Local Artist Bonnie J. Becker Earns Signature Status

Bonnie J. Becker

PHOTO BY JEANNE E. FREDRIKSEN
Bonnie J. Becker in her studio

Wake Forest resident and watercolor artist Bonnie J. Becker has been awarded signature status from the Watercolor Society of North Carolina.

This honor is given to artists who are juried into three of the organization’s annual exhibitions. Nationally renowned watercolorist Mark E. Mehaffey was this year’s juror.

“I am so thrilled to be given this award,” Becker said. “Becoming a signature member of a prestigious arts organization has been one of my goals as a watercolor artist. Now my new signature is ‘Bonnie J. Becker WSNC.’ ”

This year’s juried show was to have opened on October 9, but Hurricane Matthew forced big changes to the show’s associated activities.

“It wasn’t just the opening reception that had to be canceled,” Becker said. “The seminars and weeklong workshop with Mark Mehaffey also had to be canceled. Since this is our big yearly event, we were heartbroken even though we knew we couldn’t fight Mother Nature.”

The artists’ reception and awards ceremony have been rescheduled for November 18 at 5 p.m. and, like the exhibition, will be open to the public. The exhibition is open through November 18 at the Dare County Arts Council, housed in the Old Court House, 300 Queen Elizabeth Ave., Manteo.

Becker serves on the Board of Directors of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and on the Board of the Wake Forest Guild of Artists. Her work can be seen at Wake Forest Art and Frame Shop, 139 S. White St., Wake Forest.