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President’s Message Jean Watson We kicked off the new year with Ruth Glenn, the Program Director for Arts in Education for the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Ruth had plenty of tips for artists who are interested in working with children throughout the state. Her program is dedicated to providing quality experiences in the visual, performing and Native arts for students and their teachers in the school setting. There is a good deal of flexibility built into the program. Artists can submit their names and be matched with schools requesting an artist, or they can request a school and submit a proposal for a project. This would allow artists to provide an art experience in their neighborhood schools. Ruth explained the application process and fielded lots of questions from our group. We also held the art garage sale. The results did not come close to last year’s lively affair but it gave people a chance to move materials to new owners for the benefit of the Scholarship fund. Finally, the prospectus for the AKWS is in this issue and is on line at Here is your opportunity to put your talents to work. Need some inspiration? Never quite sure what a juror is looking for? The award winners for the last five years are archived on our website. Stroll through the winner files and give it some thought. Do your best and send it in. We are no longer requiring slides of submitted work. This year we are accepting digital files on a

CD. Our newsletter editor, Francine Dufour Jones included a “how to” article on digital slide prep in our December newsletter which is archived at our on line community site. So submission to this year’s juried show should be easier than ever.

sell our calendars and wave their commissions. Please tell your friends and neighbors to help support the arts through purchasing an AKWS calendar at these venues I N S ID E T H I S I S S U E : Feb. Speaker Diann Haist

AKWS 2011 CALENDARS The theme for our 2011 calendar is Alaskan Whimsy. The artists’ names have been drawn and they are: January Candy Hoskins February K.N. Goodrich March Lura White April John Beebee May Yuliya Helgesen-Thompson June Peggy McFarland July Sue Zajac August Carol Montoya September Libby Hatton October Pat Hudec November Karen Crandall December Karen Helton

Welcome Matte Linda Doll Workshop Info. Events , Opportunities And Resources

Coming Events: March - Blaine’s Trade Fair April - Mark Mc Dermott May - Hal Gage June - 2010 our show slide review The AKWS was formed in 1974 as a non-profit organization to help

Our thanks to everyone who helps with this project and enables us to provide this scholarship. Also, we are grateful for the support of the Anchorage Museum and Virtu Gallery for offering to

promote the knowledge and understanding of professional watercolor painting in Alaska.

Our Next Meeting: Diann Haist “Chasing the Muse Across a Continent” Diann will talk about her background and 40 year career as a full time artist. She will discuss how moving from Toronto, Canada to Alaska ten years has influenced her art. “Since 1969, when I began my career as professional artist, my work has been through some changes - oil paint was replaced by acrylics, realism was abandoned for musically inspired abstractions. In 1989 however, I realized my first love was truly oil painting in the impressionist style - it just seemed natural. Plein air painting once again became my addiction, as well as painting interesting people. Since moving to Alaska from Canada in 1999, there has been no shortage of either landscape or figurative subjects, and every day is a new inspiration.

I am not afraid of colour and my brushwork has been described as bold and confident - this is what I want viewers of my work to see, that there is some passion there, no apologies, nothing timid. What I strive for is portraying the life force of my subjects as well as my work being aesthetically pleasing to the eye. In this way, do I truly enjoy exploring my life as an artist.” See more of Diann’s fabulous art at:

Welcome Matte by Julie Rearick, Membership Chair The Alaska Watercolor Society would like to welcome back one of our founding memmbers: WilliamTurlington, Anchorage, AK We look forward to your participation in the Alaska Watercolor Society once again! MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA Requirements for each of the memberships offered by the Alaska Watercolor Society are as follows: Associate Membership in AKWS will be unlimited and open to anyone interested in watermedia. This position of membership may not vote and may not participate in exhibitions designed for Signature members only. Annual dues $20; payable May 1st. Juried Membership in AKWS is open to any artist who has had a painting exhibited in at least one AKWS juried show. This position of membership may not vote and may not participate in exhibitions for Signature members only. Juried membership is revoked if dues are not current and the application process must be repeated. Annual dues $20; payable May 1st. Signature Membership in AKWS is open to any artist who has had a painting exhibited in two AKWS juried shows and one other juried watermedia exhibition. This position of membership may vote, participate in Signature member exhibitions, and use the initials AKWS when signing their name. Signature membership is revoked if dues are not current and the applicatio process must be repeated. Annual dues $25; payable May 1st. Student Membership in AKWS enjoys the same status as Associate members. Student is defined as attending college full time, i.e. course load of a minimum of 12 hours. Annual dues $5; payable May 1st. NOTE: With respect to Signature and Juried memberships, written verification shall be required as proof of acceptance into juried shows and must be submitted to the membership chair. Juried shows from January 2000 to present shall be accepted.

Linda A. Doll, AWS, NWS, is a painter, digital photographer, graphic artist, instructor and juror. She has been active on the Boards of the National Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. Ms. Doll teaches drawing, painting and photography workshops throughout North America, Europe and the South Pacific. Her figure and still life paintings and drawings are included in many books and have been featured on several magazine covers. Linda is included in Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who of American Women. Ms. Doll lives in San Diego, California. For more information and images of Linda’s work, visit her website at

Date: August 2 – 6, 2010 Time: 9 am – 4 pm Location: First Congregational Church 2610 East Northern Lights Blvd. If the workshop is full when you register, your deposit will be refunded. Wait listed applicants who do not get into the workshop will get their deposit back Tuition Before 5-15-2010 $475 After 5-15-2010 $500

2010 AKWS Linda Doll Workshop Registration Form Name:_______________________________________________________________________ Address:_____________________________________________________________________ Email:_______________________________________________________________________ City: _____________________________ Zip: ________________

State: ____________________

Phone: (___) _______________________

Amount Enclosed: $ ______________ ($100 deposit required; Balance due 6-1-10) Do you want to be placed on the waiting list if the workshop is full? Yes ___ No___ Mail to: Chris Zafren at 10181 Curvi St. Anchorage, AK 99507. Enclose a check made out to the Alaska Watercolor Society and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE). Preference will be given to current AKWS members.

