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Download and Print: 2023 Calendar Updated 4.15.23.pdf Subject to change! Check this page for updates.

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, May 13, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Friday, July 21, 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Second Presbyterian Church

    The Annual Membership Exhibit at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260. 

    May 13, 2023 – July 21, 2023

    To label your painting, please print this form: WSI LABEL FOR PAINTING.pdf

     and please sign and return this waiver: RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY from church.pdf


    Painting Drop Off Dates: Friday, May 5, 2023 – 9:00 am to Noon or Saturday, May 6, 2023 – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

    Luncheon/Reception: Saturday, May 13, 2023 – 12:00 pm to 2:45 pm.

    Painting Pickup: Saturday, July 22, 2023 – 11:00 am to 12:45 pm.     


     2023 Membership Exhibit Prospectus.pdf WSI will handle and promote sales through the WSI Online Store.


    •  All WSI members who have paid 2023 membership dues may register one water media painting for exhibition. 
    • Paintings exhibited in prior juried and membership shows are eligible, however the same painting may not be shown two years in a row.
    • All paintings must be the original work of the artist. No copies or prints of paintings or published photographs will be accepted.
    • Outer dimensions including frame must be no larger than 36” x 42”.
    • All work must be ready to hang with flat hangers and wire. No sawtooth or screw-eye hangers will be accepted.
    • All rules and requirements are listed in the Prospectus. Please read thank you!


    New this year- WSI will promote and handle sales; and artists receive a commission. If your painting is for sale, please submit an image of your painting either with the online registration form or email to the Executive Director. Paintings will be sold online through the WSI Website Online Store. WSI will promote the sales of these paintings through the website and WSI’s social media. Each artist is also encouraged to promote the sale of their painting by directing people to the Online Store. The artist is not responsible for sales tax. The artist receives an 80% commission on the sale. 10% is donated to the church. 10% is given to WSI for handling the sale. 


    Park and enter through the double doors on the north side of the church. Each painting must be signed in at drop off. 

    Friday, May 5 – 9:00 am to Noon or Saturday, May 6 – 11 am to 1:00 pm.


    Members outside Indianapolis may arrange assistance for delivery or pickup by contacting their WSI Area Representative. Check out the Area Rep Map on the Board of Directors Page to see all counties in Indiana divided into areas and to see who the rep is in your area.


    The Watercolor Society of Indiana will exercise diligent and reasonable care, but neither WSI nor Second Presbyterian Church shall be responsible for loss or damage to any painting. By participating in the show, the artist assumes all risk and agrees to the rules and conditions of this prospectus. You will be required to sign a waiver for Second Presbyterian Church.


    Please Contact Us. Thank you!  

    Membership Exhibit Opening Reception and Luncheon

    Saturday, May 13, 2023. 12:00 pm - 2:45 pm

    Join us for an afternoon of fellowship, watercolors and more!

    View last year's luncheon and exhibit on WSI's YouTube Page Here.

    • Sunday, June 11, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Jewish Community Center, 6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46260
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    BEGINNING WATERCOLOR CLASS with Jo Atkinson Belmont. At the JCC Indy, 6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46260

    Sunday, June 11 from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Adults and Teens Ages 14+.

    This class will cover the basics of transparent watercolor painting. Items that will be discussed and used will include watercolor paints, brushes, paper, palettes, other tools used in watercolor, and techniques of application.

    Students will be involved in learning how to mix paints, paint the color wheel, color charts, different washes, application of techniques, and painting a simple object. Concentration will be focused on learning how to control the paint, how to mix the paint, and how to apply the paint. 

    A “finished painting” will not be the desired end of this class, but this class will prepare each student to continue their watercolor pursuit. This workshop is open to adults and teens ages 14 and up. You do not need to be a member of The Watercolor Society to attend! Supply List below! 

