• SWWS 2014 Fall Show

    SWWS Fall Show at East Fork Cellars at the Slocum House at Esther Short Park

    SWWS Fall Show Rescheduled


    Announcing our SWWS Fall Show at East Fork Cellars at the Slocum House at Esther Short Park!


    We are very excited about our venue at East Fork Cellars and very relieved to have been able to substitute our show in such short order. Some of you may not know that the owner of the building did not renew Gallery 360’s lease and that sad news took away our Fall show venue. After seeing an article in The Reflector about East Fork Cellars and reading, “They want to be a strong cultural presence and support that by displaying art by local artists and being a stop on the popular First Friday Downtown monthly event”, we contacted them.

    East Fork Cellars is co-owned by Jeff Waddell and Stacey Stroup. Jeff has been a “professional musician for 30 years and combines his love of music and his love of winemaking at the historic Slocum House in downtown Vancouver”. “Guests have discovered they can sip award-winning wine inside a gracious historic home featured on the Travel Channel’s Haunted Destination of the Week and enjoy live, local music as well as visiting musicians.” In June, at the second annual Craft Winefest, they garnered two more awards for their Cellar Rat Red and their 2012 Dry Riesling.

    They have graciously agreed to host our Fall Show and will be open for First Friday Artwalk, with wine tasting and appetizers and “great art”. We will have signage and the house will also be open Saturday during Saturday Market. Additionally, we will have an artist’s reception with our judge and guest, Sterling Edwards on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm when we hope you will join us for wine and appetizers, awards and comments from Sterling.

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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

John Turley

June AHA Presents: John Turley Combining Abstract Shapes with Man Made Shapes

SWWS is pleased to announce that John Turley will be our guest at the next Artists Helping Artists (AHA) program. John has a masters degree in Art and Education and taught high school art for 33 years. He has exhibited in Illinois and in the Northwest where he is a Juried member of SWWS, a member of the Society of WA artists, Mosaic Arts Alliance and Gallery 360 in Vancouver.

John will be demonstrating how to combine Abstract shapes with man made shapes into one cohesive painting.

Please join us for this free demonstration as part of our SWWS program, “Artists Helping Artists”. Our thanks to Will Ray for coordinating this program!

WHERE:  Room 106 of the Frost Arts Center Building on Clark College Campus

The address: 1933 Fort Vancouver Way (at Clark College), Vancouver, WA 98663.

WHEN: 1pm to 3pm Saturday  June 14, 2014

MAP AT: http://www.clark.edu/pdf/maps/campus_map.pdf


We hope to see you on the 14th!

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Mary Ann Harkness  is career oriented, self employed artist and writer of Children’s stories.  She received her formal education with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from Arizona State University and a Master of Science (MS) degree in Counseling from Memphis State University.  She has taken art classes from some of the best instructors and artists this nation has to offer and she now comes to us this Saturday to demonstrate and teach at our Artist Helping Artists Event on “Painting Rocks Under Water” .

WHERE: I hope that you will join us in Room 106 of the Frost Arts Center Building on Clark College Campus for this colorful event.  The address is: 1933 Fort Vancouver Way (at Clark College), Vancouver, WA 98663.

WHEN: 1pm to 3pm Saturday 10 June 2014

MAP AT:    http://www.clark.edu/pdf/maps/campus_map.pdf

WHAT TO BRING:   She will be painting a quarter sheet, 140 pound, and will supply a pattern for others to follow. If you wish to paint along. bring any paints you have, 1 quarter sheet watercolor paper, and tracing paper to copy the pattern onto paper. Included below is an example of a painting she did a few years ago of the Washougal River.


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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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      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.