Thursday, September 11, 2014


Our President, Marilyn Bishop, called a very well-attended meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  We even had to get out a few more chairs!  Our guests were introduced and welcomed   – Ramonde’s friend, Mary Berkmeyer, who went on the Bus Trip with us; Carol’s guest, Nancy, and Pat Lester – who says she is a “wanna be” artist, friend of Mary Ellen.

Sally Wester, Treasurer, gave her report.  We do have a reasonable amount of money in our Treasury.  Sally announced a bargain – for the rest of this calendar year, dues are $25.

Program Chair Joan O’Leary has agreed to stay on in her position for two years.  Thank you very much, Joan! 

It was mentioned that there are “Information Forms” available to anyone who has some Announcement or Information that they would like to share with the members, or to be put into the Minutes, and into the Blog.  If members fill them out and hand them in to me, it is much more likely that my writeup will be more accurate.   Thanks!  If I don’t have the forms set out on the back table, please ask me for one.

Our Annual Exhibit/Show was the next subject on the agenda.  Carol McAfee spearheaded this Event, and received a great deal of help from many members to make it a great success!  Everyone agreed that it was one of our best, well-attended Shows (about 275 patrons).  A number of paintings and prints were sold:  a few paintings were commissioned.  There were even three people who came on the last day, the pick-up day, to see the great work.  Carol thanked all the artists who submitted their paintings and all who volunteered for the event.

Deb Ward gave an accounting of Membership.  We now have 82 members.  Deb will mail out the Membership booklets shortly.   It was suggested that we could produce our Membership information electronically so that it could be added to, or changed, more easily.  That will certainly be taken under consideration, but it was also mentioned that we do have a fair number of members who still need, or want, a paper copy to easily pick up and use.  Deb will ask the six winners of the Annual Show to agree to be Featured Artists.  So, in the near future, look for articles, and samples of their work on the Blog!

A new DVD has been purchased for the GCWS Library – Color Power.  The lesson is about painting a street scene.  If you would like to borrow it, or another of our DVDs, please be sure to see Joan Ammerman, who is our new Librarian, to sign out the DVD in the “Book”.

Deb Ward is giving a Workshop at our regular meeting place (Cincinnati Art Club building), Saturday and Sunday,  October 25/26 – “Painting Silver & Lace”.  If you would like to attend this two-day workshop, please contact Deb (more information on the sidebar).
Mariemont Annual Art Festival was Sun. 9/7 – they were setting it up when my family and I came out of the National Exemplar from Breakfast.  It was right in the middle of the divider – lots and lots of tents – looked interesting!
Middletown also had an Art Festival on 9/7.
There was a show in Springfield at the Senior Center the weekend of 9/6-7.
Mariemont Kiwanis Art Festival – Saturday, 9/13; 11:00-9:00; Outdoor; info, Judith Reed.
Queen City Art Club – thru 9/14 at Kenwood Star Retirement Center; Kenwood Rd; 60 paintings.  Info; Judith Reed.
A Leadership Team meeting was held after the regular meeting.

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, GCWS, September, 2014.

Friday, August 29, 2014


Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society
August 6, 2014 Program

Well, the big day – the GCWS Bus Trip to Middletown finally arrived!  It was a beautiful day, moderately warm, and sunny – perfect for the adventure.  Some members began arriving at 8:30 for the 9:30 departure – anxious to enjoy the day.  And that, we did!  Even got a bit of a tour through some of Middletown’s neighborhoods – at no extra cost. J 
Members getting on the bus to Middletown.
At the Middletown Art Center we were warmly welcomed by the Asst. Director -  Kim Major, as well as the charming lady from Middletown (Pat Hayes), who was the original inspiration for our trip.  A purely happenstance meeting between Pat and myself, about eight months before, eventually evolved into a wonderful art-filled experience for our GCWS members.

For the first part of our Tour, we perused a great show of watercolor paintings by Alan Hutton, prize-winning Ohio artist.  Many of the paintings were of nature, farmland, barns, and other country scenes.  We were amazed at his washes, shadows, and interesting takes on very ordinary items and other farm implements.  His paintings showed us what is meant by “leaving the white of the paper show through”.

