As part of its ongoing community outreach, DWS continues to work with various organizations in promoting art awareness through educational workshops as well as raising money and providing art supplies to local elementary and high school art programs. 

 

Outreach

DWS’s “Come Paint with Us: Watercolor for First Timers” outreach programs continue at the at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach on February 6, 2017 and the Lewes Library in October 28, 2017. These free public programs are available in part due to our partnership with the libraries and through grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts and The Friends of the South Coastal Library.

The program, “Come Paint with Us: Watercolor for First Timers” is offered as an introductory experience to help those who have never picked up a brush to explore the fun, satisfaction and joy of painting with watercolors.

As part of its continuing outreach activities, the society focuses on exploring, creating, and sharing the wonders of watercolor with those who have an interest and desire to try this exciting and sometimes unpredictable medium.

On Feb, 6th, twenty library guests will explore painting with watercolors during the 2½ hour session. DWS President Elizabeth Collard will demonstrate several techniques commonly used in watercolor painting and provided step-by-step instructions to the novice watercolorists as they paint “Hearts and Flowers”. DWS members Robi Cavagnaro, and Pat Hoey will provided hands-on assistance as participants work on their paintings.
For more information, go to leweslibrary.org and southcoastal.lib.de.us/ events and calendar pages.

Stockings for Soldiers

In the past, you have shown your generosity and kindness to our soldiers away from their homes during the holiday season. You have the opportunity to provide support and care to our soldiers again. This year, as part of our community outreach, we are assisting the Stockings for Soldiers program. During the last 12 years, this effort has sent almost 80,000 stockings to our troops.

Stockings for Soldiers needs a variety of small items to fill each stocking. Please review it carefully since each stocking has space limitations. For the list of items, click here.

You can bring your donated items to the October 11th and the November 8th, Second Tuesday Meetings. They will be delivered to the St. Jude’s drop off point by the November 14th delivery deadline.

Holiday cards are also in great demand. Because we are all capable of creating beautiful holiday cards, please add your beautiful hand-painted greeting cards to the items for donation. All donated items will be packaged by the Stockings for Soldiers volunteers and the filled stockings will be on their way to our soldiers on December 2nd.



Isabell Workshop
Instructor Isabel Pizzolato
helps workshop artists.


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Art lovers discuss
the paintings.




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Guests mingle with
artists at the opening reception


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April 25 – South Coastal Library

The Delaware Watercolor Society continued its outreach program through a mini-session of hands-on painting at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach, DE, on April 25. The Friends of the South Coastal Library sponsored the special event.

The program, “Come Paint with Us: Watercolor for First Timers” offered an introductory experience to help those who have never picked up a brush to explore the fun, satisfaction and joy of painting with watercolors.  As part of its outreach activities, the society continues to focuses on exploring, creating, and sharing the wonders of watercolor with those who have an interest and desire to try this exciting and sometimes unpredictable medium.

Twenty-five library guests explored painting with watercolors during the 2½ hour session. DWS President Elizabeth Collard demonstrated several techniques commonly used in watercolor painting and provided step-by-step instructions to the novice watercolorists as they painted a still life vase of hydrangeas.

DWS members Robi Cavagnana, Pat Hoey and Pam North provided hands-on assistance as participants worked on their paintings

 

Community Resource Center Donations

You’re invited to join the DWS board members in supporting the Rehoboth Community Resource Center and Baby Pantry through the months of May, June, and July Second Tuesdays.

The Community Resource Center helps needy families in the Rehoboth and Lewes areas.

Food items needed: Soups, beans, peanut butter, jelly, macaroni and cheese, pasta sauce, cans of fruit, ravioli and spaghetti, crackers and canned fish and meats.

Baby Pantry items: Wipes, baby wash, baby lotion, baby sunscreen as well as new or slightly used baby clothes, and blankets.  Diapers and pull ups sizes 3, 4, 5 and 6.  (They do not need newborn or size 2.)

A container will be available at Second Tuesday Meetings for your contributions.

New Beginnings in West Rehoboth – (Summer 2014)

It was a summer of discovery for the children of New Beginnings at the West Rehoboth Community Center.  On June 26th and July 24th of 2014, the Delaware Watercolor Society introduced boys and girls, ages 5 to 17, to the joys of watercolor.

For these two mornings, each child was given all the tools needed to create their own masterpiece.  The first morning’s project was creating “Illuminated Letters,” the second morning combined what they’d learned before adding a dolphin design to the mix.  These first time watercolor artists rose to the challenge with great enthusiam.

DWS gave each child an Art Kit comprised of a watercolor set, brush, 2 pieces of watercolor paper, pencil, eraser, water container, and support board.  The finished art pieces were displayed at New Beginnings for viewing and are now at home with the artists.

It was exciting and fulfilling for the kids and the DWS volunteers. Here are just a few comments from New Beginnings Program Director Diaz Bonville:

There aren’t enough words to describe how well it was received by all of our children in attendance as well as the parents, adult volunteers as well as the staff. I watched every child in attendance as they took part. Their faces lit up! They smiled! DWS has brought a new wave of intelligence, education and motivation for our very low-income and needy children in a community that is sometimes forgotten.  ...Diaz Bonville


Big fun was had by all!

 

Clothing Drive Ramping Up for Winter 2014/2015

DWS continues it’s clothing drive for the Community Resource Center in Rehoboth Beach.  The center is run under the auspices of the Lewes-Rehoboth Association of Churches to help Sussex County residents in need.  DWS members, under the leadership of Dianne Shearon, have donated gently used coats, gloves, scarves, hats, and new socks for children and adults.  Bring your donations to Second Tuesdays for collection.

Lewes Public Library Workshops

The next Mini-Workshop will be held on Saturday, November 15.  The topic is TBA.

Since the fall of 2011, DWS, under the sponsorship of the Lewes Library, has presented workshops for individuals with little or no experience to try the wonders of watercolor.  DWS members led the free workshops and provided step-by-step instructions on completing small paintings, greeting cards,  bookmarks, landscapes, and winter scenes.

These workshops are made possible, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicate to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Here are just a few comments from participants on these informative and fun mini-workshops Participants:

“Absolutely wonderful opportunity! A well-organized and fun event.”

“Isabel was a wonderful teacher, made me feel at ease and made the class relaxing and fun.”

“Workshop was great! Enjoyed having the group setting.”