Columbus native returns for exhibit at RAC

August 8, 2009 9:23:00 PM

Jan Swoope - [email protected]


Watercolorist Jennie Quinn Szaltis followed her artistic calling from Columbus, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mississippi University for Women, to Pensacola, Fla., where she worked in interior design, her major field of study at the W. 


The daughter of the late Jane Quinn, and niece of Julia Wade and Ike Franklin, all of Columbus, later moved to Jacksonville, Fla., where she further developed her talent in visual arts and began selling her work in local galleries. 


From Tuesday through Saturday, Aug. 11-15, Szaltis brings some of her sought-after watercolors to Columbus for a limited exhibit at the Rosenzweig Arts Center at 501 Main St.  


On Tuesday, Aug. 11, the artist will conduct a demonstration for children at 3:30 p.m., followed by a reception open to the public from 5-6 p.m. 


Szaltis'' process varies from some traditional watercolorists. While the past president of the Jacksonville Watercolor Society enjoys painting on paper, it would not be uncommon to find her becoming creative with canvas. She occasionally ventures into oils and mixed medium. 


The former owner of "Studios," a visual arts school in Jacksonville, can often be found now traveling through the Southeast, conducting watercolor workshops.  


When asked about her artwork, she said, "It''s important to me that the audience be involved in my paintings with their senses and imagination." 


The public is encouraged to visit the exhibit; there is no charge. For more information, contact the Columbus Arts Council at 662-328-2787.  


Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.