Sunday, October 16, 2016

Reception for Joe Marcou WAS Artist At Whole Foods Gallery

The Wellington Art Society and its community partner Whole Foods Market Wellington features solo artist, Joseph Marcou.  The public is invited to see his work currently on display and to attend a Meet The Artist Reception on Friday, November 4th. Whole Foods Market Wellington will provide delicious appetizers, wine and live music. In addition, there will be special door prizes. The Wellington Art Society requests a $5 per person donation to go toward their Scholarship Fund. His paintings will be on exhibit through December. Combining art food, wine and music is a wonderful way to begin your weekend!  





Joseph Marcou


Friday, November 4th

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Whole Foods Market Cafe  

2635 SR7    Wellington, FL


“Wildfire” by Joseph Marcou

Joseph Marcou was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. His mother was a teacher and a talented artist, so art was always a part of his life. He began drawing and making things at an early age. His parents died young and at 16 he moved to Mexico with his uncle who was a comptroller of a U.S. Commission. One night while at a concert he sketched the pianist. He showed it to his uncle’s friend, the artist Enrique Asunsolo, who realized his talent and suggested that Joe make art his career. This was his defining moment. 

“Starlight Gardenia” by Joseph Marcou

Joe attended the Art School of New York State Tech, majoring in commercial art, now called graphic design. He served as Art Director at several design firms before becoming National Director over four International Paper Company package design studios. His last position was Revlon’s Director of Package Design.

“Golden Calla” by Joseph Marcou

He then opened Joseph Marcou Design Inc. which he ran for 33 years, specializing in package design, logo and trademark development, corporate brochures and annual reports. Some of his clients were Gorton’s of Gloucester, Johnson and Johnson, and Perillo Tours, to mention a few.

“Red Poppy” by Joseph Marcou

Throughout his long design career, Joe continued fine art painting for himself. When he finally retired from the corporate world , he was able to turn to the sheer enjoyment of creating art full time. He is particularly well known for his extraordinary floral paintings, capturing their essence with drama and unusual style. His paintings are in many private national and international collections. He has been represented by the Farnsworth Gallery and exhibits his work in many outdoor art fairs.  Joe says he is inspired by the resilience of nature and what its limitless imagination and whimsy creates. 

Wellington Art Society October 19th Meeting

White Rose by Deborah Bigeleisen
On Wednesday, October 19 the Wellington Art Society invites its members, their guests and the public to enjoy its monthly meeting at 6:30pm at the new Wellington Community Center Lakeview East Room, 12150 Forest Hill Boulevard.

Energy by Deborah Bigeleisen
Serpentine by Deborah Bigeleisen
Come socialize, meet a great artist, enjoy some delicious food and hear about all of the exciting things we have planned for the year. Our guest demonstrator this month will be Debbie Bigeleisen.
Debbie earned her degree in textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and founded her own global print design company in Manhattan. After moving to Florida, she was eager to learn oil painting, “the medium of the Masters”. Early in her career, Deborah was represented by a local gallery where she painted beautiful roses using the techniques of the Dutch masters. Awed by the beauty, complexity and mystery of flowers, she continues to follow her passion.

Joint Artists Reception at City Hall and Wellington Community Center

Artist Betty Brodie with her artwork
Artist Lynn Doyal with her work
Gallery Chairs Shirley Browne and Susan Mosely (on right) welcome guests

On Tuesday, September 27 the Wellington Art Society welcomed guests to the brand new Wellington Community Center and to City Hall for a reception to preview the artwork of its many talented members. Visitors enjoyed the short walk between the two facilities to view the galleries. At each venue their were artists doing demonstrations.

Artist Relly Peckett with Steve Axelrod
Photographer GG Gonzalez with her husband and mother
The Wellington Art Society welcomes both artists and art lovers to be part of its wonderful organization. We help with artist development as well as inspiration. Our monthly meetings always feature a talented artist who demonstrates their artistic techniques to the attendees

Artist Andy Hollimon's Demonstration
Artist Toni Willey's Demonstration

Friday, September 9, 2016

Wellington Art Society Welcomes Members and Public To September Meeting, With Featured Artist, Vickie Siegel

Mixed Media artist Vicki Siegel will be giving a demonstration at the first meeting of the season for the members of the Wellington Art Society and guests. The meeting will be held in the Lakeview East Room of the new Wellington Community Center at 6:30pm. The Community Center is located just south of the Wellington City Hall at 12150 Forest Hill Boulevard.

