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Pico art show premieres, starts run to Nov. 17

Watercolors and painted eggs among features

By Rick Kennedy, managing editor
Kicking off a big week of events and festivities within the community on Monday night, the Southwest Arts Council hosted the art show premiere of Sue Allen Pico’s paintings and a 50-piece collection of Ukrainian-style egg art in a special members preview and social at the Art Depot in downtown Hope.
A gathering of art patrons visited throughout the evening, viewing everything from wall art to Pico’s impressive collection of “egg art,” which was displayed right at the depot’s entrance.
Pico, of Clinton, was on hand Monday night and spoke with many of the patrons, including Chris James, who is a current Artist-in-Education resident based at Beryl Henry. Pico herself is also an Artist in Education resident and was an instructor in the Hope School District last year. Pico is well-regarded as an art educator and her works have been on display throughout the state.
Pico’s fall show comes as the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council is gearing up for its annual membership drive; memberships start at $25, with $5 for students, and benefactor members are also available up to $2,000.
As with any of the Art Council shows, the featured artist Pico also has many of her works available for sale. Pico also creates customized art from photographs and speciality-painted eggs.
One of Pico’s watercolors is available in a raffle for $5 a ticket and six for $20.
Monday night’s opening event also saw many familiar names and faces in the Arts Council community, including Richard and Tamera Read, Paula Gunter, David and Cherry Stewart, Greg and Catherine Cook, and Debbie Malek.
Pico’s show will run the rest of October and until Thursday, Nov. 17, and will be on display weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Art Station Depot at 200 E. Division Street except when posted.

Sue Allen Pico (center) engages visitors to her art premiere on Monday night the Art Depot. (Rick Kennedy photo)
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