Friday, November 2, 2012


Chris Leeper beginning his demo, with some of his paintings in the background.
When I came on as President, I was adamant that we begin having workshops for our members.  Rhonda Carpenter, our program chairperson, just jumped in and began searching for a workshop presenter (I don’t even remember asking her to do this!).

Chris Leeper, current president of Ohio Watercolor Society and well known artist, was our first workshop instructor.

When we were able to fill the workshop in one meeting, with a waiting list, it told me that we had really hit the nail on the head – our members really want this wonderful educational opportunity.  (Due to popular demand – Chris will return on April 5, 6 and 7, 2013 for a spring workshop).

On October 26, 27 and 28 we had a wonderful weekend of painting, laughter and food!  Not only was this a learning opportunity – it was also an opportunity for us to get to know some of our members better.  Since we usually only have time to chat for a little while prior to our meetings, this workshop provided opportunity for us to mill around, see what the others were doing, and gave us time to spend chatting and getting to know one another better.

Hopefully this experience will help us come together as artists and enjoy our open painting sessions after our programs in the future months.

Here are some photos of one of Chris' demos.  The man is a “painting machine”!   He’s also a great teacher – educational and entertaining at the same time – and a heck of a nice guy.  I’d recommend him as a workshop instructor, and we look forward to having him back in the spring.

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