December 12, 6 PM

Members, family and guests of CVWS will gather for their annual Holiday Potluck Celebration on Monday, December 12 at 6 pm, featuring great food and fabulous deserts with traditional Holiday theme.  Time to dig out those favorite recipes from Mom or Grandma that made the holiday meals so unforgettable! Please have your food on the buffet table by 6:15 PM, The dinner bell will ring at 6:30, and at 7:15 PM the program will begin.

If you have not settled on a dish to bring, Wanda Boydston is waiting for your call to help you decide what to contribute. (760-347-1146) Also, please be sure to call if you are bringing guest(s) to the dinner.

Long time member, Jean Denning, will use the occasion to launch her new book “Growing Up Italian, A Family Tribute” and be on hand to discuss it during the evening.

Robin St. Louis will show the slides from the Watercolor West International Juried Show.  This year, two of our members, Scott Stoltman and Jim Nelson had their beautiful paintings chosen to be in this prestigious juried show. Congratulations to Jim on his prize and to both of them for being accepted.

In keeping with the traditional theme, feel free to resurrect those Christmas sweaters and holiday jewels—maybe even a Santa hat to jolly up the party! See you there.


Painter of the Year Comments and Critique, May 9, 2016 

Jim Nelson "WhiteTail Deer"

Ruth Ellen Hoag, an artist, teacher and juror from Santa Barbara, California, judged our Painter of the Year competition and offered helpful and gentle critiques of the paintings submitted for consideration.  In order to be eligible, an artist needed to have won a ribbon at one of our Painter of the Month competitions this season.  There were 17 entries for Painter of the Year, and the winner was Jim Nelson for a painting of a deer.  1st Runner Up was Moira Johannessen for a painting of two girls, and 2nd Runner Up was Nancy Rizzardi for a night landscape.


"Warm Spell" by Ruth Ellen Hoag

CVWS  General Meeting features  Ruth Ellen Hoag as our demonstrator on Monday, November 14 at 7 PM. .  You may remember her from her helpful and gentle critiques at our Painter of the Year program last May.  Her bio from her web site,, follows:

"This is My Story

 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 Signature membership 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. "

Come early to get a good seat, vote for Painter of the Month, and have time to chat with everyone who is back for the season.



The Season kickoff meeting will feature this members' works created for this year's SUMMER CHALLENGE:  Here are the two formats this year.  Extra credit for doing both!

1.  Paint a subject from an unusual viewpoint.  Here is a great example:  "Afternoon at the Ramos 2014" by Angela Chang.


2.  Paint on a paper that you are not experienced with, or have never tried before.  You could try hot press or rough watercolor paper, or maybe a watercolor canvas.  See how the paint moves around

differently.  You might find a new love!

We will "Show and Tell" our paintings at the October meeting.  Have some fun with these challenges! Feel free to bring more than one painting to share. The fun is to see what ideas you have come up with by trying something new! Come a bit early so we can organize the display.

Members can also bring examples of "What I Did This Summer" to share with everyone.

The Painter of the Month at this meeting will feature works by CVWS Board members.

See you on the 10th!

Robin St. Louis, Program Chair