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Judging is complete for the first TnWS Biennial Online Show/2013. VIEW HERE
Rawlinson Workshop Postponed
New Dates to be Announced
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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Henry Horton State Park
September 6-7, 2013
Join us in September in Chapel Hill, Tennessee, south of Nashville, for the fall board and general meetings. Space in the Inn is very limited, we reserved the last few rooms, your regional director can let you know if there are any available spaces. Columbia, Tennessee is 22 miles away on I-65 and has many hotels as an alternative.
The Inn serves a seafood buffet on Friday evenings, and a Bar-B-Que buffet on Saturday evening. Breakfast on the weekends is also a buffet. The board will meet on Friday afternoon from 3 until 5, and on Saturday morning from 9 until 11, continuing into a general meeting from 11 until noon. Board meetings are open to the membership.
We will have dinner together each night in the Inn. Saturday afternoon we will have a picnic snack lunch … bring snacks to share. We will plan an activity outdoors, weather permitting, which may include a short easy hike and some photography advice from our experts. That will be followed by some group painting at the picnic shelter or meeting room. We will take a break for an early dinner (around 5) and return for more fun and discussion afterwards. Bring some show and tell paintings for the group to see.
We have a lot to plan for the 2014 exhibition and workshop, a report on the Online Show, Scholarship fund, and progress with our ever developing website. It’s always fun. Join us and get involved!
In 1971, the Tennessee Watercolor Society became an organization after two years of meetings and exploratory letters. The Tennessee Watercolorists was the original name given to the group but was later abandoned because of a trend toward designating such organizations as Societies.
When first exploring the possibility of a state organization Mary Britten Lynch, a Chattanooga artist, began by contacting Budd Bishop, director of the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga, George Cress, chairman of the University of Chattanooga (later called the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) art department and Kermit “Buck” Ewing, art department head at UT in Knoxville. All were very supportive of a statewide organization and provided lists of potential artist members across the state.The first meeting, held in Nashville at the University Club, included Ms. Lynch as chairman, Anton Weiss, Don Cannichael, Louise LeQuire, Mildred Cantrell, Gordon Holl and Norman Worrell.
Mr. Holl and Mr. Worrell, from the Tennessee Arts Commission, helped the organization get off the ground. Jim Franklin, a Chattanooga architect and exhibiting artist, provided expertise in organizing and writing bylaws. Memphis artist, Jason Williamson accepted the challenge to become the first president with the support of 26 founding members.The First Annual Exhibition was held in 1972 at the Hunter Museum. Ohio artist and author Robert Laessig, AWS, juried the exhibition. Today TNWS is a biennial exhibition organization with a statewide membership of more than 200 artists and supporters.
The Tennessee Watercolor Society (TnWS) was formed in 1971. The purpose of the TnWS is to elevate the stature of watercolor and educate the public to the significance of watercolor as an important, creative, permanent painting medium. The organization purposes are to further the interest of painters in all water media by its programs, competitive exhibits and workshops, encourage the study of water media by art students and others engaged in the medium, as well as supporting all the visual arts.
The Tennessee Watercolor Society is a statewide organization. Membership includes artists who reside in the state of Tennessee. Where cities border the state line, artists who work or reside with the greater metropolitan area, whether in Tennessee or not, will be eligible for membership. We have five geographical/metropolitan regions: Region 1-Memphis, Region II-Nashville, Region III-Chattanooga, Region IV-Knoxville, and Region V-Tri-Cities. This system is in place to pull together our large statewide membership for efficient and inclusive communication and organization. The Biennial Juried Exhibitions rotate around the state through the five regions.
The TnWS sponsors workshops, regional activities, membership shows, and biennial juried exhibitions. The TnWS Exhibitions are strong and well respected competitions, with an abundant award structure that is enhanced each exhibition with new patrons. Artists throughout the state eagerly await the Exhibitions. The last 4 biennieal exhibitions were: Clarksville - 2006; Knoxville - 2008; Chattanooga - 2010; and Memphis - 2012. The 2014 exhibit will be in Franklin, TN. All membership shows and juried exhibitions require that the paintings are executed in an aqueous manner, on paper and framed behind glass or Plexiglas.
The Tennessee Watercolor Society is stretching its boundaries; while remaining true to its mission of promoting an appreciation of watercolor and water media, it strives to bring exciting shows having versatility and innovation in both traditional and cutting-edge paintings in water media.
The society is open to artists and patrons, eighteen and older, throughout the state of Tennessee.
To download the ByLaws PDF click HERE
BY-LAWS | As of May 2008
ARTICLE I: Name and Purpose
The Name of this Corporation is Tennessee Watercolor Society. The address of the principal office or place of business of this Corporation shall be Tennessee Watercolor Society at the address of the current president. The official initials of this corporation are TnWS.
As set forth in the Articles of Incorporation, this Corporation was formed to elevate the stature of watercolor as an important, creative, permanent painting medium, and to educate the public to the significance of painters in all water media by its programs and competitive exhibits and shall encourage its study by art students and others engaged in watercolor painting, as well as all visual arts.
ARTICLE II: Membership
A member in good standing shall be one who subscribes to the purpose of the Corporation and whose dues are paid up to date.
