Swansea Shack, Swansea, CA. Original watercolor painting by Woody Hansen
Title: SWANSEA SHACK – Original watercolor by Woody Hansen, 15″ x 22″
To learn more about this painting, including purchase information, click on image.


The registration for the 20th Manzanar Workshop founded by Henry Fukuhara (1913 to 2010), will be held from Thursday May 18th to Monday May 22nd, 2017. This year’s title: “Henry and Friends: A Legacy of Giving Back”.

This workshop will feature five days in the Owens Valley. There will be an emphasis on giving back to teachers and to the art community, our cadre of friends-of-Henry volunteer- artists will provide a total of eight demos and three critiques.

The list of artist instructors for 2017 includes: Dave Deyell, Dan Dickman, Phyl Doyon, Woody Hansen, Ron Libbrecht, Rea Nagel, David Peterson, Albert Setton. All have painted with Henry. Shelly Pearson will be the On-site Greeter, Facilitator and Energy Center. Weather permitting, workshop participants will gather at Alabama Hills, Diaz Lake, Keeler, Manzanar, and Owens Lake. Continue reading


18th Annual Henry Fukuhara Memorial Workshop. Photo of Manzanar Cemetery


May 14 to May 18, 2015
For enrollment info visit www.alsetto.com
Click on “Artist At Work,” then “Manzanar Application.” O, call 9310) 663-9582


John Barnard 
Dam Dickman
Phyl Doyan 
JoAnn Formia   
Ron Lebrech   
Al Setton


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I’m pleased to announce I now have two paintings represented in the Inland Empire Museum of Art’s collection. Both, River Royalty and Sticking Point are seen elsewhere on this blog. Both may be seen either on this blog (above), or as part of the following exhibition.

ANNOUNCING the Inland Empire Museum of Art‘s first exhibition of its entire collection; featuring over 125 artists and more than 200 works of art. Many prominent artists are represented from the Inland Empire , throughout California and beyond. 

Millard Sheets Art Center
1101 West McKinley Avenue
Pomona, CA. 91768
tlcfairplex.org/sty * 909865-4161

Opening reception: April 12th 2:30-5:00pm.
Exhibition Dates: April 11-May 3 
Gallery Open: Wed.-Sun. 11 -4pm

IEMA Collection OpeningOpening View of Exhibition Collection (above)*IEMA collection Public ViewingCollection on public View (above)*

*Photos courtesy of Gene Sasse


Want to learn more about watercolor, or brush upon your skills? Check out my upcoming watercolor classes and workshops.

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Photo0-Alabama HillsWoody kMansanar DemoLEFT- View of Eastern Sierra from Alabama Hills. Photo courtesy of Al Setton.
RIGHT: View of one of five 2013 demonstrations.

In its 17th year, the workshop is in memory of Henry Fukuhara (1913-2010) organized by Albert Setton, assisted by Michele Peaarson, and Dan Dickman. Dates of the workshop are Thursday, May 15, to Monday, May 19, 2014. Workshop fee: $110.

FEATURES: The workshop features five demos, 3 critiques, plus daily offices hours with distinguished artists: Jan Wright, www.jan-wright.com; John Barnard, ww.wjohnbarnard.com; Al Setton, www.alsetton.com; Dani Dodge, www.danidodge.com; Phyl Doyon, www.phyllisdoyon.com.

FEE: Fee includes a “Meet and Greet” party on Friday, May 16, 2014, and a no-fee group show in Fall 2014.

HOW TO ENROLL: To enroll: e-mail your name, address, phone, and e-mail address to Michele Pearson and send your check payable to Albert Setton, 1244 12th Street, Unit 5, Santa Monica, CA. 90401. For more information call Michele at 1 (310) 663-9582, or e-mail at michelep11@verison.net, or contact Al at 1 (310) 428-0051. Email: alsetton64@gmail.com.

