Tennessee Watercolor Society Exhibition

July 5 – August 20, 2021 | The Arts Center

Opening Reception: Friday July 16, 2021 at 5:00pm | The Arts Center


Athens Area Council for the Arts (AACA) is proud to host 50th Anniversary Celebration: An Exhibition of the Eastern Tennessee Members of the Tennessee Watercolor Society. This is an exhibit by Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Tri-Cities chapters of the Tennessee Watercolor Society from July 6 through August 20, 2021 in the Willson Exhibit Room and Hall Gallery at The Arts Center in Athens.

Tennessee Watercolor Society (TnWS) is the largest and most respected organization in Tennessee dedicated to the exploration and advocacy of water media. Through the efforts of Marie Spaeder Haas and local artist Sandy Brown, this has become one of our favorite Biennial exhibitions at The Arts Center, with continually high sales and attendance.

This is also an exciting year for the TnWS, with it being the 50th Anniversary of the society’s founding. The society has grown in numbers and significance over the years, with regular showings all over the state. TnWS now currently has a statewide membership of more than 250 artists and supporters. McMinn County has the honor of claiming two founding members of the society, beloved painters Betty Grater and Frances Graves.

This exhibition includes active, associate, and signature members from the Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Tri-Cities chapters of the society. This is the first year that the invitation to show has been extended to the Tri-Cities area, and we are happy to host over 54% of the members from that region in this year’s exhibition. We will have in total 26 artists with over 100 pieces in exhibition for the show, making it our largest show of the season, and the largest show statewide for the TnWS.

Exhibiting artists are Mary Ahern, Claudia Balthrop, Jann Bohnenberger, Mary K. Brown, Sandy Brown, Helen Burton, Linda S. Campbell, Durinda Cheek, Lil Clinard, Mark Cobbe, Don Gotterbarn, Marie Spaeder Haas, Irma Herzog, Harriet S. Howell, Spencer Hudson, Faye Ives, Barbara Brown Jernigan, Linda A. Johnson, Judy Lavoie, Kirsten May, P. Holly Peck, Jean Porter, Richard Rice, Gayla D. Seale, Tom White, and Barbara Wilfon.

Art enthusiasts may mingle with the artists and learn about techniques and processes from the artists themselves at our opening reception to be hosted on Friday, July 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. This, as well as exhibit attendance during its show here at The Arts Center, is free. For more information on the Tennessee Watercolor Society, please visit tnws.org.

To visit this exhibit, please visit The Arts Center at 320 N. White St. anytime during regular office hours (Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm).