Thursday, March 12, 2015

Plein Air Festival March 12

What’s all the excitement in the air? 
It’s finally here! 
2nd Annual Plein Air Festival
March 12 - 15
By the sea in Palm Beach, 
Jupiter and Tequesta
Plein air painting at Dubois Park  Ted Matz plein air painting  Collectors' Preview

More than 50 nationally renowned, award-winning artists from around the country (as far away as Alaska) will participate in the largest Plein Air Festival in South Florida!  During the four-day event visitors, locals and art collectors enjoy watching the painters and collecting their original art. For a list of artists, click here >>

Plein Air Festival Schedule

Thursday, March 12
Kids’ Paint Out, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Constitution Park
Kids’ Awards,* 5:15 p.m., Museum
Meet the Artists Reception* 5 to 7 p.m., Museum   

Friday, March 13 
Festival Paint Out features Juried  Invited Artists,* 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Watch them paint at the Society of the Four Arts Garden in Palm Beach 
and Harbourside Place and Riverbend Park in Jupiter
First-Day Paintings and Sale 
Collectors’ first look: 5 to 6 p.m.
Open to public: 6 to 7 p.m.,*  Museum

Saturday, March 14 
Festival Paint Out  features Juried  Invited Artists,* 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Watch them paint at the Society of the Four Arts Garden in Palm Beach 
and Harbourside Place and Riverbend Park in Jupiter
Collectors’ Preview and Cocktail Reception 
Meet 50 top, award-winning artists from 18 states. See paintings of our beautiful area created earlier in the day. Collectors’ will have first choice of these paintings.
6 to 8 p.m., Museum, Tickets are $50, also includes a $50 purchase certificate and exclusive early admission to Collector’s First Look on Friday, March 13, from 5 to 6 p.m. Click here to order tickets online or call (561)746-3101.

Sunday, March 15
Quick Draw Paint Out Competition at DuBois Park* 
Anyone can enter, as long as he or she is registered. (First Prize is $1,000!) 
Watch them paint at Dubois Park in Jupiter, 9 a.m. to noon. 
Click here for Quick Draw Paint Out Entry Form, register at the ArtCenter or at Dubois from 8 to 9 a.m.
Reception, Wet-Painting Sales and Awards* 
($10,000 in prizes) 4 to 6 p.m., Museum
Judges are Marisa Pascucci (Curator, Boca Museum of Art), Morgan Samuel Price (Top Plein Air Artist) and Glenn Tomlinson (Curator, Norton Museum of Art). Come and meet the judges and the artists at the reception and see the paintings created during the festival.

March 15 - March 28
Exhibition of Festival’s Paintings, Museum

* Free to the public

Monday, March 9, 2015

Members Meeting Wednesday, March 11

Join Us at
Wellington Art Society's
Wednesday, March 11th Meeting

It will be our 2nd meeting at our NEW location. 
Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road, 
Wellington 33414, 561-791-4005

Directions from South Shore Boulevard: 
go South to Pierson Rd, turn left, go to Village Park, turn right.

Directions from Forest Hill Blvd:
go West to Stribling Way, turn left, follow until road bends & connects to 
Fairlane, follow until it ends at Pierson Rd.
Turn right on Pierson, go to Village Park - on left just past Commerce Park.

The gymnasium is straight ahead as you enter Village Park.  Go to 
the main entrance of the gym.  There will be signs directing you
to the meeting room.

We'd like to get to know our NEW members!
NEW members...please bring 1 or 2 pieces of your art!
Tell us a little about you and your art.

Meeting Details
6:30 - 7, Meet & Greet...Members please bring snacks to share!
7 - 7:30, Club Business/New Member Spotlight
7:30 - 8:45, McMow Glass of Lake Worth will be doing a demonstration!

We're always in need of new Art Raffle donations
for our monthly meetings!
Everyone enjoys winning a piece of art or a new art related item!!
Contact Donna Donelan with details of your donated item.  

Also needed are any type of used or new art supplies for 
Wellington School Art Departments.  Please bring those to our meeting.

All  donated items will be greatly appreciated!

Please email Donna Donelan,
with you Raffle Donation information OR Art Supplies for our local schools.


