SAAC Mem­ber­ship Show­case on dis­play

Artist’s re­cep­tion set for Satur­day

El Dorado News-Times - - News -

No mat­ter what style of art ap­peals to you, chances are there is some­thing to please the eye dur­ing the South Arkansas Arts Cen­ter’s highly an­tic­i­pated an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion, 2018 Mem­ber­ship Show­case, cur­rently on dis­play in the Merkle and Lobby Gal­leries through Nov. 30.

An artist’s re­cep­tion will be hosted from 6-7:30 p.m. Satur­day. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon­day-Fri­day. The ex­hi­bi­tion and re­cep­tion are free and open to the pub­lic.

The mem­bers of SAAC have filled the gal­leries with works cre­ated in as­sem­blage, acrylic, char­coal, glass­work, graphite, oil, pas­tel, pho­tog­ra­phy, sculp­ture and wa­ter­color. Ev­ery year the ex­hi­bi­tion brings the tal­ent of SAAC’s mem­bers to the fore­front and al­lows them to dis­play and sell their work in a non-com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment.

The show­case is a great time to ac­quire a work of art from one of the 42 lo­cal artists in the ex­hibit. Hosted an­nu­ally, the ex­hi­bi­tion al­lows mem­bers a chance to ex­press their “in­ner­self” through the act of cre­ation. Mem­bers have ei­ther cre­ated new work or se­lected fa­vorite pieces from their body of work cre­ated over the years.

“I’m al­ways ex­cited to see lo­cal artists branch­ing out to make new con­nec­tions in or­der to learn, grow and share ex­pe­ri­ences, meth­ods and en­cour­age­ment,” said Christy Stone, a mem­ber of the Vis­ual Arts Com­mit­tee. “The artists in our com­mu­nity are a close knit bunch that sup­port fel­low artists rather than treat­ing them as com­pe­ti­tion. I am com­pletely in­spired by the en­cour­age­ment and sense of com­mu­nity I get by be­ing a part of SAAC’s artist group.”

Artists en­tered in this year’s Mem­ber­ship Show­case are: Su­san Barnes, Gay Bechtel­heimer, Sandy Ben­nett, Becky Berza­sReed, Cherie Bright, Daisy Bright, Sonja But­ler, Kelly Camp­bell, Michelle Clark, Ben Clary, Joan Cof­fey,

Dicky Crayon, Ann Downs, Brenda Fisk and Tommy Grif­fin. Also en­tered are Gary Hall, Sylvia Henley, Rhonda Hicks, Nancy Rae Ki­nard, He­lene Lam­bert, Pat Low­ery, Rochelle McMa­hen, Sarah E. Merkle, Heidi Mor­gan, Joseph Nixon, Ann Pal­culict, Char­lotte Stephan Parker, Mandy Primm, Don­ald Put­man, Lee Scrog­gins, Bobbi Shep­herd, Spencer G. Sin­gle­ton, Ju­lia Slaugh­ter, Cindy Snel­son, Doug Stan­ton, Lisa Bur­ton Tarver, Marla Tom­lin­son, Ann Trim­ble, Di­nah Van Hook, Paul Waschka, Ann Wil­son, Betty Wil­son and Ra­mona Wood.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call the SAAC of­fice or visit saac-arts.org. SAAC is lo­cated at 110 E. Fifth St., El Do­rado.

Con­trib­uted Photo

Ex­hibit: A sculp­ture cre­ated by a lo­cal artist stands on a pedestal with other works adorn the walls of the Merkle Gallery are cur­rently on dis­play at the South Arkansas Arts Cen­ter.

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