Past UWS Demontrations

McGuire Miami

UWS Monthly Member Meeting
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 7:00pm
Note: This month our meeting is the 2nd Tuesday rather than the 1st Tuesday as usual
Artist: Jeannie McGuire, AWS

Jeannie McGuire, AWS, a Pittsburgh-based artist, strives to invoke individual interpretation through her artwork, which impressively utilizes a free application of paint and stylistic forms of expression.  McGuire uses her own photography, acquired snapshots and life drawings to spark her creativity.  Her work has been described as a brilliant combination of emotion, movement, natural design, and sheer artistry that has been expanded upon from her days as a commercial graphic designer and photographer.  Impressionistic in nature with an identifiable subject, her strong, figurative approaches are unique in more ways than one.  

"People love telling me how they feel about my art and I am grateful for the connection we have."

April Member Meeting
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7:00pm
Artist: Lori Burchinal

Lori Burchinal

Lori D. Burchinal was born and raised in Vernal, Utah, and resides on a five-acre farm, where she raised her three children and is now enjoying a close relationship with her 10 grandchildren.  Her top three passions in life are family, painting, and fishing. In addition to being an avid fly-fisherman, she is a Master Rod Builder and an expert at tying flies. She owned her own business, Big Foot Fly Shop, for well over a decade. Lori dabbled in painting with oils, and watercolor while running Big Foot Fly Shop, but finally decided to sell the business in order to pursue her love for art.  It has been a slow hour and one class at a time. Lori has become more serious about her art career in the past 3 years, entering many exhibitions with some leading to awards. She is basically self-taught, with much emphasis on workshops, classes, and mentors, refining her skills in portraiture, animals, and landscapes, in all mediums, with watercolor being her favorite.

March Member Meeting
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7:00pm
Artist: Lori Burchinal

Lori D. Burchinal was born and raised in Vernal, Utah, and resides on a five-acre farm, where she raised her three children and is now enjoying a close relationship with her 10 grandchildren.  Her top three passions in life are family, painting, and fishing. In addition to being an avid fly-fisherman, she is a Master Rod Builder and an expert at tying flies. She owned her own business, Big Foot Fly Shop, for well over a decade. Lori dabbled in painting with oils, and watercolor while running Big Foot Fly Shop, but finally decided to sell the business in order to pursue her love for art.  It has been a slow hour and one class at a time. Lori has become more serious about her art career in the past 3 years, entering many exhibitions with some leading to awards. She is basically self-taught, with much emphasis on workshops, classes, and mentors, refining her skills in portraiture, animals, and landscapes, in all mediums, with watercolor being her favorite. 

Margaret Pettis taught art in Murray then freshman English in Cache Valley for 41 years. She also taught art and English to state and county inmates in the Cache County Jail. In the ‘70s, she packed mules as a wilderness ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, where she carried a bottle of India ink and crow quills pens in her saddlebag. For thirty years, she illustrated the newsletters of the Utah Wilderness Association, High Uintas Preservation Council, and Project Wild (State of Utah.)  

She has led countless sketching workshops for Audubon, Navajo children in Blanding, the Stokes Nature Center, school districts and private groups. Margaret has a deep love of Utah’s wild places and critters, the subject of several series of regularly published illustrated essays in the Deseret News, Ogden Standard Examiner and Logan Herald Journal.

 In 1993, she was named Utahs Poet of the Year; the Utah State Poetry Society published her book, Chokecherry Rain, depicting twelve of her woodcuts. In 2007 she backpacked for three months through Greece, Sicily and the islands off Positano, Italy, illustrating the wanderings of Odysseus. In 2017 she ‘drew’ a large format book featuring nearly 300 of her sketches of Utah’s special places. Margaret continues to organize SketchCrawls in Logan and Salt Lake City. 

Please bring these tools to Margaret's presentation March 6th.
Necessary: Pencils in the B range, Sakura Pigma micron pen or similar fine tip black pen.
     Sketchbook, Art pad, or just paper
     Watercolor brush, tube or pod of black watercolor (washes) cup for water, paper towel.
     Optional: Tombow pen

If you'd rather not participate, please come anyway, watching is also learning.

