The South Arkansas Arts Center is currently hosting the art exhibition, “A Lifetime with My Easel”, by well-known South Arkansas artist Ann Downs. Her exhibit will hang in the Lobby Gallery beginning October 2 through November 24, 2020, with an artist’s reception on October 8 from 5:30-6:30pm.
Ann Downs, a native of Magnolia, is a versatile artist who works with various mediums. She also creates original designs for painted furniture accent pieces, and her murals can be seen in downtown Magnolia and in principal buildings at Southern Arkansas University. “A Lifetime with My Easel” is a compilation of works through the years showcasing Downs’ various styles of painting.
As a teacher and active artist, aware of the positive impact of visual arts, Downs wanted to share her knowledge with the community. She opened Blue Moon Studio, where she held classes for all ages. She has been active in local and regional art groups, including the first Magnolia Sidewalk Art Show in 1950, founded by Marjorie Chamberlain, teacher and friend. This show remains a special feature of the annual Magnolia Blossom Festival, sponsored by Magnolia Arts each year in May. Downs has artwork in numerous public and private collections throughout the United States.
“As I observe the world around me, I seek new ways to express the essence of it. The challenge for me, the artist, is to speak to the viewer in a way that is unique, that is mine. My goals are to grow in my own creative ability and promote the arts wherever life takes me.”