The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center has several new art exhibits coming to the galleries this winter.

Visitors will be surprised by the wide range of themes, mediums and style showcased in the shows.

Anne Goetze, portrait artist Chantel Barber and many Tennessee-based watercolor artists will all be featured in the upcoming months.

Pray to Love is an exhibition from Goetze that showcases her deep admiration for the gentleness and love of the contemplative nuns in Annecy, France. Her inspiration comes from childhood visits to France, where her aunt was a nun. The Visitation Order of nuns originated in Annecy more than 400 years ago, and the town retains its rich spiritual heritage. The exhibition is sponsored by Vic Daniels and Bill Zientek and will be on display through Jan. 17 in the Crouch, Bruner and Orgain galleries.

Opening in the Planters Bank Peg Harvill Gallery is Capturing Character: The Portraits of Chantel Lynn Barber. Barber creates expressive, figurative paintings that capture her models in a minimal style. The personalities of her models come through sensible lines and movement of colors across the small canvases on which she prefers to work.

“The intimacy created within the small frames is calming to the eye. Barber’s talent is highlighted in finding the human spirit in a loose, acrylic medium,” said curator Terri Jordan.

The Tennessee Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition will also visit the museum in December. The show will present 30 juror-selected, award-winning paintings from talented artists of every area of Tennessee. The exhibit is a traditional outreach event that shares the best water media paintings in the state to a broader audience. The show is sponsored by Margo and Jeff Purvis and will be on display in the Kimbrough Gallery from Dec. 2 through Jan. 24.

Visit the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center to see these exquisite exhibits and more. The Museum is open Tuesdays through Fridays and Sunday afternoons. Visit customshousemuseum.org for ticket prices and more information on visiting. 

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