February Member Meeting
MaryAnn Free Smith
February 6, 2018
7:00 PM

Artist Statement:

Art spiritually connects the inner emotional world with the physical world in which we live. In my art I want to express this connection. I strive to emphasize the beauty and whimsy of life, rather than its distress and pain. Art gives something outside the self while also only being possible because of what is in the self. This is true for both the maker of the art and the person viewing it.


MaryAnn Free Smith


MaryAnn Free Smith, a Utah artist, was born and raised in the high mountain desert of Eastern Nevada. The colors, stark contrasts, and spacious beauty of those environs have influenced her art since childhood. She studied art and education at Brigham Young University, where she graduated in 1969 and later studied in Germany, where she focused on transparent watercolor.

MaryAnn’s paintings celebrate the infinite uniqueness of people, plants, and the world in which they exist. Her design preferences include an emphasis on the flat painting surface combined with the illusion of space and volume, an affinity for the center of the format, and often multiple subjects or the absence of a single focal point. Curators and collectors have said that her art exudes a spiritual quality with a touch of whimsy.

Her works are included in private and public collections and have been the recipient of top awards. They have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Arts Club, the United Nations Building, the Palette and Chisel Club in Chicago, and many other venues. In Utah, her art has been exhibited in the Church Museum of History and Art, the BYU Museum of Art, Kimball Art Center, Eccles Museum, Springville Museum, and the Salt Lake Art Center among others. She has received a Utah Arts Council grant, illustrated a children’s book, and is a signature member of several national art associations.

MaryAnn lives in Orem, Utah, and has a black Standard Poodle named Phoebe. She is the mother of eight children and numerous very talented grandchildren.

Sons of Utah Pioneers Hall
3301 E. Louise Ave (2920 S.)
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
First Tuesday of each month. 7-9 pm.

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January Member Meeting
Al Rounds
January 2, 2018
7:00 PM

Nationally known Utah artist,al rounds, will be our guest artist for our member meeting, january 2, 2017

Al Rounds' transparent watercolors register a beautiful familiarity with the world we all love. They carry us over a distance of miles and years, which speak of history revisited and of lives well-lived. Scouring back roads and country lanes, searching for the past, Al Rounds continues to capture a particular reverence for the pride of a place. Travel provides an ongoing source of inspiration for Al. Some of his favorite findings are in upstate New York, with its rural integrity and four-season beauty; in England, with its meandering, damp, cobblestone streets; and in his native Utah, where pioneer history still crowds the fence lines and farmsteads of every town.


UWS December

Join us for our December Member Meeting and Holiday Social.  Tuesday, Dec 5th at 7:00pm.

Back by popular demand: Lester Lee will be giving a critique session! (Please bring only one painting so Lester can give feedback to as many people as possible.)

Art Reproduction, Giclee, Printing, and Framing info from Master Labs.

Pot Luck Holiday Social (soups, chili, rolls, sides, desserts, & more...) Click here to sign up for the Pot Luck!

Gift Exchange (For those who wish to participate...Bring an UNFRAMED ORIGINAL 5x7 or smaller painting or hand-painted greeting card. Wrap it up!)

Door Prizes! Opportunity Drawings!

Keiko workshop

UWS welcomes Keiko Tanabe (NWS) to demonstrate at our October monthly member meeting. Tuesday, October 3, 2017. 7:00pm. Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan and currently resides in San Diego, CA. Her luminous watercolor paintings have won many awards nationally and internationally. The Utah Watercolor Society is please that Keiko has agreed to spend the week of October 2nd with us, teaching a week-long watercolor workshop in conjunction with jurying and judging our Fall Member Exhibition. Don't miss this exciting evening to watch a masterful watercolorist demonstrate her technique.  All UWS member meetings are free and open to the public.

Keiko Tanabe


Tuesday, Sep 5, 2017  7:00pm.

