Campus pays tribute to late watercolor atist


by Sally Claunch
The Shorthorn staff

EX-CEL campus activities is hosting a tribute to the late watercolor artist Jim Jones with a reception and art sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the University Center Art Gallery.

The university currently owns 37 of Jones' Big Bend and Palo Duro watercolor paintings. They are on display permanently in the UC and Engineering Department.

Other works by Jones are on display in the UC Art Gallery and will be included in Saturday's sale. They can be viewed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m today and Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. For more information call EX-CEL at 272-2963.

Jones' wife, Dottie, is bringing his remaining works to the sale on Saturday. All works will start at $700. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale will go to EX-CEL for future programs.

EX-CEL President Seth Ressl said the group wanted to host the reception because of Jones' connection to the university.

"His work is already on display in the building, so it's neat that we get to have the sale here," he said.

LaKisha Ladson, entertainment and arts director, said EX-CEL sponsors a different artist every month in the UC gallery during the spring and fall semesters.

"We have good quality artwork ranging from children's art to professional artists," she said. "Jones is one of the professional artists we brought in."

Jones, a former electrical engineer, became interested in watercolors in the 1960s. He worked out of his studio in Clifton, Texas, but also painted on location. Most of his paintings are of Southwest landscapes and can be found in private and commercial art collections in the United States and abroad.

Jones taught watercolor painting at the Dallas Creative Art Center for 10 years, was a member of the Southwestern Watercolor Society and the Texas Wild Bunch, a group of artists who paint southwestern realistic art.

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