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September 2023

Stephen Lanford | Published on 9/1/2023

Hello Members,  

We, your board, just completed our yearly planning meeting, and are all very excited about this year. We are planning on many new ways to increase the value of your membership. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has stepped forward to volunteer.  

The very nature of Mid-Southern Watercolorists is volunteerism. We are a volunteer organization, and our life’s blood is the spirit of service that it entails. We are not paid nor do we ask for compensation. We love the arts and watercolor in particular. MSW is how we share that love. This quote comes to my mind, “Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they shall never sit in.” Of course, this is true for all who give of themselves, not just old men. Throughout the 53 years of MSW, many artists have shared their time and skills in building, maintaining, and growing our organization that we, in turn, may nurture. We are sharing what we love in order to make the community in which we live better.  

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our newest committee members.

  • Bridgett Kasten recently moved to Hot Springs from Houston, TX where she was active in several roles with the Watercolor Art Society-Houston. She is a  self-taught painter who enjoys going to workshops and watching tutorials.  Bridgett embraces a challenge and is excited to lead the Public Relations -  Social Media Committee. 

  • Denise Spence started painting after retiring from speech pathology. She lives in Maumelle and is active with the Urban Sketchers. Denise is friendly and easy to talk to. She will make a great fit heading up our New Member Committee. 

  • Carol Ebinger is from Conway and works in both oil and watercolor but is new to watercolor. She is an active member of the Conway League of Artists. Carol is excited to work alongside Paula Kalina on the Workshop Committee.  

We want to grow our organization, increase member benefits, and continue to provide community service through the art of watercolor. Our current existing committees and chairs are in need of more assistance. We will also need chairs for our emerging committees. Please consider volunteering. Click here to volunteer through our website. 


Here’s an interesting article I found, and I would like to share it with you. “The Ten Most Important American Watercolor Artists” by Bruce Black. Click here to read it, and I hope you enjoy the article.

I hope you can all come to the September 16th Paint-in with members Suzzette Patterson and Barbara Rhodes.  

Keep on painting!  


Stephen Lanford  

President MSW  

P.S. Be on the lookout for a survey coming your way soon! We would like to know what you think. If you can spare five to ten minutes to share your perspective, it will help increase the merit of MSW.