Join us at the September UWS Member Meeting and Social to share your summer painting projects and get some great plein air tips!
Lester Lee will join us to give a feedback/constructive critique session for your summer painting projects. Lester always has uplifting and helpful feedback for each individual. Bring your paintings!!
After our feedback session, UWS Past President, Tom Howard, will show us his ingenious (and affordable) plein air setup. Tom is full of great advice and knowledge on how to achieve quality results with your art and your art tools!

Bring a POT LUCK dish to share!
Janet Rogers
"Flowers, Faces & Figures – from Life and Photos"
May 2, 2017
Orchids Janet Rogers
Lindey Carter
"Finding Balance"
April 4, 2017
Lindey Carter Lindey Carter
Paige Kimball
"Pouring with Paige"
March 7, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sons of Pioneers Building (map)
Paige Kimball
Paige Kimball Paige Kimball
Rebecca Livermore
February 7, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sons of Pioneers Building (map)
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Willamarie Huelskamp
Painting of Sister Mary Leopolda and my third grade class.
4’ x 5’, acrylic and collage on canvas.
Willamarie Huelskamp
January 3, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sons of Pioneers Building (map)

Holiday Party

Sponsored by DICK BLICK
Tues, December 6th  Member Meeting
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sons of Pioneers Building (map)




November 2016 demo
Brent Laycock
November 1, 2016
7:00 pm

From his home in Calgary, Brent Laycock draws inspiration from the mountains, foothills, prairies and parklands in the magnificent Alberta landscape. He finds that communicating an emotional response to these scenes is more important than detailed representation. For most of his career he has worked in watercolor or in acrylic using a fluid, spontaneous style, whereby paint is applied in bold, direct strokes rather than conforming to a preliminary drawing. 

His awards in Canadian, American and international competition are numerous. His work is found in numerous corporate collections, including a mural created for a Hyatt Regency Hotel that measures half a football field.  He is represented in a collection of Canadian watercolors that was presented to Her Majesty's Royal Collection at Windsor Castle in 1986, and in 1991 the Alberta Government presented one of his watercolors to Queen Margrethe of Denmark. Two of his paintings were used for Canadian stamps, and he has appeared on the back cover of Reader's Digest. 
From Aftermath to Renewal
From Aftermath to Renewal
November Demonstration by Brent Laycock
Brent Laycock received his MFA from Brigham Young University and his work is represented in their University collection.

Laycock is published widely within Canada, but also in Best of Worldwide Watermedia Artists (2010) and International Artist Magazine.  Over a hundred of his works are represented in the book Waterton: Brush and Pen, and he has produced two instructional DVDs.
Iain Stewart
October 4, 2016

Join us for an exciting night as Iain Stewart (AWS/NWS) demonstrates his beautiful watercolor technique. Iain’s work has received top awards in international competition. He is a fine artist, workshop instructor, and architectural illustrator with an international clientele. Iain also works as an adjunct professor at Auburn University where he teaches architecture in watercolor and has been featured in several watercolor and art magazines. 

"Given the right encouragement and understanding of the basic fundamentals, watercolor is a creative outlet unmatched for its ease of use, cost of materials, and pure enjoyment of artistic expression." ~Iain Stewart

Iain Stewart

May 3rd Member Meeting and Demonstration With Bev Jozwiak

"Painting Life With Life”
Bev Jozwiak, AWS, NWS
Sons of Utah Pioneers Hall
3301 E. Louise Ave (2920 S.)
Salt Lake City, UT 84109

Bev Jozwiak comes from a family of artists, and has always done art. It wasn’t until her  30s that she really got serious about it though. She graduated with Honors and a Fine Arts degree (and an art history minor), but didn’t know what to do with it, and so she went to work at a job she had no real interest in. It just paid the bills. 

After an early midlife crisis, where realized that she had always wanted to be an artist, she started entering local shows, and the rest in history. She is now signature member of every major watercolor society, most notably The American Watercolor Society, The National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West and NWWS. She has had a plethora of magazine articles in everything from The ArtistWatercolor, American Art collector, to International Artist Magazine, and more. Art is my joy and my job.  Now the author of a 164 page technique/coffee table book called “Painting Life with Life” ...Life as in people and animals and Life as in energy and excitement.