    Supply List for this Workshop:

      • 2 full sheets of 140 lb. paper (22 x 30) cut into halves (Arches, Fabriano, Saunders, Bockingford, Stonehenge, Canson Moulin.)  Paper quality is the single most important part of successful watercolor results.
      • Watercolor paint in tubes (no pan cakes please): reds, yellows, blues, greens (preferably brands such as Winsor Newton, Daniel Smith, Sennelier, Schminke, Graham, Holbein, or Qor.  
      • Brushes - rounds with good points, sizes 2,4, 6 and a mop brush, flat brush, or bigger brush for washes (synthetics are fine, just no plastic fiber brushes). Anything that you already have and like.
      • Palette - something that has some wells and flat areas for mixing.
      • Painting board - something like a piece of thin masonite, sheet of plastic, drawing board, etc. that is slightly bigger than your half sheet of paper.
      • Two water jars.
      • Pencil, ruler, and a pair of scissors.
      • Jar of masking fluid (rubber cement can be used if you don't want the expense of masking fluid and don't think you will ever use it again).
      • Roll of masking tape.

      Learn more about Artist and Instructor Jo Atkinson Belmont


      B.S. in Education, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois Major: Art Education’. Minor: Art History

      M.S. in Art Education, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana


      Art teacher and Chairman of the Art Department

      Mt. Vernon Community High School, Fortville, Indiana


      Fulbright Hayes Grant to study Art and Art History in Belgium and Holland


      Watercolor Society of Indiana

      Indiana Artists Club

      Hoosier Salon

      Hoosier Heritage Arts

      Irvington Art League

      Kentucky Watercolor Society

      Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society

      American Watercolor Society

      Transparent Watercolor Society of American

      Northwest Watercolor Society

      National Watercolor Society

      About the Artist:

      Born and raised in Indiana, I was lucky enough to grow up having parents and grandparents who appreciated art. My paternal grandmother was an oil painter and my maternal grandmother like to do botanical drawings. I have been drawing since I can remember. I took as many art classes as I could in high school and went on to major in art in college. It was in college that I took my first formal watercolor class with Dr. Lynn E. Trank.

      From then on I was hooked on watercolor.   Later in life I took a class at the then Indianapolis Art League and studied with Shirley Werner Carr. My two artistic loves have been watercolor and clay. Early on I painted in a very abstract style, experimenting with paint and what it could do. As I have aged, my style has become more realistic to the point of hyper-realistism. I love detail, detail, detail, and high contrast of light and the play of light on objects. The dramatic lighting of the Baroque period in art history, combined with the infinite detail used by the 16th century Dutch and Flemish painters are characteristics that inspire me and I try to incorporate in my work.

      I taught at Mt. Vernon High School, Fortville, Indiana, for 31 years. It was a wonderful time and one of my greatest pleasures as a teacher is to see the trail of art educators, illustrators, photographers, graphic artists, and professional artists who have followed in my wake. In 2006 my husband and I retired to Mexico, where we lived for six years. There I devoted myself to art full time. To be an artist in Mexico is quite a different experience than in the U.S. In Mexico I worked in clay, being inspired by the ancient Mesoamerican cultures. I created over twenty full sized handbuilt ceramic masks based on myths and legends of the ancient cultures of that country. I also painted during that time, switching from one medium to the other.

      Since 2012 we have been back in the U.S. and watercolor has been my primary medium. My subjects range from florals, still life, landscapes, and occasionally animals. Visual art remains the strongest contender in how I share my thoughts and experiences. I think of my work as remembrances in time, of places I have traveled, of encountered experiences and beauty. I enjoy painting the ordinary in hopes the viewer will pause and notice things that are often overlooked. The intrigue of simple things is often lost to many. I like to challenge myself to create complex and beautiful images with simple subjects.

      Painting for me is not just about technique and abilities but getting pleasure from the process and the final project, starting with the things and places I have enjoyed. That is what drives me to paint. Paint gives a voice to images without the use of words.

