Citrus Watercolor Society: All good things come to an end | Things to do



As I have written the Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) column over the years, I am amazed at how many people actually read it. These people are not only artists, but the general public.

No matter where I go, there is always someone who will say, “Oh, I read your column every month”. I must admit that I find this quite satisfying. But all good things come to an end, and this January 2022 column will be my last.

I never intended to be an artist later in my career, but I did. And I never thought I would produce a piece of art that someone would want to buy, but I did. And I never intended to write this column for many years, but I did. And it was a lot of fun!

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To all of these readers – thank you, thank you! And a special thank you to the Chronicle for encouraging me to write the Chronicle in the first place. In the future, artist Dori Sullivan from Ocala will write this column. She is an experienced writer and she will do well.

The visiting demonstrator for the January 14 CWS meeting will be Frank Zampardi of The Villages. Frank is a retired high school art teacher, having taught in public schools for 32 years. Over the past 15 years, Frank has established himself as an accomplished artist, specializing in fine detail through the use of graphite and colored pencils, watercolors and oils.

Frank emphasizes complex compositions and chooses the subject for its design possibilities. These elements are paired with skillful use of light and shadow and enhanced by well-developed shading techniques.

Frank’s work has been exhibited at numerous art festivals, the Central New York Adirondack Art Show, where he has won first place several times and selected for the Masters division. He has exhibited at the Central New York Community Arts Council, The Fenimore Gallery, The Smithy Gallery in Cooperstown, NY, Cooperstown Art Association Exhibition, The Gannett Gallery, Munson, Williams, Proctor Institute in Utica, NY, McKenzie Art Gallery in Cazenovia, NY , Rome Community Art Center, 531 Central Fire Arts Gallery, St. Petersburg, Florida, and the wildlife exhibit at the New York State Fair.

Since moving to The Villages, Frank has continued to win awards at events sponsored by the Visual Arts Association and The Villages Art League. He currently teaches 12 adult art classes through the Villages Lifetime Learning College and is the Chair of the Artists Helping Artists program and runs the Jump Start Artists program at the Sea Breeze Recreation Center in the villages; a program where motivated and like-minded artists can accelerate their artistic skills under Frank’s direction.

You can see his work on his website at

He will be hosting a one-day workshop on Saturday January 15 at the Whispering Pines Leisure Center in Inverness. For more information, visit the CFS website at, or contact Susan Strawbridge at

Members of the Citrus Watercolor Society benefit from a “Paint of the Month” competition in January, February, March, April, October and November. They have the opportunity to show and sell their work, participate in workshops and participate in monthly sketches / paintings etc.

For more information about the meeting, or to become a member, call Helene Lancaster, 352-257-1261, or Darla Goldberg, 352-777-2217, or visit the website. Visitors are always welcome.

The Citrus Watercolour Society meets at noon on the second Friday of each month, except July, at the Family Center of First Christian Church of Inverness, 2018, Colonade St., Inverness.

Norm Freyer advertises for the Citrus Watercolour Society.



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