There shall be five classes of membership: Associate, Active, Artist, Patron, and Honorary.
Application for Associate membership in the Corporation may be made by artists who have reached the age of eighteen years and who reside in the State of Tennessee. Where cities border the state line, artists who work or reside within the greater metropolitan area, whether in Tennessee or not will be eligible for membership. Current members in good standing who move out of state may continue their membership in the Corporation by continuing to pay dues. Any lapse in dues payment shall result in loss of membership.
All artists in the Corporation shall be known as Associate Members until qualifications for Active or Artist/Signature Members are met.
Active membership in the Corporation may be attained by Associate members whose work has been accepted in a juried membership show of the Corporation.
Artist/Signature membership shall be attained by Active members whose work has been exhibited in three (3) juried competitions of the Corporation.
Patron members need not be watercolor painters; membership may be attained by paying annual Patron membership dues. Patron membership in the Corporation shall be bestowed upon each award donor and such membership shall not be assessed dues. Patron members may attend meetings and receive the newsletter, but are not eligible to vote or hold office.
Honorary memberships in the Corporation shall be proposed by the Board of Directors and nominated to membership for any person who has made a significant contribution to the Corporation and he/she shall not be assessed dues. Honorary members may attend meetings and receive the newsletter, but are not eligible to vote or hold office.
ARTICLE III: Revenue
The dues of the Corporation shall be $30.00 per year for Associate, Active, and Artist/Signature members, payable January 1 of each year, or as set by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
The dues of this Corporation shall be $50.00 minimum for Patron members, payable January 1 of each year, or as set by the Board of Directors.
Dues shall be payable by January 1 of each year. A new member shall pay dues at the time of admission to membership and beginning thereafter on January 1.
Nonpayment of dues by March 1 shall be grounds for termination of membership.
Only fulfilling original membership requirements may attain re-admission to the Corporation.
Other revenue may be derived consistent with the exempt purpose of the Corporation.
ARTICLE IV :Voting
Voting members of the Corporation shall be Associate, Active, and Artist members in good standing. Patron and Honorary members are not eligible to vote.
Members must be present to vote at meetings. There shall be no proxy votes cast at meetings.
The Board of Directors may call a vote by mail, open to all eligible members of the Corporation.
. A quorum at a general membership meeting shall consist of those voting members present.
. A quorum of a vote by mail shall consist of the number of votes cast.
. A quorum at a Board of Directors meeting shall consist of 50% of the Board of Directors, providing that number shall include all the elected or appointed officers of the Corporation.
ARTICLE V: Officers
The elected officers of this Corporation shall be members in good standing and shall consist of a president, a vice-president, a secretary, and a treasurer. Any office may be held by the same person up to, but no more than four (4) consecutive years.
The President: It shall be the duty of the President to exercise the usual functions of a presiding officer. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees except the Nomination Committee. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings and to enforce all laws and regulations relating to the administration of the Corporation. He/She shall call meetings of the Corporation or the Board of Directors as he/she feels necessary, or when requested to do so by the Board of Directors, or upon written request of at least one-fourth of the membership, but no less than three times per year. He/she shall appoint a Corresponding Secretary if deemed necessary. The President shall serve as Chairperson of the Board of Directors.
The Vice President: It shall be the duty of the Vice-President to act as the first assistant to the President in all plans for activities to be presented to the Board of Directors or membership approval. The Vice-President shall, in cooperation with the President, arrange and communicate all programs for the membership. The Vice-President will coordinate “contacts” throughout the State. He/She shall also act in the absence of the President. If for any reason, the President’s office is vacated during the fiscal year, the Vice-President shall perform the duties pertaining to that office. The Vice-President shall be a member of the Board of Directors.
The Secretary: It shall be the duty of the Secretary to record all resolutions and proceedings of meetings, whether of the Corporation or of the Board of Directors. The Secretary shall, under the direction of the President, transact business as requested. The Secretary shall be a member of the Board of Directors.
The Treasurer: It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to have charge of the funds. He/She shall prepare and sign all checks. All monies payable by the Corporation shall be paid by check. All monies received by the Corporation shall be sent to the Treasurer. He/she shall have an up-to-date record of the funds and financial transactions at all times. The Treasurer will maintain an open book policy, and a review of all financial records will be done at the conclusion of the Treasurer’s two year term by a person or persons other than the Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be a member of the Board of Directors.
1. The voting members of the Corporation shall elect the Officers at the Biennial Meeting.
a. Election shall be from a list of qualified Associate, Active, or Artist member candidates supplied by the Nominating Committee composed of Members-at-Large and the immediate past President. Nominations may be made from the floor at the Biennial Meeting by any member in good standing, with the consent of the nominee.
b. Except for the Treasurer, the newly elected Officers shall take office during the Biennial Meeting. The Treasurer will assume office October 1 in conjunction with the outgoing Treasurer.
2. A vacancy arising among the Officers of the Corporation may be filled for the remainder of the term by action of the remaining Officers, the President’s office excepted.
ARTICLE VI: Directors and Administration
Board of Directors shall consist of the Officers, the three immediate past Presidents, the Members-at-Large, and the Committee Chairpersons.