      Salsa Verde by Jo Belmont

      • Tuesday, July 18, 2023
      • 9:00 AM
      • Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260
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      "Watercolor, Wet and Wild (Watercolor, Collage, and Wire Drawing) with Artist Karen Knutson

      Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260

      July 18 to 21, 2023. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. Break for lunch. 

      4-day Workshop Price: $420 for WSI Members. $480 for Non-Members. 

      Get ready to paint juicy, wet beginnings and then add detail with a process called Wire Drawing.  I named it “wire drawing” because the drawing resembles a wire sculpture.  These are done with permanent markers.  Subjects can vary widely according to the artists’ preferences.  Good examples are birds, fish, people with long hair, abstracts, still life settings, machinery, gears that remind you of steampunk art, etc. Color lessons and lots of design tips make this a win/win workshop!  All in all, this workshop will improve your design skills and imagination. One day, we will do small abstracts, using collage and watercolor.  These are a huge hit in past workshops.  Karen believes that art should be fun and easy.

      Learn more about Karen Knutson at 


      Supply list for this workshop:


      1. 1 full sheet cold press paper.  (I use Arches 140 lb. but you can work on whatever paper you’d like) We will divide this in class.  We will be working on paintings that are size 11” x 15”, (or smaller), so bring a foam core board or other support about 12” x 16”, for attaching paper to.


      1. Bring your palette filled with your usual colors.  Because everyone always asks, my palette is as follows.  I usually use Winsor Newton brand, transparent colors.  (Please do not feel that you must go out and buy these colors.  The most important 5 colors are listed first.) Aureolin yellow, permanent rose (or DaVinci red rose deep), cobalt blue, winsor green, alizarin crimson, Holbein Opera Pink, antwerp blue, French ultramarine blue, manganese blue, cerulean blue, DS quinacridone gold, burnt sienna, permanent magenta, winsor red, neutral tint, and scarlet lake. 


      1. Watercolor brushes (bring your favorites) I use 1” flat and ½ “flat, and a small (#6) round brush.   

      2. Palette knife 


      1. Water containers, bring 2. 

      2. Sponge or rag for wiping off your brushes. Masking tape. 

      3. Sketch pad or notebook for taking notes. 

      4. Fine and ultra-fine black permanent marker (I like Twin Top Sharpie markers, available at office supply stores.)

      5. 2 Pencil and eraser 

      6. Tracing paper 

      7. Graphite paper (Saral graphite colored brand is my favorite- available at Dick Blick art supply stores) 

      8. Ruler 

      9. Masking fluid.   (I use Pebeo brand, because of its fluidity and that it is grey in color.) 

      10. Kleenex brand tissues (because they pop up for easy grabbing) 

      11. Margarita salt or table salt 

      12. Spray bottle (I use a push button top, old Windex bottle.  You can usually get these at small convenience gas stations.)

      13. Yes Paste OR Acrylic Matte Medium (Whichever one you prefer) and old brush (for applying it) and a small plastic container with lid (for storing it.)

      14. Collage papers-** bring whatever you have. (Don’t invest if you don’t have these. I will bring some to share.)  I will bring chiri paper (transparent) for everyone.  Unryu fiber paper, which is a milky white fiber paper with strings in it and it is semi-transparent.  Bring whatever other oriental papers you might already have.  Napkins and magazines can be used for collage, also, so start saving those.  My favorite magazine for collaging is Architectural Digest. (It also is very good for some design exercises that we will be doing.)  Try to think of variety in colors and textures. Any metallic ribbons, old books, music books, etc. Also, (old paintings that you don’t like) can be used in collage.

      15. Colorful paper napkins. Cocktail napkins have the best colors and patterns.  (Any papers that have busy patterns and bright colors -for instance, swirls or dots, or checks.) They make great collage material.  

      16. Pebeo porcelain outliner tubes.  My favorite color is gold.  (This is gold paint that is raised when applied.  It usually is for painting on glass.  These are available through Cheap Joes Art supply catalog or at Micheals Art Supply Store.) 

