Virmarie DePoyster

Virmarie DePoyster

One of the featured artists in “Mix, Melt, Mark, and Brush: a Color Show,” Virmarie DePoyster is also available to provide programming in association with the exhibition tour. Possible offerings include a gallery talks, workshops for adults, and professional development workshops for traditional or non-traditional teachers focusing on how to infuse visual arts across the curriculum.

Virmarie DePoyster was born on the beautiful Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico and moved to El Dorado, Arkansas at the age of 15. The intense colors, landscapes and atmosphere of the Caribbean left an indelible impression on her and continue to influence her work. Her desire to express herself creatively, to work with her hands and make something out of nothing, started at The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she studied Apparel Merchandising and Design driven by her love for fabrics, textures and bright colors. Virmarie decided to embrace her creative side and in 2004 started painting at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School. She quickly fell in love with the bright pigments of soft pastels and developed a true love for painting with pastels on surfaces she created.

Since 2010, Virmarie has instructed students in drawing with watercolor, oil pastel, and soft pastels while encouraging them to use sketchbooks as a tool for storytelling. In 2011, Virmarie worked with Park Hill Elementary students to design and paint animals living along the Isabella Jo Trail. The artwork was used to make permanent signs that were installed on the trail to give visitors information about animals living along the trail. From 2012 – 2018, Virmarie has worked as an Artist in Residence for Community Services Inc. and helped develop their Therapeutic Arts Program.

All AOT programs or workshops are contracted directly with the artist separate from the exhibition rental agreement. Workshops require venue coordination of enrollment/fees and provision of workshop materials after consulting with the artist.

Region: Central
Discipline: Visual Arts: Workshops
Fees: $600 – $1,000
Availability: Year-round


Virmarie DePoyster
North Little Rock, AR 72116
(501) 258-6395
[email protected]

Virmarie DePoyster