Nita Gibson and Laura Miller

Nita Gibson and Laura Miller

Guachoya Cultural Art Center will host a reception for two artists, Laura Miller and Nita Gibson, on January 15 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Miller, of Little Rock, will exhibit her paintings while Nita Gibson, of Yazoo City, Mississippi will exhibit her pottery. Their art will be on exhibit at the art center until February 25.

The reception is open to the public and there is no admission charge.

Laura Bogan Miller, 82, attended classes at University of Arkansas Medical Center and received her certification as an X-Ray technician. She worked for many years at the Children’s Hospital and later for her husband, Dr. Bert O. Miller, as an optometric assistant. After raising four daughters, Sarita, Rene’e, Tanya and LaBerta, her interest turned to oil painting. In 1983, she started on her journey as an artist with a few classes with Janey Crane. After painting for 33 years, Miller has amassed quite a collection of paintings. This exhibit has approximately 116 paintings. Miller paints in different media and paints whatever she sees joy in on that particular day. She has never sold her artwork. All but two of her paintings have remained with the family. The paintings in this exhibit were collected from her family members and brought to Guachoya by her daughter, LaBerta Russell, to honor her mother with her one and only exhibit of her entire collection of artwork. LaBerta and her husband, Dr. Randy Russell reside in Lake Village.

Nita Gibson has enjoyed working with her hands since childhood. “I suppose making mud pies was the start of that desire,” she said referring to her pottery work. “I have been making pottery for about nine years. Since I was 63 years old at the time I equate myself with Grandma Moses. I don’t have a degree in art, so it has been a process of trial and error, with lots of error. I did, however, take several classes learning to throw on the pottery wheel. Thanks to the people who purchase my work I will continue to use my imagination to create pottery that is both functional and decorative.”

The Guachoya Cultural Art Center is located at 1752 Hwy. 65 & 82 in Lake Village. Hours of operation are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more information call 870-265-6077.