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NATIONAL WATERCOLOR SOCIETY • SINCE 1920

President’s Message

PRESIDENT
Ken Goldman

Ken Goldman

Happy Spring fellow artists!

PAST PRESIDENT
Linda Doll
FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT
AWARDS
Valli Thayer McDougle
SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT
TRAVEL SHOW
Joe Cibere
THIRD VICE-PRESIDENT
PUBLICATIONS
Jeanne Hyland
FOURTH VICE-PRESIDENT
PUBLICITY
Beatrice Trautman
TREASURER
Alice Kayuha
DIRECTOR, EXHIBITIONS
Penny Hill

SPRING 2016

I want to deeply thank you for your incredible response to my fundraising
appeal about fixing our gallery’s old, rotting roof. Thanks to your generosity,
we are now moving forward with the roof repair.
I would also like to thank those of you who are volunteering for various NWS
projects. Your volunteerism is the lifeblood of this organization, and we are grateful to you.
Now, here’s the news.
NWS board members, Stephanie Goldman, Linda Doll, Nancy Swan and I attended the grand
opening of the NWS International Small Image Exchange at the Luohu Art Museum in Shenzhen,
China. The 100 paintings from NWS members and 100 paintings from the Chinese will be on
view here in San Pedro from July 30 to August 28, with the opening reception on July 30, 2-4
pm. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this exciting event. This year the NWS/China
Exchange is our Annual Members’ Exhibition, and next year the Annual Members’ Exhibition will
return to its original schedule.
After attending the Small Image Exhibition reception in Shenzhen, Stephanie and I, spent four
more weeks traveling throughout China as NWS Ambassadors, lecturing and demonstrating at six
universities. For a brief visual summary of this NWS outreach, please visit http://goldmanfineart.
blogspot.com/2016/01/national-watercolor-society.html.
Between the Members’ Exhibition and International Exhibition, we are now looking to expand
opportunities available at our NWS Gallery.
Here are some of our plans: (Member volunteers are more than welcome).

• Workshops throughout the year with first-rate national streaming of lectures and
demonstrations. (These workshops could be impromptu and would not need to be
scheduled too far in advance if a qualified instructor already has a following and needs
only a venue to rent).

• New exhibition opportunities for Signature Members, Associate Members and
volunteers in the gallery.

DIRECTOR, SPECIAL
PROJECTS
Debbie Abshear

• Watermedia exhibitions for university professors to introduce NWS to younger
watercolorists.

DIRECTOR, NEWSLETTER
Matthew Bird

• Member exhibition opportunities in other galleries and museums. (For example, the
current NWS Invitational Plein Air Exhibition at the Muckenthaller Museum from
February 4 through April 4, 2016).

• Increased visibility on the international art scene through future planned
international exchanges.

DIRECTOR, HOSPITALITY
Detra Francis

• Plus many new plans yet to be determined as we now have a professional volunteer
marketing and communications expert on board.

DIRECTOR, WEB
Parrish Hirasaki

The slight increase in annual dues and entry fees has allowed us to contract an experienced
building maintenance person to keep our building in shape during increased activity. NWS is a
completely volunteer-run, non-profit organization with a mission of showcasing and rewarding
innovative water-media artists. Through your volunteerism, generous donations, dues and entry
fees, we are successfully accomplishing this mission.

RECORDING SECRETARY
Stephanie Goldman
DIRECTOR, MEMBERSHIP
N.C. Swan
DIRECTOR, HISTORIAN
Lowri Sprung

GALLERY MANAGER
Jan Godachy

2016 NWS Events At-A-Glance

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
International Traveling Exhibition
Fallbrook Art Center
February 9 - March 20, 2016
103 S Main St, Fallbrook, CA 92028
www.fallbrookartcenter.org
Demo/Workshop Sign-up: Deadline when full (by date received)
Sign-up online for faster processing:
http://nationalwatercolorsociety.wildapricot.org/

• NWS Demo/Lecture – Paul Jackson
Reflection, Translucency and Transparency
September 25, 2016 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon

• NWS Gallery Tour – Robbie Laird
Reflections on an Exhibition
October 23, 2016 2:00-4:00 PM

