Southwest Washington Watercolor Society

Watercolor adventurists join together to create and celebrate art on a regular basis as the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society. Many members began painting as kids, some found this pleasure during retirement years, and some have made art a lifelong career. Where ever you are at in your creative journey with watermedia we invite you to come along with us – and get your brush wet..

Events of Interest

2014 SWA Spring  Art Show Call to Artists  JPG FLYER

CALL TO ARTISTS

CALL TO ALL ARTISTS

SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON ARTISTS ANNUAL SPRING SHOW and SALE

A Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization

 

Call to Artists:  Open to all artists, members and non-members, ages 18 years and older. Artwork will be non-juried into the professionally judged show; a wide variety of media and disciplines will be represented. Artists may submit 1-3 pieces of art. Complete Show Prospectus, entry forms and instructions available at SWA’s Website: http://societyofwashingtonartists.com  Click; Art Shows and Exhibits tab.

Artwork Submission:  Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 between 4:00 – 7:00pm.

Location:  Award winning; Harley Hall Building at 10000 NE 7th Ave., Vancouver, Washington

Take Exit #5, off Interstate 5.

Award Categories:  This show will be professionally judged for Best of Show, First, Second, & Third places in each media category. Cash prizes will be awarded for all, plus several Sponsor Awards will also be given.  A People’s Choice Award will be voted on by the viewing public.

Public Viewing & Sales:   Admission is free. Open May 15-18th, 2014.   Hours are: Thursday & Friday; 8:00am – 7:00pm, Saturday; 8:00am – 8:00pm, Sunday; 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Artist Reception and Awards:  Saturday, May 17th 6:00 – 8:00pm, Awards at 7:00pm.

New Members Welcome: Interested in joining? Contact Jean Toepfer, Treasurer at:

(360) 694-9606 or email at: treasurer@societyofwashingtonartist.com

For more information, visit our website at: http://www.SocietyOfWashingtonArtists.com

Artwork Pickup:  Monday, May 19th, 2014 between Noon and 3:00pm.

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2014 SWWS SPRING SHOW INVITATION

SPRING SHOW INVITATION

DON’T MISS OUT ON MEETING YOUR GIFTED LOCAL ARTISTS.

The flyer posted above pretty much says it all, but what it doesn’t say is that if you don’t come you will miss out on one of the best shows we have ever put together.  Gallery 360 has done a superb job of organizing our paintings into separate “Associate” and “Juried” areas. And the Juried artists are further separated into watercolor and water media sections.  Southwest Washington Watercolor artists display their talents that stand up to recognition by national and international sponsors.  If you want to see art that will move you emotionally and  open your mind to new vistas of exploration, then come see what our artists have to offer.  Our juror this year, Harold Walkup,  is regionally and internationally known for his talents and will inspire you will his discussion of our art at 4pm on Friday, April 4th just prior to the first Friday art walk.  YOUR INVITED!

Denise McFadden

February AHA was a Great Event

FEBRUARY AHA – What a great Event!

Award winning artist, Denise McFadden  presented for our AHA  Saturday, the 15th of February from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  Denise, who won the Best of Show Award in 2013 painted a heron at the AHA and showed what she does at three different levels. She used a wet watercolor technique and mixed the colors on the paper.  – See her art at her web site www.denisejoymcfadden.com

She paints directly, freshly, and simply onto the dampened paper and lets the water do the work.  

“You will enjoy watching the colors mingle, drip, and separate in unexpected ways

This was our first time to utilize an art room at Clark College for our AHA event.

WHERE: Just north of  Mill Plain on Fort Vancouver Way   http://www.clarkbookstore.com/outerweb/campus_map.pdf

Frost Art Center — Room 106

College Arts Building

1933 Fort Vancouver Way (at Clark College), Vancouver, WA 98663

This was  a great opportunity to observe a fantastic artist using a wet on wet technique with spectacular results.  You may contact SWWS at OWCARPER@gmail.com  or our AHA Program Director, Will Ray, at  WILLRAY2014@gmail.com if you have questions.

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BE INSPIRED – JOIN A CRITIQUE GROUP

BE INSPRIRED!      JOIN A CRITIQUE GROUP

      Sometimes we clearly know when we are inspired and at other times we clearly know that we are not inspired. Without a doubt one of the things that helps inspire us most is the comment of a friend about our work.  A friend’s critique often pushes us forward on a painting or tells us it’s time to stop and move in a different direction. What inspires you? 

      Marian Neumann is starting a critique group and although she has not worked out all the details, she knows she would like to receive and give feedback among friends. She is looking for artists to join her critique group. The group will work out the details among themselves of where they will meet and how frequently.  Marian currently has three in her group and would like to expand to no more than six.  If you are interested in joining Marian’s group or just have a question before joining you may contact her at jandmneumann@gmail.com .

    And should her critique group be full when you contact her, please let us know at swwswatercolor.org@gmail.com  and that you are still interested in joining such a group.  We will place your name on a list for starting another group.  And if you have a more specific interest that you desire to find in such a group please let us know that as well and we’ll see if we can help you find what you seek. 

BE INSPIRED!

 

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January’s Artist Helping Artists Program Featured Katie Bradley

January’s Artist Helping Artist Program featured Katie Bradley. The Internet offers the opportunity for artists to reach thousands of potential clients all over the world. The trick is to help your customers find you, connect with your art, and make a purchase.

Katie has sold more than 700 prints since starting her Etsy shop, and painted many commissioned paintings in the last 2 years, without having to pay for advertisement. She also experimentally started a second Etsy shop, and with the same methods, has made over 1000 sales since March.

In this AHA, gave us a brief version of her seminar on how to market yourself and your art on the Internet. Those in attendance  had the opportunity to explore the marketing methods she has successfully used to promote her online art business. She provided us with links that explain clear step-by-step instructions on how to set up and run an Etsy shop and a Facebook artist page. She talked about networking with bloggers and on social media, and gave the audience the opportunity to ask questions at the end.  A great presentation – Thanks Katie!