Wow! Another beautiful show. Thank you to the wonderful artists who participated this year. Special thanks to the crew who organizes and hangs the show. We have been putting on this annual show for 16 years. The show would not happen without you.
THANK YOU to the FIREWEED GALLERY for another great year of continued support for the Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society and the arts.


P.O.Box 98 Homer, Alaska 99603

VIEW the KBWS NEWS in COLOR on our blog <http://www.kachemakbaywatercolorsociety.com> or at the Fireweed Gallery website <www.fireweedgallery.com>

“Cabin Fever” by Rene Jahnke

“Good Bye Homer” by Nina Burkholder

“Puffins of the Wild North” by Char Jump An Evening with the Dixon and the Portlock Glaciers” by Jan Peyton

“Spring Bounty” by Marlyn Kramer

“The power of imagination makes us infinite” - John Muir

“The Natural Bridge” by Mike Murray

“We Otter Enjoy” by Bev Macy

“Gone Forever” by Donna Martin

Watercolor batik by Janaan Kitchen

“In tht Fog” by Olga Amaral

“Winter Birds” by Janaan Kitchen

watercolor batiks by Janaan Kitchen

Close To Home
The Absence of Limitations

Sept 16 - 30, 2011 The Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society presented works from artists who were inspired by Paula Dickey as a teacher, friend, and mentor. Paula Dickey so often said:“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations ... no limitations give you so much liberty, you don’t push against something to solve it and be creative.” The collaborative show brought together paintings and wonderful stories - truly a celebration of artistic success acheived through Paula’s teaching and inspiration.
“Variations on a Theme” by Paula Dickey from a Saturday Paint Together led by Paula in 2008

Paula brought to us a treasure trove of techniques, exercises and thoughts on the artistic process. Be sure to pull a few out this summer as you paint and reconnect with the warmth and unique character of Kachemak Bay.

Spring is for the Birds
“GEO Bird”Georg-Anne Phillips

“American Golden Plover” by Mary Bee Kaufman

The Music of Summer...a fun time to Sketch
From Fairbanks to Homer, MUSIC resounds through our art
Sketching to music fills the heart and the sketchbook with memories. Let the music carry your pen across the page. Opportunities abound in Homer. July 28-29, the 33rd KBBI, Homer public radio station Concert on the Lawn, will fill the summer air with colorful performances, great music and local food vendors. Salmonstock is Aug 3 - 5 in Ninilchik. Pier One Theater and local bars and galleries announce shows in the local newspapers For artists Mike Murray and Mary Bee Kaufman, Homer’s concert scene is a must do, sketching while rockin to the cadence of local talent.
KBBI Concert On The Lawn by Michael Murray

Look for August lunch concerts. Last year the Madison Quartet preformed both here and across the bay.

The Madison Quartet at Lands End by Mary Bee Kaufman

MIke Steven’s hammerin’ harmonica at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival by Mary Bee Kaufman

During the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in July, music and visual arts are in consort. Pens, paints and sketchbooks appear at concerts that resonated across the UAF campus throughout the day. Lunch Bites are a non-stop multiplicity of all things artistic. “The challenge for me is to grasp a sense of content and cadence, from poetry laced with subtlety to rock of ages hollerin’ Gospel choirs. One of my favorites is Mike Stevens, one of America’s finest harmonica virtuosos, whether belting out the blues or telling the story of the passage of a single train in the night”.(Marybee Kaufman)
KBBI Concert On The Lawn by Michael Murray

LOOK FOR EVENTS ONLINE: http://homernews.com http://homertribune.com http://www.homerart.org http://homeralaska.org http://www.bunnellstreetgallery.org

You can never sketch Toulouse enough: “In less than 20 years, Toulouse-Lautrec created 737 canvases, 275 watercolors, 363 prints and posters, 5,084 drawings, some ceramic and stained glass work, and an unknown number of lost works” (WikiP). Whew. He was an icon of the Post-Impressionists. He spent HOURS in the ‘Moulin Rouge’ sketching the activities of the evening: the gregarious crowds, the dancers, a few on-lookers sitting quietly. Studying techniques of Japanese prints and his contemporaries, Toulouse-Lautrec is often remembered for creating dynamic commercial art posters for the singers and bistro owners that have influenced all printed works since. A silhouette would capture the essence of a specific individual. Shapes and designs were created through the simplicity of line and large areas of color. Drawing is a foundation to art..but the FUN part is to put it into practice. YOU TOO CAN SKETCH the human form in its environment! Try those loose, fast, intimate sketches of life, and discover the fundamental nature of the human form as you capture gesture and color.
Lynn Bashen on the Fiddle Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival by Mary Bee Kaufman

As we go into the fast-paced days of summer, remember - never hold back. The process of art cultivates its own energy as it reflects the vibrancy of life and our struggles to be creative and calm...all at the same time.

