroeder filled in as emcee for our president, Pat Lester, who is recovering from an injury.

Suzy Wycoff had the honor of presenting the awards
Music was provided by our own John Jeffries - not only an artist but a musician as well!
John Jeffries (artist, musician) provided some beautiful music
All members may enter 1-2 paintings into the show.  We then have a juror make selections for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards as well as some honorable mentions.

First Place - Marilyn Bishop - Magnificat Triptych
Magnificat Triptych
Second Place - Tom Schroeder - Barn Cats
Barn Cats

Third Place - Judith Clubb - Moon's Shine

Honorable Mention - David Neil Mack - Meadow Susurrus

Meadow Susurrus
Honorable Mention - Diana Marra - Asian Fusion Cool Palette - Rice Paper - ON RIGHT

Honorable Mention - Richard Thomas - Cuban Cigar

Cuban Cigar

Honorable Mention - Jack Vehr - Riding the  Wave

Honorable Mention - Deb Ward - Threadbare


This year we were pleased to have as our juror, Nita LeLand.  Nita also made some "juror mention" awards of her own!  No money involved, just recognition of some fine paintings by an expert in the art world
Juror Mention - Joan Miley - Flittering of Hues
Flittering of Hues

Juror Mention - Barb Zentgraf - Recalled Image

Juror Mention - Debbie Cannatella - Storyteller
Juror Mention - Claudia Taylor - Journey

I tried to get each painting photographed - not such an easy task with so many people milling about! (And realized I missed my own painting, and perhaps a few more on either side - will try to get proper photos and update if possible!).

We give one art scholarship each year, selected by the staff at the Cincinnati Art Academy.  This year our winner was Clare Flath, who received her scholarship at our August meeting.
Scholarship Winner - Clare Flath - Cow Birds
4 paintings were sold, including:

Claudia Taylor with her painting Journey - which sold!
First Place winner, Marilyn Bishop (who is also our Founder)
with her painting - which also sold!  Marilyn had a very good day!

Here are some overview photos of the event.

Refreshments galore - yummy food and wine

If you didn't attend the opening, hopefully you will still be able to come visit the show.
Dates:  August 8 - August 30, 2019
Time:   Tuesday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
             Saturday & Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m.
             Closed on Mondays

We welcome new members - no matter what level of painter you are.

Photos and text submitted by Deb Ward.