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General Meetings 2024

The CWS Board has decided to relocate our Board and General Meetings from the current location to the Lakewood Cultural Center at 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO. 80226


We will continue to have our regular General Meetings for March, April, and May of 2024 (Third Tuesday of the month) at Plymouth Church, 3501 S. Colorado Boulevard, Englewood, CO. (southwest corner of Hampden Avenue and Colorado Blvd.) in the Plymouth Hall.*

Visitors are welcome to join us at our monthly General Meetings, that include a business and informational portion, social time and a special program or presentation.

  • Executive Board meeting 5:00 pm 
  • General Membership meeting 7:00 pm
  • NOTE: There are no CWS meetings held during the months of July, August and December.
  • *Alternate change to special events or special meeting sites will be announced on the website / email as necessary.


Please note that we decided to have our final meeting of this year at our new location at 

The Community Room, Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO. 80226

on June 8th, 2024.


Also, since we are just starting out with the Lakewood Cultural Center not every meeting is on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, and those dates are Bolded and Underlined.


Meeting Dates:

  • Saturday, June 8, 2024, 12:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Tuesday, September 10, 2024, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2024, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2024, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Tuesday, February 11, 2025, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Tuesday, March 18, 2025, 7:00 pm to 8:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2025, 7:00pm to 8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 20, 2025, 7:00pm to 8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, June 17, 2025, 7:00pm to 8:30pm


  • South Critique Group
               Meets the 4th Friday of the month
               9:30 am

               Depot Art Gallery, Littleton, CO

               Contact Monique Moore 303-770-4686

    • North Critique Group

               Meets the 4th Friday of the month

              10:00 am  Aar River Gallery, 3707 W 73rd Ave, Westminster, CO

               Contact Becky Silver 303-426-4114

            
    • Northern Colorado Critique Group 

              Contact: Linda Renaud showandtellartist@gmail.com

              Meets the 4th Tuesday of each month,

              1:30 pm, Loveland. 

              Contact Linda before attending. The location occasionally changes                  


    Upcoming events

      • 09 May 2024
      • 9:00 AM
      • 11 May 2024
      • 4:00 PM
      • Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 East Orchard Road, Greenwood Village, CO 80121
      • 12
      Register


      CAROLYN LORD WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP




      Plein Air Approach to Watercolors



           


               


      Carolyn Lord was introduced to plein air watercolor painting, and the bold color and strong design of the California Watercolor Style while a college student in the 1970’s. With further education and practice, she has integrated aspects of Tonalism and Impressionism into her current work.

      Her paintings are represented by galleries in Northern and Southern California; Mt Carmel, Utah, and Crested Butte, Colorado. Lord is a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society; California Watercolor Association, California Art Club; and American Women Artists. She has served as a juror or judge for National Watercolor Society, Arizona Aqueous, Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors, and most recently California Watercolor Association’s 54th National Exhibition. Lord participated in 2014 and 2023’s Crested Butte Plein Air, as an invited artist, and had a painting in the 50th Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition, in Evergreen.



      WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

      The portability and vibrancy of watercolor makes it ideal for plein air painting. I also know that in

      Colorado, May can bring rain, hail, or snow! Planning for the unpredictable weather, the workshop will

      use the projector and screen at The Curtis Center for the Arts to create a modified “plein air”

      experience.

       

      First Day: how to organize the watercolor palette; pigment selection; color perspective. Afternoon:  painting demonstration: selecting motif; set-up of equipment; discussion of drawing, composition, strategies, light and shadow, block-in.


      Second Day and Third Morning: students paint and receive individual instruction throughout the day. Expect to do at least 3 paintings.  

      Final Afternoon: painting demonstration either indoors or weather permitting, out-of-doors.


      Date: May 9 th , 10 th , & 11 th , 2024

      Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm daily (the building may be entered at 8.30 a.m. for set up) 

      Location: Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 East Orchard Road, Greenwood Village, CO  80121


      *This is a new venue for workshops for us. It is our gallery for the State Show and the show will

      be hung for the workshop! There is a separate entrance to the workshop space directly from

      the parking lot with ramp.


      Lunch break: 12:00- 1:00 p.m.


      *Bring your own lunch and a large garbage bag to protect the table underneath your painting.


      Workshop fees are $350.00 for CWS members and $400.00 for non-members (or members with

      lapsed membership dues). Board members $280.00


      Click HERE for the Workshop Materials List 


      How to Register: 

      You can register online @ https://www.coloradowatercolorsociety.org/events for your convenience.


      Note: 

      If online registration is closed before the deadline, it is because the workshop is full, but please

      register for the waiting list. (The waiting list usually gets called, as there often are some

      cancellations by participants.)

      A full refund will be given for cancellations up to 30 days prior to the start of the workshop.

      After that date no refunds can be issued.


