MATTHEWS – For local artist Barbara Jimison, it’s all about watercolors.
Jimison is a member of several local artist groups, and her portrait, “Be Right Back” – a scene depicting a red beach chair sitting at the edge of the ocean – recently took top honors in the Matthews Alive! Festival’s art contest.
“I want to enter as many exhibits and contests as I can,” she said. “It keeps me on my toes, keeps me painting and keeps me wanting to do something new rather than rely on the same pieces over and over again.”
Jimison is one of about 20 artists who’ll participate in the Golden Palette Art Society’s October show at the McDowell Arts Center in Matthews. The show runs from Oct. 5 to Nov. 2 and will feature more than 150 pieces of artwork.
All artwork is created by members of the Golden Palette Art Society, a Matthews-based painting group. The artists meet monthly under the instruction of Bruce Chandler, who teaches techniques that help the artists fine tune their skills and evolve their work.
Jimison has been a member of the society for about two years. She said the main reason she joined was to have the opportunity to study under Chandler.
“I needed a different instructor who had experience in all media, not just watercolor,” Jimison said. “I needed wisdom and knowledge, and (Chandler) is just incredible.”
Many of Jimison’s portraits are inspired by photographs she’s taken, with dogs and cats, beach scenes and fishermen being some of the most common themes in her work. She’s also painted a portrait of a fireman and his two children, and has traveled to places like botanical gardens to capture photographs of floral scenes to paint.
“I just click away,” she said.
Jimison will enter five pieces of artwork into the show: “Snowy Red Barn,” which depicts a snowy scene in West Virginia; “One Saturday Morning,” a painting of a fisherman; “A Reflective Butterfly,” a portrait of a butterfly reflected in glass; “A Perfect Morning,” depicting a coffee cup with a beach background; and “Be Right Back,” her award-winning painting.
One of Jimison’s favorite things about participating in art shows is the chance to receive positive feedback on her work.
“I love to get comments from people,” she said. “I go and mingle in the crowd, to see what they’re saying about (my) work.”
And she said it’s important for her and other fellow artists to participate in these shows, as well, because the exhibits give exposure to local artists while also exposing the community to local art.
“It’s just good to be exposed to the community,” Jimison said. “I don’t think we get enough recognition, as local artists. There’s a lot of good talent out there that just never gets to be seen.”
Artwork can be viewed at the McDowell Arts Center, 100 McDowell St., during normal gallery operating hours. Find more information at the group’s Facebook page, “Golden Palette Society,” or call the McDowell Arts Center at 704-321-7275.