Arts cen­ter to host Vir­marie DePoys­ter, Lee Scrog­gins

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The South Arkansas Arts Cen­ter will host Arkansas artist Vir­marie DePoys­ter as she re­turns to her child­hood home of El Do­rado for her sec­ond art show at SAAC ti­tled, “Cu­riosi­ties,” which will hang in the Price and Merkle Gal­leries from Aug.

2-30. An artists’ re­cep­tion will be held at

SAAC from 6 un­til 8 p.m. on Aug. 12, at the arts cen­ter, 110 E. Fifth St., El Do­rado.

The show will be a bit dif­fer­ent from what we have come to ex­pect from DePoys­ter. As well as her vi­brant pas­tels that are her sig­na­ture, she will be adding an acrylic on can­vas flower se­ries ti­tled “Petal Power,” that she has been work­ing on for the last few months. Also, DePoys­ter will be bring­ing an as­sem­blage of “cu­riosi­ties” that she has been col­lect­ing, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the arts cen­ter.

When asked about the up­com­ing show, DePoys­ter said, “For the past 13 years my work has mostly fo­cused on pas­tel. I love pas­tel be­cause it’s flex­i­ble, ex­pres­sive and my pal­ette doesn’t dry up like paint.

It also al­lows me to in­cor­po­rate spon­ta­neous strokes with color to cre­ate move­ment and en­ergy in the pieces.

“Last year, I be­gan pro­vid­ing ther­a­peu­tic art classes at a be­hav­ioral health fa­cil­ity and was chal­lenged to come up with lessons for teen clients which didn’t re­quire lots of ma­te­ri­als… mostly I needed to use ev­ery­day items, like pa­per, tape, glue and scis­sors. I wanted my clients to ex­pe­ri­ence cre­at­ing some­thing beau­ti­ful, yet frag­ile to mimic their stress­ful and com­pli­cated ex­pe­ri­ences. So I started re­search­ing and fell in love with pa­per flow­ers! Al­most a year later, we have cre­ated many dif­fer­ent types of flow­ers. The process is calm­ing, trans­for­ma­tive, helps build self-es­teem and they love it,” she said.

“As I was get­ting ready for my SAAC solo show and look­ing at my col­lec­tion of cu­riosi­ties – with all their in­ter­est­ing shapes and eye catch­ing color, I no­ticed that flow­ers were also all over them. I have painted flow­ers many times be­fore but now I see them so dif­fer­ently be­cause of my clients. So I cre­ated these works to cel­e­brate the beauty and fragility of life and the im­por­tance of men­tal health.

“These works are only about one-third of the show be­cause pas­tel is still my first love! I hope you en­joy them. This se­ries is called ‘Petal Power,’ they are acrylic on can­vas rang­ing in size from 4 feet by 5 feet to 12-inch by 12-inch,” DePoys­ter said.

Also, open­ing the same day in the Lobby Gallery will be a show by Junc­tion City artist Lee Scrog­gins. Scrog­gins’ wa­ter­color paint­ings of­fer a fresh look at com­mon vis­tas. Af­ter re­tir­ing and mov­ing to the coun­try, she be­gan paint­ing with the “Pre-Boomer Bloomers” at SAAC.

“My jour­ney to learn how to wa­ter­color be­gan at SAAC’s open stu­dio about a year af­ter I’d moved to south­ern Arkansas from Las Ve­gas, so I could be close to fam­ily and live in the coun­try in my re­tire­ment years. It’s a jour­ney I’ve been on ever since. To me, the way the paint moves in the wa­ter and the var­i­ous ef­fects that can be achieved are mag­i­cal. It’s an on­go­ing ex­plo­ration. Of­ten, as I paint, I’ll think, ‘I won­der what would hap­pen if… (I did this or that)?’ and then I’ll try it out. My ed­u­ca­tion in art has con­sisted of the open stu­dio, at­tend­ing var­i­ous work­shops and classes of­fered lo­cally, books, videos, the in­ter­net, and the gen­er­ous shar­ing of tips and ex­per­tise by some won­der­ful lo­cal artists,” Scrog­gins said.

“While liv­ing in Ne­vada, I was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Ne­vada Cam­era Club. Many of my paint­ings start with go­ing on a trea­sure hunt with my cam­era, alert and open to pos­si­bil­i­ties that present them­selves, and mak­ing sev­eral pho­tos of the same scene or sub­ject from var­i­ous an­gles and set­tings as my vi­sion of a po­ten­tial paint­ing emerges. Oth­ers start with a vi­sion in my head or a quick sketch,” she said.

“At this stage I don’t have a ‘style’ I stick to. I’m hav­ing way too much fun play­ing wa­ter­col­ors and try­ing out dif­fer­ent tech­niques, pro­cesses, paints and color com­bi­na­tions. The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less,” Scrog­gins said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about either of these ex­hibits, call the SAAC of­fice at 870-862-5474 or visit the web­site at

Con­trib­uted Pho­tos

Works: A new acrylic on can­vas flower se­ries (above) cre­ated by Vir­marie DePoys­ter, will be on dis­play at the South Arkansas Arts Cen­ter Aug. 2-30. Be­low, ‘Ye Old Gate Post,’ a work by Lee Scrog­gins, will be on dis­play at the Arts Cen­ter in Au­gust.



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