The Jacksonville Watercolor Society (JWS), in its 40th year, welcomes award-winning watercolor artist Pam Wenger to be the judge for their fall show, guest artist at their monthly meeting, and instructor for their three-day workshop.
“My portrait paintings are my real love—it’s hard to explain the excitement of trying to connect with the essence of a person through their expression … their pose … their placement in the composition,” says Wenger. “When I feel my relationship to my subject matter begin to click in the early stages of a painting, it’s like the beginning of a friendship—it begins to evolve and take on a life of its own.”
Wenger has always gravitated towards art, but it wasn’t until she retired as an elementary school teacher in 2012 that she decided to explore art as the next phase in her life. Figuring she would try watercolor first because it would be easier and cheaper than oils, Wenger says she found out quickly those were both incorrect assumptions. She studied with artists Ted Nuttall and Charles Reid, who are great influences in her work. Since 2013, she has won numerous awards and signature designations. One of her most recent awards is first place in the Artists Magazine Cover Competition 2022.
Workshop—Oct. 26-28 at the Jacksonville Gem & Mineral Society, 3733 Crown Point Rd. • Juried Show—Oct. 22–Nov. 27 at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Dr., Ponte Vedra Beach • JWS Monthly Meeting—Oct. 25 at the Mandarin Garden Club, 2892 Loretto Rd. The opening artist reception will be held Friday, November 4 from 6–8 p.m.
For details: www.jacksonvillewatercolorsociety.org