2018 Spring Convention and Experimental Exhibition

On-line registration for Convention opens February 11.  Closes March 11, 2018.

By Kathryn Damon-Dawson

Migrate with WSO friends to Oregon’s gorgeous Central Coast. Florence, on the Siuslaw River, is your artistic-vacation destination where sand dunes, forests, the Siuslaw River, and rocky cliffs meet the Pacific Ocean shoreline. Fly in on the wing of a migrating bird or catch the fin of a salmon, sea lion, or whale. Tweet your friends and drive west through our moss-laden Coast Range on Route 126 to Hwy 101. Bring your paint and brushes. Bring your gear: binoculars, bikes, hiking shoes, kayaks, cameras, windbreakers, beach shoes, and raingear for an invigorating, refreshing experience.

The Florence Events Center, 715 Quince Street is home base; www.eventcenter.org. FEC provides Gallery One and Gallery Five; an auditorium; five spacious rooms; Pavilion Catering; and abundant parking. All activities for the weekend will be held at the FEC except the Meet & Greet. Friday at noon through Sunday morning, the Hospitality Committee and local volunteers will welcome you in the FEC lobby. View an invitational video @ https://youtu.be/QYvaYB8xcNw produced by Sean McCann of So N So Productions to get a glimpse of what awaits you.

Weekend Guide

Your weekend guide to activities for 2018, Spring, WSO Convention at Florence Events Center (FEC) 715 Quince Street, Florence, Oregon

Friday, April 6, 2018

Registration/Hospitality – Lobby: Florence Events Center (FEC) – 11:00am – 4:00 pm

WSO Hospitality crew: Bobbie Mathews, Kathie McEvers, Susan Lyslo, Dona Miller and Rose West will greet you as you arrive at FEC.  All attendees, registered or not, must check in and retrieve your Conference Packet which contains your name tag, your tickets for pre-registered events, a Florence Walking Map and Directory, and a WSO Trivia Contest.

If you did not preregister on-line by March 11, Hospitality Crew will happily register you for any events that still have available space.

Fall, 2017, Troutdale Painting Retrieval!!!  – Siuslaw Public Library, 1460 9th Street. – Noon – 3:00 April 5, 6, 7 and 1:00 – 2:00 Sunday April 8

Pick up your 2017 Fall, Traveling Award-Winning painting.  You know who you are! Paintings are hanging inside the library on Brubaker Walls.  Library volunteer Art Committee will check you out.

WSO Logo Merchandise  (Not an On-line registration item.) – Noon – 4:00 pm – FEC Room 3

Admire and buy WSO Logo items purchased by Chairs, Nan Newell and Sharon Hansen.   All proceeds go to WSO general operating fund.

WSO Board Meeting  – 12:00 – 2:45 Friday April 6 – FEC Room 2

WSO Board meets for a working lunch, provided by FEC’s Pavilion Catering.  Please RSVP to President Beth Verheyden at vstudios@comcast.net to ensure accurate count for lunch.

2017 New Member Meeting & Orientation with Liz Walker – 3:00 – 4:00 – FEC Room 2

Liz Walker, New Member Chair, will meet with the Class of 2017 and welcome them to WSO.   All are invited to attend this free gathering where new members will introduce themselves while their paintings are digitally displayed.  Key members/committee chairpersons will briefly explain their roles allowing new members to learn about WSO and its many benefits.  New Member meeting/greeting continues at 4:00 pm, on Bay Street, at Eight Old Town Galleries.

Meet and Greet our Juror Fran Larsen  – “On the Street – Old Town” ($5.00)  – 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Eight Old Town Galleries are hosting Meet and Greet: A gallery photo is on the outside of each registration packet. Start at your designated gallery, then freely stroll from gallery to gallery to meet and greet WSO friends. Backstreet Gallery; FRAA; The Studios; Old Town Coffee Gallery; Old Town Barbershop Gallery; The River Gallery; Waterfront Provisions Gallery; and Hideaway Gallery will serve light snacks and beverages. Stop by Backstreet Gallery to meet Juror Fran Larsen. (Refer to the pull-out map in center of your Florence Walking Map & Directory.) Then go to dinner at an Old Town Restaurant of your choice with or without a Board Host.