McMow is family owned and operated and works with each client’s concept to create original pieces of art for residences, commercial buildings or places of worship. They produce the finest in stained, leaded, carved, etched, mosaic and fused glass projects. Their vision is to produce the finest custom art glass that combines old world technique with new design concepts. They offer classes for aspiring glass artists.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

APBC Art on Park Gallery Presents
an exhibit to showcase the Environmental Beauty of Florida
to benefit
the Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group
Giving Back to the Community
15% of sales will be donated

An exhibition of 2D and 3D works by
Palm Beach County Artists

April 1 to May 16, 2015
Art on Park Gallery    
Monday through Saturday 12 PM to 6 PM
800 Park Avenue     Lake Park, Florida 33403     

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 10, 2015   5 - 8 pm
After Party at The Brewhouse Gallery at 8pm
720 Park Ave, Lake Park
(on the next block east of Art on Park Gallery)
The Brewhouse is also donating a percentage of proceeds from that night to the Sierra Club.

Open to all artists who reside in Palm Beach County, FL

The theme of this exhibit is FLORIDA THE BEAUTIFUL. Works should reflect or represent images of the beautiful Florida environment, which the Sierra Club is dedicated to help protect. Animals, plants, seascapes or landscapes found in Florida are welcome. It could be an image, sculpture or a book. Use your imagination and creativity! Multimedia welcomed. Maximum Size: 40" wide x 60" high. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Around Contest!

WAS Members have been invited to participate in a local art contest that challenges us to share peace and hope through our art.
Let your light shine!  
Our / Dance4Art Contest!
clip_image002Theme: With the social unrest that is happening in our world – the Middle East, Africa, Europe and United States, for most this signals that times are changing. If you could use art as a way to shed some warmth on people’s lives, What would you as the artist create? Using either Acrylic, Oil, or Watercolor, represent how “The brush is mightier than the sword.”
Entry is open to ages 15+
Submission info: Contestant may either 1. Drop their works of art at our studio (Dance4Art) or 2. Upload it to our website, Dance4Art, or 3. Email a PDF or JPG image of the artwork to: AND editor@aroundwellington.comThey will all be judged the same!  Please include your: name, mailing address, email address, phone number and name of the artwork when submitting.**
Deadline: The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 27th.  Winners will be announced on under “Contest” on March 1st.
Winner Info:
1st place:
  • $100 Jerry’s Artarama Gift Card
  • Free Art Class for (3x)
2nd place:Soho Acrylic Painting Set, 1 Free Art Class for two, 16 ounce bottle of Artisan Brush Cleaner
Complete acrylic painting set includes:
  • 24, 21ml tubes of SoHo Urban Artist Acrylic Colors
  • 1, 100ml bottle each of Gloss and Gel Mediums
  • 9 SoHo paint brushes
  • 5 plastic palette knives
  • 5-pack of 12 x 16″ SoHo Painting Boards
  • 30-sheet 12 x 16″ disposable paper palette pad
  • 1 double plastic palette cup
  • 1 “Basics of Acrylic Painting” DVD
  • 1 walnut-finish Van Gogh Table Easel
3rd place: 1 Free Art Class
  • 5 Soho Urban Artist Acrylic
  • 4 quality brushes
  • 2, 11”x14″ Artist Canvas Panel
  • 2, 9″x12″ Artist Canvas Panel
  • 2, 8″x10″ Artist Canvas Panel
  • 8 ounce Artisan Brush Cleaner

Sponsors Information
(Professional Fine Arts Classes)
Dance4Art offer’s over 18+ fine arts classes for people of all ages. If you’re a first time artist, beginner or advanced artist, our classes are geared to meet you where your currently at as an artist and to help improve your craftsmanship. We offer full length art classes and demonstrations, for Toddler’s, Kids, Teens, Adult and Art Therapy for disabled.  Our classes cover a large array on how to draw, paint and sculpt. Also, we’re the only art center in Palm BeachCounty that provides Art Therapy classes for both Kids & Adults facing depression, anxiety, lost of a love one, and recovery patients through music therapy and personal 1 on 1 discussion. We’re the official fine Arts instructor for the City of West Palm Beach, Mandel Public Library. If your looking for a center for your kids to play, learn, and use their imagination more often visit Dance4Art today!
11586 Pierson Rd
Wellington Fl, 33414
Suite L9-L10
Website: or Phone: 561-795-7036
Jerry’s Artarama of West Palm Beach
Jerry’s Artarama has been in business since 1968, and they currently have 20 Art Stores (and growing) across the US. Passionate about the arts and local artists, Jerry’s Artarama of West Palm Beach is a one-stop shop for artists. They have over 17,000 sq. feet of fine art supplies to accommodate every artist’s need at the lowest prices available. They offer demonstrations, classes, and yearly in-store art contest/ giveaways. If you’re interested in the arts, a beginner or advanced artist, stop by and check out their full range of fine art supplies. They have knowledgeable, kind and friendly staff  - guaranteed to have you coming back for more! Jerry’s Artarama is truly the “Candy store for Artists.”
Jerry’s Artarama
Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL33409
(In the Office Depot plaza, behind the Pizza Hut on the north hand side of the road) 
As a special to everyone who wishes to participate in the art contest, from February 16th – 28th, we’re offering 10% OFF the total price for all 12 sessions on any class. Not applicable for those using the pay half now/half later system or Independent Study and Open Studio classes.
Call Anthony at Dance4Art with any questions about this contest. 561-795-7036.  Good luck to all!  
For these guidelines also see “” contest page.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Member Deb LaFogg-Docherty to Demo and WAS Meeting

