Voices of the Delta: Donna Pinckley

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

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For over 30 years I have photographed a particular social and cultural group of children. Before my eyes and in front of my camera they have passed through adolescence into young adulthood. My goal throughout has been to portray not how the world sees them, but how they see themselves. I began by working with one child at a time, but as my subjects have grown up and matured, people and relationships have replaced toys … Read More

Voices of the Delta: Charles Henry James

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

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I was born in upstate New York. My artistic roots are in the East Village New York City scene of the 1980s. I mingled with the great and the obscure, and found a wealth of riches in all corners. I have worked with David Salle, Karole Armitage, Robert Longo, and Gretchen Bender. My work has shown in New York, Paris, Amsterdam, and here in Arkansas. Little Rock is my home since 1990. My brain is … Read More

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

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

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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