The Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock is presenting Mid-Southern Watercolorists 44th Annual Juried Exhibition in the Trinity Gallery for Arkansas Artists through April 6. There will be a free opening reception on Feb. 14, 5 – 8 p.m., in conjunction with downtown Little Rock’s second Friday Art Night. Live music will be provided by Kit & Kaboodle. The artists’ works will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. As part of 2nd FridayArt Night, a free shuttle is available to transport visitors to other Art Night venues. Shuttle service ends at 8:30 p.m.

At this year’s exhibition, the works of Peggy Wenger of Sherwood and Sandra Marson of Jacksonville

will be on display. Their creations will be among many other artists from throughout the state.

The 44th Annual Juried Exhibition includes 40 watercolors from members of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists (MSW), a group founded in Little Rock in 1970 with members in more than a dozen states. Awards will be announced on Feb. 14 during the opening reception.

MSW was formed to elevate the stature of watercolor and educate the public to the significance of watercolor as an important creative, permanent painting medium. MSW offers workshops, programs and competitive exhibits throughout the year.

Also on exhibit will include:

• A Sure Defense: The Bowie Knife in America;

• Arkansas Made Gallery;

• Heeding the Call: The Firefighter Collection of Johnny Reep;

• We Walk in Two Worlds: The Caddo, Osage and Quapaw in Arkansas (permanent);

• Chasing the Light: The Photography of Brian Chilson;

• The Knife Gallery (permanent);

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

Historic Arkansas Museum is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, which was created in 1975 to preserve and enhance the heritage of the state of Arkansas. Other agencies of the department are Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Old State House Museum.