Friday, February 24, 2012

Adrianne Hetherington Paints at Local Treasures

WAS member Adrianne Hetherington is selling her hand painted scarves and ties at Local Treasures, a small shop in Tequesta. Artists can rent space in the shop for their art, or Local Treasures will accept it on consignment. On February 24, Local Treasures, and the other shops in the center, invited the public to browse their aisles and have a little refreshment. Adrianne was the featured artist at Local Treasures, and she set up her inks to demonstrate how she paints her beautiful silk scarves.

Suzanne Redmond and her husband visited Adrianne to see her work.

We've always known Adrianne for her wonderful painted collages. 

Now we're really getting to know her for her beautiful painted scarves.

Feel free to join us for our next Wellington Art Society membership meeting on Wednesday, March 14, when Adrianne will demonstrate her silk painting techniques for us. We meet at 6:30 at the Wellington Community Center on Forest Hill Blvd., and the public is welcome.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Whole Foods Reception for Kathy Morlock

More than 70 family and friends joined Kathy Morlock at Whole Foods Market on February 3 to view Kathy's one-woman show. Thirteen of Kathy's paintings are on display in their Cafe from December 1 through February 29.

Here is Kathy with her watercolor titled "Picking Flowers."

Kathy creates both watercolors and oil paintings. She has taken classes at the Armory Art Center and the Lake Worth Art League. You can see by her paintings that she is inspired by the beauty of Florida and other tropical locations that she visits, such as Hawaii.

Kathy really got the word out about this reception, and invited her friends, family, and neighbors. Here she is with her husband Don, standing in front of her oil painting of the Jupiter Lighthouse.

Here is her watercolor titled "Sunset Palms."

Norm and Ilene Adams and Sandy Axelrod enjoyed their evening of art, friends, and music.

Whole Foods Market provides a variety of wines for tasting, and some of their wonderful cheeses and cookies. If you liked their choices, be sure and go back and visit their wine and cheese departments.

Bobbin Salisbury and Adrianne Hetherington helped Kathy sell her prints. She brought prints of four different paintings, and sold quite a few. Please contact us if you're interested in a print and didn't get a chance to purchase one. Joanne MacLeod, who was our first Whole Foods artist, also attended to show her support for Kathy. Leslie Pfeiffer, who is part of the Whole Foods art program selection committee kept the show running.

Kathy's watercolor titled "Leaf Frog."

At each artist reception, we ask for a $5 donation to go toward the Wellington Art Society scholarship fund. This reception raised $350! Thank you to Kathy and the Whole Foods committee who worked so hard to make this happen. The next Whole Foods artist will be chosen shortly. We'll see you at the next reception.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Plein Air Art in Wellington

We seemed to have skipped our Winter here in Florida. Day after day it's sunny and mild. What's an adventurous artist to do? Go outside with your paints and do a little plein air painting. Plein air is simply a French term that means art outdoors. We're lucky enough to have preserves tucked in every area in Palm Beach County. In September last year, the City of Wellington opened up the Wellington Environmental Preserve at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Everglades Habitat. Now, that's a mouthful. Consequently, everyone just calls it Section 24, which is what it was called for decades when it was an undeveloped piece of land on the west side of Wellington. Four of us brought our chairs, easels or tables, paints, brushes, and canvases, and set out to paint what we saw. We are trained painters, not-so-trained painters, acrylic painters, and a watercolorist.

As you can see, we all came up with different paintings, yet we were all looking at the same view. I'm glad we didn't have the same results!

 Tony Baker created this with acrylics.

Suzanne Redmond also used acrylics, and infused some brighter colors to exaggerate what she was seeing.

Bobbin Salisbury used watercolors.

Linda Rovolis painted with acrylics, mostly using her palette knife.

If you'd like to visit Section 24 for your own plain air painting, photography, birdwatching or hiking, you can find it by traveling west on Southern Blvd. After the Binks Forest traffic light, continue west to your first left. Take that left, which is Flying Cow Road. Travel 3 1/2 miles south to the northern entrance of the preserve. There is also a southern entrance, but there are no restroom facilities there. It is a .8 mile walk over two boardwalks to the trellis area where we pitched our chairs and easels. For a 1 mile walk, you can visit and climb the observation tower. Since this area was reclaimed, it needs time for the planted trees to grow. It is already populated by quite a few species of birds.