The Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Arts announces the 5th Annual Delta Visual Arts Show on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 in downtown Newport.

The show will open to the public at 10 a.m. and run through 6 p.m. with a reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. This year's show features 146 artists from five states and 60 Arkansas communities, featuring primarily artists who grew up in the Delta, live or have lived in the Delta or who produce Delta themed work. The visual art covers a broad range of art from pottery to painting and jewelry to sculpture. The show's capacity is 146 artists but, with over a month remaining before the show, the Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Arts has created a waiting list for artists. The show will be held in downtown Newport at the Iron Mountain Train Depot on Front Street, the Newport Business Resource Center on Hazel Street, the old Post Office on Hazel Street and in three very large heavy duty tents that will turn downtown streets into art galleries. Artists will have their work on display, and visitors will be able to meet the artists as well as purchase pieces. This is a unique opportunity to own an original piece of art and to understand how the artist produced the piece. Several artists will be working at their booths during the show. The show features well-known artists throughout the state and young new artists who are setting up for the very first time. For a complete list of artists participating feel free to email In addition to being able to visit with artists and purchase art work, there will also be workshops throughout the day. The Delta Visual Arts Show will feature 10 workshops for adults and 5 workshops for children. The specific teachers and topics will be announced in the near future. The workshops will have limited space and registration for them will be encouraged. Featured again this year are the Art Bucks Door Prizes during the show. Three times during the day, drawings will be held for $100 to be spent toward the purchase of art from the show. During the evening reception, an additional drawing for $200 in art bucks will be held. You must be present during the drawings to win! This is a wonderful opportunity to see the amazing creativity of artists who capture the Delta way of life in an amazing array of mediums. Plus, you have a chance to win money to help you take a piece of art home! The Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Arts is also hosting the 2nd Annual Children of the Delta Youth Art Contest in connection with the 5th Annual Delta Visual Arts Show. Awards will be given in four categories: Pre-K and Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades, 3rd and 4th grades and 5th and 6th grades. For complete guidelines and contest deadlines contact the Newport Economic Development Office at (870) 523-1009. The 1st Annual “This is the Delta” Art Show for adults who are participating in the 5th Annual Delta Visual Arts Show will be held this year. Awards will be in the following categories: painting, sculpture, photography, pottery, printmaking, mixed media and jewelry. The winners, including 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Best of Show will be announced at 9 a.m. on February 23, 2013 just prior to the opening of the 5th Annual Delta Visual Arts Show. All entries will remain on display in the Old First National Bank Building (the John Minor Building) throughout the show. The W.A. Billingsley Jackson County Library will be featuring works of winners of the Arkansas Arts Center's 51st Annual Young Artist Contest. The traveling exhibit will have prize winning works of young Arkansas students from Kindergarten through the 12th grade. The Library will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the day of the 5th Annual Delta Visual Arts Show. The traveling exhibit is a cooperative project of the Arkansas Arts Center and the Arkansas Department of Education. A reception, which starts at 4 p.m., will offer free beverages to the public and will allow visitors to mingle with the artists and with other guests. The reception is for those who want to purchase art and for those who just want to browse and look. The Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Arts project is a joint project of the Iron Mountain Regional Arts Council, the Downtown Revitalization and Improvement Volunteer Effort (DRIVE), the City of Newport, the Newport Economic Development Commission, Merchants and Planters Bank, Suddenlink Communications, and hundreds of local volunteer. Development of the show was facilitated by the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock. Funding for advertising is supplied through the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council. For more information feel free to email