      17. Gold reactive foil (12” rolls available at Hobby Lobby) I use this instead of gold leaf.  It’s easier. :) Another option is gold foil paper available through 

      18. Double stick tape that is available in the craft section of Michaels.  I use a big one that is used for framing purposes, but a small one will work just fine.  

      19. (Optional). Bring whatever acrylic metallic paints that you have.  My favorite is Lumiere metallic acrylic paints.  I use both copper and gold. 

      • Friday, August 04, 2023
      • Saturday, September 30, 2023
      • Newfields/Indianapolis Museum of Art

      The 41st Annual WSI Juried Exhibit at Newfields/Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46208

      August 4, 2023 - September 30, 2023

      Deadline to enter is May 5, 2023

      This year's juror is Karen Knutson.  Karen won the Silver Award at the American Watercolor Society 2023 Exhibition. She is a signature member of Transparent Watercolor Society of America, (formerly known as Midwest Watercolor Society), San Diego Watercolor Society, Red River Watercolor Society, the Montana Watercolor Society, and the Northern Plains Watercolor Society, the Minnesota Watercolor Society, NorthStar Watermedia Society, and Missouri Watercolor Society. 

      The images of each entry are sent digitally to the juror. She will choose 45 paintings to display in the exhibit. In July when she is in Indy, she will choose her top 10 picks for awards. WSI's goal is to meet last year's total prize money of $9000.

      Please be sure to read the entire Prospectus Rules for Entry as it is updated every year.  Specifically, under Painting Rules #7 for accepted medium:  A minimum of 80% of the painting must have been executed with traditional watercolor paints; and #13 for hanger: Strap hangers are required, and the hanging wire is optional.

      Each member may submit up to 2 paintings. Entry Fee $35 for one entry. $45 for two entries.   Download Juried Exhibit Prospectus Here. Register online or print and mail entry form from the prospectus with USB drive.

      This Exhibit is open only to WSI members who have paid their 2023 membership fee. If you have not paid your 2023 membership fee or wish to Join WSI pay online at Join WSI -OR- Mail payment with membership form to the WSI Office.

      May 5, Friday at 5:00 pm: Deadline for receipt of mailed entries with flash drives at the WSI Office. Midnight for online entries through the WSI website.
      May 13, Saturday: Images of all entries will be exhibited in a video at the Membership Luncheon, 12:00 pm at Second Presbyterian Church. Tickets are required for the luncheon and will be available through the WSI Website.
      June 5, Monday: Acceptance Notifications and Non-acceptance Notifications emailed to entrants.
      June 12 – 30: Selected paintings must be delivered to WSI office between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
      July 21, Friday: Final award selection by juror, Karen Knutson.
      July 22, Saturday: Karen Knutson Painting Demonstration at 1:00 pm at Second Presbyterian Church. Free for current WSI members. $10 tickets for non-members.
      August 4 – September 30: Exhibition open to the public at Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields.
      August 6, Sunday:

      Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony at Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, DeBoest Lecture Hall beginning at 2:00 pm.

      October 1, Sunday: Pick up paintings at Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. No paintings will be released before 1:00 pm on October 1.

      All entries are to be submitted with the understanding that accepted work may be photographed or videotaped for educational and/or publicity purposes. All accepted images will be included on the WSI website and social media.


      Register Online At -OR- Mail Payment, Images on a USB Flash Drive labeled with the artist’s name. and Entry Form to WSI Office. No DVD's.


      • Digital file must be in JPG format. The image resolution must be at least 300 dpi.
      • No digital enhancement is allowed.
      • The image must be oriented correctly. (Vertical or Horizontal)
      • Crop the image to exclude the mat and frame.
      • Save the image with your name, entry (“A” or “B”), 2023 and the painting title. Example: Smith_John_A_2023_Flower.jpg.
      • Entry form and payment, online or through the mail, must be received before the digital images will be processed.

