The South Arkansas Arts Center will host South Arkansas’ own Helene Lambert, well-known artist and art educator, in the Lobby Gallery. Lambert’s show will open on March 1, 2019 and hang through the 27th. An artist’s reception will be held to honor her on Saturday, March 9, from 6:00-7:30pm. Gallery are Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.

Helene Lambert, who was a public-school art teacher for many years, has been immersed in art her whole life. Her works for this show, entitled “Cleverness Juggling,” include mixed-media abstracts with lots of texture in varied sizes. Her show is a feast for the senses, with many large works and different and interesting techniques.

“I’m a ‘free-range artist’,” Lambert said. “I do what’s important to me. There is so much more out there to do art wise than to be influenced by someone else. I want to find what someone else hasn’t done. That’s my goal. Every day I wake up and have these thoughts in my head about a painting, but it’s never complete. I go back later and revisit it. Sketches in the brain.”

“Currently, I have a studio in Hampton where I experiment. I am on a mission to find myself and paint what I feel. I love what I do, whatever it is, because all of my works are sketches in pursuit of happiness.”

Lambert is a retired art teacher of 34 years in Union County. Her novice years were spent in the Norphlet School District teaching grades K-12, and the other 31 years of her career were spent at Barton Junior High School in El Dorado. Upon retirement, she received the El Dorado Education Foundation Middle/Junior High School Teacher of the Year award. She enjoys writing poetry, inventing new ideas, and painting.

Lambert attended school in Hampton, Arkansas and received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, studying under the notable Henri Linton and Terrance Corbin. Her exhibitions include Chancellors Benefit for the Arts-Pine Bluff (2014), Backwoods Art Gallery-El Dorado, South Arkansas Art Center-El Dorado (1999, 2001), Arkansas Quarter Challenge Top 100-Little Rock (2001), Medical Center of South Arkansas (2003) and The Arkansas Historical Museum-Little Rock.