The General Meeting in March will feature Demonstrator Charles Henry Rouse.

Charles was born in Detroit, Michigan, and made his way to California by way of a stint in the Marine Corps. Within three years he owned the sign shop that had hired him after leaving the Corps, had a wife and two sons, and went back to school to study art and design. Earning a California his teaching credential, he began his 24 year career as a college art instructor.

The years flew by. He decided to take early retirement. His son took over the business and he moved on from teaching to pursue his love of watercolor. In a couple of years, Charles decided he was ready to compete and has earned signature status in NWS, AWS, WW, TWSA, and many more. He says he is currently in a "What comes next?" phase.

Please welcome Charles Henry Rouse to our March General Meeting.


GENERAL MEETING FEB 13, 6:30 PM, JOSLYN CENTER, Sterling Edwards, Demonstrator

Sterling Edwards, CSPWC, TWSA

February Demonstrator


Sterling Edwards is a listed contemporary watermedia master and photographer born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1951. He has been teaching national and international painting workshops for the past fifteen years.

In 2007 Sterling was awarded signature member status in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and in 2010 he was awarded signature membership status in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.

Sterling was a featured artist in the Fall 2001 issue of Watercolor Magic Magazine in an article titled, “Ones to Watch” and has been featured in numerous other magazine and newspaper articles. In 2009 he was a featured artist in the book, Best of America Watermedia Artists by Kennedy Publishing Company. He is the author of the best selling North Light book Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process, published by F+W Publishing Company and is a contributing artist in six other books. Sterling is also the designer of a signature line of products that are marketed worldwide.

In 2013 Sterling had the honor of being  accepted into the International Watercolor Society. His award winning paintings are in private and corporate collections nationwide and internationally. Sterling works from his home studio in Hendersonville, North Carolina,  in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.





Here’s the schedule for the 2016 - 2017 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.

Old Town Palm Springs by Nels Femrite

Date    Location
11/1/2016    Palm Desert Civic Center
11/8/2016    Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden
11/15/2016    The Living Desert
11/29/2016    Vintage Nursery
12/6/2016    Cahuilla Hills Park
12/13/2016    Moorten Botancial Gardens
1/3/2017    Coachella Valley Preserve
1/10/2017    Coachella Valley Preserve
1/17/2017    La Quinta Old Town
1/24/20171/31/2017    Indian CanyonsVintage Nursery
2/7/2017    Villa Royal Inn
2/14/2017    Downtown Palm Springs
2/21/2017    Nels Femrite home
2/28/2017    Jackalope Restaurant
3/7/2017    Cabot Pueblo Museum
3/14/2017    Haceinda del Gato Traditions Golf Club
3/21/2017    Whitewater Preserve
3/28/2017    Open to suggestions

Nancy Whelan, Field Mice Chair





D'Anjou Pear
Sylvia Smith

2017 Mini Masterpieces

An Exhibition of Smaller Paintings by the Coachella Valley Watercolor Society (CVWS)

January 27-February 13, 2017

  Historical Society of Palm Desert Museum

72-861 El Paseo at Plaza Way (behind Staples)
Ph. 760-346-6588
Hours: Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon – 10 am to 3 pm
TAKE-IN: Thur, Jan 26, 2017, 10 am – 11:30 am
PICK-UP: Tue, Feb. 14, 12 pm – 2 pm
ARTIST RECEPTION: Fri, Jan 27, 2017, 12-2pm
PURPOSE and ELIGIBILITY of ARTISTS: To provide an exhibition opportunity for all current
CVWS members who enjoy creating smaller-sized masterpieces.


January's Demonstrator    JANICE CIPRIANI-WILLIS

Janice Cipriani-Willis

Janice Cipriani-Willis is an accomplished watercolorist who lives and works at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in Temecula. She began her art education by earning a B.A. in Fine Arts from California State University, Los Angeles.

Traveling and observation have inspired her to find and express in watercolor the subtle and often obscure beauty she finds in the places and faces. She sees the pieces of light that play over forms as a marvelous mosaic. In her watercolors (in which the lightest light is the white of the paper) she rearranges these bits of light into an image of the world’s beauty. Janice’s current work has been inspired by watching people from all walks of life in situations that engender a range of human emotions. She focuses on the depth of expression seen in their faces.

In 2014 Janice was awarded Signature Status in the National Watercolor Society. She is also a Signature member of Watercolor West and received the Patrons II Award this year. She has studied with many artists including Don Andrews, Gerald Brommer, Frank Francese, Fealing Lin, Ted Nuttall and Frank Webb.

Original works and giclee reproductions are available and can be seen by appointment at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, and at the Brandon Art Gallery in Fallbrook CA, as well as at the web site