      RULES (Please read carefully as some changes have been made this year.)

      1.  The Juried Show competition is open to current and former residents of the State of Indiana. You must be a current member of the Watercolor Society of Indiana.

      2. Artists may submit one or two paintings. If an artist enters two paintings, only one painting can be selected by the juror for the exhibition.

      3. No triptychs or diptychs will be accepted.
      4. All entries must be the original concept and execution of the artist. No copies of paintings or published photographs will be accepted.
      5. No work produced in class or under the tutelage of an instructor will be accepted.

      6. No work previously exhibited in ANY JURIED SHOW in Indiana will be accepted. This includes competitions such as the Indiana State Fair, SALI, IAC, IHA, or Hoosier Salon.
      7. A minimum of 80% of the painting must have been executed with traditional watercolor paints. Other media, listed below, may be used only to enhance, or embellish the watercolor and cannot exceed 20% of the painting. Collage is acceptable but all elements must be painted by the artist in 80% traditional watercolor paints – no preprinted or computer-generated images. Other media allowed up to 20% of the painting:

      ·       Gouache
      ·       Graphite (pencil or charcoal)
      ·       Acrylic Paint (thinned and painted using traditional watercolor techniques)
      ·       Colored Ink
      ·       Watercolor Pencil (wetted)
      ·       Brusho

      Media other than those listed above are not permitted to be a part of the painting.

      8. The painting must be executed on a 2-dimensional surface composed of paper with no impasto effects. Yupo paper is acceptable.

      9. No printed image may be a part of the painting.

      10. No digital artwork or photography will be permitted.

      11. The size limitation is 42” x 36” in any direction, including the frame. No exceptions per Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields rules.

      12. All work must be matted and framed under glass or acrylic sheet (plexiglass). Acrylic sheet is strongly preferred for all artwork and is required if metal frames are used. Note: Acrylic sheet will be required in all WSI Juried Shows beginning in 2024. A simple gallery-quality frame with a white or neutral mat is strongly recommended. We recommend that the mat be at least 3 inches wide (4 inches wide on larger paintings).

      13. Strap hangers are required, and the hanging wire is optional. Sawtooth hangers will not be accepted. The frame must have a strap hanger attached with screws on the back side of each vertical piece of the frame located between 1/3 and 1/4 of the length of the piece from the top of the frame. (See Illustration attached.)

      14. Titles and prices will be listed as they appear on the entry forms. No changes will be made after entry forms are received.

      15. No further work can be done on a painting once it is accepted. The painting will not be accepted if it is different from the original image submitted.

      16. Each accepted painting must have a completed WSI Juried Exhibit 2023 Painting Tag (see last page) attached to the back of the painting when it is delivered.

      17. If someone other than you or your area representative will be picking up your painting at the end of the show, you must email the WSI Executive Director with the name of the designated individual. ID may be required upon painting pickup. Note that there will be a $45 charge for any painting not picked up by 3:00 pm October 1 by either the artist, the Area Representative or the individual designated to the WSI Executive Director. Paintings may be claimed at the WSI office when the $45 fee is paid. Unclaimed paintings become the property of WSI 60 Days after the pickup date of the exhibit.

      WSI will award as many cash awards as the 2023 Awards Fund will support.

      All paintings for sale will be posted and sold online through the WSI Website Online Store. Newfields will include the prices (or NFS) on the painting labels and promote the online store. WSI will promote sales through the website and WSI’s social media. Each artist is also encouraged to promote the sale of their paintings by directing people to the Online Store. The artists are not responsible for sales tax. The artist receives a 70% commission on the sale. The buyer has permission to pick up the painting on October 1 with ID.


      If an entrant receives $600 or more in sales and/or awards per year from WSI, the entrant agrees to provide Form W9 to the WSI office upon request and will receive a 1099 for 2023.


