Area artists featured in Delta show

Carol Rolf Originally Published February 17, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated February 15, 2013 at 1:26 p.m.
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Lois Davis of Alexander titled this pastel Alone in the Crowd. Her work is among six Tri-Lakes Edition coverage area artists’ efforts to be featured in the Delta Visual Arts Show in Newport.

Six artists from the Tri-Lakes Edition coverage area will be featured at the fifth annual Delta Visual Arts Show on Saturday in downtown Newport. The event is sponsored by the Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Arts.

The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a reception set for 4-6.

This year’s show features 146 artists from five states and 60 Arkansas communities, featuring primarily artists who grew up in the Delta, live or have lived in the Delta or who produce Delta-themed work.

Local artists include the following:

• Freda Angeletti of Benton

Angeletti works with watercolor, acrylics, pastels, oils and clay. This is her first time to participate in the Delta Visual Arts Show.

“My work reflects our spending almost 10 years in Europe as missionaries in Romania,” she said. “The beauty of God’s creations inspires me.”

• Endia Bumgarner of


Originally from Wynne, Bumgarner taught at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Museum School of Study, where she also served as chairwoman of the department for two years. She is a graduate student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she is working on a master’s degree in studio art.

She uses large format, color and a singular subject in her paintings.

Bumgarner will display her master’s exhibition. She will also teach a workshop on Creative Encaustic Technique during Saturday’s event. This is her first time to participate in the show.

• Matt Coburn of Benton

Coburn has participated in the show since its inception five years ago.

“It’s a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful venue,” he said. “It’s amazing what they do for the artists.

“I will be taking a lot of art this year, all original artwork, but no prints. I will probably also take my supplies and paint live.”

Coburn, who has commissioned works throughout the United States and as far-flung as New Zealand, is an impressionistic oil painter. He is a member of the ArtGroup of Maumelle and has a showroom and gallery in Maumelle.

• Lois Davis of Alexander

Davis has participated in the Delta Visual Arts Show before.

“I do the show because, one, the people at Blue Bridge are wonderful, and they treat the artists like we’re very special; two, the people who come in to buy are great and really appreciate my work; and three, I support any community that is trying to give people easier access to art.”

Davis works in pastel and clay. She is a founding member of the Arkansas Pastel Society.

“At the present time, I am exploring alternative firing techniques to make jewelry, sculptures and wall hangings,” she said. “Each piece of my jewelry is wearable art and is as unique as my paintings.”

Davis has a background in database management, computer graphics and finance. She works in the finance department of Dassault Falcon Jet in Little Rock.

• Amber LaRue of Benton

“This will be my first time to participate in the Delta Visual Arts Show,” said LaRue, who is a potter. “I am looking forward to the event. I will have a booth set up with various pieces of pottery I have made. I hope that everyone that comes to the event will enjoy what all of the artists have on display.”

LaRue has taken private art classes in Benton, as well as classes at the Garland Community College and the Ozark Folk Center.

“There was a time a few summers ago that I got to meet potters in New Mexico who are known for the black-on-black pottery,” she said. “I had an opportunity to be a part of a demonstration for a day.”

• Joe Martin of Benton

This marks the second year for Martin to participate in the Delta Visual Arts Show. He is primarily a sculptor and prefers to create faces and heads. Some are mounted on posts; some are freestanding.

“I’m really excited about it again this year,” he said. “I’m taking all new works, none of which was shown at last year’s show.

“I’ll be teaching a children’s workshop on Clay Creations. I’ll provide the supplies and let the kids play along with me.

“I’ll also be doing a live demonstration all day long. I’ll bring back the sculpture I made last year so people who watched me then can see that finished piece.”

Jon Chadwell, executive director of the Newport Economic Development Commission, one of the show’s sponsors, said, “The show has really grown over the last few years. We started with 17 artists in 2009 located in one building. This year we will have 148 artists in three buildings and three tents, plus a lot of auxiliary activities.”

The show will be held at the Iron Mountain Train Depot on Front Street, the Newport Business Resource Center on Hazel Street, the old Post Office on Hazel Street and in the three tents that will serve as art galleries.

“Artists will have their work on display, and visitors will be able to meet the artists as well as purchase pieces,” Chadwell said. “This is a unique opportunity to own an original piece of art and to understand how the artist produced the piece.”

Featured again this year

will be the Art Bucks Door Prizes during the show. Three times during the day, drawings will be held for $100 to be

spent toward the purchase of art from the show. During the evening reception, an additional drawing for $200 in art bucks will be held. Winners must be present during the drawings.

The Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Arts will also host the second annual Children of the Delta Youth Art Contest. Awards will be given in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, first and second grades, third and fourth grades, and fifth and sixth grades.

The first annual This Is the Delta Art Show for adults who are participating in the show will be held this year. Awards will be given in painting, sculpture, photography, pottery, printmaking, mixed media and jewelry. The winners, including first, second and third place in each category, and first, second and third Best of Show, will be announced at 9 a.m. Saturday. All entries will remain on display in the Old First National Bank Building (the John Minor Building) throughout the show.

The W.A. Billingsley Jackson County Library will feature works of winners of the Arkansas Arts Center’s 51st annual Young Artists Contest. The traveling exhibit will have prize-winning works of young Arkansas students from kindergarten through the 12th grade. The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The traveling exhibit is a cooperative project of the Arkansas Arts Center and the Arkansas Department of Education.

Chadwell said the Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Arts project is a joint project of the Iron Mountain Regional Arts Council, the Downtown Revitalization and Improvement Volunteer Effort (DRIVE), the city of Newport, the Newport Economic Development Commission, Merchants and Planters Bank, Suddenlink Communications and hundreds of local volunteers. The Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock facilitated the development of the show. Funding for advertising is supplied through the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council.

For more information on the Delta Visual Arts Show, contact Chadwell at (870) 503-0793 or

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