Come See the Motor City Memories Art Show
Local art and American automobile enthusiasts are invited to step back in time to an era of American ingenuity and invention through an art show at Bluefield College, now through August 25, featuring the watercolors of Jarrod Wilson.

Come See the Motor City Memories Art Show

By Chris Shoemaker | June 13, 2017 | RSS

Local art and American automobile enthusiasts are invited to step back in time to an era of American ingenuity and invention through an art show at Bluefield College, now through August 25, featuring the watercolors of Jarrod Wilson.

Titled “Motor City Memories,” Wilson’s show is on display in BC’s Art Gallery on the first floor of Lansdell Hall from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. The exhibit is open and free to the public. Weekend hours may be obtained by calling the Bluefield College Art Department at 276-326-4558.

With transparent watercolor, Wilson paints luminous images of automobiles that take viewers back in time to an age when American cars dominated the industry. His lifelong love of the automobile has taken him many places searching out vintage models to photograph and later transform into stunning watercolor paintings.

“The production of my work is far larger than the mere creation of a piece of fine art,” said Wilson. “It is also the pursuit of or chase for the image. My pursuit has taken me far and wide to seek out places and automobiles that are sacred within the car hobby and significant within American history. The paintings that I create show not only a slice of automotive history, but also a vignette of a moment in time in American history.”

Wilson said his works are driven by harnessing the free-flowing quality of watercolor. He said he finds and creates his reality through the judicious breakdown of every image into abstracted shapes. He added that he wants his watercolors to be unique and lasting, capable of reminding Americans of what we once created and emulated.

“As an American, I still believe in America and what we make here,” said Wilson “In an age when American automobiles are world class and often beat the foreign competition on the very grounds that are touted as the reason to buy foreign over domestic, I find it difficult to understand why people favor those brands. I seek to remember a day when we were proud of what we made and when we were proud of ourselves. In the process, I seek to remind others of the same.”

A native of Galax, Virginia, Wilson teaches art and art history at Galax High School, where he introduced an advanced placement art history course considered to be the only one of its kind in southwest Virginia. Before Galax High, Wilson served as an art teacher at Galax Elementary School, where he taught the fundamentals of art to kids in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Outside of his teaching, he has completed a variety of public art projects featuring the works of his high school students. As part of one venture, he designed and painted two life-size bass fiddles for the Galax City Public Art Project. He is a member of the College Art Association, the Virginia Watercolor Society, and the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi. He holds a master’s degree in studio art and a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Radford University, and has been recognized by Northlight Books, Radford, the magazine of Radford University, the Galax Gazette, and Watercolor Artist.

In addition to Bluefield College, Wilson has exhibited his works in museums, shows and festivals in Virginia, Wisconsin, Texas and New York for the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Virginia Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society, and the Virginia Academy of Fine Arts, where he has won several show awards of distinction. Two of his works are installed permanently: “Why Stand Ye Gazing” at Lee University in Tennessee and “Committed to the Great Commission,” a portrait of Dr. Lovell R. Cary, at the Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries in the Philippines.

“While what I do is often spoken of in glowing terms, I know myself and quickly acknowledge that apart from God none of what I do is possible,” said Wilson. “I choose to honor Almighty God and his Son with the very best of which I am capable, and thereby return any honor or praise unto Him who is worthy.”

 

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