Monthly Meetings

Upcoming Meetings:

Demonstration by Carolyn Councell

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
(NOTE CHANGE IN DATE:  Maryland Hall will be closed due to Yom Kippur on October 9).
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
*Member Artwork Salon begins at 6:30 p.m.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Room 308
801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD, 21401

Carolyn  Councell is an award-winning artist who graduated from MICA and has studied with many well known artists.  She has been represented in many Mid-Atlantic galleries and is an AWC member as well as a member of other Maryland art groups. Her primary work is with watercolor, capturing the spirit of her subject, with controlled to free flowing strokes, often combining both to create lively expressions.   Carolyn's subjects are many, including: people, landscapes, seascapes and florals.

*Bring a painting, either a work in progress or recently completed, for our pre-meeting salon!  More information about the salon can be found on the Pre-Meeting Art Salon page.

Carolyn Councell

Past Demonstrators:

Ruth Bailey: Imaginative Color Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  (*Member Artwork Salon begins at 6:30 p.m.) Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Room 308 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD, 21401

Ruth Bailey, "Capital Dome"

“Color gets all the credit, but value does all the work.” I don’t know who said this first, but when my art teacher gave an exercise based on this quote and taught me about imaginative color, I was hooked. Well, not immediately.  Doing that first exercise, I hated the painting. The house I was doing looked too much like a fairy castle and not enough like a house people would live in - until I got the values right. Then the whole thing popped into place and I liked it again. Since then, imaginative color has been a recurring theme in my paintings. Knowing that if I get the values right, I can use any colors I want has freed me to use color expressively. - Ruth Bailey

Ruth Bailey, "Autumn in the Mountains"

Ruth likes using the fluid and unpredictable nature of watercolor as she plays with color in her depictions of the world around her. She enjoys painting plants, marine subjects, autumn landscapes, and scenes from her travels. Having studied at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA, and Maryland Hall, she now shares her skills by teaching others to enjoy this medium. Ruth is also one of our members.

Ruth Bailey, "Mist in the Mountains"

Ray Goodrow:  Painting Animals

Date:  Wednesday, June 12 Ray Goodrow is a watercolorist who strives to capture movement and colorful explosions in a variety of subjects. On June 12th in room 205 of MD Hall, we had the privilege of seeing him demonstrate how he embodies these qualities into a painting of animals. He completed a painting of Texas cows for an enthusiastice gathering. He currently serves as the President of the McLean Art Society and is a member of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, Baltimore WS and is one of the Gallery 75 artists at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria. He has exhibited in juried shows locally at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, MD Federation of Art, Gallery Underground in Arlington, and won first place at the 2016 McLean Art Society “Art on the River” exhibition.

"Texas Cows", Ray Goodrow

Alternative Technique for Protecting Watercolors

More and more watercolor artists are forgoing traditional glass frames in favor of varnishing their paintings. There are several advantages to this method including less framing cost, less weight, less chance for breakage and as one Easton Plein Air artist told me, collectors perceive that the watercolor is worth more since it looks like an oil painting. We were hoping to have a demo on this technique and how to use other alternative painting surfaces by artist Kathy Tuck from Pennsylvania but she was unable to travel to one of our meetings. She generously sent me two documents with loads of information on the subject: Varnishing a Watercolor on Watercolor Paper and AlternativeWatercolor surfaces. Click on either of these links for a pdf document that you can print or download for reference.

Past Demonstrators

Ray Ewing: Watercolors with Pastels

Date:  Wednesday, May 8
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location:  Maryland Hall, Room 205

On May 8th we had the opportunity to see a master artist show us how he combines watercolor and pastel painting in one composition. Delaware artist Ray Ewing has been an active painter, juror, and guest lecturer for over 30 years. He has been featured in solo and group shows throughout the east coast and has earned many awards in plein air competitions.

Catherine Dolch "The Business of Art"

Date:  Wednesday, March 13
Time:  7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location:  Maryland Hall, Room 205

Cat Dolch, "Ganesha"

We paint because we want to express ourselves, to relish in the joy of creating something handmade that aesthetically pleases us. This is all true but darn…it also feels good to sell some paintings! At our March 13th meeting, fellow AWC member Cat Dolch will share with us her expertise on marketing and selling your work via the Internet. Getting started with online art sales can be an extremely daunting task. Terms like "social media", "e-commerce", and "hashtag" can seem like a foreign language to some of us. In this one-hour session, AWC Members will learn the basics of getting started with this process. Topics included are Intnernetiquette", Explanation of Online Marketplaces with Pros and Cons, Payment Processing, Product Photography, Shop Identity Development, Attracting and Engaging an Audience, Social Media Basics, Ins and Outs of Etsy, Ads and Analytics, Building a Website, and more.
You will receive PDF Copy of Presenter Slides but bring a pen to take notes.

At our February meeting, Gloria Tseng Fischer from Tacoma Park demonstrated how she uses hot press paper to render delicate but powerful paintings. Her subject was two onions, one red and one yellow. She is a master at painting still life and florals that accentuate the white glow of the paper and require the viewer to “fill in” the missing information. Her engaging work has been on display at the MFA’s Circle Gallery many times and she has won numerous awards at venues throughout the Washington metro area.

See Gloria Tseng Fischer's website to find out more about her and to see samples of her work:

Our first daytime meeting, the January meeting featuring Maggie Cao, was well received.  We had well over 50 members in attendance.

As promised, Maggie Cao gave us some pointers for establishing successful compositions.  For her demo, she used an arrangement of fresh flowers.  She emphasized the importance of selecting the dominant shapes and colors, and emphasized the importance of negative space.

Maggie presently teaches at Chesapeake Fine Art Studio in Stevensville and is an accomplished still life, portrait and plein air landscape painter. Her recent awards are too numerous to list but you can view her work at McBride gallery on Main St.

Past Demonstrators

2018 - 2019
February Gloria Fischer
January … Maggie Cao
December … Holiday Party
November … Annette Uroskie
October …  Alex Tolstoy
September … Thomas Bucci


June … Ronaldo Dorado
May … Sue Corrigan-Yo
March ... Stacey Sass
February ... Joan Bevelaqua
January ... Rob Wood
December 13 ... Holiday Party
November 8 ... April Rimpo
October 11... Linda Luke
September 13.... Joanna Barnum


June ...Ken Karlic
May... Diane Gibson
April ....Spring Fling with Chris O’Neil
March ... Pam Wenger
February ....Anne Hathaway Chamberlain
January ....Stacy Lund Levy
December ....Holiday Party
November .... Nancy VanMeter
October .... April Rimpo
September ....Christine O'Neill