 Born in Vancouver, Washington, Bev still resides there with her husband of 30 plus years. She has two daughters, and three grandchildren.

April Member Meeting and Demonstration with Jenny Love

“Social Media”
April 5, 2016
Sons of Utah Pioneers Hall
3301 E. Louise Ave (2920 S.)
Salt Lake City, UT 84109

Attention all artists! Social Media is now an important part of your life (whether you know it or not)! Join us at the April UWS member meeting for an overview of common Social Media websites and how to use them. 

UWS member Jennifer Love will talk to us about using popular sites including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blogger, LinkedIn and more. All are great platforms for sharing and promoting your artwork with others, whether it be friends and family or potential collectors, and for branding yourself as an artist.

Jennifer is a Two-Star member of the Utah Watercolor Society and has served in several Board positions since joining UWS in 2003 including Hospitality Chair, Webmaster and, most recently, as the Newsletter Editor for the past two years. Jennifer is the Market/Media Research Director for KSL TV, KSL News Radio, 103.5 The Arrow, and FM 100.3. In the business arena, she maintains active Twitter and LinkedIn accounts for media research topics

Social Media'

As an artist, Jennifer has over 1,000 Facebook fans, and over 400 Twitter followers. She maintains an active website, posts to her blog, and also uses Pinterest, and Instagram. She has also created video feeds with Periscope as well as recently creating a YouTube channel to promote her artwork.

March 1st Demonstration
Don Weller
The Beauty of Western Art

Don Weller is well known for his watercolor western art.  He captures the detailed beauty of the natural world of Western America, from hills of rock to wide, green ranch lands. Don also specializes in animal subjects, especially the powerful beauty of horses, one of the great symbols of the West.

Besides watercolor paintings, Don does illustration and graphic design.  He taught school part time, three years at UCLA where he met his wife Cha Cha, and eleven years at the Art Center School in Pasadena. He has also been published in Another Cowboy, a coffee table size book. He has been recognized with many awards over the years.

Don grew up in Washington state.  But as he was drawn to the beauty of Utah, Don and his wife Cha Cha, along with their menagerie of animals, have settled in Oakley. 

Don Weller
February Member Meeting and Demonstration with Kathy Sutherlund.
"Painting From the Heart"
February 2nd at 7 PM
Sons of Utah Pioneers Hall
3301 E. Louise Ave (2920 S.)
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Kathy Sutherland
January Member Meeting and Demonstration by Catherine Darling Hostetter
Be prepared to get involved and splash some paint on January 5th with Past President Catherine Darling Hostetter! Let Catherine help you, "Follow Your Inspiration: Learn how to use your imagination to personalize and add the unexpected to your watercolor style." Catherine will lead the audience in helping to create 3 collaborative paintings. And three lucky winners will go home with the results!
January 2016

December Members Meeting, Social, Blick activities, and Gift Exchange
December 1st. 7:00 PM
Bring either an original hand painted greeting or Christmas card or a 5x7 matted (unframed) painting.
Wrap it up to keep it a surprise!
December 2015

Lian Lian

November 3 - Lian Quan Zhen

Lian Zhen is a sought-after watercolor and Chinese painting artist, as well as a teacher in the US and abroad. He is one of the most popular authors of North Light Books on painting.

He started sketching and painting in his childhood and continued as hobby while practicing medicine as a family physician in Canton Province, China. After immigrating to the US in 1985, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a Master of Architecture Degree from MIT in 1996. He has had many shows in the US, Hong Kong and China and has developed an international following.

His art teaching credentials include at the University of California at Berkeley where he taught watercolor outdoor sketching for 8 years; watercolor and Chinese painting workshops nationwide in US, and other countries in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, China, South Africa and Australia. Also, Lian has been an invited juror for California, Colorado, New Mexico, Georgia, Arizona and Kentucky Watercolor Societies' exhibitions and other local shows. His paintings have been featured in magazines such as Watercolor 94 Spring, Splash4, Collectors (Hong Kong) and books of Landscape on Watercolor (UK), Finding Your Visual Voice and Painter's Quick Reference books by North Light Books. Lian’s four books published by North Light Books have distributed internationally.

