The Wellington Art Society is an organization for artists and art lovers in the western communities of Palm Beach County, Florida. With almost 100 members, our mission is: to educate and encourage originality among our members; to provide a place where amateur and professional artists may meet on both social and business levels; and to present art, promote art appreciation, and further advance all cultural endeavors in the western communities.
This blog is written by Suzanne Redmond, a member of the Wellington Art Society. You can visit her personal art blog at BlueSandStudio.blogspot.com.
Last week we had a reception for the artists whose work is currently on display at Wellington City Hall. The artwork hangs for four months, and we have a reception about mid-way through. The receptions are open to the public, so it's a great opportunity to see the art and ask questions of the artists.
Here is artist Bobbin Salisbury next to the poster that greets you when you enter City Hall.
Here are a few of the WAS members who attended the reception. In the back row: Candra Conner, Leslie Pfeiffer, Joanne Baker MacLeod, Laura Willems, Nancy Brown, and Ilkin Deniz. Front row: Suzanne Redmond, Corinne Ingerman, and Bobbin Salisbury.
In my last post, I showed photos of the artwork that was on display at the Wellington City Hall this summer. Now, I'm going to give you a sneak preview of a few pieces that are on display right now. Be sure and stop by City Hall on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 for a reception where you can not only see all the artwork but you can also meet the artists. Here's a few of the art pieces that you will see.
Leslie Pfeiffer uses painterly realism to create oil paintings of landscapes, coastal scenes, and rainforests. She is often inspired by her recent travels. She was born in Chicago, and began creating with sketching, painting, and sculpting with clay. Since moving to Florida she has taken classes and workshops and been mentored by these amazing artists: David McElroy, Caspar McCloud, Nancy Tilles, Laurie Snow Hein, and Nelson Shanks. Leslie continues to explore different mediums and techniques and is currently using encaustic to create vibrant abstract works.
Here is one of her oil paintings that you can see at City Hall, titled "Golden Orchids." It is 16" x 20", and can be purchased for $850.
We have a new show of paintings at Wellington's City Hall, but in case you missed it, I'm going to show you what was on display over the summer. Every four months, we rotate new artwork by our members. It's on display in the first floor lobby and the hallways of the second floor. We are able to display 20 - 30 pieces, so it is quite a stunning show.
I'll show you each of the pieces quickly, but be sure and click on the artist's name which will link to their website and you can see more fabulous art.
Nancy Brown has been a member of the Wellington Art Society for about a year. She is a wonderful photographer who has traveled extensively throughout China. She can print her photographs on any size canvas. This first one is called "Eye of Giant Buddha."
After three months without membership meetings, we kicked off the new season with a lively welcome back to our members at our September Open House. We don't take time off from displaying our members' art, though. We had quite a few wonderful art exhibits this summer, and in case you missed them, I'm going to post some of the artwork here in the next few weeks.
First of all, one of our longest-running exhibits is our display of artwork at the City of Wellington's Community Center. We're all familiar with that space, because that is where we hold our monthly meetings. This artwork is located in the Card Room, and is seen by many groups who use that room as well as the large Grand Cypress Room for their meetings and events.
This Friday from 6:30 - 8:00 we'll be joining Ursula Fernandez at Whole Foods Market in Wellington to celebrate her solo show in the café. Ursula has 19 nature paintings on display. Most of them are endangered flowers, such as these.
Some of our long-time members may recall artist Deb LaFogg, who was a member about four years ago. She recently attended one of our meetings and decided to re-join. We're so happy that she did, because we get to hear about her paintings, like this one, titled "Squash Bug on Strap Fern."
This painting has been accepted into the Art of the Animal Kingdom XVIII show at the Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, Vermont. This show begins June 15 and will run through August 25. This is one of the most prestigious wildlife exhibitions, and over 65 pieces will be included in the show. Congratulation, Deb, and welcome! You can see more of Deb's artwork at her website here.
Today I show you the last of the paintings that are currently on display at Wellington's City Hall. They will be there through the end of April. Then we will change them out and you can stop by and see a whole new exhibit. The City Hall is open Monday - Thursday, 8:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Leslie Pfeiffer attended the reception for the artists in March. Here she is with her painting called "Orchid Blush." It is painted in oils and is 16" x 20".