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Watercolor exhibit showcases teacher's devotion

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Art teacher Carla Jennings, left, and her student Randy Davis admire the colorful watercolor art at Thursday’s exhibit opening reception.

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By BRENDA MONTY
The Standard Laconic

Thursday, November 23, 2017

SNOW HILL — More than 50 supporters of the arts attended the opening of a watercolor art exhibit by 13 students of Greene County native and resident art teacher, Carla Jennings.

The Nov. 16 exhibit not only showcased the talent of local artists, it also testified to Jennings’ teaching ability.

“Carla tries to cover a lot of areas as far as technique and mixing colors. She is a great teacher. She has taught us so much,” said Angie Cunningham of Farmville.

Multiple art pieces are products of a group project modeled by Jennings, such as Cape Lookout lighthouse, a street in Venice, Italy and a hummingbird, while others are the artists’ original works.

Jennings, a retired math teacher, taught art classes at Lenoir Community College for a year. For the past three years, she has held 12-week night classes in the spring and fall at the Greene Ridge Racquet & Swim Club in Snow Hill.

Since many of Jennings’ students have been under her guidance for up to four years, she is considering starting a beginner’s class next spring to recruit a new group of budding artists.

“It’s been fun. We have a good time,” Jennings said.

Artist Dora Pasour’s pictures of a field of purple, clary sage and another of an Amish wagon driver were inspired by photographs, she said. Pasour, a retired teacher who was the first Interfaith Volunteers director and serves on other local boards, began taking classes three years ago from both Jennings and at the Community Council for the Arts in Kinston.

Cherry Jones is a retired teacher who had done oil painting prior to taking watercolor classes with Jennings for four years.

Working with watercolors has been a real adjustment for Jones.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed it, and I am getting better. I’m not as scared to put the paint on the paper. With watercolor, I’m a little hesitant,” Jones said.

Nancy Rea had never tried to paint before taking Jennings’ class.

“It brings me so much joy to paint. She has been very patient with me,” she said.

Other artists include Susan Hamm, a former Greene County resident who now lives in Emerald Isle, Lisa Daniels of La Grange, Snow Hill residents Kathy Grantham and Dawn Jarman, and locals Ann Sherrill, Darline Worthington and Gena Byrd.

Greene County Museum exhibit committee member Kay Barrow welcomed those in attendance.

“I know how enjoyable classes like Carla’s are. You benefit not only from the skills you learn, but also from the friendships that you develop,” Barrow said.

The museum, which opened 17 years ago, will host the exhibit of Jennings’ students through December.

UPCOMING

The 2018 schedule of exhibits begins Jan. 9 with the opening reception for the “Greene County Collects: Fine and Decorative Arts” exhibit featuring a sampling of local collectors. Citizens who would like to display their collection are invited to contact the museum.

The 16th annual student art show opens March 8. In May 2018, a Mount Olive artist with a passion for animals will be featured at the museum.

In June and August 2018, the history and artifacts of the local Native American tribe of Tuscarora, the battle of Fort Nooherooka and the commemorative monument will be the featured exhibit, with presentations by George Mewborn, a former museum president. In September and October 2018, the work of art teachers in the Greene County school district will be displayed in the “A Door I Call Home” exhibit.

Scheduled for November and December 2018 is the exhibit “Reclaimed! The Art of Finding Treasures” featuring the work of Barney Parker, a freelance artist who uses reclaimed wood and recyclables to create art.

Barrow invited the public to become supporters of the museum, as patrons, volunteers or committee members to help keep the museum in operation.

The Standard Laconic is based in Snow Hill and serves all of Greene County. 

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