JACKSONVILLE — It’s 10:30 a.m. and Shea O’Donnell is touching up a cloud.
On most weekdays, Julian Jenkins focuses on architecture, a fairly regimented
world of linear structures, stress tolerances and physics.
So in his off-time, he wants to balance that regimen with something a bit
more fluid and unpredictable — watercolors.
“It has a mind of its own and I like that, the help that you get, the
unexpected accomplishments you can get from watercolors,” says Jenkins, one of
the owners of Jenkins Munroe Jenkins Architecture.
Starting Friday, Jenkins and Lee Manners, former head of the Art Department
at Jacksonville State University, will be displaying their works at Anniston’s
ArtWorks gallery. Selected as Honorary Distinguished Members of the gallery,
Jenkins will be showing his watercolors, while Manners will exhibit mixed-media
collages of paper and paint. ArtWorks members also will be exhibiting their new
“I like the texture things,” says Manners, who taught at JSU from 1956 until
1985. “It moves around, I put things on and take things off. … I try to use the
material and not destroy the texture.”
When it comes to watercolors, an artist can control them to an extent,
Jenkins says, but the medium is prone to sudden bursts of unanticipated color
and fluid movement.
“To me, it helps the creativity by its own direction,” he says. “You can give
it a little boost and it’ll work for you. It creates some excitement that you
cannot get with oils.”
Artworks Opening Reception
What: Works by Honorary Distinguished Members Julian Jenkins and Lee
Manners and ArtWorks members.
When: 5-8 p.m. Friday.
Art Works Gallery, 921 Noble St.
How much: Free.
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