The “Scenes Along the Delta Rhythm & Bayous Highway” photo exhibit opens at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff on February 7 and runs through April 20.
Amateur and professional photographers were invited to submit images taken within one mile of the highway, which runs from Pine Bluff to Lake Village, along U.S. 65, and into Greenville and Leland, Mississippi, along U.S. 82.
“I found in these photographs a powerful, nostalgic, mysterious, simplistic and haunting chapter of the story that is the Delta,” said juror Lisa Burton Tarver of El Dorado. She chose 27 pieces for the exhibition and the awards for Best in Show ($500), First Prize ($250), Second Prize ($150) and Third Prize ($100).
An opening reception and awards presentation will be held on Thursday, February 7, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Pine Bluff Advertising & Promotion Commission and Barbara House.
In a companion exhibition, visitors may view photos from a 1976 book, “Women of the Arkansas Delta.” The Pine Bluff Women’s Center, through a grant by the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission in 1970s, sought to “gather, preserve, and publish information about women of the delta, their history and lives,” documenting social justice activists, farmers and small business owners—African American and white.
Also this month, Artist Dustyn Bork will be at the Arts & Science Center on Saturday, February 9 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. for Family Fun Day. Visitors are invited to explore the galleries to see Bork’s exhibition “Complex Shapes and Empty Space,” and to try their hands at screen printing on a T-shirt. All materials are provided, and visitors will get to take home their creations.
ASC’s Second Saturday Family Fun Day program offers monthly hands-on arts and science activities in which visitors create art, complete science projects, or perform dance, music, or theater. Activities complement current art or science exhibitions. Activities are led by visiting artists, local art educators, and ASC staff. The event is free and everyone is invited to join the creativity.