Hot Springs Gallery Walk

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The monthly Hot Springs Gallery Walk, 5-9 p.m. Fri­day, will show­case works of art cre­ated by lo­cal and vis­it­ing artists.

Fea­tured artists are often present to dis­cuss their pieces, and guests will get the op­por­tu­nity to see a wide range of fine art.

The free first Fri­day event and open­ing re­cep­tions are open to the pub­lic at the fol­low­ing galleries:

• Artists’ Work­shop Gallery, 610-A Cen­tral Ave. — Septem­ber’s fea­tured artists are Bonnie Ricci and Teresa Wid­di­field. Fri­day’s Gallery Walk will be themed “Ele­gance and Drama,” and Ricci and Wid­di­field will open their ex­hi­bi­tion “Fash­ion and Flair.”

A Chicago na­tive, Ricci re­ceived pri­vate art in­struc­tion when she be­gan her art jour­ney dur­ing high school and con­tin­ued her art stud­ies at community col­leges un­til she mar­ried. She also lived in Min­nesota, where she stud­ied at the Min­netonka Cen­ter for the Arts, tak­ing classes in draw­ing, pas­tel, fused glass and her fa­vorite medium, wa­ter­color.

Now a res­i­dent of Hot Springs Vil­lage, Ricci de­votes much of her time to her art, con­tin­u­ing her art ed­u­ca­tion through in­for­mal group paint­ing ses­sions and spe­cial work­shops. Her sub­jects range from photo re­al­is­tic flo­rals to ad­ven­tur­ous ab­stracts. She re­cently joined a poly­mer clay guild and in­cor­po­rates some of her clay pieces into the unique jew­elry she cre­ates with vin­tage metal zip­pers and an­tique find­ings.

Ricci is also ac­tive in the arts community, serv­ing sev­eral roles in Brush Strokes Art Club, as well as the Artists’ Work­shop Gallery, where she is cur­rently the Mem­ber­ship Chair.

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Wid­di­field be­gan her artis­tic jour­ney as a stained-glass artist more than 30 years ago. As her art pro­gressed, she was drawn to fine art paint­ing, where she “found her voice.” Wid­di­field is the owner of Teresa-Art Diva, an art stu­dio spe­cial­iz­ing in pet por­traits and fig­u­ra­tive women. She often paints in Se­dona, Ariz., where she has a sec­ond home. She dis­cov­ered a way to de­pict na­ture’s fas­ci­nat­ing crea­tures, paint­ing her sub­jects close up, and giv­ing great de­tail and in­ter­pre­ta­tion to the eyes.

The artist is also a pas­sion­ate na­ture lover, find­ing “secret grot­toes” and hid­den places to re­veal through her art. She paints in oil, pas­tel and acrylic and also paints and teaches wa­ter­color batik, a tech­nique us­ing ori­en­tal Gin­washi pa­per and hot wax.

A res­i­dent of Hot Springs Vil­lage since 1996 and a mem­ber of Brush Strokes Art Club, she has also ex­hib­ited at Gar­van Wood­land Gar­dens and the Coron­ado Cen­ter, among oth­ers.

The fea­tured minia­ture artists for Septem­ber are Joanne Ku­nath and June Lamoureux.

Artists’ Work­shop Gallery is open Mon­day through Satur­day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun­day, noon to 5 p.m.

• Brick­house Grill, 801 Cen­tral Ave. — The restau­rant fea­tures a per­ma­nent dis­play of orig­i­nal celebrity pop art by artist Jan Sul­li­van Booker, who goes by the name JSully. JSully’s work con­sists of large, bold celebrity por­traits on can­vas. She draws her sub­jects from the world of mu­sic, movies, tele­vi­sion, and horse rac­ing from the past and present and her style has been in­flu­enced by Warhol, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Licht­en­stein.

• Gallery Cen­tral, 800 Cen­tral Ave. — More than 35 dif­fer­ent artists will be rep­re­sented at the gallery in Septem­ber, in­clud­ing well-known glass artist James Hayes, who has new hand­blown glass; Hot Springs artist Ja­nis Poly­chron and her new Autumn paint­ings; and Daniel Mark Cas­sity’s paint­ings, “Tales From the King­dom.”

• Jus­tus Fine Art Gallery, 827-A Cen­tral Ave. — The Septem­ber ex­hibit will fea­ture a solo ex­hi­bi­tion of work by pho­tog­ra­pher Bev­erly Buys. The ex­hibit will show­case a se­lec­tion of the artist’s pho­to­graphs fo­cus­ing on the rem­nants of com­mu­ni­ties and a way of life. “Traces Re­main” will open with a re­cep­tion from 5-9 p.m. on Fri­day. Buys will also give a gallery talk at 10 a.m. on Satur­day. The ex­hibit will be on dis­play Sept. 1-30.