Committees shall be the Membership Committee, Workshop Committee, Exhibition Committee, Historian, Newsletter, By-Laws Committee, and any other committees deemed necessary by the President.
The Board of Directors shall be the executive and administration body authorized and directed to carry out the purpose of the Corporation in conformity to its Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws. Members shall act only through, and shall be bound by, the proceedings of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE VII: Meetings
There shall be an Biennial Business meeting and installation of officers at the Biennial Exhibition opening,
Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at least three times a year or as specified in Article V, Section two.
ARTICLE VIII: Exhibits
The Corporation shall have a juried exhibit biennially for the membership. All works submitted and exhibited must be original. Paintings copied from commercial or published photographs or other artist’s work will not be exhibited. Other statewide exhibits may be held at the discretion of the Board of Directors. All exhibits approved by the Board of Directors will not preclude the non-juried exhibit that is to be held in the alternate year of the regular juried biennial exhibit.
Exhibitions may be cancelled at the discretion of the Board of Directors, when deemed necessary, due to lack of resources or volunteers for said exhibition.
The Biennial Exhibition juror shall not be a TnWS member, past or present, and must reside outside of the State of Tennessee. The names of two prospective jurors shall be presented by the Members-at-Large at the Biennial Exhibition meeting. A brief resume of each nominee for juror shall be printed in the Newsletter prior to the meeting. Prospective jurors shall be voted on by ballot and elected by a majority at the Biennial Exhibition meeting two (2) years in advance.
ARTICLE IX: Committee Chairpersons
Regional Contacts: The state is divided into five geographic regions. The metropolitan areas associated with each region are: Region I, Memphis/Jackson; Region II, Nashville; Region III, Chattanooga; Region IV, Knoxville and Region V, the Tri City area in east Tennessee. Regional Contacts are appointed by the President to serve as liaison contacts of the geographic regions of the State to stimulate programs which represent the purposes of the Corporation. Regional Contacts should coordinate their program ideas through the Vice President.
Members-At-Large: Are appointed by the President and will serve on the juror selection committee for Biennial Exhibits and shall serve on the nominations committee along with the immediate past president. Members-at-Large shall be members of the Board of Directors.
Membership: It shall be the duty of the Membership Chairperson to receive all membership applications, keep accurate records of membership, and coordinate membership records with the Treasurer. The Membership Chairperson will assume his/her position with the election of officers at the biennial exhibition meeting. He/she shall be a member of the Board of Directors.
Workshop: It shall be the duty of the Workshop Chairperson to coordinate all aspects of major workshops. He/she shall be a member of the Board of Directors.
Exhibitions: It shall be the duty of the Exhibition Chairperson to make arrangements for the Biennial Juried Exhibition of the Corporation. He/she will be responsible for all details connected with the Exhibition, which may include prospectus, invitations, catalog/postcards, reception, program, banquet, etc. He/she shall be a member of the Board of Directors. BY-LAWS: It shall be the duty of the By-Laws Chairperson to make recommendations to the President of changes which need to be made in the By-Laws and to give guidance to the President on correct proceedings according to the By-Laws. General parliamentary procedures shall be respected. He/she shall be a member of the Board of Directors.
Historian: It shall be the duty of the Historian to gather and compile all present and past history of the Tennessee Watercolor Society. He/she shall be a member of the Board of Directors.
Newsletter: It shall be the duty of the Newsletter Chairperson to be responsible for editing, printing and distributing at least two Newsletters annually to the total membership. Information for Newsletters is provided by Officers, Members-At-Large, Committee Chairpersons, and members of the Corporation. He/she shall be a member of the Board of Directors.
2010-2012 – Tuva Stephens / McKenzie
2008-2010 – Mary P. Spellings / Mercer
2006-2008 – Harriet Howell / Rutledge
2002-2006 – Wendy Latimer / Brentwood
2000-2002- Jan Batts / Nashville
1996-2000 – Victoria Lenne / Oak Ridge
1995 – Durinda Cheek / Ringgold, GA
1994 – Sandra Baker-Hinton / Rossville, GA
1993 – Harriet Howell / Knoxville
1992 – Christopher Terry / Knoxville
1991 – B. J. Clark / Knoxville
1990 – Judy Ann Hostetter / Chattanooga
1989 – Leathers Maddux / Nashville
1988 – Pat Hopkins / Oak Ridge
1987 – Edna London / Signal Mountain
1986 – Harriet Chipley / Lookout Mountain
1985 – Anne Powers / Rockwood
1984 – Fran Henley / Rockwood
1983 – Janice Pollard / Nashville
1982 – Betty Robinson / Chattanooga
1981 – Lois Shelburne Wallace / Knoxville
1980 – David Wade / Memphis
1979 – Dot Galloway / Knoxville
1978 – Anton Weiss / Nashville
1977 – Beryl Hawkins / Bristol
1975-1976 – Connie Hendrix / Memphis
1974 – Donald Carmichael / Jackson
1973 – Mary B. Lynch / Lookout Mt., GA
1972 – George Shook / Memphis
1971 – Jason Williamson / Memphis
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