BWS eNews - December 2019

President's Message

As I look back over the past year, I realize that BWS has accomplished several meaningful projects. Here are some examples of our accomplishments in 2019: Our website has been redesigned and updated, and we are now sending these monthly eNewsletters to better serve our members and our community at large. We have also provided a recycle table at each BWS general meeting for the sharing of art supplies with the BWS members and to help our organization raise money to support art education in Brevard County. Presently, we are working hard on the restructure of the educational part of our organization, in hopes of providing a more effective way to distribute art supplies and funds to the teachers and students involved in the art programs of Brevard County.

For the immediate future, we are gearing up for the 25th Anniversary of Splash coming in February 2020. For a successful art show, we will need 100% participation from our BWS membership. Much work needs to be done, and many hands will make the work light. Also, for the coming year, we will be reviewing our bylaws and updating where needed. As our organization grows, we need to make sure our bylaws allow us to make the changes that meet the needs of our membership, and our art community.

Thanks to all of you for your hard work and support. I am thankful for the members of the BWS board. You are a delight to work with. Your dedication and talents are noticed by all, and are greatly appreciated. To all the members of BWS, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Holiday, and have a very Merry Christmas.

- Donah Miller

Events & Important Dates

Now through January 30, 2020: Merritt Wildlife National Refuge show
December 8, 2019, 2 pm: Splash Meeting
December 13, 2019, 2-4 pm: BWS Board Meeting
January 1, 2020: BWS membership applications/renewals due
January 11, 2020, 1-3 pm: BWS General Meeting
January 18, 2020, 9:00 am-noon: Plein-air Outing
January 25, 2020, 11:30 am-3:30 pm: Mini Workshop with Ed Carlson
February 14, 2020, 6-8 pm: Splash Reception & 25th Anniversary Celebration
February 15-16, 2020: Splash Show

For a 2020 calendar you can download and print (courtesy of Diane Harmon) click here
December Planning Meeting
Sunday, December 8, 2019 • 2:00 pm
Art Oasis Studio
714 S Patrick Dr, Satellite Beach, FL 32937

The Splash committee has been working hard to make our annual members show happen. The committee has changed the volunteer meeting date and time to make it more convenient for everyone. Please plan to attend and show your support. Most of the Splash planning is done but volunteers are desperately needed to help in the following areas:

  • Raffle Baskets: Ticket sellers - contact Debbie Whalen
  • 50/50 Raffle: Ticket sellers - contact Barb Rios
  • Kitchen: Food servers, cashiers, and someone graphically inclined to make menus/table tents - contact Cindy McKee
  • Friday Night Reception: Set-up, food, cleanup, decorating - contact Fran Call
  • Door/Front Desk Greeters: contact Kathie Benson
  • Sign Distribution: Put out signs 3 days before event - contact Beth Kring

You'll find all you need to know about the SPLASH! 2020 Show on our website, including the Prospectus and Entry Forms. New this year: online entry and payment! Downloadable/printable forms are also on the site.

NEW THIS YEAR: Small Works Show and Fundraiser!  For complete details and entry form, CLICK HERE.



A warm welcome to new members Michele Loftus-Trzcinski, Beth Akey, Jan Lott, and Katheryne Gravey

Please note that membership dues are due on January 1, 2020. Also, please put the word out to your friends who are holding off or thinking about joining BWS. New members can join for $50 (individual) or $60 (family), and membership is effective through December 31, 2020. Join and/or renew now to avoid the holiday rush!

For more information on the Membership Program, 
click here or contact Barbara Rios, Vice President of Membership, at

Mini Workshops

Laurie Griffin is our new committee chair for our fabulous mini workshops, which are free to members and are a great benefit of your membership. These workshops are generally held every fourth Saturday from 10am to 2pm at Wickham Park Community Center, Room 1. Note that for the January 25th mini with Ed Carlson, there is a time change: 11:30am-3:30pm. For more details, click here.

There is a limited amount of space in this room, the capacity is 40 people. The teacher or the subject matter may further limit the number of participants. In the past, we have had workshops that had a limit of 25 participants. Laurie recommends that you register early. Your registration is managed by contacting the teacher. If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to contact Laurie at 

3-Day Workshops

David R. Becker, "The Most Important Watercolor Workshop" March 15-17, 2020
David Becker is the author of Watercolor Composition Made Easy, and How to Sketch with Watercolor. He has had two different articles published in International Artist Magazine and in Watercolor Magic. David has reached signature status to the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, has won numerous awards for his work from watercolor societies, and conducts many demonstrations and workshops around the country. For workshop details and to register, 
click here.
David R. Smith, "Watercolor Journeys" November 10-12, 2019
David Smith’s 3 day workshop was a complete sellout at the Elks Lodge. Said BWS Workshop Chair Karen Krosnick, “All 25 of us enjoyed his great sense of humor and his expertise of all things watercolor. David’s teaching style is clear and concise and he was very helpful with individual suggestions for each of us. What a fun workshop!” For more comments and photos,
click here.


Plein-air outings will resume on January 18, 2020, and will meet at the Riverfront Park Fountain in Cocoa Village at 9:00am with chairman Jan Faerber. The group generally stays until noon. Come paint, take photos, or just watch! For more details and suggested items to bring, click here.

We still need a co-chair since Jan is a winter resident. For an alternative, the Art Students Guild of Brevard ( meets every week and welcomes everyone at no cost.

Print Newsletter

If you didn't get a chance to see our print newsletter, you can view it on our website! It includes:
  • BWS/MIWA Show, Reception & Award Winners
  • Splash Info
  • BWS at FWS Convention
  • Membership Update
  • Members Gallery
  • Mini Workshops Recap
  • Upcoming 3-Day Workshop
  • Events List, and more!
ZONTA Fundraiser
The ZONTA Club of Melbourne has asked that we donate paintings to be auctioned off. We will start collecting paintings at our January meeting. ZONTA is an organization that empowers women worldwide through service and advocacy. For more information on ZONTA, visit
January eNewsletter Deadline
Please submit your newsworthy items and photos on or before Wednesday, December 25, 2019 to Diane Harmon at
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