Painter of the Year  Judge Ruth Ellen Hoag

Ruth Ellen Hoag

“As a graduate of Manhattan School of Music with a French horn major, I embarked on a thirty-year music career.  While living in Japan, I discovered painting and found my new passion. Nearly all my work is figurative in nature. As such, I’m always experimenting with various approaches and painting styles. My quest is to capture a sense of movement with the characters or the space they occupy.

Though I grew up in a rural setting and love the idea of aloneness, I am drawn more to life in the city. Fond memories of music making, market places, walking through parks, daytime and nighttime, feed the inspiration for my paintings.

My paintings have been awarded in many national and international exhibitions: including medaling in American Watercolor Society , and winning top honors at San Diego Watercolor Society‘s International Exhibition. Most recently, I earned a coveted Signature status from National Watercolor Society. I’ve also attained Signaturemembership in San Diego Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Association and Watercolor West.

For the last several years, I have also juried exhibitions and demonstrated my work for art organizations and been an invited artist instructor for workshops in several western states and as far south as Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A number of books and magazines have published my work including Watercolor Artist and Palette Magazine. As a founding member of Santa Barbara Studio Artists, my working studio, Whistle Stop Art Studios in downtown Santa Barbara, hosts year round studio tours. There are art classes and workshops on-going at the studio as well.”

  Ruth Ellen Hoag, whom we have chosen as our Painter of the Year judge for our meeting on Monday, May 9, is a highly- acclaimed painter from Santa Barbara.  She is very experienced at helpful and gentle critique.




To see the flyer, click here: Flyer Sterling Edwards Feb 14-17 2017 (1)

Cruisin by sterling edwards Watercolor ~ 22 x 30

“Cruisin” by sterling edwards




Here’s the schedule for the rest of the 2016 Season. As a rule we paint from 9 to  11:30 or 12, with some painters arriving before 9 to get the lighting right, and stay to share our work over lunch at noon. Search the Web for more on the sites.

April  5  Indian Canyon We meet at Andreas canyon to paint and painters usually bring their lunch.

 April 12  Indian Canyon    repeat

April 19  Lake Cahuilla    go south on Jefferson, left on Ave 54, right on Madison, right on 58th and follow signs to the park. A small entry fee is charged. Bring your lunch.

April 26  La Quinta Resort   go south on Eisenhower to the resort. 49499 Eisenhower La Quinta 92253. Your choice for a restaurant there or bring a lunch.


Old Town Palm Springs by Nels Femrite

Nels sold this painting on site. Goes to show how much fun and how interesting  it is to paint out with the Mice!

Nancy Whelan, Del Lunde, Field Mice Co-Chairs






Coachella Valley Watercolor Society

27th Annual Membership Show

March 4 and 5, 2016 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Palm Springs Air Museum 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262

GALA PREVIEW RECEPTION and Sale: March 3, 2016, 5-7 pm

 Congratulations to all the wonderful painters who entered the show and all the great helpers who transformed the hangar at the PS Air Museum into another great event for CVWS. Here are the 2016 winners:

Best of Show-Robin St. Louis “Blindsided”


This year there were a number of new innovations. Once again we  were in the Palm Springs Air Museum, but this year in the Craven hanger and not the Pond as previously advertised. This gave us lots of space, so each member was invited to submit up to THREE paintings for judging and sale as well as ten bin paintings. This year we  also invited artists to enter our Open category as well as the Traditional. Whereas the Traditional requires paintings that are matted and framed, the Open category allows for wrapped canvasses and cradled painting panels.

The show was judged by Stan Goudey AMS. He expressed admiration for the high quality of the paintings he judged and said his decisions were on based  personal choice.

The Opening Night Gala Reception was a new feature for the show and was a terrific way to celebrate all the good art and the hard work of the show committee.

Thanks to all for a great effort.

Show Chairs Ian Cooke, Traci Davis