      If an accepted painting is shipped instead of delivered in person, it must be crated and delivered to the WSI office by 5:00 pm Friday, June 30, 2023. The WSI office will return unsold paintings in the same packaging in which they were received. The artist must set up an account with FedEx or UPS so that all shipping costs are prepaid. The artist will also be charged a $60 handling and transport fee. If you have a question, please contact the WSI office at (317) 500-2275.


      Watercolor Society of Indiana, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields and transporters will exercise diligent and reasonable care, but they will not be responsible for any loss or damage to any work. Broken glass must be replaced by the artist. By signing the entry forms, the artist assumes all risks. If you are concerned about the risk of loss or damage, we suggest you insure your painting.


      Contact information for each representative and a copy of the Area Rep Maps is available on the WSI Board of Directors Page.

              Area 1 - Open
              Area 2 - John Kelty
              Area 3 - Daniel Driggs
              Area 4 - Sheryl Thurston
              Area 5 - Tanya Roberts
              Area 6 - Tanya Roberts
              Area 7 - Shirley Woolard
              Area 8 - Bev Mathis
              Area 9 - Sandy Hall
              Area 10 - Nancy Rairdon
              Area 11 - Debi Black

      Details on frame hangers:

      More details on the museum's hangers can be found HERE.


      Please contact Juried Exhibit Chair Tim Lewis or the Executive Director Tanya Roberts with questions via the Membership Directory at

      • Monday, September 11, 2023
      • 9:00 AM
      • On a Private Estate in Zionsville, IN.
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      How to Create a Story in Your Watercolor Painting with Gayle Weisfield from Taos, New Mexico.

      September 11 - 13, 2023. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. LUNCH INCLUDED. Space is limited.

      3-day Workshop Price: $177 for WSI Members. $237 for Non-Members. Lunch and snacks are provided each day. 

      Join other watercolor artists on a journey as Gayle guides you through creating a story in your painting. This workshop will take place outside (weather permitting), with space to move inside if necessary. Plan on sketching, plein-air-painting, and a group critique in a theatre setting. Gayle will provide the supply list needed for this workshop. The address for in Zionsville, IN will be provided to you after registration. This class is for adults, all levels of ability are welcome. Participants are invited to stay after the workshop each day for a cocktail hour (optional).

      Artist Gayle Weisfield is a featured in the "Quest for the West" Exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum. During her stay, The Watercolor Society will host a private tour and meet-n-greet with Gayle on Sunday, Sept. 10th; a separate event than the workshop. Check back for more information.

      A few photos of the grounds on the estate for the workshop:


      Gayle's Artwork: 

      Ghose Riders  Life Was Good Monastery Road Overlooking the Rio Puebl0

      Bio - Western art tells the story of the great American West, past and present. This fading, rugged lifestyle sparks the imagination of artists, authors, and people from around the world.  Gayle is no stranger to western life. She grew up on a ranch in the hills above Lyle, Washington where some of her fondest memories include morning sunrises on Mt. Hood and cooking pancakes for the kids and crew. The daily chores were hard work, putting up 200 tons of hay and caring for up to 1000 hogs, beef and milk cows plus breeding registered show horses.

      Ranching life taught Gayle to enjoy long hours, hard work and a darn good story. Gayle translates these experiences and the values of country life into her passion for art. 

      Guided by her watercolor mentor, Phil Tylor, Gayle studied and received a BFA in Art and Architecture from the University of Washington. She soon become a professional artist, teacher, and entrepreneur. Courage, curiosity and wanderlust has taken Gayle around the world to explore the art and cultures of strange and interesting lands. Gayle is not known for letting grass grow under her feet, and describes her life's experiences as a series of different projects.  When asked how to become a successful artist, Gayle says," live an interesting life," and on that count, Gayle has kept the iron in the fire Her energy and enthusiasm has lead Gayle down many different paths. She has designed houses, patented a watercolor paper stretcher, owned and operated a rowdy rock & roll bar, two restaurants, and a 450 seat live performance theater, but painting has always been the force that shaped her life. 