Thomas Schaller

October 6 - Thomas Schaller

Thomas began his career in New York City, NY as an architect and architectural artist. After 20 very successful years, he moved to the west coast.

Today, he is a full time watercolor artist based in Los Angeles, CA who is known internationally for his artwork. Many times a prize winner at juried exhibitions around the world, Thomas’s paintings are represented in many books and periodicals as well. Details of his accomplishments can be found on his website:

Thomas is a signature member of AWS, NWWS, and is President Emeritus of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. UWS is very fortunate to have a Juror with Thomas’s credentials participating in our Fall Member’s Exhibition.

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September  1 - Opening Social
Framing Demonstration by Kristi Grussendorf and Colleen Reynolds

Framing Demo

Kristi Grussendorf
Colleen Reynolds

May 5 - Richard Stephens

Richard Stephens is a native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 1969 with a degree in art. He served in the U.S. Army as an illustrator. He began his commercial art career in 1971 with a design studio in Little Rock. He always knew watercolor was his real "calling.”
Stephens was recently named as one of ten "Artist to Watch" by Watercolor Magic magazine (December 2005 edition). Four of his paintings were featured in 200 Great Painting Ideas for Artists, by Carol Katchen, published by North Light Books.

Stephens' work is owned by individuals and corporations around the country and he is a signature member of Mid-Southern Watercolorists, Southern Watercolor Society and Missouri Watercolor Society.
The ChefThe Chef

April - Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen

Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen has brought a singular vitality to wildlife art. Uncompromisingly detailed and artfully composed, his work is at once vivid and startling, depicting seldom-illustrated species engaged in life's struggles -- alive. To view his work is to be pulled into the drama and diversity of life.


Carel Pierter Brest van Kempen

About Carel's Demo

For our April general membership meeting it was our good fortune to hear from wildlife artist, Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen.

Carel showed a power point presentation in which he explained his approach to compositions for various examples of his work. He surprised the audience with some personal philosophies in which he likes to break art “rules”. For instance, he likes the drama of more elongated dimensions than we usually see. And pointed out the location of where he placed his center of interest to produce added tension in some scenes. One of his beautiful nature scenes included a human skull.

Due to the detail and intricacy of his style, completing a demo piece in the allotted time would be impossible. Carel can take as much as an hour and a half to complete just one square inch of his piece. However, he in essence did provide us with a demo utilizing two time-lapse photography films he had produced. They were fascinating. They showed his process of building with multiple layers of acrylic paint, diluted with enough water to be used like watercolor.

Lastly, Carel actually did provide us with a live demonstration of his methods. He worked on a painting that he brought that was already in progress. Using a tiny brush, he brought a small bird to life.

We enjoyed yet another evening of sharing by another fabulous Utah artist!

March 3 - Yevgeniy Zolotsev

The passion that drives his work are the ten centuries of Russia's deep spiritual tradition exemplified by great cathedrals and small rural churches.  These survive as artistic masterpieces, and stand after more than 80 years of communist rule.

In the tradition of all masters, his work speaks to his own inner voice trying to bring to life his dramatic visions.  His starkly contrasted colors represent the full fury of nature, combining all her rich elements of bright and darkness.

The exotic contrasts of bold and aggressive colors demonstrate the power of his greatest love-nature in all her glory.  Water and sky bring out his greatest inspiration and passion.



February 3 - Spike Ress
Plein Air: Misconceptions & Practicalities

Born in Long Island, NY. Began his art career at the age of sixteen working for a local sign company in Roswell, New Mexico. He eventually became art director for a major sign company in Las Vegas, Nevada. In spite of success as a commercial artist, Ress felt the pull of fine art ever since he first held a brush. In1978 he left commercial art to pursue painting full-time. He began with a focus on watercolor, a medium he still finds challenging and exciting. After gaining national acclaim as a watercolor artist, Ress added oils to his repertoire. "I find the contrast between the way one must handle the paint and brushes in oil versus watercolor stimulates me to more creative and expressive use of both media,"

