I hope you have been enjoying the summer and that the heat and smoke hasn't been too challenging to manage! I am looking forward to starting with our programs again this coming Fall and to see you all at our September General Meeting on Saturday, September 18th, with international artist Stephen Zhang! A couple of SWS members attended the Streamline Publishing event last January, Watercolor Live, and we were treated to a portrait demo by Stephen and it was absolutely incredible! I am really looking forward to having him LIVE at our Zoom meeting, and I hope you enjoy his demo and talk! Be sure to join us! (I will send out the Zoom invite as we near the meeting date.) Below is an example of Stephen's work and you can read all-out him here.
I have been busy this summer getting ready for my solo show at Trails End Gallery in Chewelah. It has been a pretty great experience and I want to thank all the SWS members that made the trek to show. I really appreciate the support.
In July I participated in the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event in the gorge, and a few of us SWS members will be participating in the Palouse Plein Air event in September! This will be the 3rd year SWS members participate, so if you are getting the Plein Air bug, keep a look out for next year's call and give it a try.
The SWS Board has been working this summer on upcoming shows and events. Pat Tremaine stepped down from the Board and Oral Carper has taken her spot. Thank you Pat and Oral for volunteering!
We have two new members in our fabulous society! Julie Hopkins and Donna Austin. Welcome to you both and we look forward to "meeting" you at the September meeting or in person at a future event! We have a wonderful society and very talented artists which inspire and teach us!
Coming up is the SWS Juried Member Show at the Spokane Art School Gallery in October. Gail Johannes has put all the info up on our website and I want to thank all members that submitted works and to congratulate the accepted artists. Molly Murrah had a challenging job to select the pieces for the show and we look forward to hearing from her in October, when she will talk about the selected artworks and award winners. More details on that to come! Thank you to Kathi Eckerich and Gail Johannes for all your work on this event!
We have the portrait workshop with Molly Murrah coming up in early October. We only have 4 participants signed up at this time, (all SWS members), and we need 12 attendees to make the workshop go, so if you are on the fence and thinking about it, now is the time to sign up! You have until 9/1/2021 to get your member discount to the workshop as on 9/2 we will open it to the public and the cost goes up. Go to our website, to get the information and to sign up! Thanks!
SWS Mark Bessermin has been working on a new event called Paint Out In The Park, to coincide with Spokane's Pig Out in the Park! Mark your calendars and stop by! I think Mark is looking for artists to participate, so if you are interested, please contact Mark directly at email@example.com
The 2022 SWS National Juried Show prospectus is being finalized and you will receive notice when it's published! I hope you are busy painting and getting excited to submit your work! Stay tuned!
Looking forward to our September meeting and I sent you my best, Amalia Fisch SWS President
November 2020 Business Meeting Message from Amalia
About a decade ago, I was gifted by a family friend his recently deceased mother’s watercolor set. I was touched by the gift and put them away in a box thinking I would explore them soon. The years passed. Then, while cleaning out my studio in 2016, I found the watercolor set and decided that I was either going to use them, or pass them on to someone who would. I set them out on my table, began playing with them, and I haven’t stopped since.
Watercolor is magical to me. It is mesmerizing. It is challenging. It is beautiful. And, it is my passion. I love its portability; its translucence; and, its immediacy.I am hooked.
I joined the Spokane Watercolor Society in 2017 and have made some wonderful friends. I have learned so much from the workshops, the monthly programs, and fellow members. I have taken on Plein Air painting with gusto and have come to appreciate the importance of a local art group and the comradery it brings. I am honored and delighted to be your president. We have an exciting year ahead and I am looking forward to working with all of you to make our society vibrant and educational.