Jacksonville artist, Walt Wirfs is the featured artist at the Art’Clectic December Pop-Up event during Victorian Christmas in Jacksonville. The art show will be held at the IOOF Hall on South Oregon Street next to GoodBean Coffee. The pop-up show will be open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from December 2 through December 18 from 11:00am to 5:00pm.
Walt, who has lived in Oregon most of his life, started working in oils and watercolor at the age of 13. He enjoys creating plein air scenes of the area where he lives or visits. Recently, he has been focusing on places in and around Jacksonville, working in oils and graphite drawings. This work will be on display during the upcoming Art’Clectic Event. Walt is also showing at Art Presence Art Center and Rogue Gallery and Art Center in Medford as well as Ryan’s Gallery in Lincoln City, Oregon.
Seascapes and beach scenes are also a favorite subject for Walt who was raised on the Oregon Coast. He makes regular visits to the beach and much of his work reflects that. Following graduation from Tillamook High School, Walt attended Oregon State University majoring in Forest Products. He graduated in 1971 after an enlistment in the Army and serving for a year in Vietnam Nam. He completed a post-graduate course from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He retired four years ago to Southern Oregon after a long career in the forest products industry in Oregon, Washington, and Louisiana. He and his wife, Charlotte, make their home here in Jacksonville.
Eighteen other artists and artisans will join Walt Wirfs during the Art’Clectic Victorian Christmas Pop-Up Event. Come down and meet all of them during the reception on Saturday, December 2, from 11:00am to 3:00pm.