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The Art House That Angie Built
By Cody Moore, Photography by Kayla Broadway

Born from a love of the arts, Downtown Jonesboro’s Art House functions as an art gallery, studio and event venue. The visionary behind it, Angie Jones, opened the space in June to serve Jonesboro’s growing art scene.

Jones, a Bono native, moved to Jonesboro when she was 19 and has lived in the city ever since. Following college, Jones began working at NEA Baptist as a nurse practitioner with a focus in family practice. She would later go on to receive her doctorate in nursing practice in 2017, shifting her focus to weight management.

Though she has been working for NEA Baptist for the past 15 years, Jones has always had a passion for multiple aspects of the arts.

“I cannot remember not loving art; I even took art classes growing up,” said Jones. “When I was younger, I aspired to be a fashion designer or interior decorator. I’m not sure how those plans transitioned to a career in health care, but here I am.”

Over the past few years, Jones has devoted more of her time to what she truly loves: painting. She began taking art classes with Gussi Causey, a former art teacher at Jonesboro Public Schools, whom she credits for most of her confidence when it comes to her artistic abilities.

“Those closest to me will confirm that I have always loved to paint,” said Jones. “Whether it be walls, furniture or canvas. … Throughout my adult life, I have found ways to scratch the art itch, but only until recently have I allowed myself to become fully immersed in it again.”

When Jones is creating her own art, she mostly draws inspiration from her work in weight management and the ever-changing human body.

“Helping others with weight management, self-love and body acceptance inspires my art work,” said Jones. “My figurative art is expressive of the many shapes and sizes we come in and the beauty that can be found in all of us. Just like art, the complexities of weight gain and our relationship with food are very subjective. Each person’s perspective is their own.”

After selling their house and moving into a loft in Downtown Jonesboro, Jones and her husband, Scotty, became aware of the vacant commercial space below their new home. At the time, Jones was still taking art classes with Causey, who recommended that she use the space to its full advantage.

“Gussi voiced the need for a space in which her students could exhibit their art,” said Jones. “The vacant space below us was perfect for this kind of concept.”

After her conversation with Causey, Jones began to consider all of the local artists who could benefit from a convenient gallery space where they could hang and sell their pieces.

Since opening in June of this year, Art House has represented more than 25 local artists, with more being added soon.

“Art House’s mission is to provide a space for local artists to exhibit and sell their art in a supportive environment, to collaborate with the local art community and to establish an environment where everyone in our area can create, share and appreciate art in all forms,” said Jones.

More than a typical art gallery, Art House doubles as a working art studio and event space.

“We have many wonderful art galleries and so many talented artists in this area,” said Jones. “Northeast Arkansas has festivals, art shows, classes and exhibits; however, Art House is providing all of these in one space.”

Each month, Art House brings in local instructors to host an array of art classes. A Splash of Art with Gussi Causey is a monthly class that focuses on different mediums, styles and techniques and offers a one-of-kind approach to group painting. This month’s class instructed by Causey is slated for Aug. 15.

“We have other specialty classes coming up, as well,” said Jones. “Julie Reardon, a Jonesboro native, taught a recycled glass art class in July, and we hope to have more classes with Julie in the future. We will also have Donnie Miller in-house this month teaching a resin pour class on August 20.”

Along with the monthly art classes, Art House has plans to host a themed art show each month.

“Beau Jones of Beautox Art kicked off our grand opening last month with an Icons Exhibit and has plans of returning for Icons Exhibit: Part Two,” said Jones. “This month’s themed art show will feature local women in art and will be held on August 24. Local artist Sheila Guinn will also be having a solo show on August 9.”

If any local artists are interested in hosting art shows or exhibiting their work at Art House, Jones encourages them to reach out via email.

“We do not juror art or ask that it meet any particular qualifications other than the artist be from this area,” said Jones. “I might add that we do have limited space, and at some point, we may have to suspend taking additional art due to space limitations.”

Though Jones owns and operates Art House, she gives a lot of credit to her husband for making her vision come to life.

“I could not have done this without Scotty,” said Jones. “Any success is owed to him because he is the man who gets things done. I am a visionary, but he makes it happen. He has worked tirelessly to hang art, create displays, change out lighting, host events, man the gallery late hours and so many other little things that keep everything running smoothly. He is essential to Art House.”

Other than hosting art shows and art classes each month, giving local artists the space to exhibit their work is the most rewarding part for Jones.

“Seeing an artist bring their work in and display it for the first time is very rewarding to me,” said Jones. “The artists who came forward to fill our gallery walls are ultimately what solidified the positive response that we have received.”

When developing the concept, Jones never thought that Art House would receive the amount of positive feedback that it has in the short amount of time that it has been open.

“When I discussed the need for a space such as this with Gussi, I never dreamed of the response we have received,” said Jones. “I feel like we have been very fortunate to have chosen to embark on this adventure at the right time. Downtown Jonesboro is in the midst of growth, and the support from our neighbors has made a huge impact.”

Art House, located at 308 South Main St., is open Wednesday through Friday from 6-9 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To view local art, see all upcoming events or for more information on booking the venue, find Art House on Facebook, call (870) 926-9263 or email arthouse308southmain@gmail.com.