Artistically Speaking: Jeanne Wagle - The Batik Watercolorist

Last Updated on Sep 30, 2016 at 3:47pm | Arts & Culture

"Artistically Speaking" is a regular feature of The Lake-Front magazine, in cooperation with the Garrett County Arts Council, and is being reprinted here in its entirety with permission. This article originally appeared in the October 2016 issue.
Artist Jeanne Wagle is one of the newest artists to showcase her work at The Gallery Shop. Since June, the Indian Lake, Pennsylvania artist has exhibited watercolor and Batik watercolor at the Garrett County Arts Council’s pop-up gallery in McHenry.
Wagle has been painting with watercolors for many years, having started when she took lessons in the artsy community of Lake Placid, Florida. She loved the way watercolor glowed and moved on paper, and after her first lesson, a new passion and talent was discovered. As the years have gone by, she has continued on with her lessons in painting. “I have had the opportunity to study with several inspiring teachers, including classes with Betty Helm at a community college in Avon Park, Florida and Jamie Cooper in Ligonier, Pennsylvania," said Wagle. 
Wagle is now a teacher herself, introducing watercolor batik to the local area. She has led several workshops and demonstrations in Ligonier, PA at The Main Exhibit Art Gallery and in Somerset, PA at Laurel Arts.
Wagle’s passion for the arts goes back long before she began painting. She was born and raised in Butler County, Pennsylvania, appreciating the artistic talents of her stepsister. After graduating from high school, she was employed as an airline stewardess until she married her husband and started a family. After raising two sons, she eventually began a sewing business that lasted ten years until her retirement. It was after retiring that she discovered the medium of watercolor.
When asked to describe her artwork, she replied “I use bright, transparent paint in a variety of subjects; I particularly enjoy florals and street scenes.”
As stated, Wagle is one of the newest artists selling her work with the Garrett County Arts Council. She learned about The Gallery Shop from friend and fellow artist Wiley-Lewis who has exhibited there for many years. Along with GCAC’s Pop-Up Gallery Shop, Wagle’s work has been seen in many other galleries and exhibits as well. Those venues include the Main Exhibit Art Gallery in Ligonier, PA, the allied Artists of Johnstown, the somerset Artist Association, the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown, Community College of Allegheny County in Johnstown, and Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretta, PA.
Over the years, Wagle has won some awards for her work. They first came for her watercolor, and then she received honorable mention for her batik mixed media. As mentioned earlier, Wagle lives at Indian Lake, Pennsylvania along with her husband, Bob. Together they enjoy boating, reading, and continued painting.
Wagle’s paintings, along with the artwork of over 150 regional artists, may be seen and purchased at the Pop-Up Gallery Shop located at 25227 Garrett Highway in McHenry next to Archie’s Barbeque. For autumn hours, please call 301-914-1378
Garrett County Arts Council is funded by Maryland Start Arts Council, Garrett County Government, and through membership support. For more information or to become a member, contact GCAC at 301-334-6580 or visit