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Small Works on Paper draws crowd

Arkansas Arts Council - Monday, January 14, 2019


Markeith Woods, of Pine Bluff, poses with his mixed-media artwork during the SWOP opening reception Jan. 12.

A touring exhibit showcasing artists from across Arkansas drew more than 90 people for its opening reception Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff.

About eight artists talked about their processes, techniques and inspirations for making art during the opening of Small Works on Paper. Artists spoke about using plants as pigments, about drawing inspiration from invasive species and about representing architectural art in new ways.

The exhibit includes a variety of styles — from photography to linocuts, abstraction to realism. Thirty-nine artworks by 37 different Arkansas artists are on display at the center through Jan. 26. After that, the exhibit will open Feb. 5 at the University of Arkansas-Monticello.

Already, four artworks have been sold, including “Young Ali” by Rex R. DeLoney of Little Rock and “Sprout” by Leslie Coston of Fayetteville.

The work in the exhibit is by Arkansas artists who are members of our Arkansas Artist Registry, an online gallery. The show helps connect artists and patrons, said Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

“Small Works on Paper provides Arkansas artists with a wonderful opportunity to have their artwork displayed at multiple locations around the state,” Hurst said. “Likewise, patrons and students statewide have the opportunity to see Arkansas’s established and up-and-coming contemporary artists. For more than 30 years, the touring exhibition has showcased a variety of subject matter, styles and techniques. That holds true for this year’s exhibition. You’re sure to find something that captures your interest!”

2019 Small Works on Paper Touring Schedule

January 12-26 Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Pine Bluff
February 5-25 University of Arkansas Monticello, Taylor Library, Monticello
March 1-April 13 University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College, Center for Humanities and Arts (CHARTS), North Little Rock
May 1-30 University of Arkansas, Mullins Library, Fayetteville
June 5-July 6 Searcy Art Gallery, Searcy
July 15-August 31 University of Arkansas Fort Smith, Campus Center Gallery, Fort Smith
Sept. 2-27 East Arkansas Community College, Forrest City
Oct. 3-25 Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia
Nov. 11-22 University of Arkansas Hope, Hempstead Hall, Hope