May 2022 Blast

Utah Watercolor Society
May BlastTime to get outside and get painting!Lots of opportunities and goodinformation in this blast.Be sure to read to the end.‌

Giving Back
by Sherry Meidell
I spent last night at an elementary school with my arms up to my elbows in water and dye. My husband and I were helping students make sketchbooks with a multicolored, marbled covers. It was art night at West Bountiful Elementary. It was a chance for kids to get there hands into some inky water. It was a way for me to give back. Teaching others, blesses their lives but it also blesses the life of the artist. Taking the things that you know and putting them into actions and words helps cement them into your head and your art. It takes courage to put yourself out there but seeing the light in the kids eyes as they drew there cover out of the water was very satisfying. So spend time painting in your studio but also get out teaching and spending time helping others. And here’s a little plug for Melody Greenlief, if you want to help out with the Utah Watercolor Society Board next year, give her a call.
Sherry Meidell
YouTube channel
President Utah Watercolor Society.                        Signature: National Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Utah Watercolor Societies
A message from our2022-23 UWS President,Melody GreenliefThere is a wonderful opportunity to help out the Watercolor Society! there is a couple of spots left on the watercolor society board for 2022-2023. Some of the perks of being on the board are: you can help make decisions regarding the direction of the society, you get to meet new people and make new friends, you get discounts on workshops, plus you get to hang out with some fabulous artists.Contact Melody Greenlief if you are interested. Email: Text or call: 801-815-6679Thanks!Melody Greenlief801-815-6679ArtistMelody.comInstagram
Maygeneral meeting demonstrationStan MillerMay 3, 20227:00 pm at SUPIf you cannot attend in person, please Zoom:Time: May 3, 2022 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting ID: 791 072 3281Passcode: artgroup

Spring Open Exhibition2021 Spring Open Exhibition
Best of Show When Spring Came, there were no problems except where to be the happiestby Michelle Nixon
Opening reception
Friday, May 6th, 6-8 pm
Awards presentation – 6:00 pm
Spring Open Exhibition
May 6 – May 31, 2022 Logan Fine Art Center 
 60 W. 100 N., Logan, UT 84321; (435)753-0333
Exhibition dates: May 6– May 31, 2022 Hours: daily 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm Tuesday thru Friday, Saturday, Noon to 3:00 pm. For more information, please contact Sherry Meidell, (801)668-1951
Save the dates!Art and the Park, 2022October 12-16at Cougar Ranch,Torrey, Utah
HAVE YOU TURNED IN YOUR PAPERWORK FORONE STAR / TWO STAR / SIGNATURE STATUS????The Two Star/ Signature Exhibition is just around the corner. You are already able to submit paintings into Art Call. Have you submitted your paperwork in order to receive recognition for your professional achievements within the Utah Watercolor Society?
Unsure of the process and your status? Here is a summary of what you need to do.
One Star Status: You must have been juried into one Spring Exhibition and have submitted your paperwork.
Two Star Status: You must have been juried into two Spring Exhibitions and have submitted your paperwork.
Signature Status: You must have already achieve Two Star Status and….Be accepted into six additional UWS qualifying juried exhibitions (UWS Spring or Fall Exhibition, or Western Federation Watercolor Society Exhibition) and….At least one of those paintings must have won an award and….Have submitted your paperwork to UWS ONE STAR / TWO STAR / SIGNATURE chairperson.
The form for this is found on the UWS website.
Or click here Complete the form to the best of your ability and email it to Brenda Brunello, UWS ONE STAR / TWO STAR / SIGNATURE chairperson.
Please text her with your name and let her know that you have emailed your form. She will confirm your data and let you know your Status and then work with Neena Plant to have the list of UWS ONE STAR / TWO STAR / SIGNATURE member UWS ONE STAR / TWO STAR / SIGNATURE members updated on the UWS website.
Brenda Brunello
Brenda Brunello email

Bryce – A Connection A Far with Marsby Jeannie Hansen, UWS member
Don’t miss the The 98th Annual Spring Salon Springville Museum of Art.
Wed. April 27th Opening Reception 6:30-8pm.
through Sat. July 2, 2022. No admission fee. Hours: Tues, Thurs, Fri, & Sat. 10am-5pm,       Wed, 10am – 8pm. Closed Sun & Mon.
126 East 400
Utah 84663

