Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how we share ourselves and our talents with others. AWAs’ Community Outreach team is very active putting together a plan for members to share their watercolor knowledge with art teachers in the valley. This has been so well received that other organizations are considering doing this as well!
I have been providing group and individual ‘workshops’ for my friends and colleagues. Each time I prepare for a demonstration, I expand my knowledge base and learn more about my practice as well as myself. I am excited by this sharing and inspired by the ideas generated by group members.
How do you share your artistic talent with others? Is it through teaching? Maybe mentoring others? Do you volunteer your time to help other people find their own creativity? As one of my friends recently said, “I could never do that,” however after some exploring and narrowing down options, she found her ‘voice’ and said “But I can do this!”
What we don’t share, we risk losing.
“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
Hope to see you at our next meeting.
Ruth Philliben, President, AWA
CALL FOR ENTRIES
AWA SPRING 2019
FOUNTAIN HILLS COMMUNITY CENTER
13001 N. La Montana Drive
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Spring 2019 Show Calendar
February 8 –POSTMARKED BY MIDNIGHT Deadline for digital images, check & Application
March 7, 2019 Artists Notified via email
March 25, 2019 Shipped Paintings are DUE TO BETSY
April 1, 2019 10 AM -12 PM Deliver Artwork to Fountain Hills Comm. Ctr.
April 29, 2019 -10-12 Pick-up Paintings
44th Annual Western Federation Exhibition
Entries must be received by
NOVEMBER 12, 2018
To enter, provide digital images, signed entry form and fee to:
13828 W Terra Vista Dr
Sun City West, AZ 85375
Please don’t wait! Enter today!
Questions may be directed to Tanya Lemma or Linda Burruss
Tanya Lemma, Alternate Delegate
2019 Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Show
Enter this prestigious show held in beautiful San Diego!
Put these key dates on your calendar:
Monday, November 12, 2018 ….Deadline to enter
Wednesday, April 3, 2019………..Last day to register for hotel and hospitality events
Wednesday, May 1, 2019………..WFWS44 exhibit opens to the public
Friday, May 31, 2019………………Exhibit closes
Welcome to our new year! We have an exciting schedule ahead of us with newly established goals established by the Board / Committee Chairs at our annual spring retreat. These leadership members demonstrate a wealth of knowledge, talent, and enthusiasm for AWA. We are so fortunate to have them donating their time to help our organization continue to grow.
To continue to be a viable organization, we need to expand our membership to include younger artists; update our methods of communication and continue to make our programs and exhibitions challenging and worthwhile. Toward this effort, we are focusing our goals on:
- Expanding our membership to youth by
- Introducing a Student Membership (for high school and college students)
- Providing Watercolor Workshops for Art Teachers from local public schools
- Utilizing updated methods of communication by
- Expanding Media Center during our programs (collaboration with AAG) to include large screen TV and camcorder for direct viewing of demonstrations on large screen TV
- Expanding our Advertising
- Expanding our Monthly Programs
- Re-introducing monthly critique during the social hour (limit 1 painting per person)
- Clarifying our Title by adding a Tag Line to AWA which would give the message that our watercolor organization also includes acrylic and other water media (more information will be forthcoming)
- Posting our Membership Directory on the website on a quarterly basis.
- Other goals were established to provide direction for ongoing committees and will be addressed in Board Meetings and programs as indicated.
Please thank all the volunteers of the AWA Board and Committee Chairs for sharing their time and expertise. We still have a few positions open on the Board, so think about volunteering. One newly created position is that of the President Elect. This person will become President of AWA next year and gives the upcoming President an opportunity to gain a lot of experience in the year preceding his/her presidency.
See you in September!
Ruth Philliben, President
Our business year is coming to a close. It has been a very successful year and I want to thank AWA members for their contributions to this success. Additionally, I’d like to highlight the contributions of the more than 30 members who have served on the AWA Board and in Committees this past year. We are all indebted to those who continue to make our organization run smoothly. THANK YOU.
News from the Board:
- Our Board Member Retreat will be held May 18. A major focus of this year’s retreat is expanding our membership. We will be discussing ways in which we can reach out to a younger group of artists. If you have ideas about how we can reach more people, please let one of the board members know.
- We are also collaborating with AAG to update our media capabilities in the AAG building, so stay tuned!
