Historic Arkansas Museum (HAM), 200 E. Third St., at Little Rock, will hold the opening reception for the “Mid-Southern Watercolorists 49th annual Juried Exhibition” at 2nd Friday Art Night (2FAN), from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 12.


An awards ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Ottenheimer Theater. Charlotte Taylor will be the musical guest. The featured brewery is Lost Forty Brewing from Little Rock, according to a news release.


Beverages and appetizers will be served in the Stella Boyle Smith Atrium. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.


The “Mid-Southern Watercolorists 49th Annual Juried Exhibition” will be open April 12 – July 7 at the Trinity Gallery.


“ Historically, mineral pigments mixed with a gum arabic binder and ground into water were used to produce illuminated manuscripts, and later, to create detailed miniature paintings. In the late 1700s, artists began experimenting with loose washes and bold colors to invent effects similar to those seen in contemporary watercolor paintings,” according to the release.


“The Mid-Southern Watercolorists, a non-profit organization, was founded in Little Rock in 1970 by artists Doris Williamson Mapes, Bruce R. Anderson, Josephine Graham, Edwin C. Brewer, and Catherine Tharp Altvater to promote the status of watercolor art and artists in the South. The 49th annual Mid-Southern Watercolorists juried exhibition showcases the wide range of techniques and approaches now available to artists working in water-based media,” according to the release.


Of the 159 paintings submitted from 12 states and Puerto Rico, only 33 were selected for this exhibit by juror Michael Bailey of California.


“The reception is sponsored by the Historic Arkansas Museum Foundation, with special thanks to 107 Liquor,” according to the release.


Historic Arkansas Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the galleries and parking are free; tours of historic grounds are $2.50 for adults, $1 for children under 18, and $1.50 for senior citizens. The Historic Arkansas Museum Store is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.


Other divisions of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Arkansas State Archives.