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John Bowen’s Watercolors Are Featured In Palm Beach Gardens. Enjoy Free Demo On Sunday, April 24 At GreenMarket. Win A Giclee. Free Reception Follows At City Hall Lobby Gallery.

Watercolorist, John Bowen, is the Featured Artist of GardensArt, a City Of Palm Beach Gardens art in public places program.  “The Art Of Being There” offers a vast array of John’s award winning originals, notecards, canvas prints, and books for sale.  John will give a live painting demo at the Gardens GreenMarket on Sunday, April 24 in the morning.  A free raffle for a giclee print will be offered. The winner will be announced at the Art Reception following the Demo, which will be held in the City Hall Lobby.  Light refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome to attend.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet John in person. 














 Exhibit At City Hall Lobby

10500 N. Military Trail  Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm

Exhibit runs March 14- May 12, 2022






“Antique Racer” by John Bowen



John Bowen was born in New York City and spent the next nineteen years there and in North Jersey. He stated painting with watercolors in his senior year of High School, before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1961. He was an illustrator in the Air Force for eight years, including a one-year tour in South Vietnam, graphically documenting Airlift Operations in 1968. He self-published an illustrated memoir in 2013. The book, “Eleven Months and Nineteen Days “, was awarded a silver medal by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association in 2014. In 1969, Bowen left the Service, moved to South Florida, and went to work in the Advertising Art Department of the Miami Herald.





“Eleven Months and Nineteen Days” by John Bowen




John spent the next 40 years working in the newspaper advertising business before retiring. Throughout all those years, Bowen was creating paintings in watercolor for his own pleasure. Bowen now paints full time and is a Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor and Gold Coast Watercolor Societies and an Associate Member of the American Society of Marine Artists.  



Since 2011, John has been the Artist In Residence at Vizcaya House and Gardens in Miami, FL.  His artwork has been exbhited locally and nationally, garnering numerous awards for his paintings. John often posts his newest works of art on his Facebook page.  John will be exhibiting the First National Bank of South Florida in South Miami from May 2 – 31, 2022.  The bank is located at 5750 Sunset Drive  South Miami, FL.






“Carolina Wren” by John Bowen



John tells The Rickie Report, “Realistic expressionism is how I describe my work. Capturing a mode, striving to tell a story, intrigued by history, landscapes and themes, these are the inspirations that create my art.  I emphasize the play of light and shadow as seen in nature and describe textures of time in historic places. Each painting is carefully planned from exploration through execution. Plein air painting, sketching, photography, using whatever means possible to achieve my vision.  I combine both opaque and transparent watercolors on heavy (300 lb) archival paper.  I work patiently as I create the final piece which expresses the beauty that inspired me.”





“High and Dry” by John Bowen




Founded in 1989, GardensArt is a unique program that exhibits the work of locally and nationally recognized professional artists and photographers. It was established to increase the opportunities for cultural exchange between artists and the community.



“Three Sisters” by John Bowen




For more information about John Bowen’s Demo, free raffle drawing, or exhibit:

Call (561) 630-1116







For more information about John Bowen’s artwork, exhibits and book, please visit:



Call (954) 257-1663







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Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

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