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1. GEORGE DOMBEK When you think of watercolor, you tend to think transparent washes. George Dombek’s technique in “Rocks at the Great Lakes” is a solid grounding of the subject. His “rock” paintings are some of his older work, but the ones with which I am still enamored. georgedombek.com.

2. LADAWNA WHITESIDE This is abstract art that exceeds the realm of normalcy, setting a standard for all. LaDawna Whiteside’s paintings and drawings are beyond the usual splashes of color called abstract. You feel the emotion that occurred when she created a work. “Growth Rings,” to me, symbolizes my continual journey of art. ladawnawhiteside.com.

3. KENNETH SIEMENS This aerosol pulp mural by Kenneth Siemens, also known as “Lefty Eyeball,” was one of the first great murals to explode on the scene in downtown Bentonville. The skillfully rendered graphics instantly transport you to the days of comic books and late night sci-fi b-movies. leftyeyeball.com.

4. DONALD ROLLER WILSON My earliest encounters with Donald Roller Wilson were as his student at the University of Arkansas. His influence has followed me all my life. Though I am not a realist painter that emulated his style, what he taught countless students in the basics of drawing, painting, substrates and creativity still appear in his students’ works. donaldrollerwilson.com.

5. JAQUITA PHILLIPS BALL I chose “Explosions of Drama” from my Atmospheric Abstracts series because of my new found love affair with the sky and its drama. Most people would have expected to see one of my Fauvist-style donkeys—someday I’ll insert a few of them in these new abstracts! jaquitaball. com.

6. BRENDA DALE MORGAN Give me a painting of a horse, where I see the gloss of his coat, the velvet of his nose and the anatomy of muscle and veins, then you’ve given a gift of realism in art and a catalyst to my memory bank of raising horses as a child. That is the gift that Brenda Dale Morgan gives in “Western Beauty.” brendamorganart.com.

7. TIM TYLER In “Happy Homemaker” you find the essence of a powerful woman, escaping the confines of society’s happy little homemaker, boxed in by stereotypes. The photorealism, the red of the dress and the knife, resembling a machete I once had, only make this oil painting by Bentonville’s Tim Tyler more powerful. tctyler.com.

8. CHERYL MOORE The artist must think not only creatively, but also be aware of the commercial intent behind this illustrative commercial poster—literally a piece of art that must sell an event. The poster draws you in to actually feel the rhythm of the blues being played and experience the joy of the performing musicians. cmoorefinearts.com.

 

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MEET THE CURATOR

“Paint in my hair and paint on my feet” is a motto Jaquita Phillips Ball lives and breathes. Always in search of the next art adventure, whether it is traveling remote back roads to find the next inspiration, searching out Arkansas artists for the gallery, or scouring the world for that next unique art piece for her home. For her, life began as an artist for KARK, drawing and painting the drama of courtrooms and daily news stories, then evolved into marketing and nonprofit work before owning her art business, Red Cat Art, in Bentonville. Even now, the evolution and revolution continues. jaquitaball.com.