Citrus Watercolor Society: Take time to celebrate | Entertainment

The Citrus Watercolor Society will not hold its regular monthly meeting in Inverness or offer a workshop for its members and guests in May. It’s time for members to celebrate a new President and a new Board of Directors at the annual Spring Luncheon held at Citrus Springs Golf Club.

The May festivities include a demonstration by CWS member Polly Boston. Polly is a retired music teacher who has always loved drawing and discovered watercolor when she moved to Florida.

At Bradenton, she studied with several excellent teachers (especially Anne Abgott) and began participating in various juried watercolor competitions. Polly was a member of the Florida Watercolor Society statewide for three consecutive years, as well as prizes at their annual competitions.

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His style of painting is colorful and realistic and encompasses a variety of subjects. In 2016 Polly traveled to France for a watercolor class with Judy Morris. Since moving to Citrus County in 2017, she has joined the Citrus Watercolor Society and recently won first place in the CWS competition at Homosassa Springs Wildlife StatePark.

Polly now limits her media to her favorites, watercolor and scratchboard. Commissioned paintings are also at the top of her favorites list, as it involves studying subjects she wouldn’t usually think of painting, from grandchildren to grizzly bears!

We look forward to his demonstration during our lunch and hope to gain new knowledge about his works.

As promised last month, I want to share a bit more about CWS outdoor artist Joyce Cusick, who has a passion for painting the great outdoors and its fascinating wildlife.

Always inspired by color and light, Joyce has been a professional artist for over 50 years. Joyce taught drawing and painting to children and adults in Hollywood, Florida (1973-77), and to teenagers at the Loch Haven Art Center, Orlando (197-78).

Her resume includes: President of Historic Preservation Inc., 1986-2003; author, designer and illustrator of Crafting With Lace published by Sterling Publishing Co., New York, 1993; and contributing designer for many other books.

Joyce leads the Citrus Watercolor Society Plein Air group and is owned by Plein Air Florida and Ocala Plein Air Painters. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and holds a BFA from the University of Miami with a major in painting.

Last month, she coordinated a trip for CWS painters to explore views of Indian mounds at Crystal River State Archaeological Park. We can’t wait to see the challenges she offers us in May!

Thank you, Joyce, you are such an important part of Citrus Watercolor Society and we appreciate all that you do.

Monthly CWS meetings will resume June 10 at noon at the Family Center of the First Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade St. Inverness. On the program, a “Paint Around”… details on this playful artistic experience in our next column. Guests are always welcome.

For more information about CWS, visit the website at

Until next time, stay well and enjoy all we have.

Dori Sullivan handles publicity for the Citrus Watercolor Society.

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