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Ress says. Today he works comfortably in both media but always with a preference for landscape. He knows well, and loves the land and clear light of the American Southwest but the challenge of new subject matter in different parts of the world is always

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January 6 - Susan Gallacher

Susan is well known for her paintings of the Utah landscape from the south to the north. She is well noted for her rural depictions in and around her country home in Spring City, Utah. Her scenes include farm animals in their rural settings weather out in the fields or next to the country homes that surround her. Gallacher is very well known for her plein air painting and has won several awards. Her paintings are highly regarded and very collectable weather a landscape or a colorfully painted still life.

Susan established Kings Cottage Gallery and Art Academy in Salt Lake City, where she continues to maintain her private studio, direct and teach. Her academy has always provided a quality environment for students in figurative study, still life and landscape. She organizes and promotes classes and workshops both for other artists and herself that are held either in her Salt Lake location or in Spring City.

Susan Gallacher
Spanish Fork Depot
Susan Gallacher has always been actively involved in the promotion of art in Utah and an artist advocate. She is a founding member of Spring City Arts and helps organize and provide art functions for the public. She is a Change Leader representative of the Utah Arts Council, a founding member of The Plein Air Painters of Utah, and a founding member of The Figurative Painters Group where she actively participates in exhibits and functions. She has also been actively involved in the mentoring program with Art Access.

November 11 - Sherry Meidell

Sherry Meidell is a children's book illustrator and a watercolorist, a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and Utah Watercolor Society. She is the SCBWI Illustrator Coordinator for Utah/So.Idaho

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October 7 - Barbara Nechis

By encouraging paint and water to do what they do best - flow, I am able to paint what cannot be photographed. My work evokes the essence of nature.

Barbara Nechis is an artist who has developed a style known for its masterful balance of spontaneity and control of the watercolor brush. She holds a BA in History and Fine Arts from the University of Rochester and an MS from Alfred University . She was a faculty member of Parsons School of Design for many years and has taught seminars at Pratt Institute, throughout North America, Europe, and Asia . She has served as a juror and director of the American Watercolor Society. She is the author of Watercolor From the Heart (Watson-Guptill Publications, 1993) and Watercolor the Creative Experience (North Light Books, 1979). Her work appears in many publications and collections, among them the Butler Institute of American Art, IBM, and Citicorp. She resides in Napa Valley in northern California .

Barbara Nechis

October: It's Like 4 Years of Art School, Robert Burridge spent years in industrial design in his home state of Pennsylvania and adopted state, California. He gave up his day job and began pursuing a full-time career as a visual fine artist in 1985. Since then, he has become a sought after, dynamic and motivational art juror, painter and instructor. We are delighted to host Robert with his unique flair as our UWS Fall Exhibition juror ,workshop instructor and October's presenter!
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November: Lester Bird Lee, artist and educator, has five children and now resides with his wife and youngest child in Clarkston Utah. Lester graduated from high school in Mesquite, Nevada where he spent his boyhood. Later Lester received a BFA from USU, and a MA from BYU. Lester is a retired high school art educator (Woods Cross High School). In 2006, Lester received the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education. Lester is a self- taught stage scenery artist and has painted over 50 sets and Rodger’s Memorial Theater, and other local theaters.
      Lester also sells hundreds of pieces of fine art watercolors each year and several prints, including the distribution of well over one million copies of a print of the presidents of the LDS Church. Perhaps one of Lester’s most noted illustrations are those on the cover and end sheets of the book series The Work and the Glory by Gerald Lund. Lester shows his work in many galleries across the Wasatch Front and has won numerous local and national awards for his paintings and sculptures. Among them are an Honorary Utah Watercolor Society Lifetime Membership and being honored by the Western Federation Watercolor Society in 2010.
Reading Red Book Lester Lee