• NWS Workshop 1 – Paul Jackson
Painting the Night in Watercolor
September 26-28, 2016 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

• NWS Workshop 1 – Robbie Laird
Paintings: The Abstract Nature of Nature
October 24-26, 2016 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

• NWS Workshop 2 – Paul Jackson
Reflection, Translucency and Transparency
September 30-October 2, 2016 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

• NWS Workshop 2 – Robbie Laird
Layered Watermedia Paintings
October 27-29, 2016 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

• NWS Demo/Lecture – Robbie Laird
Ebb & Flow of Nature
October 23, 2016 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon

All demonstrations, lectures and workshops are held at:
NWS Gallery
915 S. Pacific Avenue
San Pedro, CA 90731-3201

2016 Calendar
2016 NWS INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION:

• June 1:
Registration OPENS

• July 15:
Registration CLOSES

• October 22:
OPENING RECEPTION

• December 18: Exhibition CLOSES CLOSES
NWS/China Small Image Exchange Exhibition — 2016 MEMBER EXHIBITION:

• July 30:
OPENING RECEPTION

• July 30/31:
Symposium/Lectures - TBA

• August 28:
Exhibition CLOSES
NWS NEWSLETTER DEADLINES:

• July 1:
NWS Summer Newsletter Deadline

• November 1:
NWS Winter Newsletter Deadline
UPCOMING INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION JURORS AND ALTERNATES
2016

Frank Webb
Paul Jackson
Myrna Wacknov

Alternates Robbie Laird

Sue Pink

Laurin McCracken

2017

Mike Bailey
Carol Pickle
Cathy Hegman

Alternates Michael Reardon

Kathleen Ballard

Stan Kurth

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2018

Carla O’Connor
Linda A. Doll
Linda Daly Baker

Alternates Michael Schlicting

Charles Rouse

Doug Lew

China/NWS Small Image Exchange Exhibit
BY LINDA DOLL, PAST PRESIDENT, CHAIR OF CHINA EXHIBITION

Z

hou Tianya, CAA, NWS, invited the National Watercolor
Society (NWS) to collaborate in hosting a small image
exchange exhibition. The small image exhibition was held in
conjunction with the 2015 Shenzhen International Watercolor
Biennial Exhibition (SWIB) which was organized by Zhou
Tianya. They were exhibited in two prestigious Shenzhen art
museums from December 5, 2015 to January 16, 2016.
The China/NWS Small Image Exchange Exhibition, which
serves as the 2016 NWS Member Exhibition, was juried by two
jurors. Zhou Tianya juried 100 paintings from the 421 NWS
member entries, and Linda Doll selected 100 paintings from
the Chinese artists’ paintings. Awards were chosen by Zhou
Tianya and Linda Doll.
Zhou Tianya is a well-known artist, teacher, author and editor,
who also has served — for the past seven (7) years — as Chair
of the Art Department at Jingshu Academy of Technology
in Hubei, China. Linda Doll, Past President of NWS is an
internationally-known artist, teacher, juror and workshop
instructor.
Small works for this joint collaboration consist of paintings
no larger than 15” in the longest dimension. NWS members’
paintings were sent unframed to NWS and were then shipped
to China by NWS. Catalogs of the small exhibition were printed
through the generosity of China, and each accepted artist will
receive this wonderful catalog. All NWS members who entered
the exhibition will receive a DVD created by Linda Doll and
Valli McDougle. All other artists/patrons can view the exhibit
on YouTube or by selecting the link on the NWS web home
page.
Support for this Member exhibition comes completely from
entry fees and generous donations.
Ken and Stephanie Goldman, Nancy Swan, Nell
Bartlett and Linda Doll officially represented NWS
at the opening in Shenzhen. Some of the other NWS
members, with paintings exhibited in the Small Image
Exhibition, who were in attendance were Linda Baker,
Angela Barbi, Ally Benbrook, Stella Canfield, Kathleen
Conover, Lynn McLain, Laurin McCracken, Judy and
Tom Morris, Bobette Shafton-Davison, and Jayson
Yeoh. Zhou Tianya and his Chinese colleagues were
great hosts and a wonderful time was had by all.

