WAC celebrates 30th season with regional art exhibition


The Walton Arts Center marked the launch of its 30th season and first regional art exhibition with a reception on September 30 at the Fayetteville center. “Our Art, Our Region, Our Time” features 73 works by 64 artists representing 16 cities in our region and will be on display in the Joy Pratt Markham downtown gallery through November 5th.

“This is an exciting exhibition that is diverse in terms of both the artists and the art forms presented,” said Kathy B. Thompson, Acting Exhibition Director and Curator. “All of the pieces were completed in 2020 or 2021, which was a difficult, but incredible time to work as an artist. ‘Our art, our region, our time’ allows you to see and appreciate how these artists have used this time to focus their energies to create beautiful, fascinating art. “

The works in the exhibition were selected from 135 submissions from artists representing various places and communities in our region “who make up the very fabric of Northwest Arkansas.”

Organizers say the free exhibit is open from noon to 2 p.m. on weekdays, and customers are required to wear masks to view the exhibit. The gallery is also open one hour before performances and during intermission. “When visiting during a performance, clients will be required to show proof of a negative covid-19 test within 72 hours or proof of full vaccination and wear a mask.”

The artists participating in “Our Art, Our Region, Our Time” are:

Marlie Allgood, Alice Andrews, Cindy Arsaga, Barbara Batson, Kyle Blair, Aaron Bleidt, Christy Bunnell, Sam Butler, Neil Callander, Susan Clifton, John Collier, Natalie Conway, Chuck Davis, Benjamin Edwards, Mary Elkins, Shelby Fleming, Natalia Franco , Ryna Frankel, Mary Shafer Gentle, Ethan Gill, Catherine Goenner, David Gomez, Jonathan Virginia Green, Carolyn Guinzio, Don House, Brandon Jennings, Milan Jilka, Gary Johnson, Michelle T Jordan, Shabana Kauser, Maurice Konkle, Denise Lanuti, Kellie Lehr, Pat Lewis, Sky Maggiore, Monica McCleary, Warren McCombs, Victoria McKinney, Patricia Moline, Somnath Mukherjee, Leon Niehues, Jason L Nuttle, KS O’Brien, Briseida Ochoa (Brioch), Natalie Olsen, Ray Allen Parker, Haley Pendleton , Landon Perkins, Kimberly Powers, Mario Rojo, Jesse Sandford, Eugene Sargent, Sara Schellenberg, Sabine Schmidt, Derek Scott, Heather Sprandel, Deborah Thomas, Mary Thornton, Meredith Tinkle, Craig Underwood, Jan Waldon, Chris Weaver, Steven Wise and Hisae Yale.

For more event photos – nwadg.com/photos/society. Find out more about the exhibition and some of its artists in What’s Up! magazine.

Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at [email protected]

Robin Atkinson (left to right); Jannie Hulen; Kathy Thompson, "Our art, our region, our time" director and curator; and Craig Underwood meet at the opening reception for the Walton Arts Center’s inaugural regional art exhibit. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Natalia Franco poses with her work,

Natalia Franco poses with her work, “Where You Are Right Now”, at "Our Art, Our Region, Our Time" opening reception. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Victoria McKinney (left to right), Cindy Arsaga, Jason Smith and Dea Self visit the regional art exhibit on September 30 at the Walton Arts Center.  (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Victoria McKinney (left to right), Cindy Arsaga, Jason Smith and Dea Self visit the regional art exhibit on September 30 at the Walton Arts Center. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Bryce Arroyos (left to right), Derek Gushiken, Abby Hollis and Sezanna Wallace attend the Our ART opening reception.  (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Bryce Arroyos (left to right), Derek Gushiken, Abby Hollis and Sezanna Wallace attend the Our ART opening reception. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Eugene Sargent (from left), Aaron Bleidt and Lowell and Kathy Grisham attend a rally at the Walton Arts Center on September 30.  (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Eugene Sargent (left to right), Aaron Bleidt, Lowell and Kathy Grisham attend a rally at the Walton Arts Center on September 30. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Courtney Ulrich Smith (left to right), Jessy Duque and Monica McCleary and Dom Smith enjoy the opening of the regional art exhibition.  (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Courtney Ulrich Smith (left to right), Jessy Duque and Monica McCleary and Dom Smith enjoy the opening of the regional art exhibition. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Artist Gary Johnson presents his work,

Artist Gary Johnson presents his work, “Danger at the Crossroads” at the Our ART opening reception. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Michelle Parks (left) and Shana Kasparek stand for a photo on September 30 at the Walton Arts Center.  (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

Michelle Parks (left) and Shana Kasparek stand for a photo on September 30 at the Walton Arts Center. (NWA Democrat-Gazette / Carin Schoppmeyer)

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Who: Walton Arts Center

What: The arts center launched its 30th season and first regional art exhibition, “Our Art, Our Region, Our Time”, with a reception.

When: September 30

Where: Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville

Information: (479) 443-5600 or waltonartscenter.org


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