The Wellington Art Society, which first came into being when the community was just newly developed, was organized by Johanna Secor, a world-renowned artist from Connecticut.
The society held monthly luncheons at the Wellington Club East and invited guest artists to give demonstrations in various mediums. Even though there was a shortage of facilities to display art, the artists displayed their work in open –air exhibitions and inside businesses in the area. Mrs. Secor served as President of the group for 15 years and was active until the end of her life.
Several artists served as President and along with Board Members provided strong leadership and focus and by the year 2000 membership had increased along with awareness of the organization by local artists and the community. There was renewed excitement for showcasing area artists’ work, promoting art appreciation and art education among its members as well as local art students.
Since its beginning the Wellington Art Society has focused on artist development and serving the community through their art.
In 2005, the Wellington Art Society incorporated and gained its 501 (c ) (3) charitable organization status.
Meetings, held monthly September through May, feature programs including demonstrations, guest speakers, model draws, and marketing and professional artist development Information.
Over the years the organization initiated many events for area artists. In the early years the Zephyr Exhibition was a juried show open to all area artists. The Art ‘N About program provided bi-monthly art exhibitions of works by member artists at local businesses. The first Members’ Spring Show was held in 2006. ArtWalks, tours of artists’ studios were held through the years. For many years the Society hosted “Art in the Afternoon”, a fundraising event featuring live and silent Art Auctions with food and music at Breakers West County Club.
In November, 2005 the first annual Fall Fling-“Art under the Pines” outdoor fine art and fine craft festival provided a new venue for member artists to sell their art.
This event has successfully grown and in January 2020, the Wellington Art Society will present its 2 day outdoor 14th Annual Juried Fine Art and Fine Craft Art Fest on the Green 2019 at the Wellington Amphitheater. This is a great opportunity for artists and our community to come together and learn about the creative process, interact with artists and be inspired. The support of our local Community Partners and Sponsors makes this much anticipated event a favorite for the whole community.
This event has become a major source of funding for our Scholarship Program.
Since the inception of the scholarship fund in 2001, scholarships have been given to 75 local graduating art students for continuing their visual arts education at the college level.
Scholarships are also given to children to attend Summer Art Camps.
Our Community Outreach Projects – Art from the Heart
Throughout the years and ongoing:
Teach art lessons and mentor local students
Volunteer our time and talents at local events
Donate art supplies for Wish Lists from local schools and groups
Created a mural and 75 paintings for the local Children’s Hospital
Administer the Wellington Student Art Program for the Village of Wellington
Art Shows and Docent Tours at the W.A.S. Gallery at City Hall and other venues
Created artwork for the Community Park
For 38 years the Wellington Art Society has brought art and the community together to celebrate Life and Art.
We look forward to a bright future as we continue to inspire, educate, and enhance the lives of our community through our creativity and art.
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Wellington Art Society, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) corporation and contributions are deductible to the extent of federal law; Tax ID# 20-2246485.