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NWS/China Small Image Exchange Exhibit

2015/2016 CHINA DATES
LUOHU ART MUSEUM
December 5, 2015 - January 10, 2016
6 Nanji Road, Shenzhen City,
Guangdong Province, China
GALLERY OF WENZHOU LIBRARY
January 30 - February 22, 2016
1 Fuxi Road, Luchang District, Wenzhou City,
Zhejiang Province, China

2016 USA DATES
NWS Gallery
July 30 to August 29, 2016
July 30: Opening Reception. 2:00-4:00 PM
915 South Pacific Avenue
San Pedro, CA 90731

21 SPACE GALLERY
March 18 - May 8, 2016
1 Huifeng Road, Guancheng District, Dongguan City,
Guangdong Province, China
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NWS Workshops and Demo with Paul Jackson

NWS Demo/Lecture: Reflection, Translucency and Transparency
September 25, 2016 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon
NWS Workshop 1: Painting the Night in Watercolor
September 26-28, 2016
10:00 AM-3:00 PM

NWS Workshop 2: Reflection, Translucency and Transparency
September 30-October 2, 2016
10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Paul will demonstrate how to paint the deep shadows of
night and the glow of a nocturnal cityscape in watercolor
as he guides you through the entire process, illustrating
the principles of design, color, value, composition and the
mechanics of watercolor. You will learn how to work in thin
layers of washes to build up luminous colors.

Colorful, intriguing and mysterious, glass captivates our
attention and begs for closer inspection. Creating the look
of glass is about learning the secrets to the sparkle. What
makes the brain read what it sees as glass? To paint glass,
you must learn how to “see” glass. Paul guides you, stepby-step, through the basics of reflection, translucency and
transparency in this workshop as you paint a stunning still
life of glass together using a planned approach.

In each workshop you will learn how to work in thin layers of washes to build up luminous
colors. Emphasis will be on what makes a good painting, planning the entire picture
area, the importance of thinking through the composition, good division of shapes, value
planning, what to communicate about the subject, and how to correct mistakes.
Through informal lectures, discussions, demonstrations and critiques you will refine your
personal painting style. Come prepared to be entertained, make new artist friends and find
logical and creative answers to your watercolor questions.

Register online
www.nationalwatercolorsociety.org

If watercolor is your passion, then this highly energized painting workshop is for you! Paul’s
stress-free, positive approach toward the act of painting will inspire you to loosen up and
have fun again. Expect an intense, concentrated and lively workshop where you will elevate
your understanding of this soulful medium. Paul is the author of Painting Spectacular Light
Effects in Watercolor and The Wandering Watercolorist.
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PAUL JACKSON WORKSHOP & DEMO
Name_______________________________________________________

Lecture and Workshop Series held at the NWS Gallery,
915 S. Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90731-3201.
Further inquiries contact Penny Hill:     

Address_____________________________________________________

760-908-3389

City_________________________________________________________

State________________________________ ZIP____________________

Check the event you plan to attend.
h Workshop #1 h Workshop #2 h Both Workshops
h Member $350 per
h Non-Member $400 per
h Lecture/Demo $25 each, $35 non-members
Online participation for members only $10.

Phone_______________________________________________________
Email Address________________________________________________

NWSAnnualExhib@gmail.com

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NWS Workshops and Demo with Robbie Laird, NWS, SDWS, SLMM, WW

NWS Demo: Ebb & Flow of Nature, October 23, 2016 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon
NWS Gallery Tour: Reflections on an Exhibition, October 23, 2016 2:00-4:00 PM
NWS Workshop 1: Paintings: The Abstract Nature of Nature
October 24-26, 2016
10:00 AM-3:00 PM

NWS Workshop 2: Layered Watermedia Paintings
October 27-29, 2016
10:00 AM-3:00 PM

“I am moved by the ever-changing natural beauty of the
world and express it in my work as motion and emotion
that go beyond a literal snapshot in time. Even my most
abstract paintings are based on a very specific personal
experience, saved in sketches, photos, memories and
dreams. The flow of color and line are used to depict my
awareness of the constant motion of time and evolution
of every day and each experience. In these works I am
exploring THE ABSTRACT NATURE OF NATURE.”

