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President's Message

We started 2018 with a bang! Our January monthly meeting in Seattle was a huge success and we send a big thanks to everyone who attended. It was awesome to see new faces and many of you introduced yourselves as long-time members but first timers to one of our meetings. For you who cannot join us in person, don’t forget we will be streaming our monthly meeting on our Facebook Members page starting at 7 PST, so log on and enjoy.

The March monthly meeting will once again be held at the Daniel Smith Artist Materialsflagship store in Seattle. We are excited to haveMaria CoryellMartin( ) as your demonstrator. She says, “I work in the tradition of traveling artists as naturalists and educators.” Maria’s love for the outdoors has helped her develop an extraordinary traveling palette called the “Pocket Palette” which I have carried with me for years and is my go-to palette when out and about.

April’s monthly meeting at St Andrew’s brings us a painting demo by Mark Mehaffey,our 78th International Open Juror and internationally recognized artist. He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society; Dolphin Fellow, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA Honor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America; Signature Life Member - Master Status, Watercolor West, the Rocky Mountain Water-media Society, the Louisiana Watercolor Society; Signature Life Member, the International Society of Experimental Artists, Signature Life Member and the International Society of Acrylic Painters. A must-see event in Bellevue. I can't wait.

We have been busy redesigning our new website with all the bells and whistles that you would expect from a top arts organization. With an updated, fresh logo, we want NWWS to be strong for both the current and next generation of water-media artists.

Che Lopez, President
Northwest Watercolor Society