The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host the opening of the Delta Photo Exhibition, present the “Women of the Arkansas Delta” display, and host a Family FunDay screen printing project.
Delta exhibit opening Thursday, Feb. 7 — “Scenes Along the Delta Rhythm & Bayous Highway” will open with a free, public reception and awards presentation from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. The exhibit will be open through Saturday, April 20, according to a news release.
“ASC’s latest exhibition captures the natural beauty and human experience of the Delta, giving viewers a glimpse into the heart of the Delta Rhythm & Bayous Highway,” according to the release.
The Pine Bluff Advertising & Promotion Commission and Barbara House sponsor the exhibition.
Amateur and professional photographers were invited to submit images taken within a mile of the highway, which runs from Pine Bluff to Lake Village, along U.S. 65, and into Greenville and Leland, Miss., along U.S. 82.
“I found in these photographs a powerful, nostalgic, mysterious, simplistic and haunting chapter of the story that is the Delta,” said juror Lisa Burton Tarver of El Dorado.
Tarver chose 27 pieces for the exhibition and the awards for Best in Show ($500), First Prize ($250), Second Prize ($150) and Third Prize ($100), according to the release.
Women of the Arkansas Delta exhibition — “In a companion exhibition, visitors will also have a chance to view photos from a 1976 book, ‘Women of the Arkansas Delta.’ The Pine Bluff Women’s Center, through a grant by the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission in 1970s, sought to ‘gather, preserve, and publish information about women of the delta, their history and lives.’ They documented social justice activists, farmers and small business owners — African American and white,” according to the release.
Second Saturday Family FunDay Saturday, Feb. 9 — Artist Dustyn Bork joins the arts center for February’s free Family FunDay from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
Visitors are invited to explore the galleries to see Bork’s exhibition “Complex Shapes and Empty Space,” and to try their hands at screen printing on a T-shirt. All materials are provided and visitors will get to take home their creations.
ASC’s Second Saturday Family FunDay program offers monthly hands-on arts and science activities in which visitors create art, complete science projects, or perform dance, music, or theater, according to the release.
Activities complement current art or science exhibitions. Activities are led by visiting artists, local art educators, and ASC staff. The event is free and everyone is invited to join the creativity.
Second Saturday Family FunDay is sponsored by the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, an affiliate office of the Arkansas Community Foundation Inc.
The Arts & Science Center is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Sunday and Monday. Gallery admission is free. Support for ASC is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. ASC is a member of the Discovery Network, a statewide program of the Museum of Discovery.
Details: asc701.org/ or 870-536-3375.