    Past events

    20 Feb 2024 RANDY HALE WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP Make a Splash with Watercolor!
    17 Jan 2024 Field Trip RedHOUSE in LoDo. Watercolor collection of Jan & Frederick Meyer
    03 Nov 2023 2023 - CWS Members Show, Call for Entries
    06 Sep 2023 Mathew Bird Workshop
    04 Apr 2023 ”Chaos to Order: Experimental Watermedia” with Kathleen Conover
    14 Jul 2022 KEIKO TANABE WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP
    20 Apr 2022 RANDY HALE WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP Make a Splash with Watercolor!
    19 Oct 2021 STEPHEN QUILLER 2021 COLOR AND WATER MEDIA WORKSHOP
    21 Apr 2021 Birgit O'Connor- 3 day ZOOM Workshop “Painting a Starflower in Watercolor"”
    20 Apr 2021 Daniel Marshall Demo (Zoom) (members.. sign in to register)
    25 Mar 2021 Lorraine Watry- 3 day ZOOM workshop “Painting Reflections in Water with Swan”
    16 Mar 2021 Scott Roberts Demo (Zoom) (members.. sign in to register)
    06 Feb 2021 “Image Preparation for Exhibition” by Carol Newsom (Zoom)
    20 Oct 2020 CANCELLED Randy Hale Workshop Painting With Pizazz!
    15 Sep 2020 CANCELLED! RUTH ARMITAGE WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP - THE ABC’S OF ABSTRACTION
    03 Aug 2020 Sterling Edwards Big Brush Watercolors Workshop
    04 Jul 2020 Cindy Brabec-King Watercolor Workshop "Painting Glass in Watercolor"
    03 Jul 2020 A Splash of Colorado 2020 Watercolor Exhibition, Call for Entries
    26 Jun 2020 Plein Air Paint Out - Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield Farms
    23 Jun 2020 CANCELLED CINDY BRABEC-KING Watercolor Workshop
    05 Jun 2020 Western Federation of Watercolor Societies 45th Exhibition, Call for Entries
    23 Apr 2020 2020 State Watercolor Exhibition, Call for Entries
    11 Jan 2020 Marketing Online for Beginners with Susan Schmitt
    15 Oct 2019 Georgia Mansur Watercolor Workshop CANCELLED
    03 Aug 2019 Peggy Morgan Stenmark Watercolor Workshop "Painting Mountain Landscapes"
    17 Jun 2019 Plein Air Paint Out - Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield Farms
    30 Apr 2019 Ken Goldman Workshop
    25 Apr 2019 A Splash of Colorado 2019 Watercolor Exhibition, Call for Entries
    16 Apr 2019 Watercolor Workshop with Jeanne Hyland - Wet & Workable; Portraits and Pets Demystified
    13 Feb 2019 2019 State Watercolor Exhibition, Call for Entries
    09 Jul 2018 CWS New Trends in Watermedia Exhibit 2018, Call for Entries
    02 Jun 2018 Steve Griggs Workshop in Gunnison - June 2, 2018
    13 Apr 2018 A Splash of Colorado Watercolor Exhibition, Call for Entries
    23 Feb 2018 2018 State Watercolor Exhibition, Call for Entries
    16 Jan 2018 Pat Rucker Workshop - March 22, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3
    16 Jan 2018 Steve Griggs Workshop - October 16, 17 and 18
    16 Jan 2018 Sterling Edwards Workshop August 6, 7, 8 and 9
    16 Jan 2018 Robbie Laird Workshop - November 6, 7 and 8
    22 Aug 2017 CWS New Trends in Watermedia Exhibit 2017, Call for Entries
    17 May 2017 Steve Griggs Workshop - October 17, 18 & 19 2017
    27 Feb 2017 Patricia Rucker Workshop - April 6, 13, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2017
    16 Dec 2016 Tom Lynch Workshop - September 11, 12, 13, 14 2017
    16 Dec 2016 2017 State Watercolor Exhibit, Call for Entries
    08 Nov 2016 Vladislav Yeliseyev Workshop - April 18, 19, 20, 2017
    03 Oct 2016 2016 CWS Members Show, Call for Entries
    16 Feb 2016 Randy Hale Workshop - April 19, 20, 21, 2016
    16 Feb 2016 Gale Webb Workshop - June 2, 3, 4 2016
    16 Feb 2016 Tom Lynch Workshop - September 13, 14, 15 2016
    21 Jan 2016 CWS 2016 State Watercolor Exhibit, Call for Entries
    10 Oct 2015 CWS Online Members Exhibit, Call for Entries
    04 Aug 2015 Sterling Edwards Workshop June 6-9, 2016
    04 Aug 2015 Sterling Edwards Workshop June 13-16, 2016
    01 Aug 2015 CWS New Trends in Watermedia Exhibit, Call for Entries
    01 Jul 2015 2015 Members Show
    23 May 2015 Arleta Pech Workshop (CANCELLED)
    22 May 2015 Judy Patti Workshop - July 14-16 2015
    21 May 2015 2015 CWS Members Show, Call for Entries
    31 Jan 2015 Robbie Laird Workshop - CANCELLED
    31 Jan 2015 Tom Jones Workshop - June 8-10 2015
    30 Jan 2015 Randy Hale Workshop - April 21-23 2015
    08 Jan 2015 CWS 2015 State Watercolor Exhibit, Call for Entries
    05 Dec 2014 Opening Reception of CWS New Trends Exhibit
    05 Dec 2014 CWS New Trends in Watermedia Exhibit
    15 Nov 2014 ENTER 40th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibit (DEADLINE NOV 15)
    24 Oct 2014 ENTER CWS New Trends in Water Media Exhibit (DEADLINE OCT 24)
    12 Aug 2014 Thomas Schaller Workshop
    16 Jul 2014 2014 Members Show
    07 Jul 2014 Sterling Edwards Workshop
    20 May 2014 Tom Jones Demo (the workshop is cancelled)
    01 Apr 2014 39th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition
    04 Mar 2014 Carl Dalio Workshop
    04 Mar 2014 CWS 2014 State Watercolor Exhibit
    11 Jan 2014 "Passport to Paris" CWS Offsite Tour
    08 Oct 2013 Mary Alice Braukman Workshop
    07 Sep 2013 New Trends Show 2013
    05 Jul 2013 2013 Members Show
    17 Jun 2013 Sterling Edwards Workshop
    18 Apr 2013 CWS Plymouth Congregational Art Show
    15 Apr 2013 Steven Quiller Workshop
    26 Feb 2013 Thomas Schaller workshop
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