What’s going on in your Region?

Region I / Memphis

Click here to see what’s happening in TnWS Region I. Region I, while considered rural, also contains artists in Memphis/Jackson and throughout West Tennessee. We are a close group that participates in monthly group critiques. Many artists ask how to get involved in the art scene in West Tennessee. In addition to Tennessee Watercolor Society (TnWS), we tell them about three major groups in the region, all of whom feature annual exhibitions: Memphis-Germantown Art League (MGAL), Jackson Visual Arts Association (JVAA), and Gibson County Visual Arts Association-Trenton (GCVAA). It is through involvement in these active groups that West Tennessee artists are often drawn to membership in TnWS.

Region II / Nashville

Click here to see what’s happening in TnWS Region II. Region II has Nashville at its center.  We have artist communities throughout the region reaching north to Clarksville, south to Franklin / Columbia / Tullahoma / Lawrenceburg, east to Hendersonville / Old Hickory / Mt Juliet / Lebanon, southeast to Murfreesboro, west to Pegram / Dickson, and everything in between. Our hope is to help our TnWS members find artist communities near them, come together in TnWS region-wide activities, and participate in special TnWS statewide community events. We strive to inform and to provide educational and exhibiting opportunities in the visual arts.

Region III / Chattanooga

Click here to see what’s happening in TnWS Region III. Region III covers the Chattanooga area in the southeast section of the state, from South Pittsburg on the southern border, north to Athens, including Ooltewah, Cleveland, Ocoee, Dayton, and other smaller towns in Tennessee. It has a team of directors who plan events and welcome new members. Members meet for lunch socials, gallery hops and paint-outs. Local shows are planned in between major biennial exhibitions hosted in Chattanooga (2010 and 2022). Some Region III members are represented in the Reflections Gallery, In-Town Gallery, and Area 61 in Chattanooga; the Gift Gallery in the Museum Center at 5ive Points in Cleveland; and The Arts Center in Athens. 

Region IV / Knoxville

Click here to see what’s happening in TnWS Region IV. Region IV has its center in Knoxville. TnWS members hail from the surrounding areas of Rutledge in the northeast, Sevierville/Kodak/Pleasant Hill in the east, and Maryville in the southeast. Head south and you’ll find members in Loudon/ Lenoir City/ Vonore/Tellico Plains, and go west to to find members in Oak Ridge/Kingston/Fairfield Glade. Some of these Regional TnWS members also enjoy membership in the Art Market Gallery and in the Knoxville Watercolor Society , which has yearly exhibits all over Knoxville and the surrounding area. Many attend the Art Guild of Tellico Village for art classes, monthly meetings with exciting speakers, workshops and an annual Art Show, and many look forward to the annual juried Open Show each year in the Oak Ridge Art Center.

Region V / Tri-Cities

Click here to see what’s happening in Region V. The Tri-Cities is the region made of the cities of Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol and the surrounding smaller towns and communities in Northeast Tennessee. We are a small group, but we do meet weekly for an Open Studio.

It’s fun to visit your own Region’s page to see what’s happening, but be sure to visit the other pages as well!

Every Region offers high-quality events, workshops, classes and projects that you won’t want to miss!  Just click on  one of the following links:

Region I / Memphis
Region II / Nashville
Region III / Chattanooga
Region IV / Knoxville
Region V / Tri-Cities

And don’t forget the Tennessee Watercolor Society’s private group on Facebook!

It’s a space where like-minded people gather to share ideas or questions, accomplishments and concerns – and to be inspired! Everybody is welcome, and if you aren’t a member yet, please join us. Click on this link to join:

TnWS Facebook Group

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