2018 Convention & Tradeshow:  Hyatt Regency Sarasota: Sept 27th-30th
2018 47th Annual FWS Juried Exhibition: ArtCenter Manatee / Sept 7th – Oct 26th

The 47th Annual Convention and Trade Show will be in the Cultural City of Sarasota in 2018 at the Hyatt Regency, located between the busy Downtown area and Sarasota Bay, from September 27 -30. Our board is planning and already looking forward to bring our FWS members the latest Artist Demonstrations and exciting products at the Trade Show. Top vendors have already signed up for September 2018.

World-renowned artist Thomas Schaller will be the Juror/Judge of the Exhibition at ArtCenter Manatee in Bradenton Florida. His 4-day workshop will be filled with useful and practical information and sharing knowledge of painting architecture with his masterful atmospheric techniques. Dale Laitinen will be our other 4-day Workshop Instructor. His latest painting techniques in capturing nature will be shared with all the participants. Dale will serve as the judge for the On-Line Show following the convention.

There will also be other 1-day excellent workshops on Thursday, September 27 before the conference begins. One of these inspiring workshops will be lead by Janet Rogers. The subject of her newly designed workshop is the gestural drawing and painting of live model ballerinas from the Sarasota Ballet. FWS past president Sue Allen will inspire participants to create bold abstractions during her workshop.

Registration will begin March 1st. As in the recent past, we are NO longer accepting checks for the workshops. You will need to register and pay online through the FWS website.

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Our Generous Sponsor

The Annual Exhibition will be held at ArtCenter Manatee from September 7th through October 26th. This charming facility, which has had recent renovations, is located in Downtown Bradenton, 12 miles from the Hyatt Regency. Transportation for the opening reception which will be held Friday, September 28 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm will be available for those who chose not to drive. Florida Watercolor Society is grateful to The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for their sponsorship of the exhibition and reception.

Following the close of the exhibition at the end of October, the traveling show will be exhibited at the Elliott Museum in Stuart FL and afterward onto Winter Garden FL. For those fortunate artists chosen for the traveling exhibit, this is a wonderful opportunity for yourself as an artist to receive additional publicity for your artwork. Those who opt to be part of the traveling exhibition agree to have his or her painting travel for the duration of both shows. There are no exceptions for having a piece removed from the traveling exhibits. One has to be certain to take advantage of the extended coverage and publicity for you and your artwork.

Artists love Sarasota! Additional artistic and adventuresome opportunities are available for FWS members and their families. Art, culture, restaurants, outdoor adventures and more – Downtown Sarasota and it’s beaches have it all!

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and other museums on the grounds will be available to members of the Florida Watercolor Society. Through special arrangements, the curatorial staff will feature a Special Exhibition of Watercolors in their collection which includes, Hopper, Homer, Burchfield and others. This exhibit is in addition to their regular collection of historic paintings in the museum. Plan an additional day to visit the entire complex while in Sarasota for an enriching experience. Conference attendees will be able to visit the grounds of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art to photograph or paint Plein Aire before or after the convention. From shaded areas on the ground’s estate, participants will be able to capture the breathtaking views of the historic mansion, sprawling grounds including Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden. A perfect setting will enhance the experience for painting outdoors.

Trade Show

The Trade Show will be open Sept 28th from  9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sept 29th from 9:00 am – 4 pm. Please come and see artist demonstrations and great deals on art supplies!

Thomas W. Schaller

“All art is a form of story-telling. But I believe that good art asks more questions than it answers. And it is my goal that my work should act as an invitation to enter the world of my paintings, ask your own questions, and begin to tell your own stories. In this way, I hope my work can in some small way act a bridge between my world and others, and that both personal and more universal forms of connection and communication are possible.”

Thomas W. Schaller is an award-winning artist and architect based in Los Angeles. As a renowned architectural artist, he is a two-time recipient of the Hugh Ferris Memorial Prize. He has authored three books; the best-selling and AIA award winner, Architecture in Watercolor, The Art of Architectural Drawing, and The Architecture of Light – a retrospective of his recent artwork to be released by F+W Media in 2018. He is in demand world-wide as speaker, juror, exhibitor, author, and instructor in the watercolor medium.

Artist Network Television has produced two best-selling series of instructional videos and DVDs of his technique. His work is collected world-wide and is part of a number of permanent collections. His work has been featured in prestigious international exhibitions in over twenty countries. He has been featured in many recent books, magazines, and arts publications.

A Signature Member of the AWS, and the NWWS, Tom was recently elected Artist Member of the California Art Club and the Salmagundi Art Club, NYC, and is a Signature and active member of many other professional arts organizations. He is president emeritus of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators and a founding member of the group; North American Watercolor Artists.

Dale Laitinen

Dale Laitinen has been painting for over forty years with thirty five of those in watercolor. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. He is a graduate of Modesto Junior College and San Jose State University with a BA in Art with a painting concentration. He is a past juror of many National and regional exhibitions including Watercolor West, Kentucky Watercolor Society, Utah Watercolor Society, Watercolor Society of Oregon, Red River Watermedia Show, Magnum Opus and many others.

A native of northern Minnesota, Dale has lived, moved, and traveled across the American West and this figures prominently in his work.
One of the signatures of a Laitinen painting is the long view with the natural forms of the topography being foremost. His works extend to the interaction between structures such as roads, dams, canals, powerhouses, and the natural landscape. In one of these paintings one might find a concrete dam that spans a river canyon, or a highway that cuts through desert sandstone, or a shadow of a bridge that crawls slowly across a red rock wall.

Dale has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magic, Watercolor Magazine, and Drawingboard Magazine. His work has also been featured in several books including The Splash Series, Painting with the White of your Paper, The Transparent Watercolor Wheel and more.

Dale’s workshops are intended for artists of all levels who have some experience in watercolor and would like to further their interest in painting and designing the landscape. Indoor classes paint from photos and sketches. There are daily painting demonstrations, lectures, individual instruction and group critiques. Participants are responsible for their own art materials.

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