Nels Femrite is a founder and former president of the Northstar Watercolor Society, one of the premier arts organizations in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. He has also served as president of Old Town Artists, the oldest cooperative artist’s studio in the Twin Cities. He has studied with Tony Van Hasselt, Richard Yip, Charles Reid, Tony Couch, Frank Webb and many other internationally known experts, most of whom were disciples of Edgar Whitney. Using solid design principles and a facility with pencil and brush Nels has acquired during his career, he tries to bring his emotions and his love of art to the viewers of his portrait, figure and landscape paintings in acrylic and transparent watercolor. His watercolor portraits have won Best of Shows in Minnesota and in California and his work hangs in many public and private collections. He has done six live demonstrations on cable television and is in demand by arts organizations for jurying and teaching demos. His students unanimously praise his ability to motivate, inspire, and impart to them his knowledge of art and water media.
Nels Raymond Femrite majored in English and minored in Fine Art at the University of Minnesota. After studying commerical art at famous art schools in Westport Connecticut, he worked a sketch and sign pictorial artist at the Huber Sign Company in Roseville, MN. Ten years later he had his own studio and became a freelance designer. In 1976, Nels became one of the founds of the Northstar Watercolor Society, now one of the premier art organizations in Minnesota. He served two terms as their president in the 1990s as the group grew to over 300 members. Their annual national show will be presented at WBCA in September 2018. Nels is now also a member of the Coachella Valley Watercolor Society based in Palm Desert, CA where for twenty years he and his wife, Rosemarie, have spent their winters.