The American Watercolor Society’s Traveling Exhibit Opening August 22nd.


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Linda Baker, “His Keys”
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William Vrscak, “Behind the Playground”

The AWS Exhibition is one of the premiere watercolor exhibits in the world. More than 1,200 artists from throughout the United States and 27 foreign countries submitted their work to a panel of jurors chosen from Signature Members of the AWS. Of these submissions (one per artist), 147 paintings were selected for the exhibition. Forty paintings from the show are selected for the Traveling Exhibition, which will tour museums and galleries across the country.

While inclusion in this exhibition is itself an honor, participants also competed for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals of Honor, and 29 other awards and medals with more than $40,000 in prize money.

The American Watercolor Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious art societies in the world. Election to the Society as a Signature Member is one of the most sought-after honors in the painting world. Membership has included many of the greatest names in painting throughout the history of the Society, including the great American Impressionist Childe Hassam, the well-known regionalists Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield, virtually every member of the important “California School” of watercolorists, and everyone in between, up to and including the late Andrew Wyeth.

The 148th Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society opens on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015, in the Regional Art Gallery at the Tullahoma Fine Arts Center. The exhibition runs through September 20th and admission is $10.

Special Gallery hours for the Exhibit are as follows:

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Mike Kowalski, “Read All About It”

Opening weekend—Saturday, August 22nd, 3-5 pm
Sunday, August 23rd, 1-3 pm

Special After Hours—Thursday, September 3rd, 6-8 pm
Thursday, September 10th, 5-8 pm
(Annual Members Meeting—FREE admission)

Closing weekend—Saturday, September 19th, 3-5 pm
Sunday, September 20th, 1-3 pm

Regular Business hours: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9 am to 3 pm.

All other hours by appointment only.

As a special bonus, TFAC will be offering 4 watercolor classes on opening day, August 22nd.

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Artist Ann Smotherman

“First Time Florals” Instructor Kay Foote 9 am to 11 am

Level: Beginner

This class will introduce the student to watercolor techniques with the class project of a fun floral. A step-by-step procedure will teach you the beauty of watercolor.

All materials provided. Material fee $15

“Introduction to Watercolor and Color Mixing” Instructor Pat Rollie 11 am to 1 pm

If you have always wanted to learn to paint with watercolors but just to timid to try, this is the class for you! You will learn the watercolor basics through fun and playful exercises. The art of color mixing will be part of the class exercises.

All materials provided. Material fee $15

“Capturing the Essence of Clouds” Instructor Jim House 9 am to 11 am

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

This class will explore shape, size, shading and arrangement of clouds to create
spectacular and dramatic skies. Mastering the art of clouds impacts the atmosphere and drama of your painting. This class will take you there.

Bring your watercolor supplies of paint, paper and brushes and accessories.

“Fruit, Fabric & Silver” Instructor Ann Smotherman 12 pm to 2 pm

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Bring a fruit, fabric and silver piece to this instructive class on composition and inspiration. You will transform 3 simple objects into a wonderful watercolor painting reflecting the fluidity and seeming spontaneity of this medium.

Bring your watercolor supplies of paint, paper and brushes and accessories.
Suggested paper size of 12” x 16” or 10” x 14.”
Pencil and kneaded eraser
A few silver pieces will be available if you need them.

Registration fee for each class is $50.  Email tfac@tullahomafineartscenter.org to reserve your spot.

About Tullahoma Art Center

"Preserving the past, engaging the present and nurturing the future of Middle Tennessee by stimulating diverse creative expression, positive encouragement and quality, regional opportunities for access to and instruction in the Arts and Humanities." The Tullahoma Fine Arts Center is an ADA-compliant facility committed to the development of quality cultural experiences and education by providing access to and instruction in the Arts and Humanities, and influencing the direction of area visual, literary, performing and creative arts. TFAC, above all, encourages professionalism in the artistic community and among its artists and students, thereby raising standards of excellence in creativity, design and the production and practice of cultural craftsmanship. We promote the development of arts programming opportunities by offering classes, demonstrations, performances, publications and exhibitions. We are currently expanding our Member Gallery so that members may display and/or sell their original works -- creating unique marketing opportunities for them to reach local, regional and national audiences. We strive to increase public experience, understanding, appreciation and awareness of (as well as access to) the Arts and Humanities, especially in underserved and disenfranchised communities. TFAC seeks to strengthen our existing Regional Art Museum and lending library by encouraging donations of books, works of art and the endowment of funds to secure further permanent collections of both. We are actively exploring ways to assist area school systems with their Arts and Humanities curriculums, providing both extracurricular and co-curricular opportunities for gifted and talented students as well as for the academically and economically disadvantaged. Finally, we are firmly committed to partnering with civic organizations, other non-profits, city, county and state governments to compliment each another’s fields of expertise.