Fairbanks Watercolor Society exhibits annual member showcase at Wells St. Art Gallery

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The Fairbanks Watercolor Society is helping usher spring into Fairbanks this month! Beginning on Friday and throughout the month of March, the Watercolor Society’s paintings will be on display at the Wells St. Art Company in downtown Fairbanks.

Birds in mid-flight, sunflower and poppy still-lifes, scenes from nature and many other paintings can be see in the Wells St. Art Gallery over the month of March as part of the Fairbanks Watercolor Society's annual show. (Ramzi Abou Ghalioum/KTVF)

“This is our annual show that we put on for our membership,” says Nelda Nixon, days before the exhibition is due to open. Nixon is the secretary of the Fairbanks Watercolor Society. The group provides this opportunity to their approximately 150 members who might want to exhibit their work in an art gallery.

Nixon and various other members are at Wells St. Art Company on a mid-week afternoon hanging up paintings. Each member could submit a maximum of two pieces -- and for this show, 36 members submitted 69 paintings. Paintings will be juried by the public for a people’s choice award.

Besides the yearly exhibition, membership comes with other perks as well. “We have a membership meeting once a month, and often it’s educational in some way,” Nixon says. Members also paint together, or discuss interests and technique.

Cheryl Berrong, current historian and former president of the group, also works on the show committee. “There’s a real enthusiasm and a willingness to participate and to get in there and learn as much as they can about watercolor through the various workshops that we have,” Berrong says about the group’s members.

“This is a painting that I painted this winter,” says Helen Howard, another group member. Howard is holding up a painting of an explosive sunburst over a street in downtown Fairbanks. “I walked out the back of St. Matthew’s church and there was this fantastic sunset that was lighting up a birch tree and the houses beyond it,” she explains.

Birds in mid-flight, sunflower and poppy still-lifes, scenes from nature and many other paintings can be see in the gallery over the month of March. The exhibition opens on Friday at 5:00 p.m..

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