We then were shown very gracious hospitality as we wandered around the Center, into the various classrooms and workrooms.  We saw artists at work painting watercolors and acrylics, throwing pottery, and making jewelry.
Artists working on ceramics.

Artists working on pottery.

Carol McAfee talks to a jewelry artist.

We re-boarded the bus to take us to lunch at Murphy’s Landing Restaurant, so named because the building was originally Murphy’s  5 and 10/c  store.  The current owners, Jay and Linda Moorman have done a magnificent job of restoring and re-doing and joining a couple of historical buildings here.  The restaurant is really very beautiful with most of the décor coming from old schools and churches; and used in extremely creative ways.  The food was very good, and we even had a surprise dessert.

After lunch, it was time for our Tour of the Beau Verre Riodan  Stained Glass Studios, also owned by the Moorman’s.  Jay and Linda graciously welcomed us.  They gave us a great deal of interesting information about the history of the surrounding downtown area, and the buildings, and how they started their glassworks, and the restaurant, etc.  They explained the difference between art glass and stained glass, and where they get the inspiration for their stained glass windows; fascinating!  It is the oldest continuing glassworks studio in the U.S.; not taking shortcuts, but using the old methods which produce a better product.

Because of the extensive collection of historical records that they own, they are able to find a great deal of information about original windows of churches in the area, and around the country, that need to be refurbished and restored.
Old stairway preserved from 5 and 10 Cent store which now leads to the artists' workshops.
Next on our agenda  -  going downstairs to see all the “bins” of colored glass, the workshops, and some of the tools that are used in this art.  We were able to watch some of the artists and technicians who were actually working on projects.  We saw what “layering” is, and how the artists accomplish changing the color or “mood” of a piece. 
Members talking to stained glass window technician.
Our members were fascinated with the Stained Glass Studio Tour, and wished that we had another hour to watch and listen to the wonderful craftsmen who do such incredible artistic work.   We had a great day!

Our members thanked Joe Ramos from Provident Travel, and Marty, our bus driver, for getting us safely to and from our Cultural Day Trip to Middletown.  “A good time was had by all”.

Submitted (and photos) by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary.

Friday, August 22, 2014


We had a wonderful turn out for our 2014 juried exhibit held at the Woman's Art Club Cultural Center (aka "The Barn") in Mariemont, Ohio on August 17.

The show was a great success with delicious refreshments, several paintings sold at the opening, awards handed out, old friendships renewed and new friends made!

Our thanks to all who participated in the show in any way!

The show will run through August 24 - hope you get a chance to get out and see it.  (Check out our sidebar for all show information).
Viewing the show.

Meeting old friends and making new ones.

A stop at the refreshment table was essential!

Our President Marilyn Bishop (right) beaming with pride!

First Place Winner - Susan Grogan
Bright and Beautiful

Second Place Winner - Kathy Lawrence
The Movie Stars

Third Place Winner - Carol Imbus
Pucker Up
Honorable Mentioni - Carol McAfee
End of the Trail
Carol was also our Show Chairman

Honorable Mention - Eileen Hulsman
Good Friday

Honorable Mention - Louise Allen

Thursday, August 14, 2014


For the August meeting we did something different - we took a bus trip to Middletown, Ohio where we visited the Middletown Arts Center, the Beau Verre Riordan Studios and had lunch at Murphy's Landing.

These photos were taken at Murphy's Landing, the restaurant that is attached to the Beau Verre Riordan Studios.

After lunch we went to the attached Beau Verre Riordan Studio where we had presentations on the history of the studio as well as education about stained glass.  There is somewhat of a misunderstanding about "Stained Glass."  The stained glass is actually "painted" with fine particles of glass and fired as many as 20 times to give a painted look.  This is used in the face and arms of the window with the exotic woman which is inspired by Gustav Klimt.  The transparent window pieces are constructed of glass that are received pre colored and are transparent or translucent.  Sometimes it is created in folds that give the impression of the folds in a dress such as shown in the window of the angel.