“Working from my sketchbooks, photos and other
resources, I take time for thoughtful exploration of a
subject to become informed. While painting, I let go
of definite plans and make intuitive choices. The ebb
and flow of the process is my first-hand experience of
“Informed Intuitive” painting. These paintings evolve as
does nature, through many changes and many layers over
a span of time.”

Robbie Laird’s paintings have received numerous awards in national and international exhibitions. They
captivate the viewer with an exciting balance of flowing ambiguity and varying amounts of specific detail.
Using large brushes and flowing paint, her work dances on the edge of abstraction and reality.
She sometimes uses the unique qualities of flowing transparent watercolor to create mysterious rhythmic
works, while in other pieces she incorporates a
variety of other watermedia. A continuing source of
inspiration is her lifetime interest in natural cycles
Register online
and connections. She has painted extensively in Mt.
www.nationalwatercolorsociety.org
Lassen Volcanic National Park, near her home in
northern California, for the last decade.
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ROBBIE LAIRD WORKSHOP & DEMO
Name_______________________________________________________

Lecture and Workshop Series held at the NWS Gallery,
915 S. Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90731-3201.
Further inquiries contact Penny Hill:     

Address_____________________________________________________

760-908-3389

City_________________________________________________________

State________________________________ ZIP____________________

Check the event you plan to attend.
h Workshop #1 h Workshop #2 h Both Workshops
h Member $350 per
h Non-Member $400 per
h Lecture/Demo $25 each, $35 non-members
Online participation for members only $10.

Phone_______________________________________________________
Email Address________________________________________________

NWSAnnualExhib@gmail.com

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Computers and Opposable Thumbs
BY GARRY HAMILTON

S

o, what do think?”
the gallery owner
asked me. He was
obviously quite
excited by the new
artist he had just
welcomed to his
stable.
And I understood
why. The images were
beautiful and unusual;
otherworldly, in fact.
And I was to learn later, required absolutely no
manual skill whatever.
This artist uses a computer for his picture making.
He is a photographer with training in computer
graphics. His method is to photograph a subject
with a digital camera, and download the picture
information to his computer. Then, using a photo
editing program like Photoshop, he edits each of the
colour separations.
He bleaches, darkens, alters saturation, warms or
cools colour. All that is required is a slide and click
of a mouse. After saving his editing, he has the
image printed as giclees, on canvas.
The resulting image is beautiful. It is derived from a
photograph, but a photograph with colours you will
never see in nature. He numbers and signs them as
limited editions just like any original print.
Now here’s the catch. Because he reproduces the
image with printing ink rather than photographic
developer and prints directly from his digital colour
separations, he describes the result as an original
print. Technically it is. The distinction between a
mere reproduction print and an original print is that
the reproduction is derived from another original
artwork, for example a watercolour, an oil painting
or a photograph.

the printing process itself. The print is the original
artwork. But in any traditional print-making process
the artist uses his (her) hands. One’s vision is
realized according to the extent of one’s manual
dexterity. With the advent of computers we are in a
new age. No longer need humans be dextrous.
If you doubt this, examine the evolving art curricula
of most art schools. Computers are in — life drawing
and painting are out, or minimized. The need for
manual skill is diminishing, disappearing.
Let’s step into a time warp and have a peek into
the future. As this trajectory continues will future
generations require opposable thumbs? What
appendage will go next? Will future generations
be routinely conceived in computer-directed
test tubes?
A man amazingly ahead of his time, Arthur C.
Clark in his science fiction novel “A Space Odyssey
2001,” carries this idea to its ultimate conclusion. He
speculates that Humankind’s final destiny is to lose
our animal bodies altogether and merge with the
universe as shear intellect.
When we lose our animal nature, our sexual
awareness, our desire for social contact, our
mortality, we lose passion, humour, curiosity, love.
Our opposable thumbs were a factor in developing
our enlarged brains and with it our heightened
awareness. It is our dextrous hands that allow us a
sense of fulfillment in craftsmanship and artistry.
They keep alive the desire to create, to touch, to
communicate directly. In short they contribute to
our ability to be Human.

