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BWS meets the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m., September through June. Meetings are held at the First Christian Church at the corner of Kirkwood and Washington in Bloomington, Indiana. After a short business meeting, members enjoy an educational program or a demonstration by BWS members or professional artists. The demos are often interactive and provide time to paint. (There are no Monday meetings in December, July, or August; however, other activities are scheduled.)
The members of BWS are encouraged to show their art. Yearly, BWS sponsors a Gallery Show in which members may display and sell their work. In 2014, the member works were on display at The Venue Fine Arts & Gifts, 114 S Grant St, Bloomington from November 7 to December 3.
In early 2015 BWS is honored to be invited to show member's work at the Wylie House Museum in Bloomington in tandem with its display of the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. The theme for the art show is "We Paint...Heirlooms". The works on exhibit are interpretations of things related to Wylie House or of an antique nature. The show will be on display from February 27 to April 29 at the Wylie House Barn and Education Center.
Members: The Prospectus with rules for the We Paint...Heirlooms show can be found here. Deliver your work(s) (unframed) for scanning on January 15, 2015; your work(s) will be returned on February 9th so that you can frame it. Then deliver it framed for the show on February 26. More detail is provided in the prospectus.
Each year BWS contracts with recognoized artist/teachers who provide a workshop within that artists specific field. Workshops are usually a day's worth of instruction and practice. The price of the workshop is based on its length (one or more days), the artist's compensation, the facilities required, and the supplies if included. Members are offered access to the workshop first and then the seats are opened to the public if the workshop is not filled.
Spring Workshop 2015---Color Mixing with Watercolor Presented by Ed S. Brickler
April 4, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., First Christian Church, Bloomington, IN
Come learn from Ed S. Brickler about color mixing. Create your own hand-painted color wheel that represents how your see color.
Ed has published articles in The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magic, Art Materials Today, Island Arts Magazine, was contributing editor for Palette Talk, and has been acknowledged in more than a dozen art books for his contributions. His formal art education was received at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, and Baum School of Art in Allentown, PA.
Registration begins February 9 and opens to non-Members on March 10. Registration closes on March 26 at 5:00 p.m.
Programs and Paintouts
BWS is well represented at all times across the area, not just by the quality of our art, but by the activities of our members! We offer classes, shows, and other events. See our Activities page.
Art conferences and retreats
In the fall of 2012, we co-sponsored a watercolor conference that was held in French Lick/West Baden, IN, called 'We Paint... The Springs Watercolor Conference.' You can see selected photos from the 2012 conference on this page.
In 2013 we continued the tradition. In collaboration with Ivy Tech Bloomington's Center for Lifelong Learning, we held "We Paint...The Woods", a watercolor retreat at Indiana University's Bradford Woods on September 21 and 22, 2013. We had two talented Indiana artist/teachers, Sandy Ezell and Jeanne McLeish, who each offered a day long workshop on Saturday, September 21 oriented toward painting out-of-doors (plein air). On Sunday, we offered a plein air paint out and contest. All participants seemed to enjoy the lovely fall weather and the creative atmosphere.
Membership is open to everyone!
Our membership levels include:
- Active Member: $25 annual dues for artists.
- Family Member: $40 per family duo.
- Student Member: $10 annual dues.
- Associate Member: $10 annual dues for non-residents.
- Patron Member: A patron member makes a monetary contribution to BWS to further the objectives of the organization.
- Lifetime Member: A lifetime member makes a $250 contribution to BWS and becomes an active member.
- Signature Member: These members are admitted to “signature” status after completing the application process and then a BWS selected jury approval.
BWS email is delivered to active members automatically but if you would like to receive email about BWS activities without becoming a member of the society, you may send a note providing your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org asking to join the ALL group.
To contact BWS:
Cassidy Young, President
Carol Rhodes, First Vice President