watercolor painting by Michael Murray


On The Scene in Alaska
Andy Sonneborn organizes two informal plein air paint outs each summer. Artists from around the state will gather in Seward during the second weekend of June, and in Homer during August. All media are welcome. Look for updates on our blog and in Andy’s emails. <www.sonnebornart.com> ARTS IN THE PARKS The State of Alaska will be hosting 3 different Arts in the State Parks this summer, David Griffin is the contact person for the Dept Of Natural Resources. Davd.griffin@alaska.gov the dates and places are: Eklutna Lake/Chugach State Park June 2nd & 3rd Independence Mine /Hatcher Pass June 16th, July 4th & 5th Angel Rocks/Chena River State Rec Area August 25th & 26th

Fireweed Gallery JUNE Through a Glass Lightly Rosemary Redmond JULY Sketching Life by Mary Bee Kaufman AUG Watercolor paintings by George Maurer www.fireweedgallery.com

Ongoing Works at the KBWS Corner Fireweed Gallery

Char Jump wears one of her signature beaded neclaces. Char is a watercolorist and a member of the KBWS. Like everyone who works at the gallery, her smile always greets you at the door. If you are in town, stop by the Fireweed and say “hey.”

Trina Fellows hanging the KBWS Corner at the Fireweed Gallery

Homer Council on the Arts JUNE Therapeutic Paintings by Kenny Porter www.homerart.org Picture Alaska Art Gallery JUNE Duo Show of Fabric Art by Patsy Tomlin and Fused Glass Art by Tomilyn Clark JULY Kevin Crowly-Wood Block Artist AUG Oil Paintings by Jeanne Young www.picturealaska.com Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery JUNE La Vida Con Vision by Meghan LH Bundtzen JULY Alaska Landscapes in Watercolor by Mark McDermott www.ptarmiganarts.com JULY 13 Second Friday Meet the Artist Mark McDermott Bunnell Street Art Gallery JUNE Arrivals by Ann-Margaret Wimmerstedt JULY Asia Freeman and Deborah Schwarzkopf AUG Ron Senungetuk and Abraham Anghik Ruben www.bunnellstreetgallery.org The Dancing Leaf Artisans Gallery Ongoing exhibit, Julia March Crocetto Talkeetna, Alaska Kenai Fine Arts Center Ongoing exhibits http://www.kenaifinearts.com The Bear Gallery Features FWS members each month. http://fairbanksart.org Kenai Visitors and Cultural CenterAlaska JUNE - SEPT 14 2012 - A Celebration of Wildlife Art

Breaking News!!!!!!

Thanks to our intrepid webster, Tony Clawson, and our fearless executive leader, Donna Martin, we now have a new improved updated version of our blog. The Newsletters will appear as pdf files. Posts will contain updates of events and photos. The new COLLABORATIVE is is now on the blog page, easily accessed at home or on the run. It’s a digital world out there.....we are trying to make our basic information accessible to members. Please check it out and give us your feedback. Thanks for your time and consideration.


FIRST FRIDAY Celebration of the Arts is held every month in Homer. If you have new watercolor work (or one that hasn’t been displayed in a while) that you would like to have included in the KBWS corner of the Fireweed Gallery, please bring the paintings to the gallery by noon on the Monday before First Friday. If you have a painting currently on display that you do not want included next month, please remove it by that same time and date. As always be sure that the painting is displayed professionally with a clean mat and glass and has a wire hanger. Also be sure to complete the form for hanging giving name of the piece, price, and whether it is framed under glass (u/g) or under plexiglass (u/p) and enter it in the watercolor log book in the gallery. We do appreciate your assistance in this!

Creative Opportunities
JUNE 6 Deadline 38th Annual Alaska Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition. Receipt mailed applications June 6. Details and application forms atwww.akws.org. Show dates September 20 - October 3, 2012 at Stephan Fine Arts, Anchorage, Alaska, Frank Francese judging. JUNE 25 Nature Journaling Workshop with Kim McNett, Homer Council on the Arts, 1 to 4 PM, ages 9 and up JULY 1 ALL ALASKA JURIED EXHIBITION XXXIV Entry DEADLINE July 1; online application.<http://www.anchoragemuseum.org/about/aboutus_news.aspx> For more information, contact Julie Decker at jdecker@anchoragemuseum.org or (907) 929-9237. JULY 7 Homer Highland Games JULY 8 Mary Bee Kaufman Workshop, WILD ARTS, Kachemak Heritage land Trust, 3 separate artists, July 8- Marybee (sketching the wild), July 15 - Mavis Muller and Melissa Reichman, July 19 - Marion beck JULY 15-29 JULY 21 Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival http://www.fsaf.org Homer Street Faire 6-10PM