Artists News, Events and Resources

The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts We are The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts ( an American non-profit located on the Greek Island of Skopelos. This summer we will be hosting several fascinating sun filled workshops taught by award winning artists in exotic Greece. If any of these workshops are of interest for your members I would be happy to answer any questions, we may have the privilege of hosting some of your members this year, Gloria Carr

AKWS online private community has more Sue Zajac’s Art Show MIXX Grill and Bar inside the Inlet Tower building on L St. is the location of Sue Zajac's new show for February and March of 2010 "Optic Active" (try saying that three times) is the title of her show. Sue's desire to create order from random marbling designs is illustrated in her many framed works of collage. The eye does not settle on one object in these framed pieces. Be prepared for much optical activity. "Optic Active" opens on Feb. 5th. Please come join us for this opening First Friday event. Hours are 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Enjoy the refreshments, live music, and plenty of parking at Inlet Tower. Don Kolstad teaches watercolor and oils at Blaine’s. Contact Don or Blaine’s for current schedule.

up to date, late breaking news about opportunities for artists, shows, articles and back issues of “Brush Strokes”. There are no space limitations so we have slideshows and gallery of members work. Katie Sevigny has her 30 second vignette for the upcoming KAKM Art Showcase. There are many videos such as watercolor tutorials, how to load your photos, a tour of the community, and much more. Did you know anyone can instantly publish or announce events, news and things of interest you might want to share with fellow AKWS members? Sometimes information is received too late to make it into the newsletter but it can go online. Be sure to check our online community for more opportunities. Sometimes members may forget how to get there. Here is the address:

Andy Sonneborn teaches art classes and has open studio time in her delightful studio. She even supplies art materials. Contact Andy for more information. or 277-3712

Life Drawing at Upstairs Studio. Wednesdays 68pm. Bring your drawing support or easel. $15 drop in or 5/$50 punch card. 406 G Street, Suite 212, Anchorage. Updates/cancellations on our Facebook page. "The Upstairs Studio." Contact Darla Myers 245-2113 for more info if needed.

under announcements. The website, this is another fabulous resource for members. We have links to member’s websites, a calendar of events and locations, and membership applications. We now have a mailing list. If you know someone who might like to hear more about AKWS let them know.

Another way to find it is to go to our website. There is a permanent link there

Alaska Watercolor Society 2009 2010 Officers and Committee Chairs President: Jean Watson 333-5799 H 333-4678 Msg

Francine Dufour Jones is one of our member s art work in the KAKM Art Showcase

2010 KAKM Art Showcase That will bring public television viewers Alaska’s finest artworks from many well-known Alaska artists including Alaska Native artist and other prized art pieces such as framed 2-dimensional art, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, and glass art.

Free Art Preview, Pre-Buy, Pre-bid Open House: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 6 and 7, Free to the public. 1 pm to 5pm at the Elmo Sackett Broadcast Center 3877 University Drive, Anchorage

Live Televised Auction Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February, 11, 12, and 13, 2010 7pm to 10:30pm on KAKM Channel 7 Bid by phone and live bidding Limited in-studio audience with catered dinner An opportunity to acquire fine art while helping public televisions station KAKM Channel 7 continue to provide quality programming that educates, inspires, informs, & connects Alaskans.

Many of AKWS members have donated art and are in this showcase. Visit or call 907-550-8400 for more information.

Co-Vice Presidents: Luz Maskell 522-5463 Andy Sonneborn 277-3712 Recording Secretary: Marcia Nathanson 346-1092 Treasurer: Kirk Scott Membership: Julie Rearick 272-8770 Newsletter Editor: Francine Dufour Jones Hospitality Chair: Sue Zajac 694-3013 Exhibitions: Debi Rebischke Scholarship: Renate Martin 279-1077 Peggie Hunnicutt 349-4168 Video Library: LaRae Groves 563-6245 KoKo Mikel 344-0374 Publicity: Lura White 277-3854 E-mail Tree: Marcia Pratt 337-3695 Webmaster: Mark McDermott 345-6997 At Large: Alice Moore 337-5225 2010 Workshop Chris Zafren 346-2333 Nancy Angelini Crawford 2010 Show Co-Chairs: Beth Taylor Linda Parrigin

PO BOX 90714 ANCHORAGE, AK 99509-0714




CALENDAR 02/03 Board Meeting 6:30 pm Elim Café

02/05 First Friday!

02/10 November AKWS Meeting Sourdough Mining Company 6-7 Social Hour 7 pm Meeting

“Brush Strokes” is published monthly, September – May, and distributed to members of the Alaska Watercolor Society by mail and online. Newsletter deadline is the 15th of the month before monthly publication. Let us know about your openings, First Fridays and events so that we may support you! Contact Brushstrokes Editor- Francine Dufour Jones e-mail: If you would like to continue to receive your issues of “Brush Strokes” make sure your dues are current. If you are unsure about the status of your membership please contact me as soon as possible. Thank you for your attention to this matter. Julie, Membership Chair ( or 272-8770). SEE PHOTOS FROM OUR MEETINGS AND EVENTS AT OUR ONLINE COMMUNITY NETWORK:

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