Dine Out in Old Town with a WSO Board Member – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Pick an Old Town restaurant from the “Restaurant Reservations Required” list. Make, and pay for, your own restaurant reservation after February 15. Say you are with “Watercolor Society of Oregon.” A WSO Board member will join you.

Saturday, April 7

Florence Events Center (FEC) – Building opens at 8:00 for set-up. Sessions start at 9:00

Registration/Hospitality – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm – Lobby: Florence Events Center (FEC)

WSO crew: Bobbie, Kathie, Susan, Dona and Rose, will assist you. You must be registered to participate so claim your name tag and tickets. See write-up on previous page for Friday.

WSO Logo Merchandise – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm – FEC Room 3

Get your goods at WSO Logo Table. All proceeds help pay WSO general operating expenses.

Vendors Exhibit  – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm – FEC Room 3

Sharon King has organized diverse Vendors who are centrally located at FEC for your enjoyment on Saturday. Be sure to take time to have some fun trying out new products; buy brushes; and ask questions about the paints, materials and supplies offered by these experts.

#16 Bird Watching with Lisa and Adell – 9:00 – 12:00 Meet FEC Front Entry – Car-Pool

Meet Lisa and Adell at front entrance FEC. Car pool with them to some migratory and local birding sites. Bring binoculars and bird book.

#1 Paint-Out One with Vinita Pappas – 8:45 – 12:00 Meet FEC – Front Entry Car-pool

Join Vinita for this energetic paint out session where she will demonstrate quick and effective methods of capturing the essence of a scene. Dress warm, pack light with your own plein air painting tools. And in case of rain, we’ll find shelter.

#2 Paint-Out with Steve Kleier: Old Town Florence – 8:45 – 12:00 Meet FEC – Front Entry Car-pool

Steve Kleier is an Oregon Society of Artists’ watercolor instructor. He bases his award winning paintings of city scenes on accurate drawing and an expressive painting style. Join Steve as he demonstrates his techniques and captures the feel of Old Town Florence.
Bring your painting kit or you can just bring your sketchbook to practice drawing in perspective, or you can simply come to watch and enjoy. Rain or shine, we will meet at FEC Front Entry Porch.

#3 Everything (Almost) You Need to Know to Enter a Competition with Suzi Blaisdell and Margaret Godfrey – 9:00 – 10:30 Auditorium FEC

Are you confused, cross-eyed and crazy at the end of trying to enter an art competition? Do you collapse into a puddle of despair after licking the envelope shut or hitting the send button? Suzi and Margaret will help you make sense out of the Prospectus; discuss photographing; and resizing your image. Suzi will explain some technical terms like “pixels,” “dpi,” and “zip files,” and will let you know why those terms are important in resizing a photo. Together, they will share info about Macs vs PCs; programs that help artists work with their images; and free resizing online sites. They will present their thoughts on how to choose a competition to enter and how to choose what painting to send off.
This session, no-doubt,will end with a lively Q & A. No materials needed.

#4 Persian Art and Nature with Mojdeh Bahar – 9:00 – 10:30 – Room 2 FEC

Mojdeh’s training in Persian Art and Nature is very near and dear to her heart. Her large abstract, award winning paintings are interpretations of her Persian Miniatures Series. During this presentation she will first explore the art and history of Persian Tiles. She will then take you on a journey through the motifs and colors of nature which influenced these ancient designs. The finished Persian Miniatures have a flatness while simultaneously having the three dimensional depth of western paintings. Mojdeh will walk you visually, step by step, through these intricate designs which trick the eyes and thrill the senses! All you need to bring is a note pad. Sign up, sit back and enjoy this colorful journey!

