Whittington and Ward Student and Teacher Exposition

Whittington and Ward Student and Teacher Exposition

February 5-27, 2016

Reception: February 12, 2016 6-9pm

In this exposition teachers Margie Whittington and Irma Ward present works by their students (some current and some former) from the DFW area. You will notice a variety of techniques and expressions that distinguish each individual artist's style. For many participating students this is their first time showing their work.

Kelly Davis grew up in El Paso, TX and has a biology degree from the University of Texas at El Paso; although, she has always had in interest in art, as she expresses in her paintings and as an art collector. She recently started painting classes with Irma Ward when she moved to Arlington with her husband and three daughters. Kelly has a special love for the bright colors and primitive styles found in Mexican art.

Tracy Fisher is native Texan whose journey in painting began during her childhood with teachings from a German watercolor artist during her father's military assignments in Europe. She attended the University of Nebraska where many of her electives focused on art. Tracy had rewarding careers with Frito Lay and then SkyChefs (where she met her future painting instructor, Irma Ward) before retiring to raise her two sons. During those years she volunteered in school programs at both the local and state level, and she now serves as a school board member. Despite her busy schedule she manages to carve out time to paint for her friends and family.

Kaye Gumm recently retired from her job as a speech therapist with the Birdville School district. She is deeply inspired by nature and likes to paint animals, flowers and people. Kaye teaches young children in her home studio in Colleyville. She also takes classes with Irma Ward and loves the time she spends painting with other artists.

Barbara Hackney has painted most of her adult life. She received formal training from North Texas University, TCU and Lamar University, as well as classes and workshops from Margie Whittington and many other professional artists. Barbara has participated in group shows and is a signature member of the Society of Watercolor Artists. Her work can be found in many private and permanent collections.

Janice Harmon was a painter long before starting her career as high school geography teacher. She is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma. After retirement Janice started lessons with Irma Ward in order to enhance her skills. With her oil paintings, she is inspired to recreate the essence of how she felt when she visited a certain place. Originally from Wisconsin, snow is one of her favorite subjects.

Paula Jaegerman was born in Ft. Worth, Texas. She completed an associate degree in Art and worked in visual merchandising for many years, painting detailed backgrounds for display. After retiring in 2010, she began pursuing her passion for oil painting by self-teaching. Paula extended her knowledge by attending classes from local and nationally known artists such as James Spurlock, Sarah Arditti, Judy Sager and Irma Ward. She is a member of the Northwest Art Association and has won awards in local art shows. Her paintings are in private collections in Fort Worth and Dallas.

Jana Lea has been painting for over two years under the teaching of Irma Ward. She enjoys painting western themes and likes to express herself with color on her canvas. She lives in Arlington with her husband, Greg, dog Libby and cat, Lyle and she has 3 granddaughters. Jana is an avid runner and ran her first marathon in November 2015.

Stacey Sims won a student art show in the first grade that sparked her interest in art. Although she ended up pursuing other directions professionally, she eventually got the opportunity to edit textbooks in drawing, painting, and art history for a local college publisher. That experience—a kind of do-it-yourself crash course in the visual arts—reawakened her interest in exploring her potential as an artist. Stacey works full time for the American Heart Association. She is a student of Irma Ward and paints for her friends and family in her spare time.

These three Texas fine artists paint large, colorful collaborative art works: Karen Foster, Connie Michael, and Nancy Standlee. They recently completed a large 6 foot fiberglass star for the Arlington, Texas public arts project in conjunction with the Arlington Museum of Art. The star will be displayed in downtown Arlington for three years and then auctioned off. Wanting to paint more large works together they formed “Third Degree Art” (http://thirddegreeart.com). Together they decided on a series for large acrylic mixed-media pieces, which are exhibited in this show. Karen, Connie, and Nancy met as students of Margie Whittington at the Upstairs Gallery in Arlington. Karen and Connie teach art classes and Nancy gives an occasional workshop. These three artists and others are, also, members of another collaborative group Canvas by Canvas. (http://canvasbycanvas.com).

Elizabeth Mitchell "Betty" Taylor has received art instruction from many of the finest contemporary American artists in watercolor, acrylic and oil. Her paintings are inspired by travels from distant lands such as Africa, China, and Europe to places closer to home. A naturalized U.S. citizen, Betty received her Bachelor of Arts degree from York University in Toronto, Canada. Her art can be found in collections throughout the United States and Canada.

Joyce Thomas lives in Keller, Texas. She has studied with many professional artists including: Matt Smith, Jean Chamberlin, Paula Carlton, Margie Whittington, Dina Gregory, and Kaye Franklin. Joyce has been in national juried exhibits and has participated in the Camp Fire Christmas of Ft. Worth where she will donated a painting to help fund the Camp Fire Girls organization. Presently Joyce paints mainly "en Plein air," outdoors, she loves being out with all nature's beauty.

Irma Ward is an artist from Arlington, TX. She is an accomplished painter in both representational and abstract genres. Irma is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington. She enjoys teaching oil and acrylic classes with students from around the Metroplex in her North Arlington studio. Irma holds memberships with many art associations. She makes an effort to give back to the community by volunteering her time with a few art associations, and she often paints for charitable organizations that can sell (auction) her work to raise funds.

Phil Whittington has been painting for several years in oil and watercolor. He enjoys reproducing one of his paintings for his and Margie's Christmas card every year. He also enjoys plein air painting and sketching with the Urban Sketchers of Texas here in Fort Worth. Phil has a flair for painting landscapes.

Margie Whittington is an artist and a teacher. She teaches watercolor painting at the Fort Worth Woman's Club and at the Upstairs Gallery in Arlington, Texas. Margie is a signature member of the Southwestern Watercolor Society of Dallas and the Society of Watercolor Artists in Fort Worth. She also enjoys sketching outdoors with the Urban Sketchers of Texas. Her desire is to teach others the joy of painting.