U of O to host Mid-Southern Watercolorists exhibit

Release Date: 10/10/2011

Clarksville, Ark. --- University of the Ozarks will host a selection of colorful works from the 41st Mid-Southern Watercolorists' annual competition and exhibition throughout the month of October as part of the university's Artist of the Month series.

The traveling exhibition includes 22 award-winning works by the following artists: Selma Blackburn, Mary Nancy Henry, Jacquelyn Kaucher, Arlette Miller, Cheryl Nelson, and Diane Zimenski, all of Little Rock. Other Arkansas artists include: Marlene Gremilion and Cynthia Schanink, both of Hot Springs Village; Kay Acklin, Fort Smith; Sandy Barksdale, Cotter; Lisa Eldridge, Rogers; Don Kitz, Deer; Sarah Merkle, El Dorado; Sheila Parsons, Conway; Diane Roberts, Benton; Janis Ward, Fayetteville; and Peggy Wenger, Sherwood. In addition, the following artists selected for touring are from outside of Arkansas: Judith Coffey, Cypress, Texas; Barbara Edwards, Jasper, Ga.; Linda Larey, Texarkana, Texas; and James Oleson, Brookville, Fla.

Since 1970, the Arkansas Arts Center has enjoyed an active association with the Mid-Southern Watercolorists, a non-profit organization that has grown from five artists to include approximately 250 artist members in 17 states. The mission of Mid-Southern Watercolorists is to elevate the stature of watercolor and educate the public to the significance of watercolor as an important, creative, permanent painting medium.

The exhibit will run from through Oct. 26 in the Walton Fine Arts Center's Stephens Gallery. The exhibit is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. For more information, please contact at the university at 479-979-1349.

These works by Shelia Parsons, Don Kitz and Diane Zimenski are just some of the watercolor pieces that will be on display with the Mid-Southern Watercolorists exhibit.