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About the Artist

Laura Nelke has been a watercolorist for over 20 years and is a juried member of both the Wisconsin Watercolor Society and the Wisconsin Visual Artists, NE Chapter.

A New Yorker by birth, Nelke has a Bachelors Degree in Art from Bucknell University and a Masters Degree in Art History from the University of Chicago.  She moved to Pennsylvania in 1981 and in 1990 began studying watercolor techniques at the Baum School of Art.  After moving to Wisconsin in 1992 she refined and expanded her painting skills, attending numerous workshops led by a variety of nationally and internationally recognized watercolor artists.

The artist’s paintings have been juried into shows at Marshfield’s New Visions Gallery, Wausau’s Center for the Visual Arts, and the Riverfront Arts Center in Stevens Point, as well as in museums and galleries around the state of Wisconsin.  Her watercolors have received awards of excellence at regional shows as well as at the state level and are held in private collections both locally and nationally.  Her paintings were selected to illustrate the 2005, 2006, and 2008 editions of the Marshfield Clinic’s Fine Art Calendar and chosen as the cover illustration in 2004.   Other catalog publications of her work include the Richeson 75 International Art Competition:  Landscape Seascape & Architectural 2009.

Nelke taught watercolor classes at the University of Wisconsin, Wood County campus for five years through the Office of Continuing Education, and now conducts worshops at the Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts or in her Marshfield studio.   She is available as a speaker and/or instructor for individual and group workshops.  Her teaching experience includes both youth and adult learners.