Bella Vista Arts Coun­cil to rec­og­nize area artist Allen

The Weekly Vista - - News - CASSI LAPP Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager city of Bella Vista

The Bella Vista Arts Coun­cil will honor Norie Allen as the Jan­uary 2019 Artist of the Month.

Allen will be hon­ored at a pub­lic re­cep­tion at 5:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Jan. 9, at the Wish­ing Spring Stu­dio be­hind Wish­ing Spring Gallery, 8862 W. McNelly Rd., Bella Vista.

Allen has been a painter since the age of 7 when she trained in Sumi paint­ing in her home coun­try of Ja­pan. She was taught by a monk in a Shinto Shrine. She stud­ied oil with He­len Van Wyk, wa­ter­color with Betty Sch­lemm, Frank Webb and Ralph Smith.

Allen’s art col­lec­tions have been at the Bris­tol Mu­seum of Art, Bris­tol, Va.; Osage Ter­race of Bentonville; Dil­lard’s Com­pany’s Art on pa­per; Reynolds & Reynolds of Rich­mond, Va.; and the Bris­tol-My­ers Corp., Cape Fear Hos­pi­tal in Fayet­teville, N.C.

While liv­ing in Fayet­teville, N.C., she stud­ied pot­tery. Allen also stud­ied in Bal­ti­more, Md., at Bal­ti­more Clay Works.

Allen and her hus­band Bill moved to Bella Vista from Bal­ti­more in De­cem­ber 1998. She joined the Vil­lage Art Club of Bella Vista, as well as the Fly Ty­ers club. Her hob­bies are fly ty­ing, fish­ing and cook­ing. Her pas­sion is pot­tery.

Her pot­tery can be found at Wish­ing Spring Gallery in Bella Vista, where she con­tin­ues to cre­ate new and in­ter­est­ing pieces from clay.

The Bella Vista Arts Coun­cil, an ad­vi­sory board to the City Coun­cil, was cre­ated by the City Coun­cil in Fe­bru­ary 2016 to help pro­mote the arts in Bella Vista. The board es­tab­lished an Artist of the Month pro­gram in which se­lected artists and their work will be show­cased to the pub­lic. Three vol­un­teers serve on the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee.

The com­mit­tee chooses each month from qual­i­fied artists, who must be res­i­dents of Bella Vista and have their work dis­played some­where in the city. Show­cased artists will have their work dis­played at the Artist Re­treat Cen­ter and, dur­ing the month they are rec­og­nized, the work will be on dis­play in a lo­ca­tion around the city, such as the Bella Vista Li­brary or His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum.

To sub­mit your name or other nom­i­na­tions for con­sid­er­a­tion, con­tact Par­nell at the Artist Re­treat Cen­ter, 479-268-6463, or email artscoun­[email protected]­is­

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Norie Allen is shown with one of her cus­tom clay pieces. She was cho­sen as the first fea­tured artist of 2019 by the Bella Vista Arts Coun­cil.

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