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Artist Demonstration with John MacDonald and Awards for WSA Library Show

November 5 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

"Against the Shore" by John MacDonald

John MacDonaldOn Sunday, November 5, the Wellesley Society of Artists, Inc. (WSA) is pleased to host an artist demonstration with renowned landscape oil painter John MacDonald at the Wakelin room at the Wellesley Free Library from 1:00-4:00 p.m. The WSA is grateful to Hartney Greymont for underwriting this demo and to the Wellesley Free Library for providing the venue.

The afternoon, which is open to the general public, will begin with a reception. Admission is free, but the WSA will be collecting non-perishable food items to be donated to the Wellesley Food Pantry and welcomes any contributions to this effort. At 1:15 p.m. the WSA will present the judge’s awards to WSA Member Artists exhibiting in the Fall 2017 Library Show.

The WSA is honored to have artist and Wellesley resident, Michelle Jung, as the judge for this show. She is recognized for her large paintings of majestic seascapes and landscapes. A Connecticut native, Michelle works outdoors from life creating small paintings she uses as references for large paintings done in studio. Nature, beauty and the dualistic qualities we feel as humans continue to inspire her work. Working in series, Michelle uses classical methods of painting in layers to evoke a timeless feeling to her work. She will be awarding first, second and third place as well as the Margaret Fitzwilliam Award for Excellence in water media.

In addition, there will be a Best Presentation Award. Framed in Time is a popular framing store in historic Saxonville that is well known to WSA artists and others. Owner, John Fornier has been a supporter of artists for many years and will be sponsoring an award for the best presentation of an artwork. 

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 JMacDonald.com.


November 5
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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