October in the Gordon JCC Galleries

The work of the Middle Tennessee Region of the Tennessee Watercolor Society and Marilyn Johnson.

                       Springtime Stroll, by Hal Wright                                          Flavors, by Marilyn Johnson

The Janet Levine March Gallery will feature an exhibition by the Middle Tennessee Region of the Tennessee Watercolor Society (TnWS) entitled, “Creativity Flows." This exhibit features 34 Middle Tennessee TnWS artists representing many styles and techniques using water media on paper. Water mediums include watercolor, acrylics, water-based inks, and gouache. Paper choices are as varied as the many brands available. Each offers different textures and surfaces that meet the preference of the artist. Water based mediums are exciting to work with although they are often characterized as most challenging. When water mediums interact with water, "creativity flows.” TnWS is an open, non-profit, volunteer organization for water media artists. The society is celebrating its 51th Anniversary this year, and has been impacting the Visual Arts and Culture of Tennessee since 1971 through water media exhibitions, programming, outreach and educational opportunities.

The Sig Held Gallery will feature the work of Native Midwesterner Marilyn Johnson. Marilyn first started painting in the 1960s in a course at Vanderbilt University taught by the late Arthur Orr. Known for his big personality and shaped canvases, Orr gave his beginner students one instruction only: “Paint the essence of something.” Johnson sold her “essence” brick painting for $5, graduated from Vanderbilt, and exchanged her brushes for a monthly salary. She worked in Washington, D.C. and attended graduate school in journalism and communications at the University of Florida, before returning to Nashville as a business journalist and later a meeting professional. Years later the late Paul Abstein invited Johnson to join the artists of his midtown Atlanta gallery and he became a valued mentor and friend. Johnson continues to work from her home studio and is represented by York & Friends Fine Art in Nashville. Her work is in residential and corporate collections throughout the U.S.


          Fireworks, by Patsy Sharpe                             Theatre Antique, by Wendy Leonard

The Senior Lounge continues to feature the work of Marilynn Derwuskus.

The House gallery will feature the Under One Roof collaborative exhibit.

The Exhibition Dates are October 1 -30th. The Art Reception is Wednesday, October 19th from 6 -8 pm. Complimentary food and beverage, music by DJ Joseph Harris. It is free and open to the public. All exhibitions are free and open to the public throughout the month. Attendees need to sign in at the front desk. For more information, contact the GJCC at 615.354-1699, Curator Carrie Mills at carrie@nashvillejcc.org, or go to www.nashvillejcc.org.


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