Wendell G. Montague


VARIETY.. It makes my creative juices flow.

This has been Mr. Montague's motto for the last forty to fifty years. As a teacher he wanted his students to express themselves in a style other than just traditional. He expanded his own 1 horizons through the American Artist book club and workshops with the likes of Rex Brant, Kwan Jung, Tom Hill, J. Milford Ellison, Robert Landry L. T. "Bud" Shackleford, and the most influencial was Robert E. Wood. Born and reared in Montpelier, Idaho, Wendell married his Wyoming Sweetheart. After 35 years as an artist and a teacher in San Diego most of his influences came from western subject matter. Montague states, "Most of my paintings are in transparent watercolor and have a sense of composition and design that is usually worked out through a series of thumbnail sketches before the painting has begun. His strong sense of of design are especially evident in his vignettes and composites.

Past president of both the San Diego Watercolor Society (of which he was also a founding member) and the San Diego Art Institute and is a signature member of Watercolor West.

He received his first first place award at the Utah State Fair while he was completing his MA Degree at Utah State University. This was the first of many awards his watercolors have received. One of his most treasured awards was placing second to Fredrick Whitaker in an invitational show.

Mr. Montague has made many wooden models of barns, piers, and other subjects for his students to use and draw from so they didn't rely on photographs. A guest summer instructor at BYU in Provo, Utah in 1973, he has juried many shows, conducted his on-location plein-air Workshops primarily in the San Diego area, and has been in demand as a demonstration lecturer and artist.During the last few years he has taken up the medium of acrylics, the most exciting and unique have been a style he refers to as "acrylic drop"creating an abstract flowing of color images on illustration board and either finding images to complete the work or simply painting subjects intertwined with the abstract.

He is presently looking for galleries interested in handling his work.


Meetings, Saturday, April 19, 2014

General Meeting, 1:00 pm.

Opened To The Public.

Clairemont Lutheran Church, 
4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 
San Diego, CA
Parking is available in the church parking lot.

Board Meeting, 12 pm - 1 pm
All members are welcome to attend.


(Note: Dates may change due to availability of meeting room)

April 19
May 17
June 21
July 19
August 16
September 20
October 18
Nov/Dec - No Meetings



President’s Message

President’s Message

Our March meeting was very successful! Our guest artist, Lori Sutherland, gave a free workshop using pastels and colored pencils on suede board. The technique was very interesting. It was fun to try something new. Our thanks go to Amalia Wasser. She is responsible for bringing us varied and talented artists.

The storefront gallery has moved again! We are back in the original space in the Clairemont Town Square Shopping center, between Massage Envy and T.J. Max. The move came with short notice...Ken Gill, Roxy Bohrer, Mae Crauder-Davis, Jill Rowe, Alice Rathbone and Al Meloche stepped up to help with the move on Saturday, March 22. Many thanks to all! This move would have been difficult without your help.

Please be sure your artwork has your name, phone number, medium used, and title of work on the back, and a 3x5 card clearly printed with your art information (felt tip pen), able to be read from 6 feet. Cards are available at the storefront. Julie from the shopping center management office expressed how pleased they are to have our art on exhibit. Now that we have the larger space we have room for more art! Thumbs up to Jill Rowe! She sold one of her beautiful digital art pieces the day after the move.

I attended the exhibit/reception of West Coast Drawing at the Taylor Library in Pacific Beach. Gary Dyak had two of his beautiful drawings in the show. The exhibit will be at the library until May 9.

St. Marks 51st annual Art Festival is open Saturdays through Apr. 26th from 10 am to 4pm. See you at the April meeting!

Marilyn Nelson

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