Deb LaFogg-Docherty

Our featured member Deb LaFogg-Docherty will be doing a demonstration of her work at our Members Meeting on Wednesday, February 11. Here is her very accomplished bio:

I grew up on a small farm in Connecticut. Being an only child allowed me many hours to paint and explore the woods and swamps around our house. I received no formal training till I attended Art College, where I majored in advertising and illustration. In my second year there one of my paintings entitled Toy in the Attic made it into an art exhibit at the Yale University Art Gallery show. Shortly after I graduated with honors. From there, I traveled to sunny South Florida. 
My past endeavors have included being a freelance rock photographer, taking pictures of Styx, Robert Plant, Steve Marriott of Humble Pie and many more. I currently work for a newspaper as a special sections designer and still manage to paint every day. 
The most exciting part of preparing to do a painting going out into the field to gather the reference for my paintings. That means coming face to face with some of natures most prized possessions; its wild creatures. The most challenging part of what I do is translating the experience onto paper. I enjoy working in oils, acrylics and pastels. 
I have studied with world renowned artists; Hall of Fame/Master Pastelist Doug Dawson and the late Maggie Price Master Circle winner and past President of the International Association of Pastel Societies. 
June 2011 I received the Masters Circle Award from the International Association of Pastel Societies, October 2011 one of my paintings received second place in drawing in a National Wildlife Art competition and just received word three of my works have won the honor to be part of the Paint the Parks and Paint America Competitions. 
I am currently a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Artist for Conservation, a member of excellence with the Southeastern Pastel Society, The Pastel Society of North Florida, the International Guild of Realism, associate member of the Society of Animal Artists, associate member of Audubon Artists and an associate member of the Oil Painters of America. 
My paintings have been in various shows around the country and in galleries and several museums shows. I was the corner stone artist for the 'Cat's Meow Show, from mild to wild' at the Cornell Museum in Delray Beach, FL. Most recently my painting Under Moms Watchful Eye was selected to be the poster for the Sarasota Wildlife Art Festival 2013. 
I've been published in many newspapers and several magazines including Wildlife Art Magazine, Wildscape Magazine located in the UK and Southwest and Wildlife art magazine online. 
I have also illustrated a childrens book called 'Woodrat Jill' with part of the proceeds going to preserve habitat for the endangered Key Largo Woodrat and is available on Its a story about an Key Largo Woodrat named Jill who bred in captivity and is set free to make a life on her own. A new book is on it's way! 

Emmanuel Gonzalez Whole Foods Artist Reception

Wellington Art Society will hold a reception at Wellington Whole Foods Market Gallery on Friday, February 20 from 6:30-8 P.M. for well known local artist Emmanuel Gonzalez.  The event is hosted by Whole Foods and there will be live music, delicious appetizers and wine.  This is a beautiful gallery and an exceptional exhibit by this outstanding artist.
Emmanuel explores the past and the present through realism and portraiture depicting American icons that are influential, recognizable images.  Some are relevant to specific ethnic and social groups and viewers will experience these images differently, depending on their emotional and social perceptions.  He works in pencil, pastels, oils, acrylic and watercolor to create movement and energy to bring intimacy to large scale pieces.
Emmanuel has had many solo shows and been in juried shows at Art Basel, ArmoryArtCenter, OkeeheeleeNatureCenter, Orlando Museum of Art and many others.  He has been represented at Voight Galleries International in Palm Beach, OSGS Gallery in Northwood and others in Dania and Sanford, Florida.  His paintings are in many private collections throughout the country.
The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 34th year.  It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

9th Annual ArtFest on the Green is Huge Success!

On January 31 and February 1, 2015 the Wellington Art Society hosted its 9th Annual ArtFest on the Green. The weather was most cooperative and brought hundreds of visitors to the art festival. With over 51 booths of fine art and fine crafts along with an interactive art tent for the youngsters there was something for everyone. All who attended, including the volunteers from the Art Society enjoyed the weekend which also include food trucks for those who were hungry. The proceeds from the festival go toward our scholarship fund which provides scholarships to graduating seniors who are continuing their art education in college.