Saturday, January 14, 2012

Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society Holiday Party

Plein air paintings ready for display at the SCVWS Holiday Party

I am getting ready for the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society Holiday Party today, a great event. As leader I will make some remarks. We expect over 100 of our 400+ members. I prepared some plein air work for display and will bring my little travel sketch book. I selected three pieces to display from the Castillo Winery in Morgan Hill, the Casa Grande in New Almaden, and the Carmel Paintout foggy morning. I had to improvise because my professional mat cutter (Bob) is under the weather. I used some existing mats and unframed a few older pieces as my frames on order had not yet arrived. I like the interesting pattern formed on my entry wall with shadows cast through the pleated sliding door covers. That little patch of light on the floor isn't bad either. 

The party features many activities and wonderful food, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. We will be raffling original paintings by some of our very generous celebrity artists, Chris Beck, Ferenc Bescze, and Ron Andrews. Check out their work. We will have a painting exchange, a progressive painting project, and will also give away one of our workshops. This is one of the many free perks of joining SCVWS for a mere $30 annual fee. Here is a link to our latest newsletter.

Unfortunately, Bob won't be able to join the fun. I look forward to seeing many artist friends and making some new ones.


conservativelybohemian said...

So sorry to hear Bob is under the weather, Mary. Still, the event sounds like it will be wonderful fun and I know you'll have a great time! The paintings look fabulous matted and ready to go!

hw (hallie) farber said...

I'm sure it was a great party. Hope Bob feels better soon.

Rosemary said...

Your pieces look great and the party sounds like lots of fun!! Hope you post some photos!

Nina Jørgensen said...

Wow that sounds like so much fun! It must be a great reward as a leader seeing the show up! And your pieces look nice, I like the business card addition!
Hope you have a great time, and hope to see some photos of it!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Mary,
So generous of you to serve the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society as President. I hope the holiday party was fun. Isn't it nice when the paintings are all ready to go? I hope by now Bob is well. I was looking at your SCVWS have a busy calendar!

Mary Paquet said...

Hi, Sherry. The event was lovely. Unfortunately, Bob is still having asthma problems, but we hope this week will see better days.

Hallie, it was a great party. I just posted about it.

Rosemary, it's always a pleasure to see the art prepared. I've posted some photos now.

Nina, so nice to hear from you. I love keeping up with your art life. Glad you liked the addition of the business card.

Peggy, being the leader is certainly a labor of love and a fair amount of work. I have gained so much from this wonderful society, including getting to know such lovely people who share my love of making art.