Garry Hamilton is an NWS associate and retired
newspaper column-ist/cartoonist. These 2 articles are
edited versions of pieces previously written for his
column “Trippin’ with Garry” in the Cape Breton Post,
N.S. Canada

In an original print, the image making takes place in
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2016 NWS International Traveling Exhibition

NEW NWS ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
November 1, 2015 – February 29, 2016

Jennifer Aki
HI
Skip Bailey
AZ
Bjorn Bernstrom
CA
Aimee Birnbaum
UK
Gerald Bischoff
CA
Alex Bodnar
CA
Connie Sue Bosworth TX
Peggy Burkosky
Canada
Dennis Clarke
WV
Su Corbaley
CA
Taryn Curiel
CA
Cindy Daunis
TX
Debra De Santis
TX
Jan Evans
CA
Andy Evansen
MN
Alicia Farris
MO
Connie Hu Foong Malaysia
Tracy Foutz-Hunt
GA
Steve Garner
SC
Jacqueline Gnott
IN
Debby Gregory
OH
Sharon Haeusler
FL
Deborah Hagemeyer TX
Susan Hildreth
AZ
Erin Johnson
TN
MaryAnne Katz
VA
Claudia Kazachinsky CA
Diane Kiemeyer
IN
Peggi Kroll Roberts
CA
Jia Li
China
Yi Liu
CA
Lawrence Mannato
NY
Barbara Jean March
NJ
Terry McAnally
AK
Susan McCollum
IN
Angus McEwan
UK
Jane McIntyre
FL
Pam McLaughlin
CO
LORI MEYER
OH
Kristi Miller
CA
Muriel Mimura
TX
John W Murray
CT
Setsuko Ohara
Canada

Tim Oliver
TX
Jonathan Palmer
NC
Debbie Lee Parmley
TX
Darlene Pilcher
GA
Tom Powell
KY
Thomas Prosek
CA
Mary Jo Ramsdale
CO
Thomas Rebek
FL
Marie Renfro
TX
Gwen Revino
TX
Jane Riles
CA
Barbara Roth
CA
Rajarshi Roy
India
Melissa Safady
CA
Riaz Samadhan
India
Leona Sanderson
CA
Ann Sauve
CO
Dean Seagren
CA
Joe Severino
CA
Cynthia Sexton
CA
Yuhao Shao
China
Alisa Shea
NY
Kim Smith
OR
Shelley Stockwell-Nicholas CA
Heather Tauschek
AK
Rosemary Thompson TX
Lena Thynell
PA
Katrina Vanderlip
NY
Jeannie Vodden
CA
Lee Walter
MO
Linda Ann Watson
CA
Marijke Westberg
VT
Linda Wilmes
MO
Keene Wilson
CA
Cole Wolford
FL
Eng Peng Kim Yeo Malaysia

Fallbrook Art Center
Feb. 9 — March 20, 2016
103 S Main St
Fallbrook, CA 92028
www.fallbrookartcenter.org

Southern Arts Society
Sept. 18 — Oct. 31, 2106
P.O. Box 334
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
www.southernartssociety.org

Grants Pass Museum of Art
Aug. 2 — Sept. 17, 2016
229 SW G St
Grants Pass, OR 97527
www.gpmuseum.com

The Next Picture Show
Nov. 1 — Jan. 3, 2017
113 W First St.
Dixon, IL 61021
www.thenextpictureshow.com

NEWSLETTER GUIDELINES
We are proud that our members receive so many accolades; however, we are
limited in what can be included.

WE PRINT the following for Signature and Associate members:







Awards (only from National or International exhibits open to
all artists. No “members only” shows.) Indicate the award[s]
you received.
Recent publications that include your work
Special honors (i.e., Signature membership to national art
groups; serving as Juror; having work added to permanent
collections, etc.)
Inclusion in invitational, solo or two-artist exhibitions

WE DO NOT PRINT:
• Your workshops or websites
• Your inclusion into exhibits (unless you get an award and it is
in an exhibit open nationally to all artists)
• Items over 6 months old
Submitted material will be edited if it does not conform to the above
criteria OR in order to fit space available.