      Gayle is an award-winning artist and world traveler. She moved to Taos and restored three historic adobes located on the south side, near the San Francisco De Asis church in Ranchos de Taos. These are now her studio, fine art gallery and home.  Gayle lives the artists dream.  Her work is in many collections, she competes in watercolor competitions and is a signature member of the New Mexico, Taos, Northwest, and Missouri Watercolor Societies.

      Learn More at and

      Notable Awards and Achievements
      2022 Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Award of Excellence in Water Media2021 Pike’s Peak Watercolor International Show award; Judges Choice
      2019 Fallbrook Art Center, Signature AWS National Show, Judges Choice
      2016 Old West Museum, Western Spirit Juried Show, Best Watercolor
      2015 International Watercolor Society, Watercolor West Show, Judge’s Choice
      2013 Texas Watercolor Society, National Annual Exhibition, Honorable Mention
      2011 Georgia Watercolor Society, National Juried Competition, Qoro Award

      Selected Publications
      Taos Magazine, New Mexico
      Watercolor Artist Magazine, competition back panel
      Southwest Art, Artistic Excellence
      Splash 11: New Directions

      Northwest Watercolor Society
      Missouri Watercolor Society
      Taos Art Museum, “Fechin House” Taos Watercolor Society

      Gallery Representation
      Heritage Fine Arts Taos

      • Wednesday, October 04, 2023
      • 9:00 AM
      • Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260

      Watercolor Impressionism: Landscape/Cityscape with Michael Holter AWS, NWS, AIS, TWSA, SWS

      Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260

      October 4 - 6, 2023. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. Break for lunch. 

      3-day Workshop Price: $415 for WSI Members. $475 for Non-Members. 

      In this workshop Michael will help you build off of the principles of design to create emotional and expressive paintings of the world around us. You will construct paintings with the intent to develop sound designs and allow your creativity to paint freely beyond the expected.

      This workshop will focus on the use of watercolor to paint exciting impressionistic paintings. You paint from photographs and will explore the use of light and shadow to create interesting compositions and achieve dynamic results.

      We will examine the fundamentals of watercolor painting to assure that all students are familiar with the techniques. Daily discussions and application of the principles and elements of design will be woven into your painting experience.

      Each day you will engage in exercises that will solidify the content that you are working on and spend time viewing other artists' work. We will discuss the methods and the impact that these artists achieve using their techniques.

      Michael will demonstrate his approach to creating landscapes and figures and show you several high-speed video demonstrations. And you will have ample time to successfully complete your own paintings.

      Michael welcomes novice and advanced students and tailors the experience to individual needs.


      Michael Holter is an award-winning artist who works in watercolor and oil who's paintings can be found in private and corporate collections in the US and several foreign countries. Although Michael has been painting most of his life, his work experience spans a wide range of creative challenges. He has been an art teacher, creative director and businessman in both fine art and commercial art. Michael has owned and operated galleries and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education and an MA in Visual Communication.

      Michael is a member of the Salmagundi Club, a signature member of The American Watercolor Society, The National Watercolor Society, The American Impressionist Society, The Watercolor Honor Society, The Transparent Watercolor Society of America, The Outdoor Painter Society, the Southwestern Watercolor Society, The Missouri Watercolor, The Society of Watercolor Artists and more.

      Michael says, "My work is impressionistic. I like to represent people or places and allow the painting to evolve from the structure of what is recognizable. The challenge is to balance the care needed to make the representation interesting… and perhaps believable, with the freedom, looseness and painterly quality that makes painting so unique and expressive."

      "I have been influenced by artists such as Charles Reid, Richard Schmid, Burt Silverman, Frank Webb, John Singer Sargent, Ted Nuttall and many others. Even though I have an art degree, most of what I put into practice is self-taught through studying the work of these distinguished artists and much painting."

