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An Artistic Approach to Love
story and photo by Cody Moore

During the month of February, Art House, an art gallery and event space in Downtown Jonesboro, will host an array of Valentine’s Day-themed events, one of which is a month-long art exhibition that will feature an array of local artists.

Angie Jones, owner of Art House, opened the Downtown Jonesboro establishment in June 2018 to better serve Jonesboro’s growing art scene. Jones, who works as a nurse practitioner at NEA Baptist and is an artist herself, wanted a space for other local artists to gather and exhibit their work.

Since its inception, Art House has represented more than 50 local artists and has hosted seven successful art shows, including Beautox Art’s “Icons: The Exhibit” and “Women In Art,” which highlighted an array of local women artists.

According to Jones, Art House’s upcoming Valentine’s Day-themed exhibit, “Art from the Heart: An Exhibition of Love,” will be unlike any exhibit held at the establishment before. The opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Feb. 1 from 6-9 p.m. and will remain open until the end of the month.

“This specific exhibit is unique from our previous exhibits in many ways,” said Jones. “It is our first exhibit that lasts more than one week, it is our first judged exhibition and it is our first themed exhibit.”

The theme of the upcoming exhibit is, of course, love, which is something that can be interpreted in many different ways.

“The guidelines for the exhibit were simply to use the theme of love to create their interpretation through art,” said Jones. “I believe this is what makes art so wonderful. … One concept expressed visually by 20 different people and, in turn, experienced by those who view it, even differently.”

The exhibit will feature more than 20 local artists and will include many different forms of media, from acrylic paint to glass work.

When determining who would participate in the exhibit, we chose to give first choice to artists who were currently on exhibit and under contract with Art House,” said Jones. “Knowing we would have available space, we determined how many new artists we could invite to participate.

“We have a waiting list of local artists that we want to include in our gallery, and this was a perfect opportunity to extend the invitation to those at the top of that list.”

Something else that sets this particular exhibit apart from others is that there will be a guest judge who chooses a best-in-show piece.

“Keeping with our heart theme, Dr. Michael Isaacson, a cardiologist with NEA Baptist Clinic, will be graciously judging our exhibit,” said Jones. “February is also Heart Health Awareness Month, and Art House will be donating a percentage of the proceeds from the exhibit to the NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation Marc Ford Patient and Family Assistance Program. This fund helps heart patients by providing them with blood pressure monitors and scales for their homes.”

There will also be People’s Choice Awards given, voted on by those who come and view the exhibit. Ballots will be available at Art House for guests to fill out, and the winners will be announced on Valentine’s Day.

“We chose to make this exhibit competitive and fun,” said Jones. “Being the first judged exhibit we have hosted, it is a learning process for us, but we plan to have many more. Through growth and experience, we hope to make each exhibit better than the last.”

In addition to the “Art from the Heart” exhibition, Art House will also host several types of arts classes with local artists Beau Jones, Gussi Causey, Brittney Guest, Donna Miller and Julie Reardon throughout the month.

Art House, located at 308 S. Main St., is open Wednesday through Thursday from 6-8 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Art from the Heart: An Exhibition of Love” will be open for public viewing from Feb. 1-28 during business hours or by appointment. For more information on upcoming exhibits and arts classes, find Art House on Facebook or call (870) 926-9263.

For the Love of Art

Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m.
Upcycled Glass Art with Julie Reardon

Join local artist Julie Reardon as she teaches the class how to use recycled glass and resin on canvas to create works of art. The class will be $55 per person.

Feb. 13, 6 p.m.
Beautox and Botox

Beau Jones is teaming up with Gairhan Dental to bring his lip painting class to Art House with a free lip flip from Gairhan Dental for those who sign up for the class (must schedule an appointment with Dr. Emily Gairhan by March 10). The class will be $75 per person.

Feb. 14, 6 p.m.
Couples Valentine’s Resin Pour Class

Donna Miller will teach a couples’ resin class for Valentine’s Day. Guests will get to create a beautiful resin piece together then have the opportunity to have a romantic meal in Downtown Jonesboro. The class will be $80 per couple.

Feb. 15, 2-4 p.m.
A Galentine’s Paint Party

Artist Brittney Guest will be teaching girls five and older how to paint using acrylics, glitter and even more glitter. The class will be $35 per child.

Feb. 22, 4-6 p.m.
A Splash of Art Paint Class

Guests will enjoy a paint class instructed by local art teacher Gussi Causey. The class will be $45 per person.

To sign up for any of Art House’s upcoming paint classes, find Art House on Facebook, call (870) 926-9263 or visit arthousedowntown.com.