REQUIREMENTS:
• Indicate your member status (Signature or Associate)
• ACCOLADES: Submit your information PROPERLY FORMATTED
and in the 3rd person. Use the Accolades section in this newsletter
as a guide. Be specific about titles and dates.
• ARTICLES will be reviewed for content and relevancy.
NWS reserves the right to accept or reject articles and edit the
contents to fit.
• IN MEMORIAM: NWS will publish one submitted photo,
space permitting.
• 
CALL FOR ENTRIES: Submitted and applicable to NWS will be posted
on our website.
• WE REQUIRE A PERSONAL SUMMARY OF YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS. A
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER WILL NOT BE GLEANED FOR CONTENT.
DEADLINES:
Spring: March 1; Summer: July 1; Winter: November 1.
ONLINE PREFERRED | NWSnewsletter@gmail.com
(Indicate “NWS Newsletter” in subject line, or it may be missed.)
MAIL-IN | NWS Newsletter Editor, 915 S. Pacific Avenue,
San Pedro, CA 90731-3201

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In Memoriam
Christian Van Winkle passed away
the morning of Saturday, January 23,
one month after discovering he had
lung cancer. He was surrounded by
his family. Born in Toronto, Ontario,
Canada, in August of 1929, he was the
fourth child of Francesca and Garrett
Van Winkle. All his siblings preceded
Chris in death.

“All art is abstract. The minute we use
line, we are abstracting. Some art is more
realistic, some more non-objective, but
all art must be poetic.”

Chris retired from his commercial art
business when he reached 62, and
then devoted all his time to watercolor
painting, instruction, conducting
workshops and leading painting tours
Chris’ father was from Jersey City,
around the globe. Following in the
New Jersey, and his mother from
footsteps of his mentor Hallett, he taught
Germantown, Pennsylvania. The Van
at Citrus College for over 30 years. He
Winkle clan arrived in the New York
helped get many local artists started on
area n the late 1600’s and Chris’
their path toward painting watercolor.
ancestors can be traced to the town
He enjoyed studying with nationallyof Winkle in the Netherlands. His
recognized watercolor artists Milford
family moved to Toronto in the mid
Zornes and Henry Fukuhara, both of
1920’s.
whom had a profound influence on Chris’
work. He developed a close friendship
Chris grew up in Toronto, attended
CHRISTIAN GARRETT VAN WINKLE
with talented watercolor artist Tom Fong,
St. Thomas Aquinas school and, later,
NWS PRESIDENT 2005-2007
who was the watercolor instructor at
De La Salle College and the Ontario
August 1929 – January 2016
Mount San Antonio College when Chris
College of Art. He always enjoyed
was
teaching
at
Citrus.
Over the years the two developed
drawing and his first instruction in painting was in oils.
what is best described as the first watercolor standupHe married Caroline Dilworth in 1954 in Toronto. Wanting
comedy routine, to the delight of other artists.
to learn the old soft shoe for a routine in a church theater
Chris served as president of the National Watercolor
group, they met when Chris came to Caroline’s dance
Society from 2005 through 2007. During that time he
studio, and they danced through life for another 61 years.
undertook the task of fund-raising and converting the
In 1959, the family moved to Covina, California, with their
warehouse in San Pedro into the NWS Gallery. With the
two sons, Gary and Michael. Soon, more sons arrived,
help of many others the goal was achieved. The gallery
Christopher, Joseph and Ted. Chris established the VanArt
stands as a testament to his leadership and perseverance.
commercial art service in Covina and continued to paint
For Chris, his family, his faith, his art and his golf comprised
fine art in oil when he could find the time.
the key elements of his life. He was active in both St. Louise
Caroline was busy working in the dance studio on
parish in Covina as well as St. Timothy’s in Morro Bay. He
Saturdays, so she bought him a set of golf clubs to keep
never stopped learning, exploring new ideas via lectures
him busy and in the fresh air. He developed a love for the
and PBS, attending live theater and music and enjoying a
game and a respectable handicap. He shared the love of
good hockey game or two. He also loved to listen to Vin
golf with all his sons and grandsons, serving on the board
Scully’s broadcasts of the Dodgers throughout his life. He
of the Santa Anita Golf Club in southern California, where
was actively involved and instrumental in the lives of his
they golfed in the early 70’s until the family discovered
six grandchildren, Blake, Sarah, Bradley, Erik, Glenn and
Morro Bay. Chris became an active member in the Morro
Joseph. He loved life and enjoyed meeting people from
Bay Golf Club in 2003,.
around the world as he painted and played golf in over
Chris discovered watercolor in the 70’s, studying with
twenty-five countries. He had a witty sense of humor and
Robert Hallett at Citrus College in Glendora. He admired
loved to tell a funny story, even if he forgot the punch line.
Hallett’s approach to the watercolor media: learn all the
He went through life with a smile for everyone, a generous
basic skills and techniques and then develop your own
heart and a belief that there is good in every person.
style and interpretation. On his own webpage, Chris stated:

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In Memoriam
MILES G. BATT
October 10, 1933 - November 20, 2015 at age 82
Miles was born in Nazareth, PA, on October 10, 1933, and passed away from a rare kidney disease in
Fort Lauderdale, FL. Artist, teacher, husband, father, grandfather and author, Miles’ passion for painting
began in the 1960’s. Watercolor, his first love, carried him to major honors, including his most recent,
Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by the Springfield, Mo., Museum of Art (Watercolor USA). He
was a signature member of AWS, NWS, FWS, SWS and a juror for national watercolor shows from coast
to coast. Miles won more than 250 awards for his watercolor and acrylic paintings. Receiving the “Past Presidents Award”
at NWS brought a big smile to his face before his passing. A true innovator of the aqueous medium, Miles pushed the limits
in his watercolors and his teaching techniques. Miles and his wife of 64 years, lrene, traveled the United States, Mexico
and Europe, hosting workshops for over 30 years. ln 1988 they published The Complete Guide to Creative Watercolor, a
compilation of the artists’ vast knowledge of the creative experience. The publication has been used by thousands to inspire
and stimulate watercolorists nationwide.
His large “Super Real” acrylics are in the collections of Art in Public Places, the Florida State capitol, Fort Lauderdale
lnternational Airport, the Museum of Fort Lauderdale, the Deland Museum of Art and numerous private and corporate
collections.
A retrospective of 65 of his major works will be on display at the Deland Museum of Art, Deland, Florida, from July to
October of 2016. Miles met his high school sweetheart in art class at 15 years of age, and they were married upon graduation
in 1951. He is survived by his wife, lrene and their two sons, Miles Jr. (also an accomplished painter) and Bradford Batt. “Miles
will be sorely missed, I loved him so... lrene Batt.” “My father gave me the gift of his creativity and knowledge, which I will
always cherish... Love you always, God Bless, Miles Jr.”

JAMES L KOEVENIG
March 18, 1931 - July 23, 2015 at age 84
James Louis Koevenig, 84, of Oviedo, FL, died Thursday, July 23, 2015. A biologist, educator, artist and
filmmaker, he earned his BS and PhD from the University of Iowa. He was a professor of biology at California
State College, the University of Colorado, the University of Kansas, Princeton University and the University
of Central Florida. Dr. Koevenig received major teaching awards at the University of Kansas and was the
UCF “Teacher of the Year” three times where he retired as Professor Emeritus. His educational films received national and
international awards. While at UCF, he produced the televised “Biology of Man” program and over 100 science-skills videotapes
with Dr. Thomas Morgan. Dr. Koevenig was an accomplished artist who created commercial art, cartooning, medical art and
fine art. He was a founding, charter and signature member and past president of the Florida Watercolor Society. He was also
a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and the Southern
Watercolor Society. Dr. Koevenig taught many art workshops and also served as a judge for art shows. He exhibited his
watercolor paintings in local, regional and national shows winning numerous awards. Overall, he said he was most proud of
his family and helping students. Dr. Koevenig is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Mary Sadler Koevenig; his daughter,
Kimberly Koevenig of Port Orange, FL; his son, Kurt Koevenig and his grandson, Samuel Koevenig of Lawrenceville, NJ.

