The Guachoya Cultural Art Center in Lake Village will showcase the artwork of Larry Winston of McGehee during the month of February.

The exhibit will open with a reception to meet the artist on February 9 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free event.

Winston, the son of a compress worker and stay-at-home mother, was born in McGehee. At the age of six, he discovered he had a gift for drawing.

“I attended Desha Elementary before attending McGehee High School,” Winston said. “It was there I started thinking about my future. After graduating in 1976 I immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to Germany in 1976 and remained there until 1979. While there I visited the museums and saw some of the great old Masters’ paintings. It was then I bought my first oil painting supplies. While in Germany I attended St. Leo Collage for a semester. I attended Pines Vo-Tech in Pine Bluff, studying Mechanical Drafting, before re-enlisting in the Army in 1982. I served until 1989 and soon after I began self-studying the art of oil painting, having returned to McGehee at that time. I began to rediscover my love of the arts. As an artist I find no greater joy than creating something beautiful out of nothing.”

The exhibit will be up until February 28. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Art Center is located at 1652 Highway 65 & 82 South in Lake Village.