Voices of the Delta: Gene Sparling

Author: Arkansas Arts CenterFiled under: Delta 59, Exhibitions, Image, Museum, Quote, Voices of the Delta

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Gene Sparling, born in Little Rock, Arkansas, lives in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Tempest, 2016, bleached holly, 9 x 9 x 9 inches Much of my work draws upon the simple forms found in nature. It is fascinating how simple shapes resonate within us and create feelings and moods. The power of a simple vase or bowl to comfort or invigorate intrigues me. I enjoy trying to evoke and create these feelings. The process of making is near … Read More

Voices of the Delta: Ron Burcham

Author: Arkansas Arts CenterFiled under: Delta 59, Exhibitions, Image, Museum, Quote, Voices of the Delta

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Ron Burcham, born in Benton, Arkansas, lives in Benton, Arkansas, Bonaire, 2017, red grandis eucalyptis and white oak, 48 x 24 x 38 inches From an old-growth White Oak tree to a bridge timber, to being repurposed as a support member in a barn, it was decades before the wood became mine. When I cut into it, I discovered the beautiful wood that started and sustained the Arts and Crafts movement. As a novice woodworker, … Read More