Beverly L. Nichols
1952 – August 2015 at age 63
Beverly Nichols was a full-time practicing artist and a professor at various colleges and small community
organizations. She taught at the Kansas City Art Institute and worked with children doing workshops.
Over the last 30 years, she acquired a BFA from Stevens College, an MFA from University of California at
Santa Barbara, and did a one-year internship at the Boston Museum School in 1978. Nichols exhibited her
work all over the United States, received numerous awards for her watercolors and participated in many juried exhibitions.
Her illustrated, one-of-a-kind books have been shown everywhere in the U.S., and her work has been published twice in
Watercolor Magic magazine, including The Best of Watercolor.
Beverly fought cancer for four years, but she continued working within a month of her death last August. Her work ethic
was every bit as incredible as the strength of her will, in part due to her single-minded focus. Most everyone called her
“Queen B.” Information courtesy of Eva Reynolds Fine Arts.

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Matthew Bird, BWS, will exhibit Angel of Music at the
International Watercolour Society Invitational Exhibition in
Fabriano, Italy.

Robin Purcell AWS, NWS, MCWA, has received the Watercolor
West Award in the California Watercolor Association ‘s 46th
National Exhibition for Summit From Curry Point.

Carol Z. Brody, NWS, received signature membership in the
Transparent Watercolor Society of America. She won the
Patron’s Award for Party Papers, Ribbons and Red Confetti
at the 47th International Exhibition of Watercolor West. Her
article, Creative Instinct, will be published in the Creativity
Workshop Column of Watercolor Artist Magazine, March/April
2016 issue.

April Rimpo had two paintings selected to be included in
North Light’s best of acrylics book, AcrylicWorks 3: Celebrating
Textures. Moving Up and Struggles in the Southwest are
featured with a synopsis of Rimpo’s textural techniques used in
these paintings. The book will be released in April 2016 and will
be available through North Light Books and Amazon.

Alicia Farris received Best of Show honor in the 16th
Annual Open Juried Exhibition of the St. Louis Watercolor
Society, 2015.
Betty Jameson won the Golden Art Materials Merchandise
Prize at the Pike’s Peak Watercolor Society’s International
Watermedia Exhibit 2015 in Colorado Springs. She won the
Jack Richeson Merchandise Prize at the Texas Watercolor
Society 66th Annual National Exhibit.
Nancy Meadows Taylor AWS, NWS, was Juror of Awards for
the first National Exhibition of the Art of the Heartlands in
Mena, AR.
Sylvia Megerdichian, NWS, had forty paintings in the Faceted
Faces series featured in a solo show at Square I Gallery in
Claremont, CA February 8—29, 2016
Woon Lam Ng, NWS, was featured in the book Practical
Application of Color Theory & Design Concepts, published in
January 2016.
Judy Nunno, FWS, was a finalist in the 11th Annual ArtKudos
International Juried Competition for her painting Labor of
Love. She also received Honorable Mention at the 2016
ArtBravo National Exhibition for Chinese Laundry, and her
painting Six Ways to Sundae has been selected for publication
in Splash 17: Inspiring Subjects.
Kris Preslan, NWS, TWSA, NWWS, WW, WAS-H, NWWS, AWS,
qualified as a signature member of the American Watercolor
Society with the acceptance into the AWS 149th Annual
International Exhibition of her painting Cars I’ll Never Own,
#12.
Hank Pulkowski was featured in an article, Utilizing A
Composite Design, in the February-March issue of International
Artist magazine.

Susan M. Stuller, NWS, TWSA, has received the following
awards: The Elizabeth Shober Hooper Memorial Award for
Excellence in Presentation and Technique and 2nd Place in the
2015 Philadelphia Watercolor Society 115th International Works
on Paper, The Amy Freeman Lee Memorial Award with Bronze
Medal in the 2015 Texas Watercolor Society National Exhibition
and the Jack Richeson Award in the 2015 Kentucky Watercolor
Society Aqueous USA Exhibition. Susan will have a painting
published in North Light’s Splash 17, July of 2016
Lorraine Watry, NWS, has received Signature Membership in
Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society. Her painting
Moonlight Melodies received the Dick Blick Merchandise
Award. Her painting, Victoria Giant Waterlilies, was published
in the August/September 2015 issue as a finalist in the
International Artist Magazine’s challenge no. 88, Favorite
Subjects.
Lois Wolford won 3rd Place in the 2nd Annual North American
Miniature Art Exhibition for Country Church.

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