A social hour will be followed by a member spotlight showing their recent works and a brief meeting The featured demonstrator for the evening will be Vickie Siegel, contemporary artist, whose mixes media paintings and photography and sculpture explore the connection between memory and reality.

Vickie’s art combines painting and photography, blending the two art forms in a process that results in images both real and imaginary. These works are transformed by using acrylic paint and image transfers from her photographs. The details are found in layers often revealing something forgotten or missing from actual experiences.  Her works are in many private and corporate collections. She shows in many South Florida exhibits and galleries and is a member of many art organizations.

 The Wellington Art Society is a terrific artist networking organization for artists and art lovers. 

Artist Reception for Toni Willey

WAS Member Toni Willey with her Polar Bear
From Left: Chairwomen Donna Donelan and Marie Lentine with WAS President Sandy Axelrod 
On Friday, August 26 Whole Foods Market Wellington and the Wellington Art Society hosted a reception for art society member Toni Willey's Solo Artist Show. The Wellington Art Society community partner Whole Foods Market provided appetizers, wine and music for this lovely, well attended event. One hundred percent of the $5 donation at the door goes to the WAS Scholarship fund.
From Left: Betty Brodie, Leslie Pfeiffer, Gael Hahn and Donna Donelan
From Left: Toni Willey, Betty Brodie and Hildegard Donovan

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

New Art Show at Oak Bistro and Wine Bar


Enjoy our new WAS Artists’ Show at the Oak Bistro and Wine Bar!
  Featuring WAS Artists
Amparo de La Cruz
Gail Erickson
Griselda “GG”Gonzalez
Lindy May
Phyllis Silk
Owners Brian and Lisa Jacobsen  invite you and your friends to come in and say “hello”.
Stop in and see the wonderful artwork of these talented artists at this fun, upbeat place to meet friends.
Share some delicious appetizers , tapas, and daily specials along with a selection of fine wines and craft beers.

11051 Southern Blvd.  Royal Palm Beach, FL    Next to Stein Mart in the Costco Shopping Center

Toni Willey is Our Solo Artist at Whole Foods Market Wellington

Wellington Art Society member Toni Willey is the current featured solo artist at Whole Foods Market Wellington Café. A Public Reception will be held at and hosted by the Whole Foods Market Wellington Staff on Friday, August 26, 2016 from 6:30pm until 8pm. Delicious appetizers and wine will be served along with live music and door prizes. The Art Society asks a $5 donation which will go to their Scholarship Fund. It will be a lovely reception for the artist and friends and a great way to start the weekend! Toni is a highly accomplished artist and will be showing her series of endangered species entitled “The Vanishing”.  The Exhibit is open now.   
Toni Willey began drawing at an early age but her exceptional talent surfaced when she began painting. Her teachers said she painted the way Mozart played music; it just rolled off her fingers. After high school she received a National Scholastic Award of Merit from the St. Louis Art Museum. She attended Art Institute and Foundation classes at Washington University and St. Louis University, where she studied all the fine art disciplines. Her painting style is photo realistic and semi abstract done in acrylics, mixed media and watercolor.
WAS Member Roehl Acosta Receives Best of Show Award 
It’s a feast for the eyes as the best work by artists of sixteen art associations, from Miami to Vero Beach, is on display at the Lighthouse ArtCenter. The work was juried and judged, resulting in twenty-two awards presented at the 6th Annual Art of Association exhibition opening reception at the ArtCenter in Tequesta. 

Curator Janeen Mason, announced the winners to the capacity crowd that took place at the June 3rd Thursday event and Executive Director, Nancy Politsch presented the awards. Jane Davis Doggett, 2016 inductee into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, Jennifer Elser, CEO of the Elliott Museum and Nancy Politsch, served as the judges.

