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story.lead_photo.caption Amanda Langley, TRAHC's Visual Arts Assistant, said this year's show is "heavy in portraits, landscapes and geometric images. She is the exhibition curator. Photo by Kelsi Brinkmeyer / Texarkana Gazette.

The Regional Arts Center in Texarkana is holding its annual Adult Juried Exhibit downtown at 321 W. Fourth St., presenting a geographically diverse array of artists. This marks year 32 for the event. The exhibit is hosted by the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council and runs through Oct. 3. It opened on Aug. 21.

TRAHC Visual Arts Assistant Amanda Langley said this year's exhibition features 40 works with artists from several states and two nations; one artist hailing from Canada. Judging was performed by Tammy Harrington, who teaches art at the University of the Ozarks and is also president of the Arkansas Society of Printmakers.

"She chose art pieces this year that are heavy in portraits, landscapes and geometric images," Langley said.

The 40 works will be exhibited on the ground-floor gallery space.

"I really enjoyed the use of bold color used this year," Langley said. "There are some really striking black-and-white pieces that have contrasting even though they're not in color. But the pieces that are in color, the artist really took risks and I thought they really stood out."

Sculpture and fiber art are part of the show. Works by artists in 10 states are included.

"You're going to see all the way from representational to non-objective," Langley said.

The exhibit will also provide extra access on social media during these days of COVID-19. Online video snippets of the art can be found on the TRAHC Facebook page. Langley will use this platform to talk about aspects like artistic intent and materials used by an artist.

Safety precautions are in place for those who visit the exhibition.

Langley earned a bachelor's degree in arts in education. She's a licensed teacher in Texas and Arkansas with six years of teaching experience.

Because the show is all on the ground floor, RAC's permanent collection will be in available for viewing on the second and third floor.

 

(On the Net: TRAHC.org or find the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council on Facebook. The Regional Arts Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) n

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