#5 Three Whites for Watercolorists paint and demo with Ruth Armitage – 9:00 – 10:30 – Room 4 FEC

Ruth is a signature member of NWS, NWWS, RMNW, WFWS, SDWS, CWA and WW. She’s a little bit fearless with all those initials behind her! Join her while she demonstrates at least three ways you can incorporate whites into your paintings. When we first begin painting in watercolor, instructors often warn us away from opaque pigments to prevent ‘muddy’ color or a pasted-on look. You’ll see how she uses White Gouache, High Flow Acrylic and Gesso, with another secret weapon, into her abstract work. You’ll paint as well and will come away with new ideas for adding white to your palette. Register and come prepared with your watercolor setup, paints, paper, brushes, apron, water container, and for sure, Winsor & Newton Designers White Gouache, Golden High Flow Acrylic Titanium White, and a small container of White Gesso.

#6 Two Nudes with Tattoos by Alexandra Eyer and Pat Renner  – 9:00 – 10:30 – Room 5 FEC

Expert figure painters, Alexandra and Pat from Gold Beach, will show a short video of their approach to different models in differing situations. They will demonstrate, throughout the session, while you paint your interpretation of the models. Participating artists, bring your own free standing or table easel and painting tools/paper. Water will be in the room.

#7 Move Your Painting Equipment Safely Around the World with Pat Farr – 10:40 – 12:00 – Room 2 FEC

Learn practical approaches to safely and efficiently travel with your paints and equipment from local class, to field, to convention, to out of state, to out of country from seasoned, travelling artist, Pat Farr. Walk in and discover from demonstrations, handouts and sample products. No materials needed.

#8 Bold colors, Bold Shapes with Sally Bills Bailey – 10:40 – 12:10 – Room 4 FEC

Sally looks at subjects with eyes that simplify shapes then paints with “lots of paint, not much water” to create beautiful, bold, landscape shapes. She will demonstrate using a 1” Skipper brush. Students bring landscape photos, watercolor paper, watercolor supplies, ample paint, plus a 1” Skipper brush to practice her method.

#9 Try Windsor & Newton – Watercolor Paper Testing Stations  with Amanda Sweet of The Fine Art Collective – 10:40 – 12:10 – Room 5 FEC

Fun and informative presentation and opportunity to test Windsor & Newton products. W&N brand and pigment history, color properties and product descriptions will be introduced via Power Point. Attendees will then test the products as they move from station to station. All brushes, paint and papers provided by ColArt. No materials needed.

#10 Juror’s Morning Critique with  Fran Larsen – Critique 1 – 10:45 – 11:45 – Auditorium FEC

Fran Larsen, our Juror and Workshop Instructor, will critique twenty members’ paintings in the morning session and twenty members’ paintings in the afternoon session. Be among the first to sign up and pay $15.00 as a “Participant,” and learn what changes might transform your painting. Or select “Auditor” and pay $5.00.

Lunch Break – On your own or lunch at FEC Pavilion Catering window.

#11 iPhone 101 for Artists with Elizabeth Zimmerman – 1:00 – 2:30 – Room 2 FEC

A perfect class for artists too busy painting to learn about utilizing their iPhone. Elizabeth will be going over everything from turning on “Find iPhone,” to editing images in your phone to copy and pasting text, creating text shortcuts, along with using iPads. Please bring your iPhone and/or iPad to learn hands on.

#12 Tips for Shipping Your Art with Geoffrey McCormack – 1:00 – 2:30 – Room 4 FEC

Want to ship a painting to a WSO exhibition; a regional show; or multiple international competitions? Want it to arrive and return undamaged? Need to keep your costs down? Illustrator and fine artist Geoff McCormack has shipped hundreds of pieces of art during his 40-year career. Some of the features Geoff will cover are preparing your art for the journey; selecting a shipper; learning the factors that determine shipping fees; when to use commercial shipping boxes; the design and construction of secure, reusable boxes for your art for under $15, and the tools you will need. No materials needed.

#13 Composition Round Robin – 1:00 – 3:00 – Room 5 FEC

Forty-Two registered attendees will learn composition skills from six masters of composition. Rene Eisenbart, Kara Pilcher, Beth Verheyden, Sue Jensen, Joneile Emery and Sharon Rackham King will present six different composition techniques at 6 tables. Groups of 7 attendees, will spend fifteen minutes at each table to learn from the six presenters. You may want your camera and note taking device.

