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


Our WOWS member, Connie S. Gifford reached signature status in the Ohio Watercolor Society in 2021. Way to go Connie! 


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.

Artists talk with Yuki Hall
Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery will be hosting "Watercolor Ohio, 2022 Artist Talk with Yuki Hall" on Aug. 17 (Wednesday) 12 - 1 PM EDT.  Yuki will share her journey, artistic process and inspiration in this educational presentation followed by a Q & A session.  It is Free, but prior registration is necessary.  Registrations are done by eventbrite. Go to the Eventbrite website, and type in Yuki Hall in the search, and it will take you to the registration.

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


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.

Congratulations OWS Signature Members

 Donna Pierce-Clark and Jeanette Ferguson recently received signature status in Ohio Watercolor Society. Both received their certificates at the OWS banquet.

Jeanette received an award and check from her painting that is in the 2022 show. This is a major accomplishment so please be sure to congratulate them-way to go!

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" 

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

From the President

Members in Ohio Watercolor Society 2022 Show:
This year, 3 WOWS members were accepted into the Ohio Watercolor Society 45th Annual Exhibition Watercolor Ohio 2021. This year’s juror, Pat Moseuk of Concord, California selected 60 paintings from 244 submitted entries.

The WOWS members accepted into the show are: Shirlee Bauer, Jeanette B Ferguson, and Yuki Hall

Watercolor Ohio 2022, the 45th Annual Juried Ohio Watercolor Society Exhibition, will be on display at the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. The exhibition will open on July 30, 2022 and runs through October 7, 2022. An opening reception by the Ohio Watercolor Society will be held on July 30 starting at 1 p.m.

Members in Ohio Watercolor Society 2021 Show:

 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.

Shirley Harbaugh received an award for 5 years in the juried shows
Elizabeth Martin received an award for 10 years in the juried shows

The exhibition runs July 17  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.

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:

 Hello Artists,

We have arrived into what is referred to as the dog days of summer, the month of August is now upon us. As I pondered on what to write in this month's president message, a thought occurred to me, Why not share some of my personal experiences with everyone with preparing artwork.

My painting is finished, now comes the make ready task for a show. Although I love to create and paint, the mere thought of cutting a mat sends me into pure procrastination mode, but it is necessary if you want to save money.

Several years ago, I made an investment in specific artists tools: a Logan mat cutter, Logan frame staple gun and a tape gun because it is costly for me to have my artwork professionally framed. For artists just starting out, I gradually invested in these items when I began entering more art shows.

And for those of you that do your own framing, take time to package paintings correctly. When I first started, I cut a few mats crooked, had spots on my mat or experienced a cat hair stuck to the white mat (for those of you cat owners, this struggle is real).  I also didn't use a backing board or place paper on the back of my frame. I am thankful that I had some experienced artists help me in this area. They shared with me the importance of packing your artwork professionally, because it affects your reputation as an artist. That drove the message home to me, and it really helped me to learn from their expertise and years of experience. I hope this might help someone who might be starting out on their art journey. Partner with a fellow artists and ask advice, we all learn from each other.

And, when entering your artwork into a show, make sure it is completely ready, because you never know if someone will purchase your artwork. I tell you this fact because I had a painting that was on yupo sell that I had not sprayed with Krylon to protect it. For those not familiar with watercolor on yupo, if the artwork gets too hot, the paint can move or drip.  I never thought about someone purchasing the painting. Lesson learned, I took care of the painting before the buyer received it, and now I will spray my yupo work  before entering a show. 

We have two more meetings this year: September 20, 2022, Libby Rudolf will present a demo at the meeting, and then on October 18, 2022, Leonard Williams will present a demo that will close the year. Be sure and mark you calendar, because you won't want to miss these meetings and also pick up your new roster.

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

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” Salvador Dali

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.

BW Greenway 2021 Landscape Show

Congratulations: Rose Schultz won first place in the BW Greenway 2021 Landscape Show for her paintings “Boardwalk in the Fern and “The Fen Water Media”. The juror could not decide which of Schultz’s paintings to select so both were given the honor of being selected for First Place. 

Carol Edsall won a Judges Merit Award for her painting “Happy Birthday 17 Years”

Shirlee Bauer, Connie S. Gifford and Shirley Harbaugh at the opening reception for Ohio Watercolor Society 2021 exhibit.

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

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: