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Local artists featured in water media exhibition at the Cultural Center


A new exhibition, Three: Works in Water Media, will grace the walls of the Balcony Gallery in the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston, beginning Friday, March 23. The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will hold a special opening reception to meet the artists on Friday, March 30, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The free exhibition and reception are open to the public. The show will remain on view through May 6.

Three artists will have their works on display: Carolyn Cavendish and Emily McPhail Roles of Charleston and Jerre Watkins of Cross Lanes. Visitors can see more than 30 pieces of work in the exhibition.

Cavendish began her career with a degree in commercial art from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and spent 18 years as a fashion illustrator. For the past six years she has been creating fine arts paintings and is involved with the Main Street Studio in Hurricane, Allied Artists of West Virginia, West Virginia Watercolor Society, Tamarack and the National League of American Pen Women. She also enjoys doing children’s illustrations and hopes to work on a book someday.

Roles received a degree in education from West Virginia University and then taught art at Herbert Hoover High School. Her work has been exhibited in the Allied Artists Juried Exhibition at Sunrise Museums, Charleston; West Virginia Watercolor Juried Exhibitions in Beckley, Elkins, Moundsville, Morgantown, Athens and Glenville; the Carnegie Seasons of Color at Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg; and the West Virginia Juried Exhibition at the Cultural Center, Charleston. Roles says, “I draw and paint alternating between abandonment and control. Abandonment allows my natural response to emerge. Control applies my knowledge of design.”

Watkins started out in interior design and worked for Alltmont-Coleman Interiors in New Orleans and Colonial Interiors in St. Albans. Her work has been shown in Louisiana Watercolor Encounter, Allied Artists of West Virginia Juried Exhibit, West Virginia Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition, Cardinal Valley Exhibition and Cross Currents Exhibition, to name a few. She says that nature continues to be the most powerful inspiration for her paintings. “I experiment with techniques and paint applications, always striving for a greater physical and spiritual freedom of expression,” she says.

For more information about the exhibition, Three: Works in Water Media, call (304) 558-0220.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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