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Ursula Fernandez Artist Reception at Whole Foods Gallery in Wellington

Ursula Fernandez’s oil paintings are on display at Whole Foods in Wellington.  A public reception will be held in her honor on April 26th. The Rickie Report senses that this exhibit is timed perfectly for April’s Earth Day celebrations because many of Ursula’s subjects are endangered plants!  Make a reservation and enjoy!






Artists Reception Honoring

Ursula Fernandez

Friday, April 26, 2013

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Whole Foods Market cafe

  2635 SR7     Wellington, FL



 The Whole Foods Market on SR7 in Wellington has a large cafe, lined with windows which offer nice natural lighting. It’s a perfect setting to display art and Wellington Art Society is pleased to partner with Lauren Belinsky of Whole Foods to bring this show to the communityWhole Foods will provide music, hot and cold appetizers, and drinks. Please RSVP to Suzanne Redmond at


Ursula’s artwork will be displayed in the Cafe, which is on the left side of the market. Artists often bring limited editions and prints to sell the evening of their reception.  There is a $5. fee to attend, which is used for WAS Scholarships for local art students pursuing a higher degree in art.


Ursula was born in Havana, Cuba and began sketching at the age of 15.  Her neighbor, Felix de Cossio, a recognized portrait painter,  was a major influence on Ursula.  As she observed him at work, he taught her valuable tips and techniques.  She tells us, “This planted a deep seated love for painting”.


For many years, Ursula dedicated her life to her career and family, raising four children.  She never forgot her passion for painting.  In 1979, she picked up a brush and followed her heart.  By 1981, she completed her first portrait!  Coming from a family of artists, she was eager to strike out on her own.

Years later, while living in Florida, never leaving her art, she enrolled in a course taught by her long time childhood neighbor, Felix de Cossio!  He had made a successful career painting portraits of famous socialites in New York City.  Spending more time with her mentor, Ursula acquired the techniques and qualities that would serve her well throughout her own career as an artist.


One can see that Ursula’s ballet and dance teaching experience enhances her appreciation for and discernment for typical details when she paints these particular subjects.  The majority of her work is inspired by her tropical roots.  Her paintings are rich in texture and color.  Her own warmth comes through each piece.


While she still favors painting with oil, Ursula takes life by the hand and is eager to try new techniques and mediums.  She has great success with her portraitures and many of her florals are dedicated to endangered plants.




She is an award-winning artist and many of her pieces can be found in private collections. 

Ursula has also painted murals at several local sites. She tells us, “I love painting and teaching art, which has been my life long passion. Born from a family of artists and with the inspiration of my neighbor, whom I watched while at work, I was able to pursue this dream at a much later stage in my life. Please come in and read all about it, browse my portfolio, and if you like what you see, drop me an email, I will surely appreciate it!”

Ursula offers painting classes and is available for portraits.  When one is commissioned, she likes to meet the person and also works from 3-4 photos.  She is a well respected member of the Wellington Art Society and is happy to be painting in her own studio.  To see Ursula’s website and complete portfolio, please visit  0r call her at 561-301-6848.


Founded in 1981, The Wellington Art Society is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, providing both local and regional artists the platform to share their work, learn more about their craft and serve the community through their art. The Wellington Art Society is open to any resident in Palm Beach County. Membership forms will be available if you would like to become a member and your $5 guest fee will be applied toward it.


This group of artists not only offers scholarships for students pursuing their art careers, but also reaches out with their creativity to the Palms West Hospital.     Twenty-two WAS Artists will presented their paintings for the new Children’s Hospital Unit.  Leslie Pfeiffer tells The Rickie Report, ” It has been a joy for us to join hearts and hands together  in creating paintings to inspire and comfort the children and their families”.


A 501(c)(3) charitable organization, its mission is to educate and encourage originality and productivity among its members and area youth through programs designed to further the advancement of cultural endeavors in Palm Beach County, Florida.  For more information about the Wellington Art Society, visit, or call W.A.S. President Leslie Pfeiffer at 561-791-3676.



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