Florida Watercolor Society Hosts 43rd Annual State Convention In Deerfield Beach

Attending the convention of an organization guarantees interacting with like-interested people, hearing high-level speakers and experiencing unusual workshops. The Florida Watercolor Society Announces it 43rd Annual State Convention.  The events begin on September 15th with Pre-Convention workshops.  There will be a trade show, Gala Dinner, demonstrations and meetings.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.  We hope you will take advantage of seeing the exceptional exhibit at the Delray Center for the Arts/Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture and all of the activities of this exciting convention taking place!  Meet the Exhibition juror Frank Webb.  With over 1,100 members, FWS is one of the largest state-based watercolor societies in the United States.  Membership is open to all artists residing in the State of Florida.

 

 

 

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You are invited to Participate

 

Florida Watercolor Society’s

43rd Annual State Convention 2014

 

 

* All events take place at the Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton Doubletree Hilton Hotel  100 Fairway Dr., Deerfield Beach

UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

 

 

Pre-Convention Workshops

 

September  15- 18

 

Convention, Exhibition Reception, Gala Dinner and Trade Show

 

September 19 – 21

 

 

The Florida Watercolor Society’s 43rd Annual State Convention will kick off with an  Opening Night Reception/Art Exhibit from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19th at the Delray Center for the Arts/Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33444.   The fee to attend  the exhibit as well as the four-day convention is $20.

 

 

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Attendees at this year’s Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) Conference will be able to experience not only the art and philosophy of the Society’s Exhibition Juror, Frank Webb, but gather the knowledge of his life experiences.  Frank Webb is a Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society and a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society.  He teaches and judges art exhibitions for these organizations and other State and Regional Societies.

 

 

 Webb will kick off the convention on Thursday night, September 18th with a dramatic demonstration featuring his unique painting style. Prior to that, he will teach a workshop and host a review of the exhibition during the convention. In words and pictures, he will reveal the unique philosophy and technical process behind his work.

 

 

 

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The 43rd Annual FWS Exhibition will be held September 4 – November 15, 2014 at the Delray Center for the Arts/Cornell  Museum of Art and American Culture. It is located at 51 N. Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444. The display will feature 100 of the best paintings by Florida’s top watercolor artists.

 

Convention

 

  • Demonstrations by 22 different artists, featuring both new techniques and genres
  • Critiques from award-winning artists
  • An extensive tradeshow with vendors from across the United States offering products at exclusive prices 
  • Demonstrating artists will include Myrna Wacknov, Anne Abgott, Kathleen Mailing, Robin Lee Makowski, Carol Frye, Dottie Hutton, Jane Collin, Cole Wolford, Susan Hanssen, Judy Nunno, Libit Jones, Joseph Melancon,  Atlee Harmon,  Lynn Kroll, Pat Weaver, Janet King and Carol Brody.
  • Critiques of the 2014 Exhibition  from juror Frank Webb.  
  • Myrna Wacknov and  Sue Archer will critique submitted paintings plus a panel of experts. 
  • There are also ‘One on One Critiques’ available with Miles Batt and Myrna Wacknov for artists who are trying to take their art to the next level.

 

 

 

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Exhibition awards will be presented at the Gala Dinner on September 20th.  The cost to attend the dinner is $55. Registration for all other convention events is only $20, plus small additional attendance fees for critiques and the Juror’s Exhibition review.

 

 Workshops

 

Prior to the Convention, internationally known artists Frank Webb and Myrna Wacknov will hold workshops from September 15 through 18, also at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel.   The fee is $395 for members and $450 for non-members for the Workshops. Registration can also be made through the FWS website.  For more on Myrna Wacknov, visit her website at www.myrnawacknov.com.

 

 

Judy Nunno, One of the Workshop Leaders

Judy Nunno, One of the Workshop Leaders

 

“Capturing Crystal”

 

"Lemon Cello" by Judy Nunno

“Lemon Cello” by Judy Nunno

 

Judy Nunno is an award-winning watercolor artist who specializes in painting crystal and glass.  She is a Signature Member of FWS and  a member of several art guilds. Her paintings have been featured in “Watercolor Artist” magazine and she has won Honorable Mention twice in the Watercolor Media Showcase Competitions.

 

"Afternoon Snack" by Judy Nunno

“Afternoon Snack” by Judy Nunno

 

 

Judy will be demonstrating her process for setting up and painting an exciting crystal still life and will share her secrets for capturing the sparkle of crystal and refracted light. Judy will be demonstrating at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19th at the Double Tree/Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton Hotel. For more Information visit www.floridawatercolorsociety.org or call Marilyn Johansen at 954-943-5492.

