Some News to Share with You

Many of our WOWS members won awards at the 2020 Fairborn Art Association Member's Show

Jane Trame - Best of Show

Connie S. Gifford - 1st place

Carol Edsall - 2nd place

Honorable Mention - Peggy Bowman, Shirlee Bauer, Shirley Harbaugh, Rose Schultz, Patricia Dunker

Judge's Meritt Award - Billie Dickson, Carol Collett, Linda Keller

Congratulations: Several of our WOWS members won awards at the Piqua Arts Council 28th Annual Art Exhibit.
Dan Knepper - Best of Show “If I Could Walk On Water”
Shirlee Bauer - 1st place “The Agony”
Donna Pierce-Clark - 3rd Place “Joy in Fishtown”
Dianna Hoke - Honorable Mention “Neighborhood Watch”
Bonnie Kuntz - Honorable Mention “Evening Run”
Connie S. Gifford- Piqua Library Purchase Award “My First Wheels No. 3” Her painting will become part of their permanent collection and be displayed throughout the year in the library’s art gallery.

Please look at the virtual show on the Piqua Arts Council FaceBook page-it is a beautiful show and you can visit in person at the exhibit location: Apple Tree Gallery, 405 N. Main Street, Piqua, OH 45356 during normal business hours.

More News to Share
WOWS members, Shirley Harbaugh and Connie S. Gifford were accepted into the 43rd Annual Juried Watercolor Ohio 2020 show. And Connie S. Gifford’s painting has been selected to be part of the OWS traveling show this year. The juror, Frank Eber selected 69 paintings our of 248 entries from 164 artists. Due to COVID-19 and schedule changes, please check out the Ohio Watercolor Society website for more details as to the dates and times of the show.

26th Annual The View Juried Landscape Exhibition is currently online and several of our WOWS members were accepted into the show are: Shirlee Bauer, Billie Dickson, Carol Edsall,        Connie S. Gifford, and Rose Schultz.

Please congratulate those getting into this show. Due to COVID-19, this year will be an online show that can be viewed at:

It seems June has quickly arrived and we are not heading into those warmer days and before long summer will be upon us. I have found myself busy in the garden and planting flowers. What a special time of year to enjoy- the trees, flowers and plants-nature at it’s best and those beautiful sunrises and sunsets we have experienced. Now that should get you moving to grab your watercolors and get outside and create a new masterpiece, it got me moving.

In August we will have our show at the beautiful Troy-Hayner Cultural Center and the prospectus is available on the WOWS website under shows:

We have a wonderful organization and to keep us moving and growing, we need help to fill two important positions, Show Chair and Treasurer.

Walt Murch is our current Show Chairperson and has faithfully served over 7 years (maybe more) and  needs someone to step up and volunteer to take over the position.  Pat Dunker has also server as treasurer 7 years (maybe more) and needs someone to volunteer to take the treasurer position.

Both Walt and Pat will provide all the necessary training for their positions. This is a wonderful organization but we need volunteers to keep us moving so why not consider filling one of these positions?

And we we prepare for our new member's directory in the next few months, please let us know if any of your contact information has changed, our 2021-2022 member's roster is up to date.

Thanks- God bless and take care,
Connie S. Gifford

“Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one’s sensations.” ~ Paul Cézanne

Congratulations: This year, 8 WOWS members were accepted into the Ohio Watercolor Society 44th Annual Exhibition Watercolor Ohio 2021. This year’s juror, Keiko Tanabe selected 80 paintings from 270 submitted entries.

The WOWS members that were accepted into the show are: Shirlee Bauer , Aileen Cave, Jeanette B Ferguson, Connie S. Gifford,  Yuki Hall, Shirley Harbaugh, Elizabeth Martin and Donna Pierce-Clark. The exhibition will open on July 17 and runs through September 3, 2021. Congratulations to all who entered the show whether you were accepted or not, I encourage everyone to please keep entering your beautiful artwork because each juror is different every year.

From the President

Aqueous Ohio Southwest 2020
A regional exhibition of the Ohio Watercolor Society in association with The Arts Alliance and Sinclair Community College Mason, Ohio. The show runs February 4 through May 29, 2020. Please congratulate WOWS and OWS members;

1st Place: Neighborhood Watch by Diana Hoke

2nd Place: Cool Morning-Lake Como by Yuki Hall

We have other members in our show and you can view them online at:


Congratulations to our WOWS members that placed at the 2018 Juried Art Exhibition at the Miamisburg Gallery. Those members are: Elizabeth Martin for 1st place for her painting; Shirlee Bauer and Connie Gifford received Honorable Mention for their paintings.

Shirlee Bauer, Lori Meyer, Connie S. Gifford, Carol Edsall, Rhonda Sloan, Aileen Cave, Rose Schultz and Elizabeth Martin (from L-R)

WOWS 2018 Urban Dayton show:

Many of our WOWS members signed up to be part of the Urban Dayton show at the new Dayton Library in downtown Dayton, OH. Beautiful paintings were displayed on the walls of the second floor of the newly built library. Artists were asked to paint historic areas in Dayton and then show their work to all visiting the library. The show ran the entire month of August

Several of our WOWS members were accepted into the 42nd Annual (OWS) Juried Exhibition of Watercolor Ohio 2019. Those members are:  

Aileen Cave, Carol Edsall, Connie S. Gifford, Yuki Hall, James Lefebvre, Elizabeth Martin, Lori Meyer, Rose Schultz and Rhonda Sloan.

