Local artists participate in 'Magic of Watercolor'

Posted 7/9/19

The Tennessee Watercolor Society has gathered 22-member artists from Knoxville and Chattanooga chapters to “meet in the middle” at the Athens Art Center for an exhibition of nearly 100 original …

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Local artists participate in 'Magic of Watercolor'

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The Tennessee Watercolor Society has gathered 22-member artists from Knoxville and Chattanooga chapters to “meet in the middle” at the Athens Art Center for an exhibition of nearly 100 original paintings.
Several Cleveland-area artists are participating in this unique event, including Jennie Kirkpatrick, Marie Spaeder Haas and Helen Burton, who are well-known for their work on display at the Museum Center at 5ive Points.
Special guest artists will be Francis Graves and Betty Grater, honored for their charter member status since 1971 when the organization was founded 48 years ago. They both are active painters in Athens and still participate in local shows.
The opening reception is July 19, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
At 5 p.m. a special “artists’ panel” of four members will answer questions and talk about their art: Marie Spaeder Haas and Helen Burton, from the Chattanooga chapter of TnWS; and Judy Lavoie and Spencer Hunter from the Knoxville chapter.
Lavoie won the Best of Show Award at the TnWS Juried Exhibition in 2018. Sandy Brown will moderate the panel discussion. She is noted as a long-time instructor at the Athens Art Center, and coordinated this exhibit. Her paintings are also in the Cleveland Museum as well as Reflections Gallery in Chattanooga.
The Athens Area Council for the Arts (AACA), sponsor of the Athens Art Center and the Black Box Theatre, is located in their own building at 320 North White Street in downtown Athens.
Call 423-745-8781 for information and gallery hours.
“The Magic of Watercolor” exhibition runs through, August 23. The paintings are for sale, with prices ranging from $125 to $2,000. These are high-quality artworks from award-winning artists.
A theater performance will follow the exhibition reception.
The Black Box Theatre curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. on the World Premier of “The Wheel on the School,” an original musical adaptation by Kelly and Bob Boswick, of the novel by Meindert DeJong, with music by Pam Thigpen.
Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

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