Thursday, May 16, 2019

Art Society Presents Scholarships To Young Artists

Art Society Presents Scholarships To Young Artists


By Denise Fleischman - April 19, 2019

The Wellington Art Society presented eight art scholarships at its annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 10 at the Wellington Community Center. The awards were presented to graduating seniors in Palm Beach County who are planning a college major in visual arts. The evening featured a meet-and-greet, and scholarship recipients showed their artwork.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Art Society Brings Love Of Art To Palms West

Art Society Brings Love Of Art To Palms West


By Town-Crier Editor - April 12, 2019

Sharing the love of art with the community is a large part of the Wellington Art Society’s mission, and a new project to bring art to the pediatric unit at Palms West Hospital is a dream come true for Wellington Art Society President Carolina King, as well as many other members. The project got underway on April 4, which was just the beginning of bringing watercolor paint, supplies and crafts to children recovering at the hospital.
“It is a true community effort,” said King, who oversees collecting art supplies for all children in the community with the help of many art society members. “The Junior League of the Palm Beaches reached out to us and donated 50 backpacks filled with art supplies so we could give art to the children who may be too sick to leave their hospital bed. Each month, we are asking members of our business community to sponsor a visit so we can continue to bring art to the children. The community outreach means the world to me after witnessing my mother-in-law undergoing chemo and radiation procedures for almost two years before losing her battle to cancer. I knew I had to do something to help others.”
When an attorney at the law firm where King works heard of the project, he reached out and offered to sponsor the first visit. King said she is looking forward to partnering with others in the community who also want to spread the joy of art to the children. For more information about the Wellington Art Society, visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org. If you would like to sponsor a monthly art visit, or donate art supplies, e-mail presidentofwas@gmail.com.

Edrian Thomidis Presents At Art Society Meeting

Edrian Thomidis Presents At Art Society Meeting


By Denise Fleischman - February 22, 2019

The Wellington Art Society held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Wellington Community Center. Several members brought their artwork for show and tell. The featured artist was Edrian Thomidis with her ceramic sculptures. Sculptures take time to create, so Thomidis brought a video to help describe her artwork.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Wellington Art Society’s Art Fest On The Green

Wellington Art Society’s Art Fest On The Green


By Callie Sharkey- February 1, 2019

More than 50 artists displayed works featuring every medium imaginable on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27 when the Wellington Art Society held its 13th annual Art Fest on the Green at the Wellington Amphitheater. Even though the weather did not always cooperate, patrons and artists came out to enjoy this unique experience. For additional information, visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org.


Monday, January 7, 2019

Wellington Art Society’s Art Fest On The Green Returns Jan. 26-27

Wellington Art Society’s Art Fest On The Green Returns Jan. 26-27


By Callie Sharkey-January 4, 2019

For the past 12 years, the Wellington Art Society has presented its Art Fest on the Green, putting new and interesting works of fine art, and the talented artists who create them, in direct contact with the public.
Art Fest on the Green is a free event perfect for people of all ages. The Wellington Amphitheater will be home to the 13th annual juried fine art and fine craft show on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27.
“Art fairs allow people to interact with the artists face to face in a beautiful setting and learn about their creative process, inspiration, techniques, mediums and accomplishments,” explained event organizer Leslie Pfeiffer, a past president and current board member of the Wellington Art Society. “These experiences add to the excitement and joy of owning artwork and having a story or two to share about the artists. Personal contact with the artists cannot be duplicated through a device in one’s hand. We want people to look up from their screens and experience visually and emotionally the artwork and meet the creative artists.”
This year, more than 50 fine artists and artisans from around the nation will participate. In addition to Florida, artists hail from every corner of the country, spanning from California and Michigan to Maine.
The term “fine” when attributed to art means more than just a picture or a figurine. Visual fine art exists for aesthetic and intellectual reasons. It crosses over many different mediums, including watercolor, painting, sculpture and drawing, to name a few.
“The 54 fine artists participating were selected for their creativity, mastery of technique and level of excellence,” Pfeiffer said.
Jamnea Finlayson, owner of the JF Gallery in West Palm Beach, will judge the event, bringing extensive experience to the table. A curator and gallerist, Finlayson serves as a board member for West Palm Beach Art in Public Places, is secretary for the West Palm Beach Antique Row Art & Design District Association and is vice president of the No More Starving Artists Foundation.
After winner selections are finished, an awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. Pfeiffer and Wellington Art Society President Carolina King will present the awards.
While the award ribbons are nice, Art Fest on the Green is all about the artwork.
Some of the artists featured this year work in unique mediums. Tim Carter is an award-winning fine craft woodworker with 25 years of experience. His most recent works utilize both exotic and local woods enhanced with semi-precious stones.
“The natural grain of the wood tells a story about the tree’s original structure,” Carter explained. “The unique properties of all types of wood intrigue me, and the more I learn, the more intrigued I become.”
Jean Willard, another award-winning artist, is a fine art sculptor with a passion for horses and equine-inspired pieces. Her bronze pieces and commissioned sculptures are in private collections and also exhibited throughout the region.
Watercolorist John Bowen describes his work as “realistic expressionism” and is showcasing pieces that depict the Florida lifestyle. With more than 45 years of experience, Bowen is intrigued by history and regularly donates his work to locations dedicated to preserving history, such as the Bonnet House, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens and the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society.
Mixed media artist Lynn Doyal uses techniques ranging from beading and hand stitching to sequins and paint. She strives to connect with audiences.
“The challenge of making work that is fun, regularly engaging and provides the breath in the course of a person’s day means a great deal to me,” Doyal said. “The intricate detail of my mixed media pieces become a surrealistic and surprisingly fun encounter for the viewer, an encounter that remains captivating.”
In addition to fine art, the team at the Art Cellar in Wellington has partnered with the Wellington Art Society to host a “Young at Art” activity tent filled with imaginative and fun projects for children of all ages to complete and take home. There will also be food trucks at the event, and Scott’s Place playground is nearby.
The nonprofit Wellington Art Society will use the funds gathered from sponsors, community partners, donations and artist entry fees to support its programs. An important part of the group’s mission involves community outreach and a successful scholarship program.
“In the past 12 years, we have given out more than $90,000 in college scholarships to creative, talented students pursuing a visual arts degree,” Pfeiffer said.
She hopes that Art Fest on the Green will showcase culture in Wellington and provide a family-friendly platform to bring fine art to the community as a whole.
Art Fest on the Green runs Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event will take place at the Wellington Amphitheater, located at 12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd. Visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org for more information.

Whole Foods Reception Honors Bobbin Salisbury

Whole Foods Reception Honors Bobbin Salisbury


By Denise Fleischman-December 7, 2018

The Wellington Art Society held an artist’s reception for Bobbin Salisbury on Friday, Nov. 30 at Whole Foods Market in Wellington. Salisbury’s artwork was available for purchase and will be on display for several months at the Whole Foods CafĂ©. There were door prizes and refreshments. For more info., visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org.

Art Society Reception For ‘Instincts’ Exhibition

Art Society Reception For ‘Instincts’ Exhibition



By Denise Fleischman-November 30, 2018

A reception was held Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the Wellington Community Center for the Wellington Art Society’s “Instincts” exhibition currently on display. Artwork from 14 artists is included in the exhibition. There were artist demos, a raffle and refreshments. Guests voted for their favorite artwork and a People’s Choice ribbon was awarded. For more information, visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org.