The window with many faceted pieces demonstrates the skill of the owner who handcut each piece of clear glass to produce the face
Window uses stained glass plus art glass.

Window created by Beau Verre owner using hand cut facets.

Beau Verre Glass Studio
After the educational presentation, we were shown the working studios where people were cutting glass and preparing a window.

Window being readied for leading.
Sheets of glass used in windows.

Monday, August 4, 2014


WHEN:             August 16 – August 24
                        Tuesday – Friday:  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
                        Saturday/Sunday – 1 – 4 p.m.

August 17 from 1 – 4 p.m.
Meet the Artists!
Refreshments served

WHERE:           The Barn
                        6980 Cambridge Avenue
                        Mariemont, Ohio

Discover the visual expressions of local watercolor artists at the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society in their summer exhibit at “The Barn” 6980 Cambridge Ave., in Mariemont, OhioAugust 16 through August 24.  Hours on the weekends: 1-4 p.m.;Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The grand opening on August 171-4 p.m. offers the opportunity to meet the artists who capture pleasing harmony in a variety of subjects from traditional still lifes to landscapes.  The free show is open to the public.

Juror for the show is Nancy Nordloh Neville, an award winning nationally recognized watercolorist.   She will select three paintings for prize money plus paintings for Honorable Mention.

The Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society is the only organization in the Tri-state area that focuses exclusively on water-based painting.  Although watercolor is the primary paint, members also use gouache, casein, and acrylic on surfaces such as paper, Yupo (a plastic product), board, canvas and hand-made paper.  The art might be brushed, sprayed, poured or printed onto the surface. 

Begun in 2002 with the intent of offering a gathering place to paint, the organization quickly grew from 29 members to over 100.   Annual workshops, exhibits, and tours are available to members for $45 annually.   Over 50 percent of the members consider themselves advanced artists. 

The watercolor society offers painting demonstrations followed by open studio painting, the first Wednesday of March through December at 10 a.m. at the Cincinnati Art Club, 1021 Parkside Place in Mt. Adams.  Guests are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Marilyn Bishop is our first, past and current President!  She founded the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society where she has served not only as President, but also as Program Chair,  Exhibit Chair, Publicity Author, Library Manager and Historian.
New Richmond Rocks
Street scene along Front Street in New Richmond on the Ohio River.

Following her academic degrees awarded at the University of Dayton from the Department of Communication and Department of Religious Studies, Marilyn began to learn the art of watercolor.  Her enthusiasm led to further study at the Springmaid Watermedia Workshops, Cincinnati Art Academy Community Education, The Rosewood Center, Sinclair College Community Education and Baker Hunt Foundation.  She has learned also through self-study using videos and books as her guides.  She has taught watercolor classes at area recreation centers and has given workshops for the Watercolor Society.

Marilyn enjoys painting in new ways to create interesting texture and shape.  In addition to watercolors, she creates monotype images, collages of non-objective design using rice paper and stained paper collages.
Blue Chairs
Inside the Ross Goudy Historic site in New Richmond, Ohio. 
 Imaginary colors on classic furnishings.
Recently she has been painting watercolors in the style of Matisse and Judy Anderson - lots of color and cubist sections.  Each painting has its origin in scenes of New Richmond, Ohio.  Marilyn takes photos during festivals and events that celebrate the heritage of New Richmond.  Some photos are taken inside the Front Street Cafe and others inside the historic Ross Goudy House.  Most are just street scenes during events.  Then the buildings and people are combined and a painting is designed which is painted intuitively using pure color and contrasting colors.  The color wheel comes in handy!
Festival New Richmond
Street scene in New Richmond, Ohio.  
Musician was performer at weekly music gigs inside the Front Street Cafe.
Marilyn says "After the drawing is on the paper I start painting without knowing just where I am going!"
Rhythm in Red
Musician inside Front Street Cafe where music is offered three nights a week.  
There were two women; we see the hands and keyboard of one and the other was a drummer.  
Her clothes and hair were all creative interpretations designed to show the energy of the performers.
On display at the Front Street Cafe, 120 Front Street, New Richmond, Ohio
Her original watercolors have been shown at Gallery St. John in Beavercreek, Ohio; Favorite Things in Bridgetown, Ohio; Row Hose Gallery in Milford, Ohio; Red Tree Gallery in Oakley, Ohio; Front Street Gallery in New Richmond, Ohio and at the Essex Studios in East Walnut Hills.

