TEXARKANA, Texas — For decades, Jeannie Knod Edwards has blessed Texarkana as both artist and teacher with her skillful use of many mediums, ranging from watercolor to pastel, and her instruction of award-winning students.
Now, Texarkana's arts community has a chance to look back on her work at her one-woman exhibit opening Monday at Texas A&M University-Texarkana's John F. Moss Library.
"Some of my art friends that have seen that are like, 'You did that? That doesn't look like what you paint now,'" Edwards said. Expect the art shown to give a full look at her career, changes and all.
Expect to see art for sale and art she aims to keep. Visitors will even see flowers she's painted and examples of stippling or pointillism, plus ink drawings and many portraits (in paint and chalk pastel). She has some series to exhibit, too, with the same subject done various ways. She's done it all when it comes to art.
"It's a mix," Edwards said, noting many of these pieces have appeared in various shows through the years.
Remarkably, this is Knod's first large one-woman show, although she did have a small show in the Texarkana Public Library decades ago at the beginning of her career. She was recently a featured artist at 1894 Gallery downtown.
How does it feel to look back upon the full spectrum of her art?
"You know, I didn't realize how much I had done. It's like I start gathering, and some of the pieces I borrowed—it's kind of nice to have my children back for a little while, my creations, I guess I could say," Edwards said. She loaded her van three times to transport her art to the library.
"It's exciting to see everything," she said. She could have brought less, she says, but she decided she might as well "go big or go home."
In addition to watercolors and pastels, she employs acrylics and mixed media in her work. She's done weaving and pottery. Her subjects vary, too, with both realism and abstract works. She can do portraits or landscapes, and her work has landed in galleries, businesses and homes. She can create both photorealism and unique abstract work.
Knod and her brother, Glen Knod, received an award in 2002 from Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council for their work in arts education. Her work has often been shown at the juried adult TRAHC show, and she's also shown with the Mid-Southern Watercolorists. She earned first place for a pastel that was part of a national juried exhibit.
For years she's also been involved with the Four States Regional Art Club and Party with Picassos, for which she'll be signature artist this upcoming year.
Just as she's successful winning honors for her own work, Edwards taught students, both youth and adults, to be just as successful. Now retired, she got her teaching start in Lewisville, Arkansas, and then taught at Arkansas High School for 36 years. She also taught privately.
"I've made a lot of friends in the arts," Edwards said. She'd be pleased to see some former students at the reception. The show will be up through Nov. 1.