Thursday, June 18, 2015


Sue Archer
This year our workshop was held at the Cincinnati Art Club.  Our guess artist was Sue Archer, who gave a 3-day workshop for our group on May 29-31.

Sue shared her beautiful artistic talents with us, teaching us about lights, darks, color, value and many more of her "secrets"!

Throughout the three days Sue gave each student individualized attention, as well as a personal critique of the work each artist brought in.

We want to express our thanks to her for the incredible learning experience we received.  Everyone learned a lot and had fun!

Here are some photos from those three days.

Student painting.
Dianna Duncan (Workshop Coordinator) prepares to paint.
Workshop participants listen intently during Sue's demo
(Sue's paintings in background).
Another round of instruction!

Laura Crew (foreground) and other workshop participants put
Sue's techniques into practice. 

Sally Wester (GCWS Treasurer) hard at work.
For more information about Sue Archer, check out her website.

Photos courtesy of Marilyn Bishop

Monday, June 15, 2015


Our presenter for June was Litsa Spanos, an established art consultant, award-winning gallery owner, custom framer and educator.  She has devoted her life and career to Art, and working with Artists.  She helps Artists show and sell their work; and gives them advice on marketing.

Litsa’s passion is helping people create and have Beauty in their lives.  She wants to provide environments that make people happy, and she believes in “the power of Original Art”.  She researches people’s or organization’s  wants, needs, and styles, and proceeds to fulfill them.  Litsa’s business is in the The Edge Building on Culvert St., and she works with individuals, hospitals, hotels, and other businesses to connect Artists with People who want Art.

Coming up this month at her Studio is Art Comes Alive, a competition of Artists’ work, with the Reception on June 20, after which it will be open to the public the month of July.  She invited the GCWS to come and see the work.   Gallery contracts are given to the winners.

Litsa discussed the fact that, in order to be a Professional Artists, one must absolutely have a website, and people must be able to see your work digitally.  She also has published an Art Book, a catalogue, named “Blink” which she has sent to 10,000 businesses nationwide.  Artists purchase a page in the Book in order to display their work.

Some points that Litsa made regarding Marketable Art:  
Needs some Originality – in size, color, design, subject matter or viewpoint;
Must be beautifully and appropriately matted and framed;
Title is important;
Most people do not want “people” in their paintings.

The group was very interested in and appreciative of Litsa’s knowledge and advice.  She did a couple of critiques – not on technique or quality of work, but on Marketability of paintings that were presented.

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, GCWS, June 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015

MINUTES - JUNE 3, 2015

Many thanks to Carol Fencl for taking and writing up the Minutes of our May GCWS meeting; we really appreciate it!

President Marilyn Bishop began the meeting by introducing our newest member, Janet Reeves, and a guest, Eileen Seiter.  Welcome to both. 

Marilyn explained a new idea we will try out for the “stay and paint” portion of today’s meeting.  A part of a painting DVD will be shown; then we will attempt to copy same; then show another part, and paint more.  Our group is always willing to try new things!
Marilyn and all who attended the Sue Archer Workshop the past weekend gave many thanks and many kudos to Dianna Duncan for the awesome job she did in preparing for, and making the Workshop happen.  Sue said it was one of the best she’s put on, and she is interested in being invited back sometime.  Participants showed some of the work they did in the W/S.  Dianna purchased a Sue Archer DVD for the GCWS; it will be put into our DVD Library.  Joan Ammerman reminded everyone to sign in and sign out any DVDs that you borrow.

Treasurer Sally Wester gave the Treasurer’s report.  Our Treasury is in good shape.  No Membership report; Deb is on her annual “painting retreat”!   Marilyn asked anyone who has an Announcement, to fill out an Info Form with all the details so that they will be correct in the Minutes.

Announcements:  Diana Marra has work in the Cincinnati Art Club Critique Member Show;  Opening June 5.  She also has work at Art In the Commons in Kettering, OH, August 9 – a premium outdoor art show.
Joan Miley has work at the Aaron Wachs Gallery in Mariemont; June 9.    Howard Krauss thanked members of GCWS for their help and encouragement over the years; said it has enabled him and his wife to be asked to teach on a Cruise for four weeks this summer.
Deb Ward has paintings featured this month in two magazines -  The Artist Magazine – winning first place for the watercolor category in the All Media Competition – July/Aug;  and in the Acrylic Artist Magazine;  Summer 2015, a painting as one of several featured in the section on “color”.   
Congratulations to all!

Carol McAfee, Chair of our Annual Watercolor Exhibit, which will again be held at the “Barn” in Mariemont, gave an update on the project.  Everyone will receive a Registration Letter during July so that you can participate in the Exhibit.  Each member will be able to enter two paintings (which must have wires with which to hang them).   Members will send their information – name, name of paintings, price, etc., etc. to Joyce Grothaus, approximately two weeks before the Opening Reception, so that Tags can be prepared for all paintings.  Please read your Registration Letter carefully.  There will be Awards.

Joan O’Leary gave a report on upcoming Programs;   In July, Nick of Windsor Newton will display some new methods and materials; w/c markers and sticks.   In August, member Jean Vance will present “Things You Want to Know”.  This meeting will be at the “Barn”, allowing an easy way to bring in your paintings for the Exhibit – same day as our regular meeting;  In September Louise Allen will provide our lesson – TBA

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, GCWS, June, 2015