#14 – Juror’s Afternoon Critique with Fran Larsen – Critique 2 – 2:30 – 3:30 – Auditorium FEC

Fran Larsen, our Juror and Workshop Instructor, will critique a second group of twenty members’ paintings. You can pay $15.00 as a “Participant” in either morning or afternoon session or can audit both. See #10, above for registration information. Deadline to send Participant images is March 24, 2018: Send to Pattie B. Anderson, pattieba1@gmail.com

#15 Introduction to Zentangle with Rosie Hill – 2:45 – 3:45 – Room 2 FEC

Rosie is certified Zentangle teacher who lives in Florence and teaches a variety of artistic mediums. Join her as she shares the philosophy and technique of Zentangle, an approach to drawing that can enhance the art-making process and improve artistic skills. It’s easy, relaxing, creative and just plain fun! Rosie will provide all materials for students.

Artist’s Reception and Social Hour  – 4:00 – 6:30 pm- Gallery One FEC

Gallery One opens to Juror Fran Larsen’s selected 80 painting exhibition with 20 award winners. Pavilion Catering will provide punch, light hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar.

Buffet Dinner Banquet and Awards Presentation – 6:30 – 9:30 – FEC Rooms 2

Pavilion Catering Buffet in FEC Lobby, will treat you to Crab Cakes, Apple-Almond Chicken, Vegan Gumbo, Green Peas, Roasted Red Potatoes, Rice Pilaf, Green Beans, Garden Salad and Fruit Tart. Select your table before the dinner bell rings! Artist Jane Rincon created the beautiful centerpieces for your visual pleasure.

Sunday, April 8

WSO Members’ Business Meeting – FEC Auditorium – 8:30 – 10:45

WSO President Beth Verheyden will preside at this informative meeting. Stay involved with your WSO. Attend to learn the news and to vote on issues of concern to membership. Take this opportunity to offer your ideas and concerns.

Juror Fran Larsen’s Lecture Demo – FEC Auditorium 11:00 – 1:00

No Limit: Seats 450 people: WSO and Public invited


Other Activities

Siuslaw Pioneer Museum Tour: 278 Maple Street.  A Museum volunteer will lead a tour of our wonderful pioneer museum.  www.siuslawpioneermuseum.com

Where to Stay in Florence

The Florence Events Center, FEC, is within walking distance and short driving distant of many Florence area motels.  State you are with Watercolor Society of Oregon when making reservations.

Motels closest to Old Town and the FEC are:

River House Inn, 1202 Bay Street. Forty rooms, half with river views and half overlooking the parking lot. It is close to the Hwy 101 Bridge. Siuslaw Coffee Roasters is next door. www.riverhouseflorence.com 541-997-3933 or 877-997-3933 riverhouse@harborside.com

The Landmark Inn B&B, off Hwy 101 at 1551 4th Street. Nestled on a steep hill above Old Town and Antique district. Close to the FEC. Reasonably priced, immaculate, and recommended for groups who may want to share a kitchen. www.landmarkmotel.com 541-997-9030 or 1-800-822-7811

Edwin K Bed and Breakfast, 1155 Bay Street. 1914 Craftsman Home. Authentic and beautiful inside and out. Six B&B rooms plus a family suite, which sleeps four. www.edwink.com 541-997-8360 or 800-833-9465 info@edwink.com

Lighthouse Inn, 155 Hwy 101, near the Bridge. Quaint, clean rooms with historic photos of Florence. Mention you are with Watercolor Society of Oregon for a 15% discount on room rate. Nature’s Café, next door, opens 7:30 am, for breakfast. www.lighthouseinn-florence.com 866-977-3221

Old Town Inn, 170 Hwy 101. Across from Lighthouse Inn on Highway 101. Easy walk to Old Town and the FEC. 800-587-5879

Or if you prefer the beach and a drive to FEC:

Driftwood Shores, 88416 First Ave. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. www.DriftwoodShores.com

Port of Siuslaw: Campground and Marina, 100 Harbor Street, is within walking distance of Old Town and the FEC. www.portofsiuslaw.com 541-997-3040

You can easily determine on your electronic devices, other campgrounds and motels that are located at the ocean or along the Siuslaw River.