Artists selected for Walton Arts Center regional exhibition

Aaron Bleidt, “Stuck” / Courtesy

Walton Arts Center officials have announced the local artists whose work will be featured in a group exhibition this fall.

The free exhibit is called Our Art, Our Region, Our Time, and is part of the center’s 30th anniversary celebration. It showcases 73 pieces from 64 area artists representing 16 cities across the region.

“This is an exciting and diverse show in both the artists and the art forms featured,” said Kathy Thompson, local artist and exhibition curator. “All of the pieces were completed in 2020 and 2021, which was a challenging, yet amazing time to work as an artist. The exhibition allows you to see and appreciate how these artists used that time to focus their energies and create beautiful art.”

An opening reception is planned from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30. After that, the exhibition will be open from noon to 2 p.m. on weekdays through Nov. 5.

Sabine Schmidt, “Laundry and Cleaners, Hamburg, Ashley County” / Courtesy

Patrons will be required to wear a mask to view the exhibition, according to WAC officials. The gallery also opens one hour prior to WAC performances and during intermission. When visiting during a performance, patrons will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours or proof of full vaccination and wear a mask.

A full list of artists from each city is listed below:

Bella Vista

Landon Perkins – Structure No. 44
Briseida Ochoa – Voces and Perspective VII
Mario Rojo – untitled and untitled
Derek Scott – Copper Pot and Cantaloupe II and Vase and Cantaloupe
Jan Waldon – Unlit and Another Murse
Marlie Allgood – Spanish Village
Benjamin Edwards – BURGERPLACE no.2
Natalia Franco – Where You Are Right Now
Somnath Mukherjee – Sadhu


Jesse Sandford – Head-space

Eureka Springs

May Shafer Gentle – Southwest River Valley


Sky Maggiore – Jonathan and Nick and Untitled
K.S. O’Brien – Altered Scale in Pink and Altered Scale in Green
Barbara Batson – Magnolia blossom in black and white
Aaron Bleidt – Stuck
Christy Bunnell – Sunset Drive
Neil Callander – Imagined Fin, Husky
Susan Clifton – Angler Fish Mask
Natalie Conway – Made of
Shelby Fleming – Gut Feeling: Segment 3
Ryna Frankel – arrangement c
Jonathan Virginia Green – Mittens
Don House – Cedar Falls, Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas
Gary Johnson – Danger at the Crossroads
Shabana Kauser – Dupatta #1
Maurice Konkle – how far
Denise Lanuti – Our Home
Kellie Lehr – Inception
Carolyn Guinzio – PARULA
Warren McCombs – Scrap
Patricia Moline – Evening at City Lake Rd.
Natalie Olsen – Japanese House
Ray Allen Parker – Poet of Light & Power
Haley Pendleton – Give and Take
Kimberly Powers – Portrait of My Son
Sabine Schmidt – Laundry and Cleaners, Hamburg, Ashley County
Sara Schellenberg – Cockfight
Deborah Thomas – Love of Language, English Edition
Meredith Tinkle – Something to do with Guts, Butterflies & Learning to do the Next Right Thing
Craig Underwood – Early Morning on Stone Chapel Drive
Hisae Yale – Moving Forward II
Heather Sprandel – Passing Time


Leon Niehues – Black Pearl Lilly and Brentwood Bird


Mary Thornton – Two Will Do


Eugene Sargent – Futuristic, Retro Computer Case


Alice Andrews – Hawkwoman, Man and Angel

Prairie Grove

Chris Weaver – Terry’s Bed #2


Chuck Davis – Damen Washington-Cherokee
Catherine Goenner – Untitled Installation Piece
David Gomez – E Pluribus U
Pat Lewis – Dandelion
Monica McCleary – Staked Bench
Jason L. Nuttle – BMB
Steven Wise Golden Groundsel

Siloam Springs

Sam Butler – Therapy and Mannequin
Kyle Blair – Hot Dawg Summer


Brandon Jennings – Two Boys and Black Dog
Ethan Gill – Shallow Standing 3
Milan Jilka – Weave
Michelle T. Jordan – Celebration

Van Buren

Mary Elkins – Clay Sketches

West Fork

Victoria McKinney – Spider Motif Head Pot


Cindy Arsaga – Mississippi 1
John Collier – Arkansas Eternal