Collaboration and cooperation are key to the Art of Association, which showcases 375 original works of art from 186 exhibiting artists. Participating art groups include Art Associates of Martin County, Artists in Florida, Fabric and Florals by Choice, Jensen Beach Art League, Lake Worth Art League, Lighthouse ArtCenter Artists’ Guild, Lighthouse Camera Club, North County Art Association, Palm Beach County Art Teacher’s Association, Plein Air Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie Art League, South Florida Basket & Fiber Guild, Studio Art Quilting Association Pod 7 and Pod 8, Wellington Art Society and Women in the Visual Arts. 

"This is an exhibition in which art lovers and collectors can see, as well as purchase, the best work by members of art associations in our region. There are outstanding pieces of art ranging from representational and abstract paintings to photography, ceramic sculptures and glass work to fiber art,” said Executive Director Nancy Politsch. “The openings, lectures and exhibition this summer also offer the participating artists an opportunity to network, share ideas and expand their horizons.”

Winners include:
BEST OF SHOW: Roehl Acosta, Wellington Art Society, Title: Florida Wave
•    1st Place:  Nancy Politsch, Lighthouse ArtCenter Artist Guild, Glass, Title:  Silver Glow
•    2nd Place: Bill Jones, North County Art Associates, Turned wooden bowl with inlaid turquoise, Title:  Southwest Trails
•    3rd Place:  Carolyn Austin, North County Art Associates, Hand-Blown Glass, Title:  Purple Haze
•    1st Place:  Barbara Watler, Studio Art Quilting Association Pod 7, Quilted Applique, Title: Vibrations
•    2nd Place:  Cindy Bartosek, South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild, Eco Print on Silk, Title: Natural Impressions
•    3rd Place:  Ellen Anderman, SAQA Pod 8, Quilted Applique, Title:  Color My World
•    Honorable Mention:  Malle Whitaker, South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild, Reed and natural materials on stoneware base, Title:  Rebirth
•    1st Place:  Karen Angstadt, Jensen Beach Art League, Ink on Fiber, Title:  Puppy Love
•    2nd Place:  Lorrie Williamson, Florida Artist Guild, Mixed Media, Title:  Passion for Life
•    1st Place:  Tonya Witzel, Lighthouse ArtCenter Artist Guild, Oil on Canvas, Title: Portico Reflections
•    2nd Place:  Laurie Snow Hein, Lighthouse ArtCenter Artist Guild, Acrylic on Canvas, Title: Hunter’s Paradise
•    3rd place:  Kris Davis, Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association, Oil on Canvas, Title:  Rhythm
•    Hon. Mention: Susan Greeley, Women in the Visual Arts, Acrylic on Canvas, Title: Kingston Road Market
•    1st Place:  Carmen Lagos, Lighthouse ArtCenter Artist Guild, Watercolor, Title:  Nature’s Way of Weaving
•    2nd Place:  Gustavo Castillio, Lighthouse ArtCenter Artist Guild, Watercolor, Title: Sweetwater for Sale
•    3rd Place: Lynn Morgan, Florida Artist Group, Pastel on Paper, Title:  Heaven and Earth
•    Hon Mention:  Kathryn Adele Schumacher, Lighthouse ArtCenter Artist Guild, Title:  Elephant Walk
•    1st Place:  Barry Schein, Artists in Florida, Photography, Title: Masai One
•    2nd Place:  Don Lacy, Lighthouse Camera Club, Photography, Title:  December Morning
•    3rd Place:  Debbie Rubin, Women in the Visual Arts, Photography, Title:  The Barbershop
•    Hon Mention: Judy Norton, Lighthouse Camera Club, Photography, Title:  Red Dragonfly

WAS Donates to Norton Museum of Art

WAS Second VP Susan Mosely presents check on behalf of the Wellington Art Society to Yimarie Rivera, Assistant Curator of Education, and Glenn Tomlinson, Curator of Education; of the Norton Museum of Art.
The Wellington Art Society was so happy to be able to help children attend art camp sessions at the Norton Museum of Art. As part of our Outreach Program we presented a check to the Norton Museum of Art that was designated for summer camp scholarships.

