Sunday, July 24, 2011


Minutes July 6, 2011

Eileen Hulsman called the meeting to order.

GCWS Art Show
Eileen asked the winners of the GCWS Art Show to come to the front of the room to be honored by the group.

1st place - Deb Ward for “Muncie’s Pride” - $250
2nd place - Jean Vance for “Stonington Maine” - $100
3rd place - Marita "Ritzie" Junker for “Waiting” - $50

“Secluded Cape Cod Pond” by Joan Ammerman
“Citta d’Venezia” by Susan Grogan
“A Difference of Opinion” by R.H. Carpenter

Congratulations to all who entered the show and to all the winners.

Marilyn Bishop sent out notices to all the community press papers and The Enquirer and sent notices after the show. The only way she knows if they are put in the papers is if you bring in the press release. One was brought in of Rhonda Carpenter's "A Difference of Opinion".

Shirley Knollman reported that we had 43 members with 86 paintings in the show. 4 paintings sold @ $200 or less per painting. Thanks to Susan Grogan, Taylor Bush and Rhonda Carpenter for leading the teams for registration, sitting the show and hanging the show. Thanks to all who sat the show and brought food and drinks for the reception. Everyone should have attended.

Ardelle Duffy said that we had received a thank you note from the scholarship winner.

Elections will be held in November. The positions that are open are: President, Secretary, Treasury, Program Chair. Cards were passed out to the membership so they could list their suggestions for the election.

Evergreen Show
Eileen Hulsman asked for a show of hands of those people that would like a second show this year. Then she asked for a show of hands for those that would put at least two paintings in Evergreen show in Sept. A large number of people raised their hands. Keep the dates of Sept. 22 through Sept. 25 available.

Marilyn Bishop said there are 4 more additions to the video library. Fill out the card with name, title, and date and you can borrow a video.

Sandy Maudlin has a 3 day yupo workshop and a batik class coming up. You can see her e-mail or call her.
Deb Ward had several workshops available. Both Sandy and Deb are on E-mail and in our phone book.
Deadline is August 31 for application for ViewPoint. Brochures are on the back table.

Welcome Back
Welcome back to Mary Marxen.

Upcoming Programs
Next month we will meet at the auditorium on the G level of the Art Museum for our meeting and our program. A sign up sheet was passed around for those that are going to attend.
Sept - Mary Ellen Wallace, Oct. - Mike McGuire – critique.

Guest Speaker
Sandy Maudlin is our guest speaker today.

Minutes submitted by Secretary pro-tem,.Carol Steuer

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


How long have you been a member of the GCWS and why did you join?
Nine years - I joined so I could learn from others…professional and non-professional. Being part of this group allows me to interact with other people with similar interests.

Have you held any positions with the GCWS; if so, what positions?
I have held the position of President in 2008 and 2009. I just completed the Chairmanship of the 2011 GCWS Exhibition.

What are some of your artistic achievements?
Being accepted in juried shows has been rewarding. My work has been shown in the Ohio Watercolor Society, Cincinnati Art Club Viewpoint and the Greater Hamilton Art Exhibit. I am an Associate Member of the Ohio Watercolor Society. Currently, I am serving my second term as President for the Colerain Artists. For this group, I have served as the Chairman of their Annual Exhibition for three years. During my free time, I enjoy participating in local art fairs.

Describe your usual procedures for creating a painting.
I paint when I get inspired. When I get an idea, I work with shapes, values and colors.

How long have you been painting?
I started painting in 1999 as a beginner in a Sandy Maudlin watercolor class.

In what medium, other than watercolor or acrylic, do you work?
The medium that I use is mostly watercolor, but do use some fluid acrylic.

Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
I get my inspiration from my travels with my husband and from the beauty of everyday life.

Are you a teacher?
No, but I love to share ideas to teach and inspire others.

Where do you see yourself in the future? (ie., is painting a hobby; will you enter shows; do you see yourself teaching?)
I see myself continuing on this gratifying adventure. It started as a six-week learning experience and has continued not only as a hobby but has evolved into participating in shows and selling my paintings.

Is there anything else you would like for us to know about you and your art?
I am having a great time with my art. It is gratifying to have people interested in my artistry.