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WORKSHOP: 16th Annual Henry Fukuhara Workshop

Photo of Easter Sierra mountain rage as viewed from Alabama Hills, CA. Photo by Al Setton.
View of Easter Sierra from Alabama Hills                                Photo by Al Setton

WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY: I’m pleased to announced I’ve have been asked to do a watercolor demonstration at this year’s, 16th Annual outdoor Henry Fukuhara Workshop. This will be the second time I’ve had the pleasure of doing a demo (Keeler) and the third time i’ve helped with the critique process at this particular workshop. This year I’ll be doing a watercolor demo the morning of Sunday, May 19, on location at the Manzanar Interpretive Center, manzanar, CA. That same afternoon Al Setton and I will share the critique responsibilities for the day.

Based on personal workshop experience as both participant and presenter, I believe his is truly a rare opportunity to be part of a most enjoyable, entertaining, and informative event. Expect to share knowledge with 60 to 80 plus artists of all levels, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. This very economical workshop experience comes highly recommended.

So, I invite you to join us for the 16th Annual Henry Fukuhara Workshop, at Lone Pine, Alabama Hills, Manzanar, and Keeler, California, May 16 to May 20, 2013. This year’s annual event is organized by Al Setton, Shelly Pearson, Dan Dickman, and Phyllis Doyon. Join six workshop artists with over 180 years of combined artistic knowledge and practice. Bill Anderson, Joe Gibere, Woody Hansen, Willie McFarland, Al Setton, and Chris Van Winkle.

Workshop fee is $90 and includes 5 outdoor art demos and 3 indoor critiques of participant work; a workshop Meet and Greet party with the Paige Too band’ group art show at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, optional authentic chuck-wagon lunch served at Spanhower Ranch ($17).

Applications available at www.alsetton.com, call or (310) 663-9582. You may also contact me by my Contact Page.

To learn more about the history of Manzanar, click THIS LINK.

Photo of annual Henry Fukuhara workshop participants (left) and watercolor demonstration (right). Photos by Al Setton
Photos by Al Setton

CCAA Museum Exhibition: Altered Prisms

Image of Altered Prisms Exhibition postcard

I’ve been invited to participate in the CCAA Museum of Art’s unique exhibition, Altered Prisms, Shifting Perceptions. Six of my recent watercolors are among the paintings on display.

Altered Prisms: Shifting Perceptions
October 12 – November 18, 2012
Reception: October 21, 2:00-4:30 pm
12467 Base Line Road
Rancho Cucamonga, CA. 91739

Come experience the opening reception in the Jospeh Filippi Winery where the CCAA Museum is located. Enjoy some wine tasting as you explore the exhibit.

When the show’s curator, Gene Sasse asked me to participate I was initially reluctant. Compared to others in the exhibition, my current limitations seem minimal. However, Gene is a persistent fellow and eventually changed my mind.

Then too, I don’t want to mist an opportunity to show alongside, eighteen year-old Kevin Mount a young autistic artist who I believe is extremely talented. Over many months I have come to know Kevin as a multi-talented, energetic, and  inspiring watercolorist who exemplifies, in every way the term “artist.”

Many of us go through life being relatively unaware of our physical and mental gifts. These gifts are so much a part of our every day life that we unknowingly take them  for granted, until some unfortunate event forces physical, and/or mental limitations. These limitations can be brick walls that forever alter our life and the lives of those closest to us. Randy Pausch provides a bit of insight:

Brick walls are there for a reason, they give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” – Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon University professor (The Last Lecture)

We are faced with hurdles every day, some seemingly insurmountable. But if we adjust our thinking, those brick walls are easier to scale and, in some cases can embellish our life and art, and even provide a positive shift in attitude, a renewed and greater appreciation for what we can accomplish. In other words, life can sometimes provide an altered prism.

For more information and a preview of the exhibition and its participants, please follow THIS LINK.

