The Watercolor Society of North Carolina, Inc. (WSNC)
is a non-profit art organization; its purpose is to
promote watercolor throughout the state and
to elevate the standards of excellence in this medium.
Frances F. Baker Memorial Award
Frances Flinchum Baker, was a dedicated member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina. Frances joined the Board of Directors in 2007 as Central Region Director and accepted the position of Treasurer in 2008. She obtained Signature status in 2011.

Frances was born and raised in North Carolina, but spent several years in Richmond, Virginia before returning to the Greensboro, NC area. She graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from UNC-G and received a Master's of Science in Accounting from UNC-Chapel Hill. After 20 years as a CPA and executive, she retired in 2003 to devote more time to her art. Frances also enjoyed golf with her husband Barry, who died in March 2012.

"Sunday Kind of Love II"
Frances loved experimenting with many painting styles and eventually focused on watercolor, acrylic and mixed media collage work; she presented works in both representational and abstract styles. She took classes from local watercolor instructors and workshops with nationally recognized instructors including Birget O'Connor, Cheng-Khee Chee, John Salminen, Polly Hammett, and Carrie Burns Brown. Frances believed that inspiration came from nature and sometimes from observations about our culture and how it impacts our lives and shapes our ideas. She once admitted, "At some point, I leave any plan I might have behind and let the painting talk to me. I've found my best work comes when the painting informs me what it needs rather than the other way around."

"The Necklace"
A leader at heart, from 2006-2008 Frances worked with Jackson Mayshark to establish the Yew Tree Gallery on S. Elm Street, downtown Greensboro, a co-operative for area artists and she acted as the manager. That gallery has since merged with Elements Gallery which is owned and managed by Mayshark. Frances shared a personal working art studio with Sally Lambrecht at Uptown Artworks, 1007 Arnold Street in Greensboro.

Frances had work accepted into many juried exhibits including those of WSNC; she won 2nd place in the Georgia Watercolor Society's 2011 National Exhibition. Her painting Fandango was accepted into the 21st International Society of Experimental Artists' (ISEA) Annual Juried Exhibition in September 2012 at North Shore Arts Association in Gloucester, Massachusetts. In November 2012, Ambleside Gallery in Greensboro, NC hosted the Frances F. Baker Memorial Exhibit named A Baker's Dozen two months after her death on September 21, 2012. A percentage of the sales benefited the American Cancer Society with allocation specifically directed to lung cancer research, as directed by her family.

Frances F. Baker
2007 - 2012

Award Winners:

2016- Mary Edwards

2015- Karen Schafer-Barnhill

2014- Linda Koffenberger

2013- Margartet Mueller

2012- Ed Macomber