Voices of the Delta: Marjorie Williams-Smith

Author: Arkansas Arts CenterFiled under: Delta 60, Delta Exhibition, Exhibitions, Museum, Voices of the Delta

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I have worked with silverpoint for more than 30 years. The fine line of silverpoint and the ethereal qualities of the metal have captured my focus. These attributes lend themselves well to the natural forms that I draw. My drawings depict a focus on spirituality and strength. The drawing titled The Messengers showcases flowers used as my vehicle for expression. – Marjorie Williams-Smith Williams-Smith’s work is also featured in the Arkansas Arts Center Collection.

Voices of the Delta: Aj Smith

Author: Arkansas Arts CenterFiled under: Delta 60, Delta Exhibition, Exhibitions, Museum, Voices of the Delta

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The Faces of the Delta Series consists of several silverpoint and large-scale graphite pencil drawings to portray individuals living in relatively remote isolated communities of the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta. This series of drawings celebrate the gift of honesty and majestic ordinariness, even when faced with political, economic, and social deprivation. – Aj Smith

Voices of the Delta: Cynthia Kresse

Author: Arkansas Arts CenterFiled under: Delta 60, Delta Exhibition, Exhibitions, Museum, Voices of the Delta

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I am fascinated by what is hidden in the shadows and exposed by the light. I explore the qualities of natural and artificial light, and juxtapose them within my pastel images. In my artwork, the light and darkness is applied in endless color variations, always looking for a vibrancy between them. I want to show that ordinary moments can be extraordinary, when light and shadows work their effect. The figures, interiors, and landscapes around us … Read More

Voices of the Delta: Loren Bartnicke

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Though viewers can engage with my work visually, their other senses may be triggered as well. The hot reds and prickly textures suggest sharpness and burning. Cloud-like swells of delicate pink paint suggest a sweet taste. Big globs of gestural paint next to small repeated marks imply motion and possibly a sound both loud and lulling. The over-sensuousness of the work invites us to pay attention. Becoming aware of our senses and desires is part … Read More

Voices of the Delta: Pokley Alrutz

Author: Arkansas Arts CenterFiled under: Delta 60, Delta Exhibition, Exhibitions, Museum, Voices of the Delta

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Even though I have had full time jobs until I retired in 2011, art has always been a major part of my life.  I express myself visually far more than with any other sense. While I have had some formal training as an Art major in college, my creative development has been the result of constant activity across many genres. My artistic endeavors grew from simple line drawings that were filled with abstract forms to … Read More

Voices of the Delta: Steven Barker

Author: Arkansas Arts CenterFiled under: Delta 60, Delta Exhibition, Exhibitions, Museum, Voices of the Delta

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My drawings and watercolors use animals and items from nature as subtle anecdotes on aspects of life. Isolating them on the white of the paper removes location, time, and context, allowing the viewer to bring their own field of reference when interacting with the image. Often there is a duality that creates a tension within my pieces – some are large but very intricate or I make use of loaded imagery, inviting an intimate examination. … Read More

Voices of the Delta: Ray Allen Parker

Author: Arkansas Arts CenterFiled under: Delta 60, Delta Exhibition, Exhibitions, Museum, Voices of the Delta

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I believe in heroic paintings. I create large-scale works, often in resonant pairs or series, that explore the human figure and faces of friends, family and fellow artists, who are typically my subjects. I want my paintings to be bold but intimate, naturalistic but expressive, dense but revealing. I try to recreate my subjects, not just depict them, in a convincing, painterly way that simultaneously renders paint both as arresting mark and as flesh. Like … Read More

Voices of the Delta: Tammy Harrington

Author: Arkansas Arts CenterFiled under: Delta 60, Delta Exhibition, Exhibitions, Museum, Voices of the Delta

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My artwork is influenced by the Chinese folk art of paper cut. The crisp graphic appearance of paper cut appeals to my sensibility as a printmaker. My work is a blending of my interpretations of traditional Chinese designs into personalized figurative compositions. Initially in my print work, the paper cut designs appeared as textures and patterns that melded with the figure. I took the next step and actually cut into the paper and printed surface. … Read More