    Past events

    Saturday, May 13, 2023 Opening Reception and Luncheon for Membership Exhibit
    Sunday, April 23, 2023 Earth Day Celebration with 50 organizations, including WSI!
    Tuesday, April 04, 2023 Live Demo with Watercolors by Thomas DeSomer, WSI
    Tuesday, April 04, 2023 Next Level Watercolors Workshop with Thomas DeSomer, WSI
    Monday, April 03, 2023 $1000 Lentz Scholarship Application 2023
    Sunday, March 19, 2023 WSI General Membership Meeting and Live Demonstration
    Saturday, January 28, 2023 Live Demo and Opening Reception in Madison, IN
    Saturday, January 28, 2023 Watercolor Show in Madison, IN hosted by The Watercolor Society of Indiana and The Madison Art Club
    Saturday, January 07, 2023 Watercolor Show at the Allen County Public Library Hosted by The Watercolor Society of Indiana
    Sunday, December 11, 2022 Bob Bratton Remembered Art Exhibit & Reception
    Monday, November 21, 2022 Plein-Air Paint Out
    Sunday, October 30, 2022 Art Exhibit at HCCF in Fishers, IN for WSI Members only
    Saturday, October 22, 2022 Plein-Air Paint Out
    Saturday, October 08, 2022 WSI Membership Meeting and Iain Stewart Demonstration
    Wednesday, October 05, 2022 How to Keep Spontaneity Alive in Your Painting with Iain Stewart, AWS, NWS
    Thursday, September 15, 2022 Plein-Air Paint Out
    Sunday, August 07, 2022 WSI Juried Exhibit Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
    Friday, August 05, 2022 WSI Art Gallery at Northwest Territory Art Guild, Southwest Indiana
    Friday, August 05, 2022 40th Annual WSI Juried Exhibit
    Saturday, July 09, 2022 Ken Call Demonstration
    Tuesday, July 05, 2022 "Portraits" 4-Day Workshop with Ken Call, AWS, NWS
    Sunday, June 26, 2022 ColorVision & Founders Exhibit Reception
    Sunday, June 12, 2022 Beginners' Workshop with Watercolors
    Tuesday, June 07, 2022 ColorVision 2022 Art Auction & Exhibit
    Saturday, May 14, 2022 Opening Reception and Luncheon for Membership Exhibit
    Saturday, May 14, 2022 Annual WSI Membership Exhibit
    Monday, May 02, 2022 Donate Art & Items to WSI Silent Auction ColorVision2022
    Friday, April 08, 2022 The Opening Reception for WSI Exhibit at WVAA
    Thursday, April 07, 2022 WSI Exhibit at Whitewater Valley Art Association Art Gallery
    Sunday, March 20, 2022 General Membership Meeting
    Saturday, February 26, 2022 How to Upload Photos to the WSI Website.
    Tuesday, February 15, 2022 Lentz Scholarship Application
    Thursday, November 04, 2021 WSI Art Gallery at City Hall in Fishers
    Saturday, October 23, 2021 WSI Membership Meeting and Keiko Tanabe Demonstration
    Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Capture Light & Atmosphere 3-Day Workshop with Keiko Tanabe, AWS, NWS
    Tuesday, August 10, 2021 Virtual "Closer Look" with Newfields/IMA
    Sunday, August 08, 2021 WSI Juried Exhibit Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
    Friday, August 06, 2021 WSI Annual Juried Exhibit
    Saturday, July 10, 2021 Paul Jackson Special Presentation
    Tuesday, July 06, 2021 Paul Jackson Workshop
    Monday, June 14, 2021 Executive Board Meeting June 14 at 10:00 am.
    Monday, June 14, 2021 Juried Show Painting Drop Off 6/14-6/30
    Saturday, May 01, 2021 Stephen Edwards Workshop
    Monday, April 19, 2021 (copy) WSI Board Meeting
    Monday, April 19, 2021 WSI Board Meeting
    Saturday, March 13, 2021 Watercolor Get Together
    Saturday, February 13, 2021 Dale Popovich Workshop

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