Registration begins February 15 and ends March 15, 2017

Make your selections before registering to avoid double-booking during any one time slot. Registrations may be canceled or change up until March 20th. No refunds after that date except in cases of accident or illness. Please register online at this link:

Thursday, April 6th – Delegate and Alternate Events

Hospitality table: 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

Jayne Ferlitsch and her friendly team will be ready to welcome you to Eugene.

Pick up your packet that includes tickets for each event, your name badge and information on local restaurants, sights and activities. 

Delegates and Alternates and their guests are invited to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art for an Upper Level Members Reception. Our juror, Jeannie McGuire, will make opening remarks. Following the reception we will host our delegate dinner at the the JSMA.

Dinner will include:  Cider brined pork loin with apple chutney, Ancho-rubbed tri-tip with house chimichurri sauce, Oregonzola smashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, green salad with assorted dressings, rolls & butter, sodas, coffee, tea, beer and wine. $35.00 per person

Buses board At 5:00 p.m. and will return to the Hilton by 8:40 pm. (Transportation Pass extra)

Friday, April 7th 

Registration and Hospitality Tables And Logo Sales

9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Eugene Hilton, 66 East 6th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401

Jayne Ferlitsch and her friendly team will be ready to welcome you to Eugene.

Save time and pre-register online. Then you will be able to pick up your packet that includes tickets for each event, your name badge and information on local restaurants, sights and activities.

9:00 a.m. WFWS Delegate Meeting in Studio B/C – Hilton, Continental Breakfast, Coffee & Tea will be served.

11:45 a.m. – Delegate and Alternate Photos

12:00 p.m. – No Host Lunch at 5th Street Market and/or Hilton’s Bistro

2:00 p.m. – Delegate Tour of Public Art Collection and local galleries

4:30 p.m. – Board Buses to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art – Shuttles will run till all who have registered are transported. Present your convention badge for free admission to the museum all weekend.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. WFWS Awards Ceremony,  in the Ford Lecture Hall at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA.)

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Public Opening Reception

7:00 p.m. – Begin Boarding Buses for return to Hilton. Shuttles will continue till all are transported.

Saturday, April 8 – All Events open to WFWS Artists and Guests

Saturday, April 8th

Registration and Hospitality Tables

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Eugene Hilton, 66 East 6th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401


Trade Show – Vendor Exhibits

Be sure to visit some of the wonderful vendors in the lobby outside the breakout rooms. You’ll be introduced to new products and get a chance to sample them! Some of the participating businesses include: Creative Catalyst, Strathmore Artist Papers, Pixel Point Digital Imaging, Colart America, Oregon Art Supply, The Merri Artist, and American Easel. Many vendors are also sponsors for our society. Your patronage is appreciated.

WSO Logo Sales – Check out the Logo Sales table, where you can get some great WSO themed gear to enhance your next painting adventure.

Artist Trading Post with Helen Brown (no charge)

At this convention, you can take part in a conceptual art project initiated in 1997 by a Swiss artist named M. Vanci Stirnemann. He called it a Collaborative Cultural Performance. What is it? Artist Trading Cards! ATCs are 2 1/2  by 3 1⁄2 inches in size, the same format as modern trading cards (like baseball cards). So come and paint a little ATC or bring one to trade with other artists. We’ll have paint, paper, and a few brushes for your use or bring your own supplies.

BreakOut Sessions

10:00 – 3:00

Exploring Eugene – Non- Painter Activity with Patrice Cameron $20

Springtime in Eugene is beautiful! Those interested in fresh air and nature may enjoy an adventure at the Cascade Raptor Center (admission included) Walk along hillside trails & view birds on exhibit in outdoor aviaries. If your preference is to admire acres of vineyard beauty at tableside, King Estate Winery offers memorable gourmet lunches. For those with smaller appetites: wine, cheese, & desserts are served all day. Depart from Hotel Lobby @ 10:00 am.

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session 1 –

Choose One: $15

Stronger Design: Before & After with Linda Rothchild-Ollis:

Linda’s experience creating strong design has caught jurors’ attention for years. She received WSO’s Best of Show in 2016 and the David Gale Memorial Award at WFWS40 among numerous other awards. Linda will share design solutions for strengthening your painting in an interactive critique. Unlimited artists may audit; those wishing to participate will be chosen by lottery.

Marbling to Masterpiece: Creating Patterns that Transform Paintings

with Liz Walker and Rene Eisenbart

Liz and Rene have found recognizable ways to use marbling in their work, while retaining their individual

style. Learn how the repetition of pattern can add interest and mystery to your work. You won’t want to miss this demonstration of marbling and how to incorporate this technique into a finished painting. Liz and Rene are both Signature Members of NWS who enjoy teaching their water media and collage techniques.

