Landscape Oil Demonstration with John MacDonald

John MacDonaldRenowned landscape oil painter John MacDonald will hold an artist demonstration on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the WSA meeting at the Wellesley Free Library.

The afternoon, which is open to the general public, runs from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Wakelin Room and will begin with a reception. At 1:15 p.m. the WSA will present the judge’s awards to WSA Member Artists exhibiting in the Fall 2017 Library Show. To view past award winners, please visit the WSA’s Award Winners Gallery.

Immediately following the the awards, John MacDonald will begin his demonstration in landscape oil painting. John attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he received a BFA in 1979. Following college, he attended a four month intensive printmaking workshop at the Institute for American Universities in Avignon, France. Returning to the States, he received an MA degree in drawing and painting from Purdue University in 1982.

For nearly thirty years, John worked as both a freelance illustrator and landscape painter. He has won awards from Print Magazine as well as having work appear in the Society of Illustrators annual show. He now paints full time. His paintings are held in private and corporate collections throughout North America.

Oil paintings by John MacDonaldJohn is currently represented by the following galleries:

The Iris Gallery, Boston, MA & Aspen, CO
Warm Springs Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
The Lily Pad Gallery, Watch Hill, RI and Milwaukee, WI
Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan, CT
Christopher-Clark Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

His workshops have taken place from New Hampshire to California. Recent workshops have been held in the Bascom Center, North Carolina; The Falmouth Art League, Falmouth, Massachusetts; The Weathersfield Academy, Wethersfield, Connecticut; and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.

Professional memberships have included the Creativity Coaching Association, Society of Illustrators, the Illustrators Partnership of America, the National Association of Plein Air Painters, the Graphic Artists Guild, and the Oil Painters of America.

To learn more about John, please visit his website at

WHS Student Receives WSA Art Achievement Award

Emma Soliva
Emma Soliva, winner of the 2017 WSA Art Achievement Award

The Wellesley Society of Artists recently awarded Wellesley High School sophomore, Emma Soliva, with The WSA Art Achievement Award at their Awards Night on June 8, 2017.

Award recipient Emma Solvia’s work
Award recipient Emma Solvia’s work

Emma is a metals studio artist that entered the course as a freshman.  The WHS art department staff was so impressed by her skills she was given an “intensive” spot as a sophomore.  

Teachers remarked that her portfolio of work is conceptually very well thought out and she displays a personal maturity. Emma is going on the WHS art department trip to Greece this summer. The WSA Art Achievement Award dates back decades. The WSA is grateful to be able to reinstitute this award to recognize and support the efforts of art students at the Wellesley High School.  

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Visit Eddie Bruckner’s Fenway PaintBox and Natick Art Installation

WSA Member Artist Eddie Bruckner’s Fenway PaintBox was completed in May 2017 and is located just steps away from Boston’s Fenway Park at the corner of Boylston St. and Yawkey Way (near Tasty Burger).  Sponsored by the City of Boston and the Boston Art Commission, Eddie’s PaintBox features images of Boston’s Citgo Sign, the MBTA, the State House, the Prudential Tower, and the Zakim Bridge. 

Eddie recently completed his latest public art installation, “Natick Pride & The Boston Marathon,” located in Natick, MA.  The painted electrical utility box was completed in September 2017 and is located a few blocks from the Natick Town Common at the corner of East Central Avenue and Dewey St on the Boston Marathon Route.  Commissioned by the Natick Center Cultural District and the Public Art Committee with funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Eddie’s public art installation features a Boston Marathon Theme and emphasizes Natick Pride.  A video highlighting the making of the public art project is available on Eddie Bruckner’s YouTube Channel. 

More information about Eddie Bruckner can be found on his website: