LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Essex Water Color Club (EWCC) will be hosting a watercolor demonstration by James Fiorentino on Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m. at the Livingston Senior and Community Center (204 Hillside Avenue) in Livingston.

All are welcome to attend, and refreshments will be served. The event is free for EWCC members and $5 for non-members and guests.

Fiorentino of Hunterdon County has won national acclaim for his ability to create uncanny likenesses of people. The youngest artist ever inducted into the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators, Fiorentino uses his self-taught watercolor expression to paint some of the most recognized faces in the world, from sports icons and presidents to Nobel Prize winners and CEOs.

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His award-winning art is showcased in museums, galleries and private collections across the globe, and his story has been told on national television and in the pages of magazines and newspapers.

Now, Fiorentino's trademark detail and realism in watercolor can be seen in his wildlife paintings. The Society of Animal Artists exhibited many of his paintings in the prestigious and highly competitive Art and the Animal show, which was held at the San Diego Natural History Museum in 2011 and at the Bennington Museum in Vermont in 2014, Hiram Blauvelt art Museum in 2017 and The James Museum of Watern and Wildlife Art in 2018. 

In 2017, his original “Brown Bear Fishing” was exhibited at The Nature and Art Museum in Gloucester, England. His “Black Vulture” was published in the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition, Illustrators 51, and one of his paintings was jury-selected for the highly regarded 2014 America's Parks exhibit.

Fiorentino’s art has been chosen for the Artists for Conservation annual international show several times wining an Awards of Excellence in 2017, and he has an ongoing traveling exhibition, “Rare Wildlife Revealed,” in partnership with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation. Fiorentino’s nature paintings have also been exhibited in many other museums and galleries across the United States.

In keeping with his expanding body of work, Fiorentino is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists and Artists for Conservation in addition to the American and New Jersey Watercolor Societies and the Salmagundi Club. He also serves as a trustee for The Raptor Trust and D & R Greenway Land Trust, both in New Jersey.

EWCC, now in its 88th year, represents water media artists from across New Jersey and provides a meeting environment to promote the exchange of ideas, to support the development of artistic technique, and to encourage an interest in water media in the community through workshops, art excursions, a free video library, a newsletter highlighting member news and art opportunities, six regular meetings a year featuring demonstrations by well known artists, and two to three exhibiting member shows a year in prominent public spaces at no additional fees. 

Meetings are held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month, September through December, plus March and April. For more information, visit http://ewcclub.com/.