Supplies for Art Aren’t Always Art Supplies Demo

with Geoff McCormack

Geoff has experimented with many materials and techniques to find the right combination of unusual tools and traditional art supplies that help him achieve the visual effects he wants to see in his work. Come watch as he demonstrates some of his techniques for achieving richly saturated backgrounds with watercolors and liquid acrylics. Geoff holds signature memberships in AWS and NWS.

10:45 – 12:15 Session 2- Juror Critique with Jeannie McGuire, AWS


It seems everyone always wants to attend both critiques, so we’ve simplified it this time by combining the two sessions into one jumbo session. 75 participants can submit their work to be critiqued. 40 artists will be chosen by lottery to participate. If you just wish to learn from the submissions of others, select the ‘Audit’ option.  Jeannie McGuire will do her best to give helpful feedback on the presubmitted work. This is a great way to learn how to refine your paintings, and start getting a feel for what a juror looks for in selecting work for a show.

12:15 – 1:15 Lunch Break on your own –

Hit one of the nearby food trucks, the 5th Street Market, or the Bistro within the Hilton for a bite to eat!

1:30 – 3:00 Session 3 

Choose One:  $15

You be the Judge with Dyanne Locati

How do you feel when your painting is rejected from a big show? In this session it is your turn to be the one to select the show. Why does one painting stand out? How does my artwork compare? How did that painting get into the show? These questions and more will be presented and analyzed. Your chances of acceptance will improve by attending this informative session.

Taste of Oregon Paint-Out with Leslie Cheney-Parr, Susan Spears &

Harold Walkup

Three experienced plein air artists will be demonstrating at the picturesque 5th Street Market,

within 2 blocks of the Eugene Hilton. You’ll enjoy seeing each painter’s different approach. You can paint alongside them and share your creations with the group. The market is equipped with restrooms, food, lots of covered nooks to keep you dry, and colorful views to inspire.

3 Artists, 3 Approaches, One Figure with Deborah Marble, Chris Stubbs and

Peggy Stermer-Cox, Moderated by Nancy Cheeseman

Have you always wanted to paint figures but not sure where to start? Watch three artists demonstrate

three different approaches to painting the same figure. Each artist has a unique point of view, process, and method. Let your imagination be sparked! Come see these three fine artists in action.

Drawing: Not Just the Bones of a Painting with Kathy Tiger

Join Kathy to see some of the ways she uses drawing in her contemporary figurative paintings.

Artists will get a chance to practice their drawing skills along with Kathy through exercises and

demos dealing with the importance of negative space, line work and eraser skills, and color.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Social Hour and Entertainment In the Ballroom of the Eugene Hilton

6:00 – WSO Awards Banquet with Commentary from juror Jeannie McGuire

Banquet Selections:  $45.00 each meal.

Each meal includes a salad of baby spinach, shaved fennel, candied walnuts, gorgonzola (on table) with a caramelized shallot vinaigrette. Dessert, coffee and tea will round out the meal.

  1. Herb seared top sirloin with, rogue creamery blue cheese risotto, pernod sautéed spinach and a cabernet reduction.
  2. Braised Chicken Roulade with pancetta, spinach and morel cream, and celery root gratin.
  3. Crispy phyllo filled with grilled eggplant, zucchini, roasted red pepper, spinach and fresh mozzarella cheese with Tomato Mushroom Concasee.

8:00 – 10:00 Dancing to the music of  Corwin Bolt and the Wingnuts

Sunday, April 9th – All Events open to WFWS Artists and Guests

9 – 11 a.m.  Jeannie McGuire Lecture and Demonstration, Hilton Hotel


You’ll love watching Jeannie weave her magic with a brush.   Her work has been described as a brilliant combination of emotion, movement, natural design and sheer artistry. Be sure to catch this unique opportunity before you leave for home!

2 p.m. Jeannie McGuire Lecture in the gallery at JSMA. Free admission with your Convention Name Badge

Monday, April 10th

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Optional Day Trip to the Oregon Coast


Ok, not free – but you don’t pay your $30 transportation fee until you get on the bus! Join friends – new and old for an all day trip to Florence to walk the dunes and Old Town; enjoy a no-host lunch at one of the many options on the waterfront. Experience the Oregon Coast and still be back before dinner. Meet up in the hotel lobby at 9:00 am to board the bus and get ready to have fun!