JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Vivid color and three-dimensional shape seem to make a young girl wearing glasses appear as if she were almost life-like and in this case, she is, sort of.
"This is my daughter Hannah when she was little," Penny Jo Pausch said. "She'd always wear her glasses down on her nose. I loved it was just adorable and I thought. I'm going to capture that. I built it up on the canvas with pieces of canvas and primer and sanded it." Pausch's daughter is now an adult.
Pausch is one of many artists participating in the Northeast Arkansas Visual Arts League Art Show happening Nov. 2-30, 2016.
The juried art show features an Artists Reception on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Jonesboro Sun gallery.
"It's men and women all in the Northeast Arkansas area," Pausch said. "Just anyone anywhere in this area can join our group. Then we display our work. We not only display it, as we are now. But, we display it at the library three times a year."
Northeast Arkansas Visual Arts League, or NEAVAL, tries to promote the visual arts through the use of a variety of mediums. The organization's goal is to encourage artists of all ages and proficiency levels. Some works are for purchase.
Jean Gipson, a long-time Jonesboro resident, has been painting for over 50 years.
"I like all seasons and I get excited about decorating for each holiday," Gipson said as she pointed to a painting of a flower arrangement in fall colors. "I've always loved pumpkins and I painted that in a day and a half."
Gipson, who also arranges flowers, draws satisfaction and relaxation from painting.
"You forget about what's going on in the world," she said. "You forget about your troubles and you just get lost in the paint. It's our passion."
To find out more about NEAVAL, contact Cindy Schrader, President, at 870-919-4697.
You can also find NEAVAL on Facebook and Twitter @NEAVisualArtsLeague.
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