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President's Message

Hello to all our members and introducing our first Gold Medal Fellowship members, Laurie Goldstein-Warren and Carla O'Connor. A huge thank you to all our volunteers for making Northwest Watercolor Society one of the best globally!

I want to give a big “shout out” to NWWS Signature Member Stephanie Bowers for a superb presentation at our January general meeting on “Drawing Perspectives”. If you missed her demo, you can view her schedule on her website, Stephanie has been elected the 2017 official representative to Windsor & Newton. Congratulations, Stephanie! Also at the meeting, Daniel Smith Artist Materials donated a set of their awesome new paint colors to our members. A lucky few were very thankful and excited to take home a 15 ml tube of one of the "NEW" Daniel Smith watercolors.

We were so honored to have NWWS Signature Member Anita Lehmann as our February 21 general meeting demonstration artist. Anita is an accredited architect, teacher and artist. I describe her work as “abstract realism” and it is stunning! The Smithsonian Institution has acquired her ‘City Alphabets’ collection. The alphabet illustrates highlights of American cities. Anita’s work can be viewed at and you can order her book “Drawing Lessons from Civita: an artist's adventure in Italy”.

We are honored to have Keiko Tanabe as our presenter at the April 25 general meeting at St Andrew’s Lutheran Church. Keiko was appointed an official Ambassador for Windsor & Newton and you can view her dynamic, impressionistic plein air painting style and her new book at Keiko’s NWWS workshop is scheduled for April 24-28, 2017 in Kirkland, Washington. This is sure to be a sell-out!

The awards reception for the 77th International Open Exhibition will take place at the Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor with juror Keiko Tanabe presenting on Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The exhibition opens on April 22 and runs through June 2, 2017. Join us to view the slide show of over 430 worldwide entries at our next general meeting on March 28 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA.

My challenge for you this month is to again tag #northwestwatercolorsociety in your social media when you post a painting so we can “like and share” your beautiful artwork (remember to watermark your photographs).

The next Samish Island Paint Out is coming this May.  Samish Island is informally known as one of the “inner San Juan Islands”!

I’m leaving you with this thought that one of my college professors once said, "I decided the only way for me to earn a living was to go with my only skill. I had to be a painter famous enough to make a living at it." –William Cummings

Theresa Goesling, President
Northwest Watercolor Society