Showcasing watercolor renderings from throughout the region, the 27th annual Helena National Bank Watercolor Exhibition will officially open the weeklong Warfield Music Festival in Helena-West Helena.

 

Showcasing watercolor renderings from throughout the region, the 27th annual Helena National Bank Watercolor Exhibition will officially open the weeklong Warfield Music Festival in Helena-West Helena.
A reception when this year’s winning artists will be revealed will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the Hendrix Gallery of Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA).
The purpose of the watercolor reception is for the public to honor the juror, Robert Lowell Riseling, and artists. Sponsored by Helena National Bank, this event showcases highly accomplished and professional watercolor paintings. The winning artists will also be announced by Riseling and receive prizes during the reception.
Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Riseling holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa. He received his MFA degree in 1972 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Riseling worked as an instructor of art in Monticello, Iowa, and served as the director of the Rochester Art Center in Rochester, Minn., prior to teaching at St. Cloud State University in the Department of Art and then serving as an instructor at the Memphis Academy of Arts (now Memphis College of Art), where he taught for the rest of his professional teaching career, achieving the rank of professor in 1990. He has also served as a visiting artist at several other universities and colleges. Riseling’s art is represented in numerous public collections, and he has exhibited in many one-man shows, selected group exhibitions, and group shows.
Entry forms for the Water Exhibition are available at HNB or the Phillips County Chamber of Commerce or call Maureen Jones at (870) 338-6986. Forms may also be downloaded at www.warfieldconcerts.com/musicfestival. The Watercolor exhibition will be open for public viewing on Wed. May 2, 3 and 4 from 1 to 3 p.m., May 5 and 6 from 2 to 4 p.m., and May 3 and 5 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.