​​Western Ohio Watercolor Society


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.

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

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

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.


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

From the President

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


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

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: https://www.ohiowatercolorsociety.org/Exhibitions/page67/index.html

Hello Artists,

It seems winter has finally arrived in our area covering the grass with a beautiful blanket of new snow and in some cases a thin sheet of ice underneath the snow. A time for many of us to stay inside our warm homes and keep our brushes wet and moving for the upcoming shows in the near future.  Like many, we await the first signs of spring the blooms of flowers, lilacs, honeysuckles and the colorful tulips and sunshine.

Your  Board members have been very busy at work for this upcoming year of 2021planning workshops, demos and upcoming shows. Our first physical meeting is slated for March 16,2021. Due to our current situation with the pandemic, this is subject to cancellation, but we hope to have the meeting.  The meeting, held at the Vineyard Church, begins at 6:00 pm. and program at 6:30 pm. No refreshments will be served and everyone is required to wear a mask and social distancing is required. The chairs will be setup to accommodate social distancing for your safety, but if you do not feel well, please stay home.

The March demo artist is Donna Pierce Clark and she will present “Achieving Watercolor Freedom!” With part one as a review of the beauty and qualities of transparent pigments. Part two of the demo will present the freedom of adding the funky qualities of opaque and granulating pigments.

Donna Pierce Clark biography: Upon graduation from Wright State University, Donna began teaching Secondary Art at Fairlawn High School, in Sidney, Ohio. Personal growth as an artist, led her to watercolor, & oil painting workshops under many internationally known artists. Much like the wet-into-wet watercolor technique, she also paints Alla Prima oils. A member of Dailypaintworks.com, Donna paints and posts on this website, daily small works, updates her own website, and sends out her weekly blog and Newsletter. As well as painting professionally, teaching watercolors and oils, at the Troy Hayner Cultural Center, in Troy, Ohio.; she also teaches private students in her home studio and online. Her website is extensive: http://www.donnapierceclark.com

A video of the demo will be posted on the WOWS FaceBook page for you to view. I hope everyone is starting well and keeping your brushes wet and you are creating new beautiful watercolors.
Thanks- God bless and take care,
Connie S. Gifford

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” – Edward Hopper

Thanks- God bless and take care,

Connie S. Gifford

UPDATE:  The Springfield Museum of Art is open-
please check their website for hours of operation

WOWS virtual show is on the website listed below:

Please continue to check the website to see when the museum will be back open but at lease you can see a virtual show.

The 46th Annual Members Show. 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" 

Title: “The Art of Watercolor”
Western Ohio Watercolor Society 46 Annual Members Show
Springfield Museum of Art
Show runs December 19, 2020 through April 11, 2021


Rosewood Arts Centers hosts their 31st annual Dayton Area Works on Paper exhibition. The show will run January 11 through February 19, 2021, at the Rosewood Arts Center Gallery located 2655 Olson Drive, Kettering, OH 45420.

There were 47 artists from the Dayton and surrounding areas that submitted 118 pieces. Juror, Kay Koeniger, accepted 37 pieces of artwork that represented 27 artist into the show. The show can be viewed at the Rosewood Gallery as well as in a virtual gallery from the website. Rosewood Arts Center is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 pm; Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Congratulations to Connie S. Gifford for having her painting accepted into the show. You can view the virtual show at:


Congratulations to Shirlee Bauer and Rosie Huart for having their paintings picked by the staff to be on display in the lobby at the center.

Upcoming show at Troy Hayner-Culture Center:
Member can look forward to and start planing for our juried Watercolor show at the Troy Hayner-Culture Center later this summer in 2021.

The opening date for the show is August 16, 2021,  with tentative dates for take in Sunday August15 or Saturday 14. It will continue through October 3, 2021.

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.

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do”– Edgar Degas

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: https://www.playkettering.org/the-view-2020/