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Arts Clayton hosting national watercolor exhibit

Photo by Curt Yeomans
Arts Clayton Gallery Assistant Courtney Forte explains some of the techniques used to make a watercolor painting. The Jonesboro-based gallery is hosting the Georgia Watercolor Society’s XXXIII National Exhibition until May 25.

Photo by Curt Yeomans Arts Clayton Gallery Assistant Courtney Forte explains some of the techniques used to make a watercolor painting. The Jonesboro-based gallery is hosting the Georgia Watercolor Society’s XXXIII National Exhibition until May 25.

The nation has come to the Arts Clayton Gallery in Jonesboro for a contest to see who has done the best work with “water-based media,” or watercolor painting, as it is more commonly known.

The gallery is hosting the Georgia Watercolor Society’s XXXIII National Exhibition through the end of May. In all, 70 pieces of watercolor artwork have been submitted for the competition by artists from across the U.S.

Some of the pieces are abstract images, while others show images of people. Others depict machinery, while one shows a set of lamps in an antique shop. Several of the pieces entered in the exhibition are detailed enough to resemble photographs. People have to inspect them closely to see the brush strokes.

“It’s amazing the detail they are able to get in some of these pieces,” said Arts Clayton Gallery Assistant Courtney Forte. “They’re almost photorealistic.”

This is the first time the Arts Clayton Gallery has hosted the Georgia Watercolor society’s National Exhibition, but Forte explained this is not the first time the gallery and society have worked together. “They had an exhibit here two years ago, for just their Georgia Watercolor Society members,” she said. “They liked the space, so that’s how we partnered with them for this show.”

The exhibition marks one of the rare occasions when one of Arts Clayton’s regular exhibiting artists has not been included in a show at the gallery. While the national watercolor exhibition was open to anyone to enter, Forte said the competition to get a piece in the show was extremely tough.

“A couple of our artists did enter, but they [the watercolor society] were so selective that they didn’t get in,” she said. “There are people who are really up there in watercolor society who didn’t get pieces in.”

Arts Clayton has scheduled a special opening reception to take place on April 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., to give local arts patrons an opportunity to see the exhibition in an after hours setting. The reception is slated to take place at the gallery, which is located at 136 South Main Street, in Jonesboro.

The local arts group is also scheduled to host three “Creation Station” programs, where children can make watercolor artwork. The programs are set to take place on April 21, May 11, and May 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on each day. The cost to participate in the programs is $5 per child.

The Georgia Watercolor Society is slated to announce the competition winners during its annual meeting, on April 21.

Call the gallery, at (770) 473-5410, for more information about the show. Log onto www.georgiawatercolorsociety.com, for more information about the watercolor group. May 25 is scheduled to be the last day of the exhibition, according to Forte.