Karen Hunter Watson and Audri Scott Williams spent four years taking walks around the world, using their individual talents to express what they saw and experienced.

Williams took photos of the places and people they met along the way. Watson began painting. They traveled from country to country, stopping each day to walk wherever they were. Their walks were used to raise awareness for the issues important to them, such as stopping human trafficking.

The art they created is part of a new series of exhibits, called Arts Alive, at the Spiritual Enrichment Center in Dothan. A reception will be held Saturday, June 8, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Watson, who also makes jewelry, found inspiration around the world. She started creating art from feathers she found on walks. That evolved into abstract paintings.

“I had never painted before,” Watson said. “All of a sudden nature and everywhere we were stopping just opened up everything for me and I began to see it in a different way, and then I began to put it down on canvas.”

During June, the chapel gallery of the Spiritual Enrichment Center will be filled with art, mostly created by members of the church. Each Saturday, a different artist or artists will be featured during a reception. Artist Latrelle Wartman was featured the first week of June and artist Jennifer Espy will be the featured artist on June 15. On June 22, quilts made by Janet Davis Hasson – daughter of retired Spiritual Enrichment Center director the Rev. Glenda Davis – will be on display along with wood art by Jackie Oakes and Dawn Strickland and craft art by Dot Radeke. Art by Rebecca Gumms will be featured June 29.

Receptions will be held each Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Spiritual Enrichment Center is located at 942 S. Oates St. in Dothan. The exhibits will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day for visitors to see the art.

Williams, who now serves as the director of the Spiritual Enrichment Center, hopes Arts Alive can become a regular event each June. The art series is a way to not only show off the talents of its members but also a way to welcome others to the center, Williams said.

“One of the reasons I wanted to do the Arts Alive program was to just show how talented a congregation we really have and get people excited about it,” she said. “I also thought it was a great way to share who we are with the community … This is a way of just showing open hearts, open minds – that’s who we are – and everybody is welcome here, including what gifts and talents they bring.”

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