 

 

 

Susan Hanssen NWS

 

“Wild to Wonderful”

Saturday, September 20  9:15 am

 

 

Award-winning artist Susan Hanssen will be making a digital presentation, “Wild to Wonderful” at 9:15 a.m., Sat., Sept.20th at Florida Watercolor Society’s four-day state convention to be held at the Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton Doubletree. For more information, visit www.floridawatercolorsociety.org or call Marilyn Johansen at 954-646-8698 to RSVP.

 

"Waiting Patiently" by Susan Hanssen

“Waiting Patiently” by Susan Hanssen

 

 

After a long career as an art director in New York and Dallas, Susan and her husband moved to Florida in 1999 and there she began to paint. She works primarily in watercolor and gouache. Her paintings are generally figurative, although recently she has been exploring non-objective painting. Her “Sheep Series” continues to be a favorite, combining allegory and whimsy in a variety of executions. The collection, “On the Subject of Sheep” was exhibited at the Coral Springs Museum of Art in March of 2008. The show ran three months and included 17 paintings. A painting from the series, “She’s Come Undone”  was part of the National Watercolor Traveling Exhibition  in 2009. 

 

 

 

"The Scribble" by Susan Hanssen

“The Scribble” by Susan Hanssen

 

 

Susan is a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Florida Watercolor Society and Gold Coast Watercolor Society. Her painting “Foiled Again” won the Gold Award at the Florida Watercolor Society Exhibition in 2010 and appears in “Splash 13.” In 2013 she won the Gold Award again with her painting “Waiting Patiently.” Both pieces were featured among the Best Paintings of the Year in “Watercolor” Magazine.

 

After twelve years of teaching at the Boca Raton Museum School, Susan decided to retire this year and is focusing on workshops and teaching privately in her studio. Her work can be seen at the Rossetti Fine Art Gallery in Fort Lauderdale.  For more information about her artistry please visit     www.susanhanssen.com

 

 

Details about conference registration can be found at the FWS website.  Visit www.floridawatercolorsociety.org  for more information or call Marilyn Johansen at 954-943-5492.

 

 

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Sue Lynch Expresses Her Joy in Color at the Delray Beach Library Gallery

Sue Lynch will be exhibiting her artwork at the Delray Beach Library, as she shares “Favorite Places: Europe and Delray”.  Her paintings include familiar Delray Beach scenes and landscapes based on her extensive European travels. This is a real treat for those who aren’t able to see her studio at the famous Torpedo Factory Art Center in the Washington, DC area.   The public is invited to meet the artist at a free reception on April 19th.  The Rickie Report is pleased to share the details and tell you more about Sue in this article.

 

 

 

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SOLO Exhibit:

 

“Favorite Places: Europe and Delray”

Delray Beach Public Library, 2nd floor

 100 W Atlantic Ave  Delray Beach, FL

 

Public Reception  and Meet the Artist

 Saturday, April 19th     3-5 pm

Exhibit continues through June 14th

 
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Delray Beach and Washington DC artist, Sue Lynch will be exhibiting at the Delray Public Library, 100 W. Atlantic Avenue from April 19 until June 14th. Her paintings are familiar Delray Beach scenes and landscapes based on her extensive European travels. A resident of Delray for the past three winters, she has loved the architecture of our “Village by the Sea”.  One of her teachers describes Sue’s paintings as “joy in color”!

 

 

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Sue tells The Rickie Report that art has always been a part of her life.  She studied different art techniques in college and went on to become a Fashion Illustrator for a large department store.  Sue continued her art education through painting classes and has shown her artwork in numerous galleries in the Washington, DC area.  

 

 

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Originally a watercolorist, Sue moved to acrylics as her medium.  She has been in numerous group and SOLO shows.  “Sue Lynch’s very powerful acrylics unify recognizable shapes with abstraction. Evocative of places, intense with color and just the right combinations of colors working together.”  ELAN Magazine June 2013

 

 

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 “I am an artist at The Torpedo Factory Art Center, which is the highlight of Alexandria’s Potomac River waterfront, attracting approximately 500,000 visitors annually.  Visitors can meet over 82 artists who maintain studio space, visit six galleries, two workshops and enjoy the Alexandria Archaeology Museum”, she shares. Sue’s many awards include Bests in Show in the Virginia Watercolor Society, the Fairfax County Council of the Arts Annual Exhibition and Waterworks National Marine Art Show.

