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Volume 50          50 Years!        September/October 2014

“The Extreme Sport of Plein-Aire Painting!”
by Carol Schweigert
Thursday, September 11, 2014. New Horizon’s Terrace Lounge, 7:00PM to 9:00PM

Carol Schweigert is a Boston based plein-aire oil painter from Western New York State, with a BFA from Syracuse University. Following her education, she worked as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer in New York and in Boston. A huge fan of drawing on location, she sketched her way around New York, Rio de Janeiro and China with Barbara Carr through programs sponsored by Pratt Institute and then started painting on site in New England. 

“My passion is painting from direct observation in both oil and gouache, in doors and out, sometimes in the rain, and most reluctantly in the ice! I like the vitality and physicality of plein-aire painting. It hints of extreme sport with police encounters, slippery slopes and lightening storms. The abstract expressionism of my education seemed so last century. I lept even further back in time with a wooden French easel and headed out into the fresh air. I’m intrigued by contradictions, carrying a 19th century art kit into the 21st century, wondering what makes a piece of the moment.”

“My demonstration will show how I approach oil paint in the out­of­doors, highlighting painting technique, palette options and how to bring out your inner “scout” to pack appropriately. I’ll discuss different ways to meet the challenges of making the world your studio, and talk about those supplies I have found necessary vs those that may be helpful or useful or just excess weight. Handouts will include possible palette options and a plein air supply list.”
Carol Schweigert Photo
“Elm Bank Bridge”

“The Vanishing Landscape in Watercolor”
featuring Don Ouellette
Thursday, October 16, 2014. New Horizon’s Terrace Lounge, 7:00PM to 9:00PM

Don Ouellette is a landscape painter working in oils and watercolors with 35 years of experience focused on rural New England. Don studied watercolor painting with nationally known artist Jack Flynn AWS, Carlton Plummer AWS and Murray Wentworth NA as well as with Guy Dampier and David Lowrey. He holds memberships in several local art Associations and Societies including: Arts League of Lowell, Lowell Art Association, Whistler House Museum of Art, Chelmsford Art Society and Western Avenue Studios Artists Association. His paintings have been included in exhibitions at the All Gallery, Whistler House Museum of Art, and Ellsworth Gallery CT. Awards include: Best in Show Lowell Art Assoc. members juried show Nov. 2008. First place in watercolor Lowell Festival (twice) First place in oil CAS. Don is a full time artist with a studio located in Lowell, MA at 122 Western Avenue. His work may be viewed by appointment or during Open Studios on the first Saturday of every month from noon to 5 PM. 
Don’s demonstration will include painting a traditional/realistic watercolor landscape. His focus will be on drawing, value, color, and the emotional response to the subject. Don enjoys talking about painting and welcomes questions during the demo. 
Don Ouelotte

Important Reminder

It’s the beginning of the new fiscal year, please note if your dues has expired
or are about to expire! We send out your reminder the beginning of the month.
Notice the new "Immediate Family member" pricing. It will help some of you.
Artist $35 - Artist & Immediate Family Member $45
Jr. or Sr. High Student $10 - Sponsor $200
Please mail your dues to
Woburn Guild of Artists, P.O. Box 2704, Woburn, MA 01888-1304
The President's Message

Hello <<First Name>>!
Well you obviously noted that I have become the President of the Woburn Guild of Artists once again. For two reasons, first it is an honor for me to assist the Guild in the best way that I can. I want to thank you all, for you support and all the acknowledgements. Secondly, however, it is easy to be a good President when you have a good structure and those people around you who are dedicated to the Guild as I am. I cannot thank these people, my Board, enough! The President’s job is actually easy when you have the proper personnel doing their responsibilities and what they said they would do. My job is to coordinate and keep it all headed in the right direction!