JULY 31 ART for ALASKA PARKS 2012 - Alaska’s Top 30 Competition $1000 Grand Prize - Entry Deadline is July 31,2012; New Award Category! - A Celebration Of Alaska’s Beauty The AFAP comp is designed to celebrate the beauty of Alaska by showcasing representational artists while enhancing the public awareness of Alaska’s public accessible recreational areas. This event is sponsored by Alaska Artists Guild Information and Prospectus/Entry Form from our website: www.artforalaskaparks.com, Kurt Jacobson Pres AAG AUG 6-10 Alaska Watercolor Society FRANK FRANCESE WORKSHOP Anchorage, Alaska http://www.akws. AUG 17 - 19 WATERCOLOR LANDSCAPE: Tips & Techniques watercolor workshop by Mark McDermott, Across the Bay Tent & Breakfast, Contact: http://www.tentandbreakfastalaska.com/Across_the_Bay/Watercolor.html SEPT 6-9 KBWS BARBARA NECHIS Workshop, Lands End, Homer. It is presently full. For additional information contact: Marylin Kirkham at mkirkham65@gmail.com SEPT 13-19 SECRETS OF PAINTING LOOSE, a watercolor workshop, with Eric Weingardt, Stillpoint Lodge, Halibut Cove, 907-296-2283 info@stillpointlodge.com, Peninsula Art Guild Looking for artwork for yearly Fall fund raiser/ silent auction and Out Cry Auction. If you feel so the Two Street Gallery,a new cooperative art gallery and workshop center opened its doors in Fairbanks. They are working” to develop a show place in downtown Fairbanks that attracts the best works in the Interior”. Margaret Donat is the media contact. <2stgallery@gmail.com>Space will be available for workshops, demonstrations and literary readings.

inclined to donate a painting (doesn’t have to be real current)contact: Georg-Ann Phillips

This year 11 members painted two wonderful collaboratives. Congratulatios to the artists Thank you to Picture Alaska which framed the piece, and oodles of thanks to the coordinators whose patience and dilligent skills continue to make this program feasilble.


Members painting for the collaborative include: Rene Jahnke, Caren Graupe, Donna Martin, Marilyn Kirkham, Char Jump, Lynda Reed, Nina Burkholder, Trina Fellows, Eva Stovall, Olga Amaral and Claudia Caffee-Delapp. Much thanks to all. The painting and prints are at the Fireweed Gallery. Images are on the blog.

Every first Saturday Michael Murray (left) and Renee Jahnke (2nd from right) put together 4 hour mini-workshops, programs with exciting new watercolor methods and techniques. Kudos to those two!!!!! Two of these programs incorporate art and the community: the KBWS Scholarship Program and the Bunnell Street Plate Painting Project, both which go towards supporting arts education

Scholarship Card Project
Mike Murray, Beth Nehus, Bev Macy, Rene Jahnke and Eva Stovall assembled cards that will go into the Scholarship card sales.

Plate Painting
KBWS members who participated in plate painting, including Michael Murray, Eva Stovall, Gaye Wolfe, Donna Martin (L), Nina Burkholder (L_L), and Bev Macy (R). It is a great way to enjoy the afternoon while supporting the arts in Homer.

MEMBERSHIPS ARE DUE from September to September. Please make sure your membership is up to date. MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
The Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society was formed to facilitate and promote watercolor arts. The society holds one general meeting and painting event per month to provide a platform for special programs focusing on watercolor and related issues. Membership is open to anyone interested in supporting watercolor arts. Membership dues are $20 and paid on annual basis. For more information, please contact Tony Clawson 235-1576 or tclawson@acsalaska.net

President, Donna Martin Vice President, Nina Burkholder Treasurer and Memberships,Tony Clawson KBWS Gallery corner, Nina Burkholder 235-6348 235-2631 235-1576 235-2631

Programs co-chairs,Mike Murray and Renee Jahnke Workshop Committee Marylin Kirkham Newsletter, Mary Bee Kaufman

235-0120 235-7944 235-7690 299-2039

“Melvin the Moose” by Katya Roberts

“If a creative mess is better than a tidy idleness, I must be be REALLY having fun!” (messy studio artist)
Send news items by Aug 20 to KBWS, P.O.Box 98, Homer, Alaska 99603 or to marybeekbws@gmail.com. Thank you to all contributors and editors. Photos and reporting by Michael Murray, Marybee Kaufman, and Donna Martin.

SUMMER 2012 Calendar
JUL 2 JUL 6 JUL 30 AUG 3 SEPT 3 SEPT 7 SEPT6-9 SEPT Mon Fri Mon Fri Mon Fri Thurs-Sun TBA Drop off new paintings and pick up old ones at Fireweed Gallery’s “Wild North Cranes’ by Char Jump KBWS corner by NOON First Friday, KBWS corner, Fireweed Gallery 5-7 PM Drop off new paintings and pick up old for KBWS corner by NOON at the Fireweed Gallery First Friday Drop off new paintings and pick up old for KBWS corner by NOON at the Fireweed Gallery First Friday BARBARA NECHIS WORKSHOP FIRST MEETING of the AUTUMN

Check your EMAIL UPDATES and KBWS blog for Open Board Meetings & Special Events.