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Continuing its tradition of nurturing and encouraging watercolor painters, the New England Watercolor Society offers workshops, usually in conjunction with sponsored shows or the annual meeting.

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"Slicker" by Mary Whyte
"Slicker" - watercolor by Mary Whyte

The New England Watercolor Society proudly presents

A workshop by Mary Whyte: Portrait and Still Life

September 26—28, 2016 9 am—5 pm
at the North Shore Art Association, 11 Pirates Lane, Gloucester, MA

Download the registration form

About the Workshop:

Explore the magic of watercolor still life, portrait and figure with an inspirational three-day workshop in Gloucester. Mary Whyte will cover the fundamentals of mixing clean colors, planning dynamic compositions, getting a likeness, achieving value balance and creating paintings with emotion. Mary's daily painting demonstrations from life and one-on-one assistance will guide you on your way to making your best paintings ever. Mary's work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines, as well as on CBS Sunday.

Class size will be limited to 20 participants. Tuition for the 3 day workshop is $695 for Members and Associates of the New England Watercolor Society, $775 non members. Registration opens February 1 for NEWS Members and Associates and will be first come, first served (by postmark). Entries postmarked before February 1 will not be considered! Registration for non-members will be done by lottery starting February 8 (may be postmarked Feb. 1 or after). $200 deposit to reserve your space, full payment by August 1. See below for selection process details.

About the Artist:

Watercolor artist MARY WHYTE is a teacher and author whose figurative paintings have earned national recognition. A resident of Johns Island, South Carolina, Whyte garners much of her inspiration from the Gullah descendants of coastal Carolina slaves who number among her most prominent subjects. Whyte is the author of Alfreda's World, a compilation of her Gullah paintings, as well as An Artist's Way of Seeing and Watercolor for the Serious Beginner, Working South, Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor, and Down Bohicket Road. Her work can be found at Coleman Fine Art in Charleston, where her husband, Smith Coleman, hand makes her one-of-akind, gilded and carved frames. Her work may be found on her website at marywhyte.com

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The New England Watercolor Society proudly presents
A workshop by Susan Weintraub

landscape by Susan Weintraub

January 29, 30 and 31, 2016, 9am—4pm
at the Guild of Boston Artists,
162 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Download the registration form

In this workshop we will explore from traditional transparent watercolor techniques to contemporary approaches with the ultimate goal of realizing the powerful and dramatic potential of watercolor medium. There will be daily demonstrations and critiques, with ample time for painting.

The workshop will be limited to 12 participants - register early! Download the registration form

About the Artist

Susan is a signature member of the North East Watercolor Society and an elected member of the Hudson Valley Art Association. This year her painting was awarded the distinguished High Winds Medal at the American Watercolor Societyʼs annual exhibition and was selected for the AWS traveling exhibit.
Susan Weintraub received her MFA from Brooklyn College and has taught art for twenty-five years in
the New York City public school system. She studied watercolor at the Art Students League in
Manhattan with Frederick Wong and Paul Ching-Bor.

Tuition for the 3 day workshop is $375 for members, $425 for non-members. A $100 deposit holds your space, with full payment due by January 1st . Download the registration form. Please also see our cancellation policies.

NEWS has arranged a Boston Arts Weekend (see below), including theatre and art tours, which may be
paired in conjunction with this workshop.


NEWS Boston Arts Weekend
January 28-30, 2016;
Paired with the Susan Weintraub Workshop

Thursday, January 28
6pm - the Boston Public Library, Tour of the interior art and architecture - Just show up, we'll see you there (Free)
Friday, January 29
6pm - Museum of Fine Arts, Dinner in the atrium (Self pay)
7:30pm - Private Tour of the MFA's watercolors ($30, includes museum admission)
Saturday, January 30
6pm - Stephanie's Restaurant on Newbury Street (Self pay)
8pm - Sondheim on Sondheim at the Lyric Theatre
Center section seating ($55)

Please send a check to the address below for the events you wish to attend, spouses welcome.
NEWS, Wendy Hale, 160 Commonwealth Ave #709, Boston, MA 02116

Also - mention NEWS for specially discounted prices at the Charlesmark Hotel, Copley Square (one block from the Susan Weintraub Workshop) book early as rooms are not reserved
Call 617‐247‐1212 for reservations

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The next NEWS-sponsored demos and workshops will be offered with the following shows and events. Stay tuned for more details.

  • 2016 NEWS Annual Meeting - usually held on the Sunday closest to St. Patrick's Day. Details to be announced as they become available.
  • 2016 National Show at the North Shore Art Association - 10/2-11/16/16. Further details to come as they become available.

There are lots of other opportunities to learn and network with other artists in the meantime. Please see the Bulletin Board for a partial list.


Workshop Participant Competitive Selection Process

Participation slots for the September 2016 Mary Whyte workshop will be filled using the following criteria:

  • All entries must be sent through US Post Office to the following address:
    • PO Box 170140, Boston, MA 02117
  • The earliest day to mail entries is Feb 1Any entries received with a postmark earlier that Feb 1 will not be considered.
    • A postmark is a postal marking made on a letter, package, postcard or the like indicating the date and time that the item was delivered into the care of the postal service.
  • All entries must include the deposit of $200 (two hundred dollars)
  • Slots in the workshop will be filled as follows:
    • First - Signature member entries postmarked 2/1
    • Second - Associate member entries postmarked 2/1
    • Third - Signature and Associate member entries postmarked 2/2 - 2/8 by postmark
    • Fourth - Open to Non-Members/Associates on 2/8 by postmark
  • In the event there are more entries in any of the groups (First, Second, Third, Fourth) above, names will be selected via lottery during the Board Meeting on Feb 17th.  This will allow more than two weeks for entries mailed at the beginning of February to arrive.  Participants will be notified on or around February 20.

New England Watercolor Society Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the start of the event will receive a full refund less a $25 administration fee.
  • Cancellations made between 7 to 30 days prior to the start of the event will receive a 50% refund.
  • No refunds will be given for any cancellations made less than 7 days before the scheduled date of the event or after the event has started.
  • If the event has to be cancelled because of unforeseen circumstances then a full refund will be promptly made.