Category Archives: Member Meetings

Watercolor painting by Sonja Hamilton

September Members Meeting and Demonstration – 9/09/2019, 1:30 pm

We are honored to have Sonja Hamilton join us at our September meeting. Sonja is a San Francisco born artist, teacher, author and calligrapher. Sonja’s watercolor (reference) book “Watercolor – Its only a piece of paper”, was published in 2015. Sonja says, “Although I draw and paint in many media, I find watercolor the most exciting, spontaneous, and challenging. When I paint, my cares leaves and I become totally immersed in what I am doing. Watercolor is exhilarating, yet most relaxing for me – a great joy. It is who I am.” Our September meeting will start at 1:30.

June Members Meeting and Demonstration – 6/10/2019, 7:00 pm

WASH is delighted to host a demonstration by well known local artist and teacher, Beverly Fields.

Beverly Fields’ watercolor paintings are most often described as soft and subtle with an abstract clarity.  Beverly’s favorite subjects are landscapes and reflections in water. Much of her subject matter is derived from vintage cottages and buildings “reflecting” the past. She has studied with such noted artists as Zoltan Szabo, Charles Reid, Barbara Nechis and Edgar Whitney.

As a member of the Society of Western Artists and California Watercolor Society, Beverly Fields lectures/demonstrates, teaches and jurors art shows. She regularly teaches at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael, CA.

Watercolor painting by Michael Reardon titled "Via San Francesco, Assisi".

May Members Meeting and Demonstration – 5/13/2019, 1:30 pm

WASH welcomes our May demonstrator, Michael Reardon. Michael is also presenting a 3 day workshop starting on May 14th.

Michael Reardon has been painting in watercolor for over thirty years. An avid traveler, he uses watercolor to record his observations, convey a sense of place and light, and communicate his impressions of the built, natural, and imagined worlds. He works from his studio in Oakland, California.

Michael is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, and the California Watercolor Association. He is also the author of Watercolor Techniques: Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes from North Light Books.

Michael’s web site is:

Watercolor by Michael J. Mikolon titled "Southfork of the American River"

April Meeting and Demonstration – 4/08/2019, 7:00 pm

We are excited to welcome our April demonstrator, Michael J. Mikolon!

Michael was born and raised in Detroit.  Michael earned a BFA at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. His love of nature and the great outdoors led him to northern California where he works as an artist and art teacher. Michael paints primarily landscapes and figures, as well as very creative and humorous illustrations and comics. Michael works in watercolor, oil and also digital media.

Visit his website at

watercolor painting by Jerianne Van Dijk titled "Alley Flowers"

March Members Meeting and Demonstration – 3/11/2019, 1:30 pm

In March, WASH is delighted to have Jerianne Van Dijk demonstrate for our members!

Watercolor painting by Jerianne Van Dijk titled "Pondering"

Jerianne works mostly in watercolor with some gouache, ink and crayon, with attention to mood and light. Her painting style is realistic and somewhat impressionistic. When it comes to illustration, her use of mediums entail a grand variety of techniques and materials, ranging from whimsical to detailed and classic.

Watercolor Painting by Jerianne Van Dyke titled "Sunny"

Residing in the Northern California foothills for the past 30 years, her work is often born of the unique charm and inspiration from her elevated environment in the Sierra Foothills. Jerianne considers herself primarily self-taught, but is definitely enhanced by regular collaborations with other professional artists and a trail of workshops with some of the most renowned artists in the nation.

Telagio Baptista

February Members Meeting and Demonstration – 2/11/2019, 7:00 pm

WASH is delighted to present a demonstration on February 11th by Telagio Baptista followed by a workshop on Monday March 18th.

Telagio Baptista

Telagio has been an artist since childhood when he was a national poster award winner in High School. His love for drawing and watercolor painting was further developed when awarded a scholarship to San Francisco Art Institute, and he completed his art education at California School of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California.

Telagio Baptista

Telagio owned and operated his own design studio in Hawaii for 30 years. While is Hawaii, he also taught an advertising/design class at Honolulu Community College.

Presently, Telagio Baptista is an ongoing award-winning watercolor artist participating in Regional and International juried art shows.

WASH meets on the second Monday of the month except July and August. Meeting times alternate between evening and afternoon. Odd months meet at 1:30PM and even months meet at 7PM. All meetings are held at Sacramento Fine Arts Center. For information about our future demonstrators, please click the Monthly Demonstrations and Critiques button in the left menu bar.