The visual arts committee of the South Arkansas Arts Center is pleased to announce the opening of El Dorado native Danny Hobbs’ art exhibition on August 4, 2016. Hobbs’ show, entitiled “Abstract Expressions” will hang in the Lobby Gallery through September 1.

Hobbs began earnestly working on his art after he retired from his longtime work as a wireman and had his first art exhibition at SAAC 11 years ago. This show will focus mainly on abstracts done with acrylics on canvas and wood panels. Hobbs loves to paint larger sized canvases these days and mostly paints to make himself happy. The greater part of his art is quite busy with lots of movement and he likes it that way. He has tried to do “quieter work”, he says, but “always goes back to the busier look.”

Hobbs is also a faux finish artist, a master at recreating finishes such as marble and wood where there is none. He has worked his magic in numerous homes in El Dorado to the delight of his clients. One of his favorite things is actually seeing his art and work in someone’s home and knowing they enjoy it.

When asked about his passion for abstracts, Hobbs said, “What I love about abstract is I’m making every one of the rules- and it’s like a freedom you don’t even know exists until you stand there in front of a painting for 8 hours and never even knew the time was going by. Since I retired, I’ve been painting like crazy! My painting will never be about politics or religion- they are all about me, my days, my life. And I’m giving them names of the times and places I’ve lived and been.”

The SAAC will host an artist’s reception for Hobbs on August 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Price and Merkle Galleries, 110 East 5th Street, El Dorado, Arkansas. This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the SAAC office at 870-862-5474 or visit the website at