Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour
80 Birmingham St, Unit B3
Toronto Ontario M8V 3W6, Canada
Phone: (416) 533-5100
Board of Directors 2021-22
President – Sam L. Boehner
1st Vice President – Marlene Madole
2nd Vice President – Poppy Balser
Treasurer – Vacant
Past President – Jean Pederson
Director – Deanna Beaujot
Director – Wendy Hoffmann
Director – Anthony Saldutto
Director – Brittney Tough
Director – Jennifer Annesley
Director – Missy Acker
BC and the North – Alice Bottrill
Alberta and the Prairies – Brent Laycock
Northern Ontario – Ellen Catherwood
Central Ontario – Vacant
Western Ontario – Anita Wood
Atlantic Region – Helen Shideler
Quebec Region – Vacant
East Ontario Regional Director – Vacant
Open Water Chair, Awards Chair Open Water – Jennifer Annesley
Awards Review Chair – Carol Westcott
Members Exhibitions Chair – Vacant
2025 100th Anniversary Royal Collection Projects Chair – Linda Kemp
Events Chair – Vacant
Publicity Chair – Vacant
Social Media – Deanna Beaujot
Website – Norman Choo
Newsletter Chair – Vacant
Education Chair – Poppy Balser
Fundraising, Chair Corporate – Vacant
Fundraising, Chair Sponsorship – Vacant
Fundraising, Chair Foundations & Grants – Vacant
Membership Chair – Missy Acker
Membership Committee Applicants Jury Chair – Elizabeth Gilbert
Associates Liaison – Vacant
Archives Chair – Marlene Madole
CSPWC Diploma Collection Chair – Marlene Madole
John B. Aird Gallery Representative – Ellen Catherwood
Social Secretary – Vacant
Nominating Committee – Marlene Madole, One Vacancy to be filled
THE CANADIAN SOCIETY OF PAINTERS IN WATER COLOUR / LA SOCIETE CANADIENNE DE PEINTURES EN AQUARELLE – August 2021
There are only 4 weeks left to submit your painting for Open Water / L’eau Claire 2021. Our 96th Annual Exhibition deadline is September 15th
Open Water/L’Eau Claire 2021 is a chance to have your work seen by our three distinguished jurors, and if accepted, to be exhibited among some of the best watercolourists in the world. Thanks to our generous product sponsors and an increase in funding approved by the CSPWC board, we now have over $10,000 in awards.
This year’s exhibition is online only, an opportunity to submit your best work without the expense and risk of shipping paintings. Artists can submit work that may reside in art collections or otherwise unavailable for a physical exhibition.
We hope to return to physical exhibitions next year.
For a chance to be featured on our social media channels, Direct Message us on Instagram or Facebook with an image or short video of you working on your Open Water painting(s) before September 1, 2021.
Enjoy the remainder of the summer, happy painting, and best of luck with your submission to Open Water / L’Eau Claire 2021. The prospectus and submission information can be found at https://cspwc.ca/open-water-21/
Jennifer Annesley, Chairperson, Open Water/L’Eau Claire 2021
View the paintings in our Beyond the Edge Members show. It ends this Saturday, 21st.
Beyond the Edge Members’ online exhibition is well underway so don’t delay visiting the show as it ends this August 21st.
A long-awaited members exhibit was an opportunity to both put into practice the new submissions platform: ArtCall, which we are also using for Open Water 2021, as well as to allow some freedom in exploring water media techniques.
It was very encouraging to receive 120 entries from 71 members. Congratulations to ALL members who submitted their work and supported the show.
This online exhibit was juried by 2 of our own Elected members: Brian Atyeo CSPWC (ON) and David Harrison CSPWC (AB) and a Guest Juror: Suzanne Northcott (BC)
The Board saw the opportunity to implement the DORIS McCARTHY Award ahead of the show. This honour went to Jennifer Annesley CSPWC (AB) for her outstanding painting “Arisen”. A new PRESIDENT’S Award was initiated by Jean Pederson CSPWC (Past President) and it was bestowed to Linda Finn CSPWC (ON) for her water media statement painting “Renewal”.
To view BEYOND THE EDGE 2021 online juried Exhibition please refer to: Beyond the Edge
Deanna Beaujot CSPWC – Beyond the Edge Members Online Exhibition Coordinator
- Jennifer Annesley (AB) presented the Doris McCarthy: $500 cash award
- Linda Finn (ON) presented the President’s Choice: $100 cash award.
- Jean Pederson (AB) presented the Swinton’s Art Supply: $100 gift certificate.
- Norman Choo (ON) presented the Holbein Artist Materials: Set of Gouache paints.
- Yoko Asari (BC) presented the Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine: 1 year print subscription.
- Marilean Isacescu Carlea (ON) presented the Pleinair Magazine: 1 year print subscription
HONORABLE MENTIONS Recipients: (10) Alphabetical order:
|Cathy Earle (ON)|
Xiqiang Fei (CHINA)
David McEown (BC)
David Reeves (NB)
Doreen Renner (ON)
|Karin Richter (AB)|
Margaret Roseman (ON)
Zhou Tianya (CHINA)
Brittney Tough (AB)
Rayne Tunley (ON)
Juried in Members (48):
Marilena Isacescu Carlea
Where has all the Exhibition space gone?
by Peter Marsh
You may have noticed from time to the references to “Gallery X” that have been made here over the last few years. Its more formal name is “The Existential Art Gallery Of Scarborough”.