Learning opportunities with Kristi Grussendorf! She has booked a three day workshop in southern Utah with an organization called MakeSpace. It’s scheduled for May 25-26. 
Here’s the link:
Also, she has a couple of events with French Escapade. The first is with other artists & it’s an on-line event – it’s scheduled for the weekend of April 23rd & 24th. Each artist does a 75 minute paint-along (she will do her painting on the 23rd). See link below. French Escapade
Following that event, she will do a two day Zoom paint along for French Escapade June 3rd & 4th.Link for Zoom paint-along
Brighton Days events in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The Utah Watercolor Society is cordially invited to participate in the Brighton Days events in Big Cottonwood Canyon.  It would be an honor to have your time and talents on display at this event that honors the beauty and natural history of the canyon. The Brighton Institute sponsors Brighton Days. This year we will team up with the Wasatch Wildflower Festival to feature wildflower hikes, displays of wildlife, history, watershed, music, and kids’ crafts. We should gather a good-sized crowd!
FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2022 Brighton Center/Brighton Store
Set up between 9-10 am (but very flexible for painters)
Event begins at 10 am – Take down around 2 pm (flexible) 
Ability to sell paintings only at Brighton Store parking lot area due to US Forest Service regulations. Painters could paint anywhere and hand out a business card for people to contact later if they want to buy something.
Or painters could paint in the Brighton Store parking lot
(a bit far from the main festival, but lots of crowds anyway).
SATURDAY, JULY 10, 2022 Solitude Village Set up between 9-10 am (flexible)
Event begins at 10 am – Take down around 2 pm (flexible)
Ability to sell paintings at painting site. Solitude has given permission. Let us know if you can participate.
We don’t need firm numbers, but we hope you to know you are wanted!!
Feel free to contact me or Steve Jorgensen.
We both serve on the Brighton Institute Board of Directors.
Thank you for helping honor the natural history and beauty of Big Cottonwood. 
Sincerely, The Brighton Institute Steve Jorgensen 801.680.3060
Barbara Cameron 801.694.9045
Mark Your Calendar
Saturday/Sunday May 28 & 29, 2022
Application Now Available!
For other events in Moab look to calendar
435-259-2742Moab Arts Festival
375 S. Main #236
Moab Utah 84532
Please find additional information on the Moab Arts Festival page
Darla Bostick’s 16th and 17th Ghost Ranch Workshop/Retreats
In beautiful New Mexico
(June and September 2022)
Relax, enjoy, create! Floor to ceiling studio windows. Ghost Ranch lodging/meals included.
See why Georgia O’Keeffe and artists today love Ghost Ranch.
Each workshop/retreat is different.
The June 2022 Multi-Medias workshop offers something new every day—textiles, printmaking, pouring, or jewelry! 
September 2022 UN-traditional Watercolor workshop—collect reference photographs and push watercolor boundaries!
Each has daily demos, slide presentations, door prizes, optional happy hour.
Darla’s been teaching at Ghost Ranch since 2008. 
Also, check out Darla’s Annual Art Adventure Abroad this October to France
(and Italy in 2023)! For the Italy art trip there is a zoom of my presentation:
Thank you,
Darla Bostick, 940.320.5660
The Art Adventures Abroad for 2022 is in October to France.
Check my website for art news: shows, workshops, demos and art abroad.
The 2 workshop/retreats at Ghost Ranch in NM are scheduled for June and September!
https://www.darlabostick.comPreview YouTube video Meet The Teachers 2021: Darla Bostick & Ruth Armitage
Free Sample Kit Opportunity for UWS members!Hahnemühle is excited to offer their FREE SAMPLE KITS OF THEIR NEW COLLECTION WATERCOLOR PAPER to each UWS member.Send your email requests to
YOU MUST mention that you are a member of the UTAH Watercolor Society and include your complete mailing address to receive 2) 6” x 8” cold-pressed sample sheets sent to you at no cost via US mail. This offer is only for US residents. The Collection watercolor paper is an acid-free, 100% cotton, vegan surface-sized, mould-made paper.
Click here for a demo video of thesefine papers
Activities and Info
Check the UWS website often for additional non-UWS art opportunities
Local Colors of Utah, a co-op gallery located in Sugarhouse, Utah, has an open call for artists. Local Colors has a wide variety of 2-D art, including oil, watercolor and acrylic, and fractal and traditional digital photography, as well as metal sculpture, ceramics and fiber art. The gallery is also looking for artists working with glass.  Prospective artists should have a cohesive body of work, and be prepared to discuss their art with the acceptance committee, once application is accepted.  Application and more information can be seen on their website
FOLLOW the UWS website & blog for instant email notifications when new activities are published – and EXPLORE the site for updated information on activities that are already posted!

Mary Jane Wright Straight passed away on November 20, 2012. She was a dedicated art teacher, mentor, friend, and contributor to the Utah Watercolor Society.
The Utah Watercolor Society awards two scholarships to Utah high school students each year. Winners are selected from those students who are accepted to the annual 
Springville Museum of Art High School Art Show.
In honor of Mary’s memory, the UWS has named our Scholarship Fund for her. A good way to remember Mary’s legacy and to encourage continued education in the arts is to contribute to the scholarship fund. Click the button below if you’d like to donate.
UWS Members: To be included in the UWS eblast, send your information with a relevant image to the Communications Chair at before the 20th of each month to go out in the upcoming month’s eBlast and meeting reminder email.
UWS MEETING LOCATION Sons of Utah Pioneers Hall
(map)3301 E. Louise Ave (2920 S.)
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
First Tuesday of each month. 7-9 pm. (September – June)
The Utah Watercolor Society is funded in part by the residents of Salt Lake County through the Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) program. Your support matters. Thank you!
Shop for all of your regular Amazon purchases. Choose Utah Watercolor Society as your charity of choice and Amazon will donate a percentage of all your purchases to the UWS! Every little bit counts.
The Utah Watercolor Society (UWS) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of art through water media.  This email is for your Information.  Content and links on this email do not necessarily constitute specific endorsement or sponsorship by UWS.
Utah Watercolor Society | | www.utahwatercolor.orgP.O. Box 581005Salt Lake City, UT 84158-1005

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