South Arkansas Arts Center Exhibit, "Under Quarantine: Art During Unprecedented Circumstances."

The visual arts committee of the South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado has named the award-winning entries its exhibition, “Under Quarantine: Art During Unprecedented Circumstances.”

The exhibit continues to hang in the Merkle and Price Galleries at the South Arkansas Arts Center through Thursday, August 27.

Awards in the competition are:

Best of Show --Clayton Bolding, Strong.

First Place -- Mike Means, El Dorado.

Second Place -- Missy Inman, El Dorado.

Third Place -- Emmaline Landes, El Dorado.

Honorable Mention -- Marla Tomlinson, Brent J. Rowley, Nelson Post, and Mandy Kingery, all from El Dorado.

A total of 48 artists from El Dorado, Smackover, Camden, Warren, Strong, Hampton, Calion, Norphlet, and Junction City, Arkansas, and The Woodlands, Texas, contributed 82 pieces for the exhibit. Of the exhibiting artists, 31 have never shown work at SAAC before, and 27 of those are entirely new to SAAC.

Kelly Campbell, gallery manager, said, "It's wonderful to see such exciting artwork from artists who are new to us. The galleries are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

I hope everyone makes time to see this show."

The governing idea behind the exhibit is to showcase work done by artists beginning with the two-week stay at home order March 14 through the implementation of Phase 1 reopening. Many people found that they had more time to work on their art, and that it helped them cope with the isolation.

The show includes 2D and 3D work, and the subject matter runs the gamut from florals to animals to abstracts and beyond.

Other exhibitors are: Sandy Bennett, Cherie Bright, Stephanie Brown, Dana Burke, Kelly Campbell, Ann Downs, Marian Dunn, Jenn Elmore, Kelsey Farley, Alec Gatewood, Michael Herren, Jessica Honeycutt, Janice Hughes, Beth Jones, Helene Lambert, Cynthia Landaverde, Jeremy Langston, Charles Lawrence, Patricia Lowery, Kassidy

Marsh, Kate McDaniel, Leah Moore, Nathan Odom, Ann Palculict, Patti Simpson, Pat Peel, Millie Reap, Rob Reep, Christopher Silkwood, Mallory Slaughter, Brittany Stanton, Chris Stone, Christine Street, Lisa Burton Tarver, Angela Thurmon, Steven Wall, Lainey Walthall, Ruth Wells, Anna Williams and Ann Wilson.

Local artist and SAAC's Visual Arts Committee chair Helene Lambert served as judge for the exhibit. Lambert recently retired after teaching art for 34 years in Union County, including "31 wonderful years" at Barton Junior High School in El Dorado.

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