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January: Colleen Reynolds
Brusho® Demonstration
     Kick off the New Year by discovering a new, exciting and fun watercolor pigment. Watch as Colleen demonstrates the versatility of Brusho®, a crystalized watercolor ink powder, manufactured in England, and recently introduced in the United States.  Colleen has been "playing" with the powder for about nine months now.  She says of Brusho®, "It's like a wild cat...hard to control and rather dangerous, but beautiful once tamed and groomed just a little." 
      Colleen received a BFA from the University of Utah in painting and drawing, adding to her MS in Education and BS in Math. Colleen teaches watercolor and drawing classes. She also hosts monthly workshops with visiting instructors. The classes and workshops are held at 21st Studios in Sugar House. Colleen works in oil and acrylic in addition to watercolor. Her work has been juried in to many local, state-wide and national shows and she has received several awards

See her website at or visit her Facebook page at

Everyone bring:
Watercolor Paper- Several pieces from 8”x8” to 11”x14”  (Not too Big!)
Round & Square brushes – Not too small!
Watercolor palette & water container
Lots of paper towels just in case.
2-3 pieces of fruit or vegetables.
Watercolor Paper- Several pieces from 8”x8” to 11”x14”  (Not too Big!)
Round & Square brushes – Not too small!
Watercolor palette & water container
Lots of paper towels just in case.
2-3 pieces of fruit or vegetables.
Colleen Reynolds

February Joyce Baron

Presents a “Paint In” emphasizing Composition and Color.
Everyone bring:
Watercolor Paper- Several pieces from 8”x8” to 11”x14”  (Not too Big!)
Round & Square brushes – Not too small!
Watercolor palette & water container
Lots of paper towels just in case.
2-3 pieces of fruit or vegetables.

My goal is to capture the spirit and feeling of the unique Western landscape.  The bold colors and shapes express the emotions I view in nature.  The dynamic Western landscape holds a special passion for me because of its abstract qualities and dramatic contrasts.  My works include acrylic, watercolor, collage, mixed-media, jewelry, and glass. Joyce Baron


Joyce Baron

March: Diana Gardiner
From Mundane to Monumental
In her painting and collage work, Diana Gardiner reveals the beauty of the commonplace and the seduction of simplicity. "My influence is based on where I find my center," says Diana. "Some people go to church or out in nature to find their center, but for me it's being able to capture a little bit of my past, and it's also about the rituals I do every day."  Diana has spent over 20 years teaching watercolor painting to art and architecture students at the University of Utah. Her pioneering collage work has won Best of Show in the Springville Spring Salon and has graced posters and advertising around Utah. Diana will challenge and inspire your creativity.   To see more about Diana read her biography by the New York Graphic Society at, and read 15 Bytesartist's profile on her at  We are excited to have Diana present at our March Member Meeting, March 4th, 7:00pm.
Diana Gardiner

April: Gloria Miller, AWS, NWS, Allen Gloria's work has been accepted in over 55 national and international exhibitions. She holds signature membership in the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolors West, Northwest Watercolor Society, and Nickerbocker Artist USA. She is an experienced Instructor teaching beginners to advanceds artists for over 25 years. Her artwork is a lifetime pursuit.
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May: John T. Salminen NWS, AWS.DF 
     Salminen has been conducting workshops nationally for many years.  He enjoys working with artists at all levels of experience and expertise.  He currently offers two workshops, “Abstraction Through Design” and “Realism Through Design”.  His workshops include demonstrations, critiques, and lots of individual help.  Artists are encouraged to expand upon their current levels of understanding and become more comfortable applying the principles and elements of design to their work.  
      While perhaps best known for his realistic urban landscapes, John has also gained recognition for his mixed medium abstract paintings, one of which won first place in The Artist’s Magazine’s Art competition in the experimental category. Salminen is a signature member of numerous art societies, including the AWS;  the NWS; the Watercolor USA Honor Society;  the Transparent Watercolor Society of America; Allied Artists of America; and Watercolor West.  He has won more than 200 awards in national and international exhibitions and has been honored with Master Status in the TWSA and inclusion in the American Watercolor Society's Dolphin Fellowship.   He is an honorary member of the Jiangsu Watercolor Research Institute in China and is the first American honored with inclusion in the Australian Watercolour Institute.


John T. Salminen
John T. Salminen


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