I would like to acknowledge Secretary Jenn White, who even goes the extra mile to make sure that the secretarial duties are more than functioning well. Treasurer, Rick Corbett enlists us and incorporates all the facets, to make sure that we are always on the ball with our savings and spending, that we are now always in the black and can offer more and better benefits to the members! Those of you who know our Exhibit Chairperson, Past President, Mary Kelly, notices everything she does turns to gold! Her tireless continuing efforts help the Guild in many, many, ways, need I just mention the Annual Exhibit!! It is no surprise that she is now an Honorary Guild Member. Programs, Keiko Richter and Jerry Cormier, have feverously labored to get us the best speakers for this coming year, which is a fantastic line up that I am sure you will love. Hospitality Chair, Sandy Bates, is more than hospitable! Some of her fantastic and worthwhile ideas have made each of our demos and meetings a great pleasure! The Scholarships and Fundraising efforts of Gerry Kehoe have been secured wholly by Gerry’s fervent efforts to take care of both ends. And tell me when you have not seen WGA’s Publicity not getting in the newspapers and other venues fully, and on time!  Thank you Brian (Kimerer).
And finally – I cannot begin to express my appreciation enough to immediate Past President Diana Sironi. When asked Diana to take over the WGA Newsletter and Website, there was not even a pause! Here is a married woman with now one year old twins, and a new job, instantly said’ I would love to help you and the Guild! It says it all! And look at the great job she is doing!
I am so very lucky and proud. WGA is not only rock steady, but is a super organization!
Bests - Joe
2014/2015 WGA Programs Calendar 

September 11, 2014 - Carol Schweigert‘Oil Painting Demonstration”
October 16, 2014 -Don Ouellete“Watercolor Demonstration”
November 13, 2014 - Christopher Volpe, ‘Oil Painting Demonstration”
November 29 2014 - Open Community Art Exhibition
1st Congregational Church Woburn Ctr.  (see WGA Website) in conjunction with “Woburn’s Festival on the Common”

December 13. 2014 - Holiday Get-Together
Mandarin of Reading, 296 Salem Street, Reading, MaA - 12:00PM-2:00PM
February 12, 2015 - "Members “In-the-Round” Members Demonstration
March 12, 2015 - TBA (See for updates)
April 9, 2015  - Tina Gagnon“Colored Pencil Demonstration”

May 14, 2015 - Robin Thornhill“Pastel Demonstration

June 18, 2015 - Annual Pot-Luck Business Meeting!

Life Figure Drawing Sessions

GA is sponsoring Professional Life Figure Drawing Sessions for all of its members. These sessions are critical to improving drawing skills. Day to day life and computer work makes your eyes lazy and your skills can suffer. During LFD sessions, you can retrain your eyes to foreshortening and your hand eye coordination can improve dramatically. The different timed poses of the models forces your quickness to get the basics down. These sessions hone your craft in many beneficial ways! And all WGA Members get in FREE! Public non-members over 18 years of age can pay $10 per session. Sessions are held at the AC Moore Art Supply Store, rear side function room, Stop & Shop Plaza in North Woburn. There is plenty of room for everyone. Bring your drawing pads and pencils, paints, charcoals and have some fun and learn!

Life Figure Drawing Calendar
Sunday, September 14, 2014, 1:30 to 4:00PM
Sunday, October 5, 2014, 1:30 to 4:00PM
Sunday, November 9, 2014, 1:30 to 4:00PM
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 1:30 to 4:00PM

Free Art and Photography Classes! 
These Sundays, 10:30AM to 12:30PM, AC Moore’s, N. Woburn

Sept 14, 2014 - Learning Photography
Most people just take snapshots, but then there are others who want to take photographs! Beginners and intermediates can learn professional tips on how to see what you are looking at, and how those pictures your taking can be much more improved. It’s not hard!

Oct 5 – Storing and Improving Your Photos
OK, so you just took a bunch of photos on your digital camera. What do you want to do with them now? Some will bring them in to Walmart and have prints made, and erase them from the camera’s card. And some will forget how many pictures they’ve taken and lose them one way or another.
So come to this class to learn how to take those important images off your camera, file them on your computer, and easily manipulate them to be better photographs to share with your friends and family!

