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    • 06 Aug 2016
    • 28 Aug 2016
    • 40 South Carroll St, Fredrick, MD 21701
    • 18
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    The Delaplaine

    Visual Arts Center Exhibit

    Kline and F&M Galleries

    40 South Carroll St., Fredrick Md 21701

    Open to Signature Members only.  

    Exhibit  August 6, 2016-August 28, 2016

    Deadline for entries or until limited number is reached-July 25, 2016

    Drop Off Date Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 10 am

    Reception Saturday August 6, 2016 3-5pm

    Pick up August 28, 2016

    Gallery commission: 30%

    One Painting per artist 
    Please read the exhibit rules and regulations that apply to all of our Member's Exhibits as your registration indicates you will comply with these rules.  

    ONLY IN THIS EXHIBIT BWS will augment Rule#2 to include work that uses any of the following.

         Paint on natural or synthetic paper or paperboard and display the painting under glazing (matted or floated).

         Varnish watermedia paintings and display them framed with no glazing.

         Display gallery wrapped watermedia paintings without mat or frame.

         Use paper canvas, fabric canvas (cotton or linen), Aquabord, Claybord or Gessobord  for the watermedia paintings

         Mount the watermedia paintings on deep cradled panels

         Use only paper-based collage material, created with water-based media. 

    The rules regarding mats and frames apply when mats and frames are used.

    Registration fee: $10.00

    If you prefer to pay by check, write the check to BWS and mail it to Shirley Apple Jenkins, 3 Victoria Falls Dr, Sparks, MD 21152.

    For any questions contact Shirley Apple Jenkins

    Phone: 443-212-5412 or 443-695-4008

    Email: shirleyajenkins@comcast.net 

    Remember: There are no reimbursements for cancellation from an exhibit.

    • 02 Sep 2016
    • 14 Oct 2016
    • 8510 High Ridge Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21043
    • 16

    "The Value of Three"

    Paintings can use the number three in many ways. They can have a foreground, middle ground and background, or three trees, three hills, three buildings or three motifs. Three carries with it the possibility of psychological rightness. Pythagoras thought three was the perfect number, expressive of beginning, middle and end. So we ask the artists to incorporate 'three' in some way in the paintings for the show.

    Howard Co. Arts Center Exhibit

    8510 High Ridge Rd

    Ellicott City, MD 21043

    Open to Signature Members only.  

    Exhibit  September 2,-October 14, 2016

    Deadline for entries or until limited number is reached-August 15

    Drop Off Date Friday, August 26 9am-7pm or Saturday, August 27 10am-3:30

    Reception September 16, 6-8pm

    Pick up Saturday, October 15 10am-3:30 or Sunday, October 16 12-3:30 pm

    Gallery commission: 20%

    One Painting per artist

    Paintings must relate to The Value of Three and follow the exhibit rules and regulations that apply to all of our Member's Exhibits. 

    Registration fee: $10.00

    If you prefer to pay by check, write the check to BWS and mail it to Shirley Apple Jenkins, 3 Victoria Falls Dr, Sparks, MD 21152.

    For any questions contact Shirley Apple Jenkins

    Phone: 443-212-5412 or 443-695-4008

    Email: shirleyajenkins@comcast.net 

    • 24 Sep 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043
    • 0

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    Negative Flower Painting 
    One Day Workshop 
    with Stacy Lund Levy
    Saturday, September 24th 2016
    from 10 AM to 4:00 PM

    This one-day workshop is designed for students with some watercolor experience. 
    Stacy will be demonstrating negative painting of a flower. 

    Stacy Lund Levy, owner of Lund Art Studios, has turned her medical illustrations talents to watercolor painting and multi-media works of art.  

    Stacy will be doing a demonstration of a flower similar to the one shown at the top of the page. For the finished painting, you will either work from your own reference photo of a flower, or you can work from one Stacy will provide similar to the one used for the demonstration. You will be shown a method to transfer a tracing of the image onto the watercolor paper (using a printed template of the image and graphite transfer paper). Your finished painting will be either a quarter sheet or half sheet size (11x15” or 15x22”). 

    Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Stacy has always been interested in art and science, and combined the two interests to complete a degree in medical and biological illustration at the Johns Hopkins Art as Applied to Medicine program.  She worked as a medical illustrator until she decided that she would like to depict the subjects of her paintings and sculptures without all the extra information contained in the internal organs and structures. Now she paints flowers, portraits, landscapes, and animals.