For more information about Marilyn,  click on her blog here (or click on our blog roll any time).

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Trish McKinney
Joan O’Leary, Program Coordinator, introduced our Guest Presenter, Trish McKinney.  

We were impressed with Trish’s lengthy list of work and accomplishments.  Trish came all the way from New Carlisle, Ohio to speak on Inspirations for Paintings.  Trish sees herself as a Teacher, Painter, Dreamer, Believer, and an Artist.  First of all, she loves Color, emotional color.  She likes to “capture moments”.  She likes unpredictability and surprises.  She surprised us when she told that she had been in the U.S.Army. 
Trish brought some of her books, canvases and plaques for sale.

Trish’s main goal for her visit is to “Inspire us”, because that makes her happy.  She thinks it is more important to tell a story through your eyes than to have perfect technical skills.  One can paint a beautiful, realistic apple, and that is very nice.  Or, one could paint an apple with a bite out of it, and a little hand reaching into the picture.  How much more interesting.

Trish has been inspired mostly by books and words, particularly a book by Ann Boskamp, “One Thousand Gifts”, and a poet, Mary Oliver.  She loves fonts, and letters, and sentences, and partial sentences – which she has been using in her latest paintings.  One of the paintings she brought to show us had a part of a French love poem on the wall behind the people.  She very effectively captured a “moment” in this painting.  She asked for ideas for scenarios that the painting  seemed to capture, and was rewarded with four or five different thoughts.

Trish uses “journals” – which are usually large books that she buys for small prices, to paint in over the actual words, and captures feelings and colors and ideas, particularly when she travels.  She can then use these as inspiration for a large painting when she is in her studio.  Many times she takes a period of time in quiet, and goes through some pages, sometimes backwards, not reading the text, but letting her eyes pick up some of the words.  She says that we will see the words that mean something to us now.  Just let it happen; let it inspire us!  She brought some of her inspirational canvases for purchase.

Trish showed us some of her journals.
Trish prepares the surface in a special manner before she starts painting.  Sometimes she uses a new product, Hi-Flow, sometimes Gesso, to coat the paper or canvas.  She sometimes paints with all watercolor, sometimes with acrylics, and sometimes mixed.  For the demo, she was using Robert Doak (one-man operation) watercolors, which are very pigmented, on 140 lb cold press Arches paper.   If she is putting words “behind” the subject, she prints them out on a piece of tissue paper, then covers them with mat media because she can “lift up” from that.  She also sometimes uses Gesso to cover up some of the words.  She also loves Yupo.

She had already drawn her two women subjects at a table.  She started her painting with seemingly broad, random strokes.  She loves painting people’s hair, coming from a background of hair stylists.  She talked about how brushstrokes are important, and can make a difference in how a painting turns out.  She used a lot of water; she likes to let the paint mix on the page.  Trish feels a freedom with the backgrounds because she doesn’t care if it’s perfect.  She is most interested in getting faces and expressions on faces like she wants them – to “capture the moment”.
This unfinished painting is of Trish's two daughters "sharing a moment".

Trish worked on her painting upside down - she felt it needed more work in the upper left hand corner (lower right here)
Once she turned the painting right side up, Trish was much happier with it.
When Trish is almost finished with her painting, she turns it upside to see if it is “balanced”, that is, her darks and lights, her shapes and colors, etc.  She has a theory – that one either instinctively “gets” color or value, but has to learn the other.  She believes that she “got” color, but had to learn how to balance values.

Above are two of Trish's works - note the use of words in each.
From one of her Instructors, Trish learned; “Oh, would you look at this!”.   What she would like for us to take away from her Presentation is;  “Pay Attention;  Be Astonished;  Tell About It!”

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, GCWS, July, 2014