At The Queen Victoria, we’re always looking for new and fun activities to offer our guests. That’s why we’re so excited to announce our new watercolor painting weekend scheduled for October 17 and 18. 

Upcoming The Queen Victoria fall and winter activities: Chocolate Lovers and Sweet & Savory Weekends

New Cape May Watercolor Workshop at The Queen Victoria 

Enjoy this on-site event where local painter Phil Courtney guides guests on a journey of imagination and artistic expression. Phil is well-known for capturing the unique atmospheric conditions of the seashore and the play of sunlight and shadows cast by the intricate details of Cape May’s Victorian architecture. He paints a variety of subjects using oils and watercolors. Please call Jamie at The Queen Victoria for more details at 609-884-8702. 

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Cape May Watercolor Painting 

Cape May is a hot spot for artists of all kinds, especially painters. Whether you’re an experienced creator or just starting out, Cape May is the perfect place to hone your skills. Burgeoning and established artists alike take advantage of Cape May’s beautiful light, exquisite Victorian architecture, and rich flora and fauna as inspiration and subject matter. The timing of this workshop couldn’t be better as warm fall colors abound in October. 


Cape May Artist Phil Courtney’s Complete Biography 

Phil Courtney is a graduate of The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Phila, PA.  Following his education, he was employed as billboard artist for outdoor advertisers in the Philadelphia area for more than twenty-five years. Phil began showing his own work after moving to Cape May, NJ in 1995 with his wife and children. His work has been shown locally at the former Washington Street Gallery, and the SOMA NewArt Gallery, and in several shows at the FAN Gallery in Phila. Phil has also participated by invitation in the John Peto Museum International Juried Art Exhibitions. The Nature Center of Cape May featured Phil as their artist in residence for their annual fundraiser in 2019, “Catch of Cape May”. Phil’s painting in oil, “Magnolia Seed Pod” was featured in the 2021 Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine July/August edition in the article, “Blooms for Us All”. Most recently, “Money Plant”, a watercolor by Phil was selected for the Philadelphia Watercolor Society’s 121st Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper, October 24-November 23, 2021. His painting received the PWCS 121st Exhibition Award.   

Phil paints a variety of subjects, indoors and out, using oils and watercolors, depending on the subject and location. He is proficient in both mediums and has developed techniques for capturing the unique conditions of the Jersey shore. 

Join us at The Queen Victoria this fall and take advantage of all our seaside village has to offer. The shoulder season in Cape May is always a lovely time to visit, complete with beautiful crisp weather, gorgeous foliage, outstanding shopping, and – of course – unique and exciting things to do.