    Currently she teaches classes at Carroll Community College and North Carroll Senior Center, and is enjoying creating her art free of publishing deadlines.    


    My work is based on the “measure twice, cut once” approach. Sometimes this actually works. For me, any art project has infinite opportunities and possibilities within the raw materials being used. I loved my early art training, which was fairly formal, and based mainly on the use of traditional media.  As simple as it might sound, no matter what I am working on, I always start with the basics.  I think first about the practical aspects: are my materials suitable for the job, how will it age, will it hold up in shipping or transport? I try to think about the “bones” of the piece before anything else.

     My art gives me happiness and satisfaction mainly in the process of its creation. To me, creating any art is a continuous series of mini puzzles that need solutions. As I am working, I am asking myself a series of questions, starting with, how will this work? I continually look for “clues” in my subject. What supports the object or being? The weight is centered where? How is it connected? To what? How is it held up? From what? Is it floating? Is it flying or being pressed down? What colors will convey the feeling I want to convey? I continue to work through these steps until I am satisfied. If I have answered all the questions, and solved all the puzzles, the result is tremendously satisfying for me and hopefully the viewer.


    Participants will need to bring their usual watercolor supplies. A list of supplies will be supplied to all registrants.

    Please pack a lunch and beverage. Light refreshments will be available.


    From the Baltimore Beltway (I695) take the exit onto I-70W and follow for 4.4 miles. Take exit 87B to merge onto US-29N towards MD99. Turn right at Rogers Ave. At the traffic light, take the exit to stay straight on Rogers Ave. Turn left at High Ridge Rd. and the Howard Co. Center for the Arts is on the left.

    Member Registration Opens July 2nd, 2016

    Member Fee: $60

    Non-Member Registration Opens August 27th, 2016

    Non-Member Fee: $65

    Registration Deadline:  September 17th unless the program is full prior to this date. 

    Cancelation: 75% refund if notified no later than September 17th 2016 Refunds for later cancellations are subject to availability of a substitute participant.

    Please direct questions to our Program Chair
    Sabine Yeager at yeagerv@comcast.net

    or by phone at 410-774-4212

    • 01 Oct 2016
    • 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Howard County Center for the Arts

    Semi-Annual jurying for Signature Artist status. Associate and non-BWS artists are welcome.

    Register online here.  Then bring 4 matted and framed paintings on October 1st between 12:30 - 1:00pm, or send a CD with 4 jpeg images to

    Sherry Morell, 800 Southerly Road, unit 1501
    Towson, MD 21286, received, by September 29, 2016

    The jpeg images should be labled - lastname, image name. The CD should be labeled with your name.

    Follow this link to see more detailed information on the original BWS website. Call or email jury chair with questions.

    Click here to download a pdf containing information about the jurying, plus the forms you will need.


    • 25 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 28 Oct 2016
    • 4:30 PM
    • The Hawthorn Center, Columbia, MD
    • 0

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    Iain Stewart
    4-Day Workshop - Sketchbook to Studio: Interpreting the Urban and Rural Landscapes: 
    October 25-28, 2016
    Restricted Registration - will open Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 10 am.

    The Baltimore Watercolor Society is excited to feature watercolor landscape artist, Iain Stewart, NWS, in a four-day watercolor workshop where he will introduce BWS watercolorists to his approach to interpreting the urban and rural landscapes.  The workshop will begin Tuesday, October 25, 2016 and continue through Friday, October 28, 2016 at the Hawthorn Center in Columbia, MD.  


    Explore the medium of watercolor in a relaxing and creative environment. Award winning watercolorist, Iain Stewart’s, sole focus will be bringing your creativity to light and aiding you in dispelling the myths of the difficulties of painting in this wonderful medium. Given the right encouragement and understanding of the basic fundamentals, watercolor is a creative outlet unmatched in its ease of use, cost of materials, and pure enjoyment of artistic expression.

    Through demonstration, careful critique, and lessons learned over a long painting career Iain will help you understand how to prepare for and anticipate the challenges that painting in watercolor presents. By guiding you through his process which relies on simplification of subject through sketching, graphite value studies, and preliminary color studies Iain will demonstrate how to create a road map, that if followed, will greatly improve your painting. This workshop is intended to provide you with an understanding of how to paint in watercolor while avoiding common mistakes by creating a step by step road map that you can use for painting any subject.

