Georgette Toews: Meet the Artists of Kent Island Federation of Arts

Georgette_s_Paintings_095 (225 x 208)Georgette Toews currently serves as the Program Chair responsible for bringing monthly educational workshops to KIFA and its artists. She also serves as the public relations liaison for KIFA’s annual Garden Tour and for the upcoming 50th Gala. She was president of the board from 2006-2007. As an artist, Georgette participates in KIFA’s Annual Open Judged Show, Garden Show and Plein Air Show. She is vice president of the Working Artists Forum in Easton.

After a 30-year career in the Air Force, Georgette decided to follow her passion and took an art class at KIFA taught by well-known watercolor artist John Pringle. Soon after, an artist was born, and Georgette further developed her craft by taking classes with other nationally recognized artists such as David Grafton, Bill Younger, Peggy Blades, Louis Escobedo and Roberta Seger at KIFA and other institutions such as the South Street Easton Studio and School and the Academy of Arts. Most recently, she returned from a three-day day workshop in New Mexico given by southwest landscape and portrait artist Michael Lewis.

Georgette’s paintings are primarily done in oil or acrylic and depict landscapes that inspire her here on the Eastern Shore. Her art retails for between $200-$600 with a median price range of $250-$300. Her artwork can be found on display and for sale throughout the year in select shows at KIFA, the Tilghman Island Inn, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters, Johns Hopkins Urgent Care in Chester and at the QAC Center for the Arts. Her artwork also can be viewed online at

Georgette’s favorite master artist is John Singer Sargent. She admires his work for its bright bold colors and loves his beautiful blend of colors creating a perfect mix of impressionism and realism. She also loves a few western landscape artists. Among those she regards highly are Louisa McElwain (recently deceased) of New Mexico, Jill Carver of Austin, Texas and Rico, Colorado, and Logan Maxwell Hagege of Los Angeles.

Come celebrate KIFA’s 50th Anniversary with Georgette. She is one of 50 artists whose work will be auctioned at the Artasia Gala scheduled for November 9, 2013. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased at KIFA, located at 405 Main Street in historic Stevensville. Call 410-643-7424 or visit for additional information. Posters commemorating KIFA’s 50th year and featuring the art of nine artists can be purchased for $5. Don’t forget to purchase a $50 raffle ticket for a chance to win a boat from their partner Annapolis Boat Sales. The winner of the boat raffle will be announced at the Gala.

KIFA is the benefactor of this year’s Shore Update Good, Better, Best celebration at The Jetty on Thursday, September 12. This year’s event, sponsored by The Jetty Bud Light & Kelly Distributors, offers free admission, light hors d’oeuvres, happy hour prices until 8pm and a celebratory cake courtesy of Fields of Heather Bakery. The event will feature a shrimp boil for $18 in advance or $22 at the door. Visit for more information, to buy tickets and to vote for your local favorites. All entries will be entered to win five VIP tickets to the event. HURRY… the deadline for voting is August 23rd.