Wednesday, April 13, 2016


The new President of the GCWS, Kathy Lang, called the April meeting to order.  There were no guests today.  If you are a watercolor artist (beginner or seasoned) in the Greater Cincinnati area, you are cordially invited to come and visit one of our meetings, and join the group if you are so inclined. 

As our new Treasurer, Carol Fencl was on a wonderful vacation, a short Treasury report was given:  the checking account has been transferred, and we have enough in our Treasury to handle all of our current needs.  Any member that would like to have more details is always welcome to talk to Carol.

Continuing Secretary, Joyce Grothaus, reminded members that forms for making Announcements; and copies of the Minutes are placed on the back table for those who do not have access to the Blog.  Let’s tell the world about your accomplishments!

Judith Reed, Chair of our Annual Art Show, gave her report.  All members were mailed the rules regarding the Show.  

New, revised, copies of the Pre-Registration form were handed out at the meeting.  The Exhibit will be at the “Barn” in Mariemont;  Hanging on June 1, Reception on June 5, and the Show will continue until June 20.  Each participating member is asked to bring food to the Reception, if possible.  Leadership Team members will provide liquid refreshments.

Info about the Show:     Pre-Registration -  before May 18.   In order to pre-register, you must get the information about your paintings – that is – Name of Painting, Medium, Price you would like to put on it, your name, and contact info,  to Deb Ward before May 18.  The entry fee for pre-registration is $10-one;  $15 for two.    You may get this to Deb by E-mail, Snail Mail, in person at the May meeting, or Telephone.  Do not send Deb any money; that is to be brought to the June 1 Meeting/Registration/ Hanging Day, with your paintings.   If you do not Pre-register your paintings, the cost is $20-one;  $25 for two, and there will not be an identifying card for your painting, and yours will not be on List of Artists/Paintings.  Let’s have a good showing!

New Membership Chair Lydia Rittinger will be getting a new Membership Booklet printed up soon.  We want you to be in it.  Please send your dues to Lydia so that you can participate in all the GCWS activities, and lessons.

Librarian Joan Ammerman has been making our club DVDs very accessible to members at each meeting.  If you would like to borrow one, please sign it out and next month sign it back in.  There are some great lessons contained in these DVDs!

Dot Burdin, Scholarship Chair, has been coordinating all of the details necessary in order for the GCWS to give out two Scholarships to deserving students.  There will be two freshman students from the Art Academy at our May meeting who have been chosen to receive these.  One is directly from GCWS, and one is from the Mary Marxen Fund.  It is always very satisfying to be able to give a bit of help to a striving artist, and hear about the work they are doing.

Workshop Chair, Dianna Duncan gave a report about the Workshop that GCWS will be offering on October 28, 29, and 30 this year.  Guy Magallanes will teach, and we have been told he is both talented and fun!   Members will have first choice to attend; there will be just 20 places.  Salad and bread will be served for lunch.  Reservations will be available in July.  Dianna will need help in order for this project to be successful.

Submitted by Joyce Grothaus, Secretary, GCWS, April, 2016

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