Artist brings colorful work and national reputation to Enumclaw for classes

Famed watercolor artist Eric Wiegardt will visit Enumclaw to conduct a four-day workshop in April.

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2009 2:47am
  • Life
Umbrellas and Cherry Blossoms is the title of this Eric Wiegardt piece.

Umbrellas and Cherry Blossoms is the title of this Eric Wiegardt piece.

Famed watercolor artist Eric Wiegardt will visit Enumclaw to conduct a four-day workshop in April.

Wiegardt is a native of Washington state, growing up near the small town of Oysterville on the Long Beach Peninsula.

After earning a degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington, he graduated from the famed American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he studied under his mentor, Irving Shapiro.

He returned to his home town in 1985 to open Wiegardt Studio Gallery in the Victorian home built by his oyster-pioneering great-grandfather. Because of his connections to the Pacific Ocean, his paintings often reflect maritime scenes and the colors of Washington skies and waters.

He is a member of the American Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. His work has exhibited at the Frye Museum in Seattle, Salmagundi Club, Knickerbocker Artists, National Arts Club, Butler Institute of American Art, and others.

Among other honors, he has received the American Watercolor Society’s Mary S. Litt Medal, the National Watercolor Society’s President’s Award and Alice Leonard Memorial Award, the Northwest Watercolor Society’s Chuck Webster Memorial Purchase Award, the Grumbacher Gold Medal, the coveted John F and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Award and the Philip Eisenberg Award.

With more than 20,000 copies sold internationally, Wiegardt’s book “Watercolors Free and Easy” has influenced countless artists.

Featured in many books on watercolor, Wiegardt has served as a judge as well as lectured and taught in the United States and Europe.

More information about Wiegardt and his paintings can be found on his Web site, www.ericwiegardt.com. He has conducted his workshops throughout the United States and Europe.

Wiegardt will be teaching his full-day workshop, “Watercolor – Free and Easy,” at the Green River Community College Enumclaw Campus from April 13-17. The class is open to anyone interested in learning more about expressing their art through the use of loose, color-rich brush strokes, concentrating on subject composition, design and color value. This will be an interactive and lively four days. Contact Lynn Trantow at 360-825-5571 or the Arts Alive! Enumclaw studio at 360-802-6787 for information.


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