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Watercolor paintings by Clanton artist Charlotte Rowland and wood works by James McCombs comprise the Chilton County Arts Council’s newest exhibit in the Rose Gallery.
Watercolor paintings by Clanton artist Charlotte Rowland and wood works by James McCombs comprise the Chilton County Arts Council’s newest exhibit in the Rose Gallery.

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Rose Gallery to feature two Alabama artists in July

Published 1:03pm Thursday, July 10, 2014

Two Alabama artists will share the space in the Chilton County Arts Council’s Rose Gallery during July.

The artists are Charlotte Rowland of Clanton and James McCombs of Vincent.

The public is invited to the official opening and reception for the artists July 12 from 2–4 p.m. at the Chilton County Arts Council in downtown Clanton.

Rose Gallery director Sue Anne Hoyt said the artists’ works complement one another nicely.

“Charlotte does these delicate watercolors, and Jim works in wood,” Hoyt said. “It was challenging to present these two media side by side in a meaningful way, but I think we did it.”

Rowland lives in Clanton and has long been a student of Scarlett Teel.

Rowland said watercolor is a challenging medium, but the results make it worth the effort.

“I just love the look of it, the way the colors come together,” Rowland said. “You can express so many things with watercolor, and I really love the intricate structures of flowers and the works of nature. That’s the source of a lot of my inspiration.”

McCombs took up working in wood to stave off the boredom of retirement several years ago.

“I would look at a rose or a bird and see the lines where I could cut the wood and make an inlay of the image. My first pieces were real flat-looking, but now I layer stains and create some interesting colors and effects.”

Refreshments will be served at the reception, and the artists will be on hand to share comments on their work.

The Chilton County Arts Council is located at 703 Second Ave. N. in downtown Clanton.

The Rose Gallery is open for public viewing Thursdays from 1–3 p.m., and Saturdays from 3–5 p.m.

Viewings for groups can be scheduled by calling the Arts Council at (205) 217-3027.

More information about all arts happenings in Chilton County, including Summer Art Camp for kids ages 8–17, can be found at www.chiltoncountyartscouncil.com.

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