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President's Message

Now that spring is upon us, we may be looking forward to a fresh start with our painting regime. At our April general meeting, I hope you were inspired with all your painting friends, new or old, to create gorgeous works of art with our wonderful presenter. You may get inspired to catch the tulips in full bloom or take a walk through the flowering cherry trees.

A huge “thank you”to all our volunteers for making the Northwest Watercolor Society into “globally one of the best.” Thank you to those who signed up with enthusiasm at our March general meeting as NWWS volunteers assisting in your areas of expertise.

The March meeting showcased all the wonderful paintings of over 430 worldwide entries that were submitted to our 77th Annual International Open Exhibition. The 77th International Open Exhibition Awards Reception took place at the Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor with Keiko Tanabe presenting on Saturday, April 29, with paint out activities after the ceremony. Also, Carla O’Conner opened her studio in Gig Harbor for a Studio Tour. The Open Exhibition opened on April 25 with Curator David Martin giving a talk about watercolorists from the Pacific Northwest. On Thursday, April 20, our book A Fluid Tradition: Northwest Watercolor Society… The First 75 Years, written by David Martin went on sale in the museum. The exhibition runs through June 8, 2017. See details inside this newsletter. I hope to see you there.

We were so honored to have NWWS Signature Member Anita Lehmann as our February 21 general meeting demonstration artist. Anita had an incredible presentation and demonstration and her work can be viewed at

We were honored to have Keiko Tanabe as our presenter at the April 25 general meeting at St Andrew’s Lutheran Church. Keiko Tanabe was appointed an official Ambassador for Winsor & Newton and you can view her new book and dynamic, impressionistic plein air painting style at Keiko’s NWWS workshop was held April 24 -28, 2017 in Kirkland, Washington.

Our May general meeting will be our voting meeting for our 2017-2018 slate of officers. Look for email notices to vote for your NWWS officers. We started this process in late April and you will be able to vote at our general meetings and online at We are so honored to have Jeanie Grisham as the demonstrator/presenter. Jennie is a master painter and I view her work as joyful, complex and creative. Signature member Jeannie Grisham is a NWWS Past President and Bainbridge Island artist and her work can be viewed at

The next Samish Island Paint Out is coming May 17-21. Samish Island is informally known as one of the “inner San Juan Islands”!

My challenge for you this month is to vote for your slate of officers. They need your vote in order to take office in June.

Lastly, a big thank you for those of you reading my President’s Letters and this will be my last issue as we take on a new fabulous President and slate of Officers! A special thank you to Past President, Char Haugan who left me an organized legacy to follow.

May you believe in yourself to achieve your dreams and with the support of artists and societies, like NWWS, I believe it is possible!

Best Regards,

Theresa Goesling, President
Northwest Watercolor Society