The Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Arts announces the 6th Annual Delta Visual Arts Show on Saturday, February 22, 2014 in downtown Newport, Arkansas. The show will be 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 180 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 will be held at eleven locations in downtown Newport including, the Iron Mountain Train Depot on Front Street, the Newport Business Resource Center on Hazel Street, the old Post Office on Hazel Street, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Third Street, The First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Laurel Street, the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall on Walnut Street, the W.A. Billingsley Library on Walnut Street, the John Minor Building on Front Street and in three very large heavy duty tents that will turn Walnut and Hazel 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," said NEDC Director Jon Chadwell. Several artists will be conducting demonstrations at their booths during the show. The show features well-known artists from 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 workshops and demonstrations for adults by Dorothy Anderson, Freda Angeletti, Larry Burchfield, Carla Carlton, Austin Grimes, Melinda Lacy, Julie Lamons, Amber LaRue, Arlette Miller, Cecilia Putter, Mary Shelton, Marty Smith and Angi Taylor on artistic techniques ranging from water soluble oils to painting with acrylics to pottery and more. This year there will be workshops for youth, with two workshops aimed at children from 4-8 years old taught by Joe Martin and Brian Hickey and two workshops aimed at ages 9 to 13 taught by Dewana McIntosh and Endia Bumgarner. The workshops have limited space, so call (870) 523-1009 to reserve a spot at the workshop of your choice. Featured again this year are 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 3rd Annual Children of the Delta Youth Art Contest in connection with the 6th 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 2nd Annual “This is the Delta” Art Show for adults who are participating in the 6th Annual Delta Visual Arts Show will be held this year. Awards will be given in the following categories: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, pottery, mixed media and woodworking. The winners, including 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category and a Best of Show will be announced at 11 a.m. on February 22, 2014 in connection with the 6th 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 52nd 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 6th Annual Delta Visual Arts Show. The traveling exhibit is a cooperative project of the Arkansas Arts Center and the Arkansas Department of Education. This year, for the first time, the Delta Visual Arts Show offered participating artist the opportunity to be Juried on a voluntary basis.  A number of artists submitted digital images of samples of their work to the Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Art for consideration.  Those images were placed in numbered folders and given anonymously to the Jurors. The Jurors then selected the folders they felt should be Juried and submitted the corresponding numbers back to the Blue Bridge Center.  "We congratulate the artists selected as Juried Artists for the 6th Annual Delta Visual Arts Show and we thank our Jurors for their work on behalf of the show," said Chadwell. "These 19 Juried artists are truly special and have amazing work." This is the talented group who served as Jurors: - Emily Fischer graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and holds a Master of Public Service from the University of Arkansas, Clinton School of Public Service.  She currently works for the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Affairs Officer for economic development and entrepreneurship programming for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.  Previously she has held positions at the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania and in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs.  She has received a Meritorious Honor Award and a Superior Honor Award for her efforts and has traveled to more than 30 countries throughout the world.  During her graduate studies she worked with the Newport Economic Development Commission on the inception of the Delta Visual Arts Show and remains an enthusiastic supporter of the creative economy in Arkansas. - Mindy Lacefield is a full-time mixed media artist and lives in Roland, AR with her husband and two poodles. Mindy received her MBA at UALR in 2002 and went on to study art there in 2006. Mindy teaches mixed media workshops around the country and online. Her work has been represented by Gallery 26 in Little Rock since 2009, and featured in group shows in 2010 and 2013. In 2008, her work was chosen for the Small Works on Paper tour in Arkansas. She has been published in several national Stampington magazines including Somerset Studio, Artful Blogging, Art Journaling, Sew Somerset, and Where Women Create. - Laura Lockhart is an award winning artist born and raised in the Arkansas Delta region. Currently based in Nashville, she is a veteran participant of the Blue Bridge Art Show and many others throughout the South including the prestigious Kentuck Festival of Arts.  She has been a creator since childhood working and selling art in many mediums including glass, miniatures, watercolor, oil, acrylics, clay, wax and photography.  Her work has been shown and sold in galleries in Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida.  She studied art at Hendrix College, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the American College in Switzerland.  During this time, she studied under such well-known artists as Don Marr, Al Allen and Rob Erdle.  Aside from her artistic accomplishments, she has worked in the publishing industry for 25 years producing books with exacting quality requirements for iconic publications such as Southern Living, Martha Stewart Living and O, The Oprah Magazine. This year a new food tent will be set up downtown and local restaurants and civic groups will offer a variety of food throughout the day. The new Downtown Pie Shop will be serving fresh pie and beverages from their building on Walnut Street during the show. MJ’s Café on Third Street will also be open for lunch during the show. Convenient transportation from venue to venue will be provided by the Art Train that will make regular rounds. 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), Entergy, the City of Newport, the Newport Economic Development Commission, Merchants and Planters Bank, and hundreds of local volunteers. Development of the show was facilitated by the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock. This year substantial funding for the show was made possible through a major Collaborative Projects Support Grant through the Arkansas Arts Council. Funding for advertising is supplied through the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council. For more information feel free to call 870-523-1009 or email