published Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Tennessee Watercolor Society members exhibit in Cleveland

By Ann Nichols
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    A couple having lunch by the Tennessee River with the Market Street Bridge in the background was the inspiration for David Barber's watercolor. Contributed Photo

Beginning March 26, the Museum Center at Five Points in Cleveland, Tenn., will host “Colors of Spring.” The juried exhibition is composed of 38 paintings by 31 members of the Tennessee Watercolor Society who live in the Chattanooga/Cleveland area, which is designated as Region III.

Helen Burton, artist and director of TWS Region III, asked members to submit works that referenced the theme of spring — either in terms of color or subject matter. Elizabeth Carriger, curator of collections for the museum, served as juror.

“When I selected the works for the show, I kept in mind theme, technique and originality,” she said. “We had so many stunning entries for this exhibition that celebrate local talent, a challenging medium and the colors of spring.”

Carriger’s choices range from abstraction to realism with florals, still lifes, figures and landscapes represented.

TWS holds a major statewide show every two years, so during the off years individual regions mount themed exhibits.

“They give the artists additional opportunities for exposure while keeping their identity as members of TWS within their region,” said Burton. “In the past, we have been invited to hold our regional exhibits at Raymond James & Associates, North River Civic Center, Shuptrine Fine Art & Framing, Reflections Gallery and the Museum Center at Five Points.”

Visitors to the show, which is on display through May 21, can learn more about the artists and their inspiration from informational plaques accompanying the paintings. Visitors can also vote for their favorite painting, and the three most popular works will receive merit awards.

Museum Center at Five Points, 200 Inman St., in Cleveland, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Call 423-339-5745.

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