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3rd Annual Delta Visual Arts Show

3rd Annual Delta Visual Arts Show

Working to Develop the Creative Economy in Newport, Arkansas
Show Reaches Capacity with 70 Artists from 5 States
Newport, Arkansas-
The Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Arts announces the 3rd Annual Delta Visual Arts Show on February 26, 2011 in downtown Newport, Arkansas. The show will open to the public free of charge at 10:30 a.m. and run through 7 p.m. with a reception from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. This year's show features 70 artists from five states, featuring primarily artists who grew up in the Delta, live or have lived in the Delta or who produce Delta themed work. The visual art covers a broad range with everything from pottery to painting and jewelry to sculpture. The show's capacity is 70 artists so, with almost a month remaining before the show, the Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Arts has created a waiting list for artists who register after February 1, 2011.

The show will be held in downtown Newport at the Iron Mountain Train Depot on Front Street, the Newport Business Resource Center on Hazel Street and a new location at the old Post Office on Hazel Street. Artists will have their work on display, and visitors will be able to meet the artists as well as purchase pieces. This is a unique opportunity to own an original piece of art and to understand how the artist produced the piece. Several artists will be working at their booths during the show. The show features well-known artists like Dr. Austin Grimes of Little Rock and young new artists like Lillian Fogleman of Marion and Cody Newman and Emmauel Fitz, both from Newport.

In addition to being able to visit with artists and purchase art work, there will also be workshops throughout the day. The Delta Visual Arts Show will feature workshops by Judith Killen on Grant Writing for Artists, Sheila Cantrell on Colored Pencil Techniques, Dr. Austin Grimes on How to Paint with Water Soluble Oils, Donna Tate Hohn on How to Draw Portraits with Colored Pencil, Chad M. Irwin on Upcycling and Altered Art, Ariston Jacks on Creativity in the Drawing Process, Arlette Miller on Watercolor Painting, Sally Papich on Acrylic Painting, Dewana McIntosh on Photo Transfer Techniques, Emmauel Fitz on How to Draw Structures and Frank Plegge on the Basics of Digital Photography. The workshops have limited space, so call (870)523-1009 to reserve a spot at the workshop of your choice.

This is a wonderful opportunity to come and see the amazing creativity of artists who capture the Delta way of life in an amazing array of mediums. Last year's show featured 40 artists, so the show has almost doubled in capacity this year! Over 500 people attended last year's show and even more are expected this year.

MJ's Art Café will be open on the second floor of the Newport Business Resource Center and will have soup and sandwich lunches available for sale to the public. A reception, which starts at 4:30 p.m., will offer free refreshments to the public and will allow visitors to mingle with the artists and with other guests. The reception is for those who want to purchase art and for those who just want to browse and look.

The Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Arts project is a joint project of the Iron Mountain Regional Arts Council, the Newport Downtown Revitalization and Improvement Volunteer Effort (DRIVE), the City of Newport and the Newport Economic Development Commission, also working in conjunction with the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock. For more information feel free to email director@newportaredc.org

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