Pine Bluff Art League Exhibition Showcases Best of Local Artists

The 2019 Pine Bluff Art League exhibition, opens Thursday, August 8, with a free public reception from 5-7 p.m. Awards will be announced at 5:30.

The 2019 Pine Bluff Art League exhibition, opens Thursday, August 8, with a free public reception from 5-7 p.m. Awards will be announced at 5:30.

Juror Ricky Sikes To Present 2019 Awards at August 8 Reception

The best among Pine Bluff area artists are recognized each year with the annual Pine Bluff Art League Juried Exhibition. 

The 2019 exhibition opens Thursday, August 8, with a free public reception from 5-7 p.m., and awards announced at 5:30. Juror Ricky Sikes will be on hand for remarks and to award Best in Show, First, Second, and Third Place prizes, as well as Honorable Mention.

“Window with A View” by Dell Gorman is one of 25 pieces in the 2019 Pine Bluff Art League Exhibition.

“Window with A View” by Dell Gorman is one of 25 pieces in the 2019 Pine Bluff Art League Exhibition.

The reception is sponsored by Art Krewe and MK Distributors. The exhibition is sponsored by Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Company and will remain on display in the International Paper Gallery through Nov. 9.

The artists selected for this year’s exhibition are: Melissa Abernathy, Jimmie L. Burton, Richard Davies, Gerry DeLongchamp, Dell Gorman, Rhonda Fleming Holderfield, Jenny Holley, Crystal Jennings, Glenda Mullikin, Inis Danley Ray, Elizabeth Sadler, and Claudia Spainhour. 

The works include mediums such as photography, acrylic, oil, and watercolor.

“Once again, the Pine Bluff Art League artists have submitted beautiful pieces for this wonderful exhibition,” said ASC Curator Dr. Lenore Shoults.

Each year, a different independent juror selects the 25 pieces submitted for the show and determines the winners. This year’s juror, Ricky Sikes, reviewed 63 pieces submitted by 21 artists.

“Blue Bird” by Rhonda Fleming Holderfield is one of 25 pieces in the 2019 Pine Bluff Art League Exhibition.

“Blue Bird” by Rhonda Fleming Holderfield is one of 25 pieces in the 2019 Pine Bluff Art League Exhibition.

ABOUT THE PINE BLUFF ART LEAGUE

Membership in the Pine Bluff Art League is open to any adult interested in fine art. The PBAL presently has approximately 42 members, but they are always looking to get the word out about their organization and add more members, said Melissa Abernathy, PBAL’s 2019 exhibition chair.

The art league meets from 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The meetings include a brief business meeting, demonstrations, and hands-on projects. The art league has a studio in the Reynolds center available for members.

They regularly invite guest artists and speakers. The August meeting, for example, featured Margaret Lane, an 18-year-old Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) student originally from Little Rock. She demonstrated her method of painting and performing to music.

The PBAL has gallery space in the Reynolds center hallway; it is open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Works that didn’t make it into the 2019 art league exhibition are currently on view. The display is inspired by the annual Delta des Refusés Exhibition in Little Rock, which showcases art not accepted into the Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center, Abernathy said.

PBAL members regularly volunteer; a few teach at the Shepherd Center at Lakeside United Methodist Church. Another one of league’s projects is putting together bags of art supplies to give to children in foster care. 

For more information on PBAL, contact President Vickie Coleman by calling 870-879-3825 or 870-540-9975, or by emailing her at vickiecoleman981@yahoo.com.

ABOUT THE JUROR

Ricky Sikes is an artist-in-residence at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he teaches two-dimensional design, drawing and painting. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree, specializing in studio art, from Louisiana Tech University’s School of Design in 2018.

He previously worked as an art instructor at Louisiana Tech and the University of Louisiana at Monroe; the preparator at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana; and owner and director of the Downtown Gallery in Monroe. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in illustration from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Lakewood, Colorado, in 2010.

His current body of work is entitled Internal Landscapes. This series focuses on landscapes painted within the forest. 

His previous series, Pharmakia (which was his MFA Thesis Exhibition at Louisiana Tech), focused on the dangers of prescribed medications, their effects on people and the untrustworthy nature of the pharmaceutical industry.