by Diane O. Pinney
I always come away from the Spring Convention and the Orientation for our new WSO Members with such a sense of pride, excitement, and pleasure. It is a privilege to help bring these artists into this professional organization. They cannot help but be inspired by the energy and excitement of our Members and Board Members, the quality and variety of the workshops, and the opportunities available to them for education and service. In fact, two of them volunteered for key jobs at WSO before the Convention ended on Sunday!
Of the 43 New Members in the Class of 2014, 21 were registered for the Spring Convention. Five of these New Members were juried into the 2015 Spring Experimental Exhibit by Juror Gale Webb: Jack Allen, Linda Burgel, Vernon Groff, Jean Wendling, and Rose West; and both Jack and Vernon received Awards of Distinction. How special is that!
The New Members were identified by bright red/orange ribbons tied to their badges. The New Member Orientation on Friday, April 4 was well attended, and six of the Board Members made presentations on some aspect of WSO. It is always a learning experience even for the old timers.
The New Member Gallery on the WSO Website has been updated for this new class. This same New Member slide show of images ran during the New Member Orientation. As you can see, our New Members are very accomplished watercolor artists. New applications for the class of 2015 are already coming in so our Society continues to be enriched by fine watercolor artists.
We always invite WSO Members to step up and serve as mentors or buddies for the New Members who might need some help in submitting paintings, registering for conventions, getting involved in a critique group, understanding some of our policies, etc. If you are interesting in helping out in this way, please let me know, and I will assign you to someone who might need some guidance getting integrated to the Society.
Diane O. Pinney
New Member Chair
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