 

 

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Sue’s works are in many collections including the U.S. Embassies in Germany and China, The US Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Texaco, George Mason University and James Madison University. Most recently her painting “Ravello” was purchased by the actor/collector, Kelsey Grammer. 

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To see more of Sue’s artwork, please visit  www.suelynchpaintings.com or contact her at solynch1@gmail.com .

 

 

 

 

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Creating a New Career with Helen Brower

The Rickie Report has written articles about people of all ages and stages of life who decided to listen to their inner creative voices and try a new medium to express themselves.  Helen Brower has traveled the world and anyone who has read various travel columns or books has probably read her words!  Until now, Helen’s “voice” has been writing for others. We are pleased to share details about Helen’s first publication of her own in this article.

 

Meeting Helen Brower

 

 

Helen Brower

Helen Brower

 

 TRR: Tell us about your background

HB:

 

I’m a native New Yorker and have had a long and successful career as a freelance writer for travel and lifestyle publications (magazines, newspapers, guidebooks, etc.).  As you’ve probably guessed, as a travel writer, I did a lot of globe-trotting, sometimes spending only enough time at home to unpack, do a load of laundry, then take off on the next trip. I lived in Amsterdam and Rome and, before moving to Delray Beach, where I now live, I spent three happy years in Key West.

 

TRR:  All of your work has been non-fiction. How did you decide to share your own “voice” with this novel?

HB:

 

 

Although I earned my living as a non-fiction writer, I had always harbored a secret desire to write fiction, especially mystery novels (as you’ve probably guessed, I’ve always been an avid reader of mystery-suspense novels). However, roadblocks such as having to find an agent, having to wait months while my book was being “shopped around,” and very likely having to make changes I didn’t really approve of, kept me from making any serious attempts at fiction writing. Until, that is, the emergence of e-books which allowed writers and would-be writers the ability to self-publish without the “help” of third parties. 

 

TRR: So, the emergence of e-books made a difference for you?

HB:

 

At about the time e-books were coming into their own,  I happened to read an article in the New York Times that described Delray Beach, where I was now living, as the “recovery capital of America” (or words to that effect). I mentioned this to my sister, who knew of my love of mystery fiction, and said, half-jokingly, “why don’t I write a  mystery set in Delray Beach and call it ‘Rehab Is Murder.'” We had a good laugh about that but before you know it, I started writing.  

 

TRR:  Understanding your need to be accurate, how did you research the material?

HB:

 

In order to be as authentic as possible, I spoke with friends who have been in recovery and I also researched  the programs and facilities of some actual recovery centers. And because I’ve always liked movies and books that feature an interesting mix of personalities, in addition to the sophisticated main characters, I created a likable young couple, an amusing senior citizen pair, and several residents of the recovery center.

TRR: Can you share an overview of the book with us?

HB:

For starters, here’s the book description that appears on my Amazon book page:

The Broadway gossip hounds are poised to expose Madeline Vaughan’s little secret–her not-so-little drinking problem.  But before they can do their worst, the glamorous stage legend escapes to South Florida’s most luxurious recovery center in the hopes that its team of experts will do what they’ve done for dozens of her fellow celebrities–cure her of her addiction and do it safely away from the prying eyes of the New York tattletales’ local spies.
The treatment seems to be working and the posh facilities and glorious  surroundings only enhance her growing sense of well-being.  But Madeline soon  discovers that beneath the sparkling Florida sunshine lie some dark secrets.  The beautiful psychiatrist who runs the center divides her affections between her movie star husband and her seductive operations manager who’s taken it upon himself to entertain the female guests.  But not everybody is amused by the sexy shenanigans. Before long, violent passions explode and someone ends up dead.

 

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TRR:  Even a book without illustrations or pictures needs a cover.  How did you go about finding the art work?

HB:

My experiences as a travel writer sent me all over the world. During a stay in Hawaii and the Asian pacific, I became good friends of a fine artist, Craig Carl and his family.  Craig’s background is graphic and commercial art.  When he heard about my novel, he offered to help with the cover.  In fact, this image was the first he drew and we both agreed he captured just the right depiction of my novel!

 

 

There are so many people who have the words but don’t quite know where to start in pursuing their dream of writing a novel that others will read.  Helen Brower is great example of someone who made that dream happen!

 

For more information about Helen’s  e-book, “Rehab Is Murder”, it is available on Amazon’s Kindle Store site and is priced at $3.99.  To contact Helen to speak to your group, please call  561-638-1268 or email hebrower@bellsouth.net

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291