An exhibit on display through July 31 at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will feature pastel paintings by local artist Judy Howard, with a reception set for early May.
The exhibit, titled “Quiet Places Along the Way,” features paintings depicting natural landscapes, most of which portray scenes in northwest Arkansas. A reception will be held from 5-6 p.m. May 10 in the Reynolds Room hallway of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, located at 800 N. 49th Street.
“I like to study what I call the quiet places — a field along an old highway, the edge of a pond, an old gravel road, a small creek — scenes that most people drive by and don’t notice much,” Howard’s artist statement states. “Landscapes can transport the viewer to new places or evoke memories of places already visited, and they often have a calming, refreshing effect.”
A Fort Smith native, Howard taught art at Van Buren Junior High School before working as a publications artist at UAFS when it was Westark Community College. In 1997, she and her husband moved to Fayetteville, where she served as a graphic designer and project manager for the Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville for 18 years before retiring.
She is a member of the Ozark Pastel Society, Artists of Northwest Arkansas, and Plein Air Painters of the Ozarks.
Exhibit hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays. For more information about the exhibit, contact the UAFS Box Office at 479-788-7300. The exhibit is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Coalition for the Visual Arts.
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