Saturday, 28 April 2012


Diana Bick, Marion MacDonald, Nicol Mentis and Steven Wolk are participating in the annual Spring Show at the Heintzman House, Thornhill this weekend.  Their exhibits show the diversity of work BWS members are famous for and made this terrific show even more colourful.
You have one more day to catch the show.......from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday.

We look forward to seeing some of their work in our own show "Luminosity 2012" starting next Wednesday May 2nd and continuing through Sunday 6th at the McKay Gallery in Unionville.   See you there with all your friends.


Saturday, 21 April 2012

Art in the Glen

An opportunity to participate in a Thornhill art show in Bayview Glen Church at Steeles and Bayview.   Click on link for the application form and details

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Bianka Guna at Studio Six

Bianka contines with the tradition of her spring abstract classes at Studio Six, and this year they will be held at the end of this month, starting on Thursday April 26th and continuing until Saturday April 28th 2012.

Students are encouraged to develop  a strong personal style while  learning about colour, composition and design theory.

See :

Register with Tamar 905-475-1136

Bianka Guna

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Heintzman House Art Show

The Heintzman House Art show is coming up in a couple of weeks and several of our members are taking part. Diana Bick, Nicol Mentis, Steven Wolk and Marion MacDonald...  hope you have many sales.

Invitational Art Show & Sale (click here for additional information)
Saturday April 28th, Sunday April 29th 2012
Firday Noon - 4:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm - Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
So put a touch of colour in your life and make a date to attend this exciting annual event.  See over 400 works by 40 of Canada's premier artists - oils, acrylics, water colours and sculpture - all displayed in the splendour of this truly historic House.  Visit the cosy Tea Room for lunch or a snack.  Bring the family.  One of you may win a draw prize.  It's a delightful way to spend a weekend morning or afternoon. ADMISSION IS FREE.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Front page News!

 Yes, our 10th Anniversary celebrations made front page news in this weeks Liberal! Click on the picture to read the text. Thank you Lizbeth for arranging the press coverage.


Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Happy Birthday BWS !

It was Bayview Watercolour Society's official 10th Anniversary celebration yesterday evening.... a time of laughter and enjoyment, sharing of memories and excitement as we now look on to the next 10 years as a society.

The room was filled with some wonderful art work from our award winning artists.

and included a floral demonstration by Steven Wolk

Our VIP guests Herry Arifin, Hi Sook Barker, Art Cunanan, Anatur Dogan, Bianka Guna, Pauline Holancin, Marlene Madole, Wilf McOsterich, Jake Mol, John Nussbaum, Ita Pechenick, Patricia Pollack, Bonnie Steinberg, Diana Bick, Ben Lee, Jean Soong and Steven Wolk walked the red carpet and posed for a group photo with our president Shirley Scoble.

 Of course, no Birthday celebration would be complete without the ceremonial cake cutting ... completed with a smile by Dorothy.

BWS have introduced a student membership this year which gives high school and university/college students a unique opportunity to experience first hand being part of exhibitions and watching demo's from professional artists.  In the words of our very first student member Rebecca,

 "It's an amazing experience for students my age! I know that so many people who love art but never continue with it after school because they simply don't know how to! BWS can be that stepping stone they need to encourage them into the art world. I have learned so much from Bayview and have developed as both an artist and a better person. Huge thanks to everyone involved!"

Here is Rebecca with Narissa our student volunteer for the evening

 Happy Birthday BWS!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

April's Artist of the Month... Nita Leland

 Thank you Nita for agreeing to be our artist of the month. 

Hello BWS

Like many women who are artists, I’m a late bloomer. I started out when I was creeping up on forty, a typical suburban wife and mother of four. My husband gave me a surprise gift of watercolors for my birthday. My life as an artist began in a suburban YMCA while my children took swimming lessons. With the first brush stroke I found myself enthralled with the medium. Over time, I discovered that teaching watercolor painting was a great way to learn and to help pay for my materials. From the beginning my greatest joy has been helping beginners get started. My goal in teaching is to inspire creativity and self-confidence in my students. 

Color turned out to be my passion. After developing my color workshops, I wrote Exploring Color, published by North Light Books in 1985.  I began teaching color workshops throughout the United States and Canada and writing magazine articles for The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magic, Watercolor, American Artist and Somerset Studio magazines, as well as the Canadian Watercolour Gazette. In 1994 I designed and manufactured  the Nita Leland(tm) Color Scheme Selector, a unique color wheel. Later, I filmed  Exploring Color Workshop videos.  Exploring Color Revised, an updated and expanded version of the original book was released in 1998. In 2000 I formed Moonflower Books and self‑published Exploring Color Coloring Book, a hands‑on color journal for artists. During these years I continued to teach and paint, exhibiting frequently with the Brown Baggers, a plein-air group that had been together since 1975.

 Because of my interest in product quality, I’ve consulted with major manufacturers of art materials on watercolor paints and papers and presented seminars for more than ten years for the National Art Materials Trade Association and other trade organizations. I love the excitement of the consumer trade shows, where artists buzz around learning about new tools and tricks. I still hear from artists now and then who took my workshops at those shows.

North Light asked me to write a second book, so I collected the motivational lessons I’d taught in my watercolor classes, researched creativity,  and wrote The Creative Artist (1990). This spurred my interest in collage, so I collaborated with Virginia Lee Williams on Creative Collage Techniques, which I recently enlarged and updated for North Light (2011).  My books have all been bestsellers in their original and revised editions, along with Confident Color (2008). Four have been published in foreign languages: German, French, Dutch and Chinese.  It totally amazes me to think that my words are circling the globe and helping artists to grow and prosper. To me, this is the best thing about the Web—that we are able to reach out and share knowledge with each other and enjoy a sense of community with other artists.

I still don’t know exactly what turned this stay‑at‑home mom into an artist, author and traveling workshop teacher. I’ve enjoyed meeting every new challenge and look forward to many more. For several years my artwork  has taken a back seat to writing and teaching, but I still feel that watercolor is the driving force behind what I do. This quotation from Richard Bach is one of my favorites:
"You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.”

I’m looking forward to hearing from blog readers—tell me your story—I know you have one!