The Wellington Art Society was established in 1981 and has over 100 members. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts,providing both local and regional artists the platform to share their work, learn more about their craft and serve the community through their art.

The mission of the Wellington Art Society is to educate and encourage originality among its members and area youth; and to present art, promote art appreciation and further advancement of all cultural endeavors in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Excellence ~ Inspiration ~ Meet the Artists ~ Celebration

Join us for the Opening Reception and Awards Presentation at the Art of Association Exhibition at the Lighthouse Art Center Gallery in Tequesta, FL on 
Thursday, June 16, 5:30-7:30.

Cash Bar and passed hors d’oeuvres

Congratulations to our exhibiting WAS artists:
Roehl Acosta
Joe Marcou
Jim Culveyhouse
Kathy Morlock
Donna Donelan
Lisa Pettersen
Lynn Doyal
Bobbin Salisbury
Nancy Fried
Fredericka Webster
Andy Hollimon
Toni Willey 

       The collaborative exhibition features over 100 talented artists from 16 Art 
                       Associations located in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. 
Please share the media notice featuring images of our exhibiting WAS artists’ work with your social media contacts.

We look forward to seeing you and thank you for supporting local artists!!! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Wellington Art Society is very proud to present our quarterly Juried Art Show, Sale and Artists' Reception on Tuesday, May 24 from 5:30 until 7pm. Join us for a feast for the eyes! On display at City Hall in Wellington are 40 original works of art by the very talented members of the WAS. Included are paintings, sculpture, mixed media and photography. Featured will be demonstrations and artists' insights so don't miss this fabulous FREE event. In addition refreshments will be served and door prizes won. Bring friends. Come and enjoy the company of our wonderfully talented members.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Above and Beyond

On Thursday, May 5 the Wellington Art Society and CJR Fine Arts and Frame are hosting a fabulous art show and sale. Above and Beyond will highlight the artwork of the very talented members of the Wellington Art Society. Come join in the experience of chatting with the artists and learning what inspires them. The show includes 2-D and 3-D art and their will also be book signings by a few members as well. The show is being held at CJR Fine Arts and Frame at 514B North State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach from 6:30 until 9pm. Wine and light bites will be served. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to interact with our amazing artists. For more information contact the President of the Wellington Art Society Sandy Axelrod at

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Solo Artist GG Gonzalez Reception at Whole Foods

Photographer GG Gonzalez
Mark your calendars for a fabulous art exhibit and reception on Friday, April 29 from 6:30 until 8pm. The Wellington Art Society is proud to announce the solo exhibit of our member GG Gonzalez, whose fabulous photography is on display at Whole Foods for the next couple of months. We will be hosting a reception there with our community partner Whole Foods Market in Wellington. Wine and light bites are served. There is a $5 donation to attend with the entire amount benefitting our Scholarship Fund.

Canopy Way by GG Gonzalez
GG Gonzalez is an accomplished local photographer who has been interested in photography since she was seven years old and received her first camera from her mother, a five dollar 110 film one bought at a yard sale. For years she photographed all of her family and friends’ activities, creating a cherished window to the past.

Phantom by GG Gonzalez
GG loves to travel and has taken working vacations in Africa, Asia and India, collecting a treasure trove of images. Many of these focus on wildlife and the natural world. She is able to share her experiences and emotional connection with nature through her “Travel Gallery”, compiled while visiting some of the world’s most picturesque locations. For viewers it is like taking a personal journey to faraway places.

The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 35th 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.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Celebrating Azucena at Whole Foods Reception

On Friday, February 19 the Wellington Art Society and Community Partner Whole Foods celebrated the artwork of Maria Martin and her solo art show. With well over 50 in attendance it was a grand celebration indeed. Maria's artwork is as joyful as she is. The Wellington Art Society is proud to have such talented artists as members.