Call For Entries

WASH logoWatercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons

WASH Inc. Annual Open Watercolor Exhibition “Go With The Flow 2012” – September 4 – 29, 2012. Carry Entry Dates, Augst 17-18, 2012. Prospectus Here

Several weeks ago I was invited as guest juror for this show. As i understand it, I am subbing for Jim Estey who, due to illness is unable to perform his usual excellent job as juror. Those are big shoes to fill, but I am happy to pitch hit for Jim and wish him a speedy and full recovery.

I look forward to the opportunity of viewing and appreciating numerous expressions of the glories of watercolor. I remind myself and those who choose to enter the competition, of two wonderful quotes. The first, “There is no mistake, no right, o wrong, only make” – Mary Corita Kent. The second, “It’s not a painting, until it’s painted.” – Henry Fukuhara.

WASH encourages painters of all levels who want to enter to do so, even beginners. The organization believes that even if you don’t think you’re ready yet, you might surprise yourself and get a work in the show. WASH’s history dates to 1978. For more information, please click THIS LINK.

Solo Exhibit by 18 year old, Kevin Mount at the CROCKER ART MUSEUM, Sacramento, CA.

watercolor by Kevin Mount
Watercolor by Kevin Mount, 15″ x 22″

A solo exhibit by Sacramento artist, Kevin Mount, presented in cooperation with An Evening of Dreams. Crocker Art Museum, 216 “O” Street, Sacramento, CA. (916) 808-7000. Exhibition runs from July 3, to August 26, 2012

ARTIST’s RECEPTION: Sunday 22, 2012 from 1 to 3 PM

Kevin is eighteen years old and autistic.  He’s a painter who passionately draws and paints with youthful love and joyA young man of very few words, Kevin speaks softly but wields an expressive brush. If one asks Kevin if he would like to paint, he will most likely nod his head positively, and with a great amount of confidence and enthusiasm will say, “I paint.

Kevin loves to draw and paint anything. The world is his inspiration, no matter the subject. Upon completing a painting, Kevin will gently lay his brush on the table or easel, and smile. If asked what he thinks about his painting, Kevin will look up and calmly reply, “I like.

Kevin is a wonderful example of actions speaking louder than words. The words critical and judgmental do not exist in Kevin’s world; in their place might be the word appreciation. As it ideally should be for anyone worthy of the term artist.

Kevin experiences neurological and immune system difficulties. Neurologically, he has been diagnosed as autistic. Additionally, his immune system has developed a condition related to potassium blockage which produces inflammation resulting in asthma, vitiligo (depigmentation in the skin), ulcerative colitis, and encephalitis.

Kevin is home schooled, and very active in the arts. Along with watercolor painting, he studies piano. Kevin lives with his parents, Donald and Ana, in Sacramento, CA.

watercolor by Kevin Mount
Watercolor by Kevin Mount, 15″ x 22″

Also on view at the Crocker Art Museum…

See the Music, Hear the Art
July 3 – August 26, 2012

See the Music, Hear the Art enables students to create artwork inspired by listening to great  works of music. Presented in collaboration with the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, working with Shriner’s Hospital for children – Northern California Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE), Mustard Seed at Sacramento Loaves & Fishes, and Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center – Maiher Campus.

Garden As Art

wpid-BlogDebbiesPlanter-2012-04-3-17-46.jpgTitle: Debbie’s Planter

I’m pleased to announce that three of my watercolor paintings have been selected for inclusion in the CCAA Museum of Art Exhibition, Garden As Art (Where Garden and Art Become One). The exhibition runs from March 30 to May 20, 2012. Reception: April 22, 2:00 to 4:30 pm at the CCAA Museum of Art, 1246 Base Line Road, Rancho Cucumonga, CA. 91739. See you there!

LINKS: My three paintings, Debbie’s Planter (above), Little Bitty, and A Brighter Day are among the 140 paintings in the show. Readers can see an excellent online version of the exhibit by clicking on this link: http://www.genesasse.com/garden/

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