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september 2020

presidents message

“The Bathers at Asnieres”

Georges Seurat Oil on Canvas, 1884, National Gallery London

As the lazy days of summer are finally cooling off I am reflecting on how active and productive the WAA members have been, over the last few months, working together en plein air and in our online studios!

There is a lot to look forward to this fall as we endeavor to resume shows, (including our first club plein air competition), and anticipate expanding our online offerings to include weekend and evening programs.

It is also now time to plan for our annual election, which led me to selecting Georges Seurat’s masterpiece, “The Bathers at Asnieres,” to share with everyone this month. A brilliant colorist, the post-impressionist Seurat is best remembered for works like “The Bathers.” In producing snapshot compositions of leisure activities, Seurat covered his canvases working with only dots that are so small you can hardly notice them from a distance. On Seurat’s oversized canvases, the specks magically create something bigger.

Like Seurat’s peopled landscapes, every club member has something to contribute and the WAA could use your talents, enthusiasm, and time. We are looking for online presenters, studio monitors, show assistance, judges, committee members and a new Vice President.

It’s time to dive in and help to keep the club afloat!

Every little gesture helps. Please talk with any board member to share your ideas, concerns, and suggestions.

Happy Painting,


Denise McDaniel

WAA President