For those who are not a resident of Toronto, Scarborough is a large suburb with a population of 650,000. The pursuit of an Art gallery for Scarborough is a notable undertaking if one can imagine that it is as important for Canada as it is for Scarborough. A ‘bricks and mortar’ expression of cultural values is extremely important for any community, but it is significant both provincially and federally because of the lack of professional public gallery space available to our national societies and our very many individual artists.
We are now in our third year of progress which has been recently seriously hampered by the restrictions of the pandemic.
It is celebratory for the board to announce that we have received this month our “Not for Profit” incorporation papers. Finally! Hooray! Our by-laws are written and ready to be submitted this coming week, and we are already assembling our application for “Charitable Status”. It is not so far away from applications for membership which we will be soliciting from supportive artists and their societies as well as the general public.
In the meantime, we will continue to pursue a schedule of virtual exhibitions for 2021. You may have noted our first virtual exhibition showing the international “Visions Adjoin” an exhibition of the CSPWC and the US National Watercolor Society. You can view it here: Www.GalleryxScarborough.com
The Board at Gallery X will be most appreciative of your continued support for this important cultural venue.
Do you have the Covid blues? Let us know how you are chasing them away. Here’s Nora’s story
When the world shut down because of Covid I felt so lost. I could not read, I could not paint, no one could visit and phone calls and face time did not make up for all that was missing in my life. Summer came and I spent it in the garden. Winter came and I still could not paint. I needed something to get me unstuck, so I joined the 100DayProject.com (a free, global art project) and I decided my creative project would be to paint every day for 100 days and post my progress on Facebook. I got lucky and painted a friend’s dog, which lead to another one and 18 dogs later, three cats, a highland bull with his tongue up the nose and many other pieces of art, I was finished the project. And I was paid to learn how to paint animal portraits! My business has gone to the dogs and the Covid blues have left me. I may join the project again this winter.
Nora Gross – CSPWC
Minimalizing a Canadian Winter
Back in the winter Vera Bobson who is one of our members sent a photograph of a cold Ontario lake to English artist Alan Brain a fellow member – it inspired him to paint it in his own minimal fashion. Alan followed up with a web post showing the steps in his process it’s a fascinating insight into how one artist addresses his subject. We are all different of course but we learn from each other.
Enjoy the article, the link is Here
P.S. Alan always uses watercolour. Experience has taught him there is nothing better for vibrancy and gradation. He does not fit the quintessential English watercolourist .
Member News – Shows and Accolades
Barbara Large showed her paintings at the Dragonfly Arts on Main in Orangeville, Ontario from June 14-July 14
Jean Pederson is delighted to be selected as a juror for the 2021 The Artists Magazine competition. This is the second time she’s been invited to participate as a juror. It’s an honor and a privilege she says.
Ron Hazell has been commissioned to paint 24 full sheet streetscapes for a new 24 storied long-term care residence in Halifax. One painting will hang on each floor viewed as the elevator doors open.
Beginning October 16, Rudolf Stussi will show work at the Galerie Pigmento in Lucerne for two weeks, and also in the Crameri Gallery in Chur, both Switzerland. His book of Swiss paintings, ‘Swiss Twist’, is set for publication next Spring. And his mural cafe in the Blaesi Sports shop in Lenzerheide is open.
Don Pentz has a newly released book called Images of the Keji Country.
It’s full of over 60 images of his watercolour and acrylic paintings, all in combination with his canoe-camping journal notes and personal commentary. When painting in the backcountry, one must be prepared to face circumstances that go well beyond the simple task of putting colourful pigments on a panel. Think blackfly season…
Check out Don’s book HERE
The CSPWC Education Committee presents: Watercolour Techniques with Brittney Tough running: September 14, 21, 28 & October 5, 2021
10 hours instruction: 2.5 hr class each week for 4 consecutive weeks plus 1-3 hrs homework. To find out more: Check it out on the CSPWC website.
Uma Kelkar presents – Juicy Watercolors 2021 – an intermediate workshop running October 9 & 10, 2021. This is a comprehensive workshop that strengthens the technical foundations of watercolourists interested in pursuing wet-in-wet style of painting. Perfect for intermediate artists. Resilient beginners are welcome.
This 2-day workshop is online running 9am-4pm, Location: Zoom, Cost: $375 US & paypal fee, Tickets: LINK
Are you looking forward to travel in 2022?
Karin Richter CSPWC, SCA, ASA, ASA, MPAC-EP is a veteran leader of painting holidays. As the world re-opens, waiting for travel restrictions to be lifted, plans are underway for a great 2022 travel season. Here is the 2022 and 2023 lineup so far:
April 19 – 29, 2022 Amalfi Coast – Italy
May 25-June 4, 2022 Newfoundland – Canada
June 11 – 18, 2022 Great Bear Rainforest (on board the historic tugboat MV Swell
October 5 – 15, 2022 Le Vieux Couvent – France
May 6 – 20, 2023 La Foce-Tuscany – Italy
If these destinations peak your interest, let Karen know at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you more information