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Tennessee Watercolor Society juried exhibition at Emporium Center

  his life in a song
  “His Life in a Song” by Brenda Mills. Image courtesy of the artist.

The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville is hosting the 35th Juried Exhibition of the Tennessee Watercolor Society. The event will be held from May 20 to June 24, 2016. Entrance is free.

The Society represents the finest artists in Tennessee. The 2016 Exhibition will showcase 55 watermedia paintings. The paintings were chosen from nearly 200 entries by distinguished juror John T. Salminen. Salminen has won more than 220 national and international awards. His work is included in permanent collections in Asia, Europe and the United States.

Salminen will be conducting a workshop from May 16 through 20 at the Emporium which will focus on abstraction. Only those registered may attend. He will also do a realism demonstration at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Knoxville at 3:30 pm on May 21. There is an 8:30 – 11:30 am demo of new products by vendors at Jerry's Artarama on the same date plus a social event on Friday evening May 20 from 7 to 9 pm at The Art Market Gallery on Gay Street. For more information and to sign up, visit

  don't let life just pass you by
  “Don't Let Life Just Pass You By" by Max Robinson. Image courtesy of the artist.

Following the demos, an Awards Banquet will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 6 pm. Tickets to this event may be purchased for $37 per person. Awards totaling $10,000 have been provided by national merchants, local businesses, and individuals dedicated to the support of fine art and the talented persons who produce it. Visit the Tennessee Watercolor Society's web page at for more information and to purchase tickets. Space is limited, and there is a deadline of April 30 for this as well as all events.

thank god for bananas
“Thank God for the Bananas” by Kate McCullough. Image courtesy of the artist.

As part of a generous grant from the Lyndhurst Foundation of Chattanooga, TN, a juried collection of 30 paintings from the Exhibition will travel across the state to six locations for public and visual arts outreach. Those locations include Memphis, Humboldt, Columbia, Chattanooga, Elizabethton, and Clarksville, Tennessee. The exhibit will travel into January of 2017. UBS Financial Services of Knoxville is helping to sponsor publication of a catalog of the exhibition. The catalog will be available at each venue.

Published April 29, 2016

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