    Students will follow Iain in a group demonstration. Painters of more experience can work from their own photographs with individual guidance. The class setting is very relaxed and accommodating to all.

    “It is my absolute joy to watch students make those tiny breakthroughs that begin to build confidence and leave a lasting desire to continue their exploration. Far too often the background exploration of a painting is left undone leaving the the “soul” of the image a mystery. It is my hope that by understanding and repeating my process you will find that your watercolors begin to follow a plan rather than a reaction to unanticipated results. Watercolor, if treated correctly, can be much easier than it’s reputation might suggest. I can think of no other form of expression that I delight in more than painting and it is my sincere wish to share that pleasure with others.”



    A supplies list and instructions for preparing for this workshop will be sent to those registering about one month in advance of the workshop.


    Iain Stewart is a watercolor artist and illustrator and a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. His work has received numerous awards in international competition, and he is a sought after juror and workshop instructor. He is also an architectural illustrator with an international clientele. Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama.

    • The price for the workshop is $450 for BWS members (Signature Artists and Associates) and $525 for non-BWS members.
    • The class size is limited to 20 people, and the workshop cannot be split with another person.

    Because of high demand for workshops and to better serve the entire BWS membership body, the BWS board features three RESTRICTED four-day workshops each year.  Members may register for only one RESTRICTED workshop each calendar year.   

    This workshop with Iain Stewart is a "restricted" workshop, meaning that if you register for this workshop you will not be able to also register for either the Joyce Hicks or Soon Warren workshops being held during 2016.

    (Note from Rob Talbert: Although the BWS website will not prevent you from registering for multiple workshops, registrations are manually monitored, and you will be cancelled from any second or third workshop you register for. You are welcome to send me an email after registrations open on Jan 9 to request being added to the waiting list.  Priority will be given to members who have not attended another restricted workshop.)

    • BWS maintains a workshop waiting list for BWS members for workshops which are filled or restricted. When openings occur, BWS fills the openings from the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. (Priority is given to members who have not registered for any of the other restricted workshops during the year.)
    • BWS adds names to the waiting list according to the date and time the BWS Workshop Chair receives the email request.
    • You can join the waiting list if a workshop is filled.
    • You can also join the waiting list beginning on January 9 if you registered for one of the other restricted workshops but would like to attend an additional workshop if space is available. 
    • You can't join a waiting list before registration opens.
    • Email Rob@TalbertFineArt.com to join a workshop waiting list.
    • Paid registrants who cancel on or before September 30, 2016 will receive a full refund less a $25 cancellation fee if the spot can be filled from the waiting list. If the spot cannot be filled, the amount refundable is 80% of the workshop price.
    • Paid registrants who cancel after September 30, 2016 will receive a full refund less a $50 cancellation fee if the spot can be filled from the waiting list. If the spot cannot be filled, no refund will be given.
    • In the event of inclement weather, the workshop will still be held unless the Hawthorn Center is unable to open or the workshop artist is unable to travel.  If BWS cancels the workshop, then all paid registrants will receive a full pro-rata refund for those days that were cancelled.
    • Check this website for changes, updates and new information.
    • Questions and requests to be added to the waiting list can be directed to Rob Talbert (BWS Workshop Chair) at Rob@TalbertFineArt.com.

    The Hawthorn Center is located in the community of Hickory Ridge in Columbia, Maryland:

    6175 Sunny Spring
    Columbia, MD 21044-5623
    Tel: (410) 730-7327


    Doors open at Hawthorn Center: 9:30 AM
    Workshop instruction begins: 10:00 AM
    One-hour break for lunch
    Workshop instruction ends: 4:30 PM
    Hawthorn Center closes and doors are locked promptly at 5:00 PM