I enjoyed being able to hand out awards to 12 well deserving artists at our Spring Exhibition held at the West Valley Art Museum in Peoria, AZ. If you haven’t had a chance to see this exhibit, please take the opportunity to do so. I am also fortunate to be able to select one painting from each exhibition for the President’s Choice Award. This time I chose Carol McSweeney’s painting: “Sign of the Times”, a painting of a homeless man sitting in a doorstep with a newspaper on his lap. Having worked some with the homeless population, I am moved by their plight and admire Carol’s decision to reach out to them.
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
Ruth Philliben, President
“The Good Samaritan” etching by Rembrandt is a black and white composition depicting the good Samaritan standing at the arched stone entrance to a building, talking with the inn keeper. At the bottom right corner of the 1663 version of this piece is a dog, squatting and dumping his ‘business’ on the ground! It is well known that Rembrandt had a mischievous sense of humor and introduced it into much of his artwork!
Like Rembrandt, we do best what we are passionate about, and that is certainly true for Sherry Kimmel. I just attended her water media collage workshop and it is evident that her enthusiasm shows in her wonderful collage paintings. Whatever sparks our creativity is certainly worth our best efforts.
AWA is fortunate to have so many talented artists who are willing to share their skills with members, whether through teaching workshops or volunteering to help keep our organization viable. We still have a few positions that remain unfilled, so think about helping out in one of these positions; we need help with the Newsletter Publication and with the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies representative. Contact Jeremy Jones if you are interested in one of these.
May is our annual member business meeting during which we will be having our election of officers and voting on proposed bylaws changes. The bylaws changes will be sent via email to members a month before the May meeting. Please read these carefully so you can be an informed voter at the meeting.
- Keep informed with our activities through our website: http://azwatercolor.com/
- Pay your dues: if you pay at one of our next meetings, you will receive a free raffle ticket for our monthly scholarship drawing! If you pay after the end of May, you will incur a late fee.
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol
Ruth Philliben, President
As our organization continues to move forward I hope you are taking advantage of the wonderful opportunities AWA is presenting to you. There is so much going on right now and, as I was struggling to sort it out, my husband suggested I not forget to have fun. As always, he helps me get through the chaos and get straight to the point.
“I hope you are loving your art”, he said… “Enjoy it.” He’s right… I get so busy, it’s easy to forget why I am involved; it’s because I LOVE TO MAKE ART.
So let’s make a toast to making art! Take a class, teach a class, paint with friends, put a painting in a show, give a painting to a friend. Celebrate your artistic self.
I also want to encourage you to become familiar with our website: http://azwatercolor.com/ as this is our main method of communication. Whether you are looking for Information on Monthly Programs, Workshops, Exhibitions, Membership or Community Outreach you will find what you need there.
It’s also time to pay your dues and sign up for an open Board Member or Committee Chair position. Think about how you can help AWA. It takes a community to keep the organization healthy!
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton
Ruth Philliben, President
As I sit by the ocean (on the island of Kauai), I watch the paddle borders manipulate the waves, looking graceful as they catcha wave and follow it into the shore (well, some of them are graceful). I am studying them with a new viewing point, that is,using the principles of composition described by turn of the century author, Arthur Wesley Dow. Arthur Dow was inspired by Japanese art, especially the prolific Hiroshige Ando. In his book, he suggests a number of exercises focusing first on line, then on notan (light and dark) and finally color. Photos of exercises pictured in his book remind me of the Polynesian art found so often herein Kauai. One of my favorite places Havaiki, a gallery featuring a world of Hawaiian, Polynesian, Melanesian & Oceanic art. Check out the website: https://www.havaikiart.com/
Each time I take a class or read a book is an opportunity for me to explore another style of art. Making art is about translating nature, not about transcribing it. Each of us finds our way of translating nature into art; some of us continue to experiment with a variety of techniques and styles; others find their ‘style’ more quickly. In your journey to discover your style, you have so many opportunities to explore different styles by taking one of the many workshops AWA offers. Consider taking a class…you may find a style that fits you well.
Back to the business of AWA. We are in the process of putting together a nominating committee to select officers for the upcoming year. As you are aware, our year starts in June and we need members willing to fill board member positions and members who are willing to reach out and find those members. Please consider serving your organization by either becoming an officer, or being on the nominating committee.
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” Vincent Van Gogh