Tuesday, October 11, 2011


No - this isn't Wynne!  But since she didn't submit her own photo
I thought it would be cute to put up this portrait she painted.
 How long have you been a member of the GCWS and why did you join?
Since the beginning because watercolor is my medium of choice and I enjoy the company and views of other artists.
Have you held any positions with the GCWS; if so, what positions?
What are some of your artistic achievements?
My work has been entered into and won awards in many shows, including ViewPoint, Masterworks, American Academy of Equine Art, Louisville Watertower 2000, Women’s Art Club, Behringer Crawford Museum Show, a travel award in Kentucky Watercolor Society Aqueous show, and a travel award in the Ohio Watercolor Society show. I am most proud that I was a finalist in the Artist’s Magazine Still Life category in 1999, competing with over 13,000 entries! I also served as chair of the Cincinnati Art Club ViewPoint show from 2000-2003. At the start of my art career, I was awarded the top award for fashion illustration by the Art Directors Club of Cincinnati.
Describe your usual procedures for creating a painting.
For still lifes, I will set up my own and take photos. For portraits, I will shoot a roll of film. I prefer painting children.
How long have you been painting?
65 years – forever!
In what medium, other than watercolor or acrylic, do you work?
Oil and pastel.
Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
Everywhere – there is beauty in everything.
Are you a teacher?
Where do you see yourself in the future? (ie., is painting a hobby; will you enter shows; do you see yourself teaching?)
Painting is now more of a hobby, but I intend to enter shows in the future. I’m afraid I’m not a teacher.

Saturday, October 8, 2011


Here are the winners of our fall show at Evergreen Retirement Center.
Left to right:  Sue Grogan, Joan Ammerman, Ritzi Junker and Rhonda Carpenter.

GCWS President, Eileen Hulsman, presents 1st Place ribbon to Joan Ammerman.

Joan Ammerman with her painting Walnut Creek Canyon.
2nd Place painting, Waiting, by Gaylynn Robinson (not present at awards ceremony).

Eileen Hulsman presenting 3rd Place ribbon to Sue Grogan.

Sue Grogan with her painting Timeless Beauty.

Eileen Hulsman presenting Honorable Mention award to Rhonda Carpenter.

Rhonda Carpenter with her painting Hot Pink Flamingo.

Eileen Hulsman presenting Honorable Mention award to Ritzi Junker.

Ritzi Junker with her painting Lake Como

Honorable Mention painting, Woman at Shaker Village, by Yuriko Kudo (not present at awards ceremony).

Friday, October 7, 2011

MINUTES - October, 2011

Minutes October 5, 2011

The meeting was held at the site of our fall show, Evergreen. The facility staff provided pastries and drinks for breakfast, as well as a lunch.

Administration & Business
President Eileen Hulsman called the meeting to order.

A sign-up sheet for dishes to be brought for the December holiday meeting was passed around and a satisfactory number of people signed up.

The award-winners for our Fall Evergreen Show were announced by Eileen:
First Prize: Joan Ammerman – Walnut Creek Canyon
Second Prize: Galynn Robinson – Waiting on the Rain
Third Prize: Susan Grogan – Timeless Beauty
Honorable Mention:
Rhonda Carpenter – Hot Pink Flamingo
Yuriko Kudo – Woman at Shaker Village
Ritzie Junker – Lake Como

Eileen also thanked the numerous people who had helped in making the show a success. There has already been one sale at the show by one of our members, plus one by the Evergreen resident artists.

Nancy Wisely announced, on behalf of Deb Ward, that Deb will send out a letter describing the programs for the next 6 months. There have been some problems with the e-mail notifications, so they may be dropped. The blog address, if people need more information, is printed twice in the new Members Directory.

Nancy Wisely was asked to submit for the Frame Design show for the second half of October.

Program speaker was Mike McGuire. A long-time artist, he critiqued paintings that had been brought in by members, and encouraged the audience to join in the critique process.

After the Program, the two Evergreen employees, Sharon and Jenny, who had helped so much in making the show possible, were thanked with cards and presents.

Following this, the members stayed afterwards to enjoy a lunch supplied by Evergreen.

Program in November, on the 2nd Wednesday, Nov. 9 due to the show at the Art Club. The speaker, Jean Vance, will demonstrate still life with natural objects, with an emphasis on negative painting.

Minutes submitted by Communications Chair, Carol Fencl