Juror, Bill Vrscak selected 80 works out of the 275 entries submitted by 172 artists. The exhibition opens September 28, 2019 at Mansfield Art Center in Mansfield, Ohio and the OWS reception will be that day from 1 till 4 pm. Additional information will be posted on the Ohio Watercolor Society (OWS) website. WOWS is well represented again this year so please congratulate those that were selected for this show.

​​Western Ohio Watercolor Society


Our WOWS member, Shirlee Bauer reached signature status in the Ohio Watercolor Society in 2019. Way to go Shirlee! 


More award winners in the 2021 Fairborn Art Association Members Show; juror Misuk Goltz

Best of Show: Rose Schultz- “The Farmers’ Market”
First Place: Susan Scott- Late Summer Fields”
Third Place: Connie S. Gifford- I Want A Spoon”

Honorable Mention: Carol Collett- Equestre Mexicano”
Honorable Mention: Billie Dickson- Taxis Americanos en la Habana”
Honorable Mention: Theresa Mayer- Landscape Surprise”
Honorable Mention: Jane Trame- “A Floral Fantasy”

Judge’s Meritt Award: Patricia Dunker- “Pick A Little, Talk A Little”
Juror’s Choice: Dianna Hoke- “Poolside”
Juror’s Choice: Mary J. White- “Borzoi Puppy”
Juror’s Choice: Shirlee Bauer “First Street Glassblower”

If you have won an award or have news to share, we want to recognize your achievements so please send an email with the details to: paragraph here.


Our WOWS member, Aileen Cave reached signature status in the Ohio Watercolor Society in 2018. Way to go Aileen! 

WOWS Member’s Show

at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center

Mark you calendars and get ready because we have worked out most of the details for this upcoming show.
Drop-off date Sunday August 15, 2021 from noon till 3:00 pm
Pickup date October 4, 2021 from 1:00 pm till 3:00 pm.

The prospectus will be available soon but we wanted to provide you with some of the details now so you can get those brushes wet and moving and be ready to enter the show.


Membership Dues: Just a reminder to renew your membership dues for this year. The WOWS Board voted to lower the membership dues for this year to $20 rather than the normal $30 dues. We, the Board, decided to make the change because of the uncertainly of COVID-19 and gathering together for our meetings. Your dues go to help support the organization are are used for shows, and guest speakers, payment for jurors and much more. If you want to contribute the normal $30 dues for membership, we thank you and appreciate your donation. Please remember to download the membership form from the website and complete the form and any changes in contact information along with your check to the name on the form.Type your paragraph here.

Congratulations is in order for several of our WOWS members that have been accepted into the Rosewood Gallery 30th Annual Dayton-Area Works on Paper. WOWS members that are accepted into the show are:

Rosie Huart, Bonnie Kuntz, Elizabeth Martin, Rose Schultz, and Leonard Williams

The exhibition runs from January 19 through February 21, 2020. The Gallery is located in the Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Drive in Kettering. For more information, call (937) 296-0294. Please be sure to congratulate these folks and stop by and see the display.

Yuki Hall has been accepted into the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. Her painting, “Charleston Rain” was accepted into the 2019 show. This is the 3rd time one of her paintings was accepted into TWSA and this summer she will travel to Kenosha, WI to accept her signature membership. Way to go Yuki! Please take time to congratulate Yuki Hall on this major art accomplishment.

Meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at:
The Dayton Vineyard Church located at 4051 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek, OH 45440
Board meeting 5:00 pm; Food & Fellowship at 6:00 PM; Program at 6:30 PM

Shirlee Bauer exhibit at the MAC: In the Middletown Journal-News, Tuesday, March 16, 2021 edition, the headline on the Local & State page reads: “MAC Gears up for Exhibitions of Regional Artists. Later in that article is a paragraph on FAA member, Shirlee Bauer: “Another exhibition coming this spring will include Ohio Watercolor Society artist Shirlee Bauer’s collected works of watercolor paintings, which will be on display in the MAC Lobby Gallery from April 1 through May 27.” The MAC is the Middletown Arts Center, located at 130 N. Verity Parkway, Middletown, Ohio, 513-424-2417.

WOWS show Springfield Museum of Art 
Our show at the Springfield Museum of Art will come to a close in another week so if you haven’t viewed the show in person, we encourage you to visit the museum.
Pickup times- April 17, 2021 from 11:00 am till 2:00 pm.
If you cannot pick up your artwork, please make arrangements with another art friend because the museum will not store or keep anything-please make sure you note the date and time.

Our juror for the show, Patrick Mauk, accepted all 53 paintings into the show and named the award winners as follows: 

Carolyn Edsall -1st Place $250: "Summer's End"  
Shirlee Bauer -2nd Place $150: "The Maine Line"
Libby Rudolf -3rd Place $100: "Winter Foraging"
Honorable Mentions $50  
Diana Hoke "Swiss Living"
Yuki Hall "Charleston Rain" 
Rhonda Sloan "Killing Time"