The winners of the 2022 Pine Bluff Art League annual exhibition were announced on Sept. 8 as the show opened with a reception at The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC).
Crystal Jennings took best in show with “Untitled.” Gerry DeLongchamp’s “Animal Love” took first place, Melissa Abernathy’s “Burned Out” took second and Kay Reed’s “Summer Glad” took third. Linda DeMint and Dell Gorman both received honorable mentions.
Other Pine Bluff Art League (PBAL) members represented in the show include Julia Barrett, Phyllis Carter, Vickie Coleman, Richard Davies, Rhonda Fleming, Jenny Holley, Patty Sheffield, Claudia Spainhour, Margie Spharler, Edie Totty and Pamela J. Woolley.
Virmarie DePoyster, a professional artist based in North Little Rock, spoke and presented awards at the reception. DePoyster is an artist in residence with the Arkansas Arts Council, and her show “Beyond Labels” was exhibited at ASC in late 2021.
“I’m always amazed at how much creativity is in Arkansas and how diverse the work is,” said DePoyster.
The reception, sponsored by volunteer group Art Krewe and M.K. Distributors, highlighted the history of the league and showcased several of its accomplishments over the last 80 years.
Kay Reed received Third Place for her painting “Summer Glad” during the awards reception for the 2022 Pine Bluff Art League Juried Exhibition on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. (Photo courtesy of PBAL).
The exhibition will remain on display in the International Paper Gallery through Nov. 5 and is sponsored by Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Co.
ASC presents programming in the visual arts, performing arts and the sciences through exhibits, performances, classes and local partnerships. Gallery admission is free.