If you ever wanted the services of a house portrait artist, it would be hard to find one on Amelia Island, until now. Loraine King paints your house portrait as it is or as a period piece.
Loraine does much more than just her house portrait paintings. She founded the Amelia Island Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery located at the Spa and Shops that opened just under a year ago. The gallery has 43 members and includes a rainbow of work from artists who do everything from watercolor to tapestry. Each member volunteers to work one day a month at the shop so if you stop in any day, you’re surely to meet one of them. They do commission work and schedule art classes from the wide array of talent, and have an upcoming “Small Works” show premiering November 8, 2009. They are open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 – 4 pm.
Loraine is a native of New Jersey, and now a permanent resident of Amelia Island. She received her BA degree in Art Education from William Paterson University and became Art Director for the Shenendehowa Central School District in the state of New York. In Ohio she founded The Dublin Area Art League. She has spent over 40 years as a working artist, maintaining an active studio in her home. Her style is not limited to expressions in the primitive genre, but renderings in representational realism, impressionism and abstracts can be found in her landscapes, seascapes, florals, house portraits and family renderings.
While living in New York her portrayals of early New England scenes were recognized by The Schenectady Museum of Art. While living in Ohio, King‚Äôs works were featured in an article published by ‚ÄúEarly American Life‚Äù magazine. Her paintings have been sold through the gift shop of The American Folk Art Museum in NYC. Her award winning works are found in collections throughout the USA and as far away as Japan, England, France and Canada.
Loraine can be reached at (904) 491-3737.
Suzanne Batchelor is a writer, designer and artist on Amelia Island. She can be reached at www.ameliaislandartist.com.