Nov 9 – Expressive Drawing
Just beginning to draw, or been drawing for a while and don’t see why your drawings are dull and lifeless? Come to this class where you will first learn how to get an image down, then learn some creative ideas in drawing to better express those feelings you want to bring out and show others what you really want to say! Bring some Medium vine charcoal sticks, a kneaded eraser, and an old white sock along with your drawing pad. You will be pleased that you did!

Dec 7 – Painting a Picture!
So many people say, “I can’t paint! No matter how hard I try!” Actually if you have the interest the rest is easy! You just need the proper guidance and instruction. Come to this class and bring a small  Watercolor Pad. Cadmium Red, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow, and White watercolor or Acrylic paint, a small and large brush, etc, and learn how easy it is to do those paintings you thought you could never do!

Recent Plein-Aire Day Trips

"En plain air" is a French expression which means "in the open air"
We’ve been having a great time with our plein-aire trips and visiting areas that you would be surprised! Our closest cities and communities host a bevy of beautiful, scenic and interesting sites! Every one of us who attended has brought home photos, paintings, drawings, and ideas from all these wonderful trips. We meet at New Horizons and leave at 9:00AM on the dates we specify. We usually get back to New Horizons about 1:00 or 2:00. These trips help you practice so much of your craft, you will see beneficial results, and enjoyment. Dates will be posted independently along with our email reminders. If you can make the date please respond back to the reminder so we can get a headcount, and we will wait for you!
Enjoying all our Plein-aire trips to Horn Pond, Winchester, and the Mystics.
                          Away we go!
                 Looks like a nice spot!
                     Val knows her spot!
                         Jerry's Painting!
                         So does Mary!
              Gerry and Irina see the shots!
              Mary picked up some friends!
                    "Opal" - Gerry Kehoe

Reading Art Association

Reading Art Association will be having some incredible artist demonstrations that you are sure to enjoy! This coming September 10th they will be featuring pastel artist Jeff Ventola, to view some of his work, please visit Also on October 8, one of the favorite pastel artists, Jeff Fioravanti will be doing a pastel landscape All demonstrations are held at the First Congregational Church, on Sanborn Street, in Reading, Wednesday nights, starting at 7:00PM. Check for more information.

Greater Haverhill Arts Association 

Exhibit & sell your fine art: paintings, sculpture & photography. Saturday September 13, 2014 RAIN or SHINE 10AM – 4 PM Bradford Common Route 125 S. Main St. Bradford MA. Sponsored by the Greater Haverhill Arts Association to help support our workshops and the demonstration program. The registration deadline has been extended to September 2, 2014! Entry fee $35.00 

Wilmington Arts Council 

“Pastel Paint Like the Masters” with Greg Maichack. Saturday September 6, 2014 1:00pm. There will be a pastel workshop at the Wilmington Memorial Library on Saturday, September 6th. Participants create their unique sunflower 
pastel painting. Supplies provided. They are funded in part from a grant from the Wilmington Arts Council, so the cost is only $5.00. Limit 25 students. Please contact Jean Chang to register at

Topsfield Fair

Exhibitors and Demonstrators Needed!
The 196th Topsfield Fair will run October 4 through October 13, 2014. To exhibit your art in Coolidge Hall, please apply online at Make sure to enter as, “Fine Arts Division – Professional”.
You may enter two pieces of artwork for judging. Exhibitors are always welcome to demonstrate at the fair as well. 
Contact the Woburn Guild of Artists Officers
President - Joseph Leto Jr.
617-605-4673 -

 Vice President - TBA
Secretary - Jenn White

Treasurer - Richard Corbett
781-997-3422 -
Submit questions or articles for publication, or for placing ads in the WGA Newsletter contact:
Diana Sironi, WGA, P. O. Box 2704, Woburn, MA 01888-1304
or please email
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