The Guachoya Cultural Art Center will host a reception for the Elgenia Ross-Isabel Bacon art exhibit on September 4 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. The exhibit will be on display until September 26.

Ross and Bacon, both of Monticello, have long careers in the Arts, Ross with 30 years and Bacon with a 42-year career as an artist.

Martha Isabel Bacon was born in Managua, Nicaragua and grew up in Guatemala where she became seriously interested in art during her high school years and began studying painting with don Oscar Gonzalez Goyri, a well respected Guatemalan artist.

She holds a M.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of Arkansas and is currently a professor of Spanish and Director of Foreign Language Teaching Assistants at the University of Arkansas-Monticello.

Her work is mainly in oils and watercolors. She is married to Ed Bacon.

Elgenia Ross earned her undergraduate degree from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and Art Teaching Certificate from the University of Arkansas-Monticello, before teaching art at Monticello High School. She also recieved a Master’s Degree in Administrative Supervision in Visual Arts from Parsons School of Design and Bank Street College, NYC.

Her work has been shown at many venues in Arkansas. Art mediums she has worked in include pastels, charcoal, oil and acrylic. In recent years she has mainly painted in oil.

The Guachoya Cultural Art Center is located at 1652 Hwy. 65 & 82 South in Lake Village. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. For more information you may call 870-265-6077.