Past events

18 Jun 2016 Northern Baltimore County Plein Air Event with Diane Gibson
08 Jun 2016 An Evening with Joyce Hicks
07 Jun 2016 Joyce Hicks 4-Day Landscape Painting Workshop
14 May 2016 Inspirational Color in the Landscape
11 May 2016 2016 BWS Annual Dinner
07 May 2016 Painting the Figure with the Rivulet and Lifting Technique
23 Apr 2016 The Art of Business
11 Apr 2016 Soon Young Warren 4-Day Still Life Workshop
08 Apr 2016 AWS show in NY bus trip
12 Mar 2016 March 2016 Signature Artist Jurying
03 Mar 2016 The Hoffberger Gallery Exhibit
20 Jan 2016 An Evening with Michael Holter
19 Jan 2016 Michael Holter 4-Day Portrait & Figure Workshop
10 Jan 2016 Glenview Mansion Art Gallery Exhibition
14 Nov 2015 Portraiture in Watercolor at HCAC with Joanna Barnum
29 Oct 2015 Exhibit at Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House - Register by Oct 22, 2015
20 Oct 2015 An Evening with Laurie Goldstein-Warren
19 Oct 2015 Laurie Goldstein-Warren 4-Day Workshop
17 Oct 2015 October 2015 Signature Artist Jurying
10 Oct 2015 Landscape Painting with Mark Hiles
19 Sep 2015 Plein Air Paintout in Baltimore Co with Fritz Briggs
05 Sep 2015 Plein Air Paintout in Northern Baltimore Co with Marshall Kinsley
26 Aug 2015 2015 "Hot Summer, Cool Watercolors" at The Galleries at Quiet Waters Park
03 Jun 2015 An Evening with Mark Mehaffey
02 Jun 2015 Mark Mehaffey 4-Day Workshop
09 May 2015 Plein Air Paintout in Ellicott City with Joyce Bell
06 May 2015 2015 BWS Annual Dinner
28 Apr 2015 An Evening with Ted Nuttall
27 Apr 2015 Ted Nuttall 4-Day Workshop
10 Apr 2015 AWS show in NY bus trip
28 Mar 2015 Luminous Portraits with Joanna Barnum-a Saturday one-day workshop
07 Mar 2015 March 7, 2015 Signature Artist Jurying
13 Nov 2014 BWS 2014 Workshop Instructor Survey
25 Oct 2014 October 2014 Signature Artist Jurying
26 Aug 2014 BWS 2014 Workshop Interest Survey
09 Aug 2014 Exhibit at Brookside Gardens
16 Jun 2014 Linda Baker Workshop - Week #2
15 Jun 2014 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition
10 Jun 2014 Linda Baker Workshop - Week #1
14 May 2014 2014 BWS Annual Dinner
28 Apr 2014 Ocean City Art League
27 Apr 2014 The Gallery at Liriodendron
07 Apr 2014 AWS show in NY bus trip
27 Mar 2014 Stewart White Plein Air Workshop
25 Mar 2014 An Evening with Stewart White
08 Mar 2014 March 2014 Signature Artist Jurying
16 Nov 2013 Critique Day for Associate Members
14 Oct 2013 Nancy Barch Multimedia Workshop
12 Oct 2013 October 2013 Signature Artist Jurying
22 Sep 2013 Towson Art Collective Exhibition
29 Jun 2013 (Cancelled) FAQ about Art as a Business -a Saturday one-day workshop
10 Jun 2013 2013 Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition
15 May 2013 2013 BWS Annual Dinner
01 May 2013 BlackRock Center for the Arts Exhibit
12 Apr 2013 AWS show in NY bus trip
16 Mar 2013 Introduction to Sumi-e Painting with Joan Lok: a weekend BWS workshop
04 Mar 2013 Columbia Art Center Exhibit
02 Mar 2013 March 2013 Signature Artist Jurying
19 Jan 2013 Characteristics of Your Watercolor Paints--a Saturday one-day workshop
28 Oct 2012 Village of Friendship Heights
21 Oct 2012 October 2012 Signature Artist Jurying
29 Aug 2012 An Evening with Frank Webb
29 Aug 2012 2012 Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition
28 Aug 2012 Frank Webb Watercolor Workshop : "Watercolor Energies and Composition"
06 Jun 2012 2012 BWS Annual Dinner
19 May 2012 David Daniels Workshop
21 Apr 2012 Photograph and Edit Your Artwork with Nicholas Simmons
10 Apr 2012 AWS Show Bus Trip 2012
03 Mar 2012 March 2012 Signature Artist Jurying
11 Feb 2012 Drawing and Painting Hands & Feet
01 Feb 2012 Delaplaine art center
02 Dec 2011 WSSC 2011


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