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Wayne Chambers Savannah’s Watercolor Artist

Wayne Chambers Savannah’s Watercolor Artist

Wayne Chambers Art Show
August 15-21 at the Salon de Baile, Pooler GA.
Opening Reception: August 15 from 1:00-6:00pm 

Savannah artist Wayne Chambers is having a new gallery show in August. “It’s a one man show and will run for a week, with an opening artist’s reception on the first day,” Wayne says. He adds that the show came about because, “I have been painting more than ever—and that’s after 59 years of painting!”

The show will feature new work and classic favorites, originals, prints, cards, and both framed and unframed art. At the show will be paintings of Savannah homes, cityscapes, city garden squares, Savannah penthouse views and the outlying marshes. Wayne says, “I just love Savannah because everywhere I look is a painting.”

Wayne’s other great love is the tropics, from Key West through the Caribbean. Art depicting tropical motifs will be available at the show, including his latest painting of a Caribbean jungle scene. He says, “I will also have several paintings of birds—Great Egret, toucans, cranes, parrots, flamingos and even a peacock.”

Historical Homes

Well known for his painting of the famous Mercer House, (from the book and movie “The Garden of Good and Evil”), Wayne says it came about in a serendipitous way. “In 2000 I came to Savannah on a three week visit and painted many houses and scenes. On my last day I was painting the Mercer House from the street, met the owners and was fortunate enough to land a contract with them. I have since sold over 500 lithographs of the Mercer house all over the USA and Europe, even in Malaysia.”

Many of Wayne’s paintings depict the iconic houses of Savannah—homes he has been painting for many years. “I was commissioned to design and paint the ‘Tour of Homes’ program cover for 12 years” he says. Artwork available at the show will include depictions of the Critz House, the Hamilton Turner House, the Keho House, the Pink House, the Ducan House and the Owen Thomas Home.

Virginia to Savannah

Wayne was born and raised in Crewe, VA, and had a 31-year career with Phillip Morris in Richmond, VA. After retirement, he moved to Savannah and became a full time artist, devoting himself to painting. As a young boy drawing came easily to him and he remembers drawing in the fields and forest on his family’s small tobacco farm. He has studied art at the New York Arts Students League and VA Commonwealth University, and he himself has taught art through the Georgia Southern Continuing Education program, as well as privately.

Wayne says, “I have a passion for teaching painting. I have taught people who are complete novices, and with instruction they totally bloom.” Currently he offers private group and individual lessons. Interested in all the arts, Wayne is an accomplished ballroom dancer and also plays the piano. He is looking forward to launching a new venture as an entertainer in the Savannah area while continuing to paint “this majestic city.”