Buys earned a B.S.E. in Art Ed­u­ca­tion from Hen­der­son State Univer­sity in 1977, a M.A. in Pho­tog­ra­phy from the Univer­sity of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1994, and a M.F.A. in Pho­tog­ra­phy/Print­mak­ing in 1996 from the Univer­sity of Mem­phis. As an arts ed­u­ca­tor, she served in var­i­ous teach­ing roles at Hen­der­son State Univer­sity, be­gin­ning as an ad­junct in­struc­tor and ul­ti­mately serv­ing as pro­fes­sor of pho­tog­ra­phy in the El­lis Col­lege of Arts and Sciences, teach­ing a va­ri­ety of pho­tog­ra­phy and art his­tory cour­ses. Buys re­tired from teach­ing in 2014. Her own pho­to­graphs have been ex­hib­ited through­out the South.

“The ‘Delta in Blue’ se­ries of pho­to­graphs is an on­go­ing project that I have been work­ing on since 2011. The delta re­gion of Arkansas has cap­tured my imag­i­na­tion with its his­tory and harsh beauty. Not an easy place to live, it is nev­er­the­less rich in soul-al­ter­ing ways. Mu­si­cians Johnny Cash, B.B. King and Levon Helm are a few of many whose mu­sic res­onates with the long­ing of liv­ing in the Arkansas Delta re­gion. Writers and artists are moved and in­spired by the re­gion and I am a part of that tra­di­tion. The abun­dant nat­u­ral world, the wide Mis­sis­sippi River and the dif­fi­cult, often tragic, his­tory sifts and set­tles into a rich gumbo of nos­tal­gia, in­spi­ra­tion and long­ing just as the large rivers emp­ty­ing into the mighty Mis­sis­sippi leave their de­posits of deep, black soil that is the ba­sis of its economy. Hard­ship grows hope, strength and in­ge­nu­ity and that is what my pho­to­graphs are about,” Buys said in a news re­lease.

Buys’ cyan­otype prints have been fea­tured in solo ex­hibits at Arkansas State Univer­sity in Beebe, the Delta Cul­tural Cen­ter in He­lena, Rus­sell Fine Arts Gallery at Hen­der­son State Univer­sity in Arkadel­phia, the Univer­sity of Mem­phis Art Gallery in Mem­phis, Tenn., and other venues. Buys’ work has also been in­cluded in no­table group ex­hi­bi­tions in­clud­ing the an­nual Delta Ex­hi­bi­tion at the Arkansas Arts Cen­ter in Little Rock, artS­park 2013 in Raleigh, N.C., the 2011 Winthrop Rock­e­feller In­sti­tute Legacy Art Ex­hi­bi­tion at Petit Jean, Se­lec­tions from the Univer­sity of Arkansas at Little Rock Per­ma­nent Col­lec­tions at the Univer­sity of Arkansas in Little Rock, and oth­ers.

Owned by artist Dolores Jus­tus, Jus­tus Fine Art Gallery of­fers a wide range of orig­i­nal art in­clud­ing sculp­ture, paint­ings, ce­ram­ics, pho­tog­ra­phy, and more by rec­og­nized artists. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wed­nes­day through Satur­day, or by ap­point­ment. Jus­tus Fine Art Gallery is lo­cated at 827-A Cen­tral Ave. in Hot Springs, AR. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 321-2335 or visit on­line at http://www.jus­tus­fin­eart.com.

• Ri­ley Art Glass Stu­dio, 710 W. Grand Ave. — Charles and Michael Ri­ley will show their orig­i­nal blown glass art dur­ing Gallery Walk this month in their newly ren­o­vated stu­dio. They will present a live demon­stra­tion from 5-7 p.m.

The Ri­ley broth­ers cre­ate ev­ery­thing on site, rang­ing from pa­per­weights to or­nate chan­de­liers. A wide va­ri­ety of items are al­ways on hand. The broth­ers have been work­ing to­gether for 11 years. In 2003, Charles was in­spired to pur­sue glass blow­ing and at­tended the pres­ti­gious Pen­land School of Crafts in North Carolina, fol­lowed by an ap­pren­tice­ship with David Gold­ha­gen. He went on to teach Michael the art of glass blow­ing.

Visi­tors can see the broth­ers ex­e­cute their glass blow­ing tech­niques live from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tues­day through Satur­day, though sum­mer­time heat re­quires them to start ear­lier in the morn­ing and stop at ap­prox­i­mately noon, so visi­tors are en­cour­aged to visit dur­ing morn­ing hours un­til out­side tem­per­a­tures be­come cooler. Call 318As

Sub­mit­ted pho­tos

FIRST FRI­DAY: Art on dis­play for the month of Septem­ber will in­clude “A Bird of Par­adise” by Bonnie Ricci at Artists’ Work­shop Gallery; “Shad­den’s Bar-B-Q” by Bev­erly Buys at Jus­tus Fine Art Gallery; and orig­i­nal blown glass art at Ri­ley Art Glass Stu­dio.

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