Every 3 months Whole Foods hosts a solo art exhibit of one of our talented members and honors them with a gala reception complete with beautiful and delicious food, wine and live music. If you missed the reception be sure to stop by the Whole Foods Cafe in Wellington to view her extraordinary artwork.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Art Fest on the Green Wrap Up

Mayor Bob Margolis and his wife Linda with Susan Mosely
Art Fest Committee Sandy Axelrod, Faye Ford, Leslie Pfeiffer and Adrianne Hetherington
Our 10th annual art show Art Fest on the Green took place the last weekend of January. With a week of nothing but rain, rain and more rain just prior to our event we had to have the artists set up in the parking lot instead of the Wellington Amphitheater lawn. But it worked out perfectly! The sun came out and we had a glorious weekend for art and music. The event was a total success. Thank you to all who worked so hard to make this happen. It is only through the support of our members that we can continue to put on such amazing events. These events help to raise the funds we need to give scholarships to high school seniors who are furthering their education in art.

Our Musician Extraordinaire Bobby G

Reception for Solo Artist Maria Martin

The Wellington Art Society will hold a Public Reception for internationally acclaimed  and published artist, Maria P.Martin (professional name Azucena) on Friday, February 19th, 2016 at the Whole Foods Gallery in Wellington. Whole Foods will host the evening with delicious canapés, wine and live music. The Art Society asks for a donation of $5 which goes to the Scholarship Fund. It will be a lovely reception for the artist and friends and a great way to start the weekend!  The Rickie Report shares the details and reminds you that this exhibit is available now.  Food shop, art shop!








Friday, February 19th

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Whole Foods Market Cafe

2635 SR7 Wellington, FL


$5. Covers Music, Wine, Food and Donation to WAS Scholarship Fund

Exhibit Is Available At This Time

Friday, January 15, 2016

10th Annual Art Fest on the Green

The Wellington Art Society will present its 10th Annual Art Fest on the Green at the Wellington Amphitheater at 12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington on Saturday, January 30th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, January 31st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Art Fest is a celebration of art, life, and bringing art and community together in a beautiful outdoor setting.
     The juried fine art and craft show will feature artists from around the country showing off unique designs across multiple mediums, including painting, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, textiles, photography and more.
     The goal is to bring art and community together.  Art Fest gives the community an opportunity to interact with the artists, learn more about their creative process, different mediums and techniques and learn about the artists’ lives.
     Several artists will be working on site and the 50 fine artists participating in the festival were selected for their creativity, mastery of the technique and level of excellence.
     The four co-chairs for Art Fest, Leslie Pfeiffer, Adrianne Hetherington, Faye Ford, President Sandy Axelrod and WAS Volunteers will be on hand to assist visitors as they navigate through a children’s art activity area where art can be created, shared and taken home, as well as through the fine art selection by professional and emerging artists from across the country displaying their original artwork.  With a wide variety of original art for sale there is something for everyone in the show. It is a fantastic opportunity to take home an original work of art and a have a great story to share about the artist.  

Live acoustic music will be performed by Bobby G. and his friends during Show hours. Food Trucks will be on site offering a delicious variety of food.

    The 100 members of the Wellington Art Society, founded in 1981, represent a wide variety of mediums and experience.  The group is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, providing both local and regional artists a platform to share their work, learn more about their craft, and serve the community through their art. 
      The proceeds from Art Fest help finance the Wellington Art Society’s long standing Scholarship Program.  

Thursday, January 14, 2016

February Members Meeting

Nicole Galluccio
Galluccio is a mixed media pop artist from Lake Worth.
With a BFA from Florida Atlantic University in Studio Art,
Nicole has been painting and creating in South Florida for 
20 years. Throughout her career, she has exhibited at the
Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Continuum Annual 
Pop Up Art Exhibition, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, 
Artists' Guild and a host of other galleries in Palm Beach County.
She currently has work available through RCB Fine Art Gallery
in Lake Worth and a 13 foot mural at the Boynton Beach
Arts District.

"I find inspiration for my floral pieces from nature as well as from 
vintage fabrics, 60s mod fashion and style, comic and street art and 
spinning them into heavily exaggerated illustrative pop paintings."