The Guachoya Cultural Art Center will host a reception on January 5 for Jimmy Barrett, a Southeast Arkansas scroll saw artist.

The reception will be from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. It is free of charge and the public is invited. Barrett’s scroll saw art and other woodwork items will be on exhibit at the art center from January 5 through January 30.

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Scroll saw work by Jimmy Barrett

Barrett was raised in Eudora and spent 34 years as a letter-carrier with the Eudora Post Office. He and his wife, Martha Ann, a retired school counselor, moved to McGehee in 1995. He now spends his time in his workshop, named “Pap’s Shop”, creating art from different types of wood.

“I began this hobby in 2004 after reading about this form of woodworking done by Jeff Paxton, a minister in Russellville,” Barrett said. “After a personal visit with Jeff and a trip to a scroll saw convention in Branson, Missouri, I began this journey of creating pictures, selling many, donating others for worthy cause auctions and giving them away. My wife firmly believes I would spend more time in our home if she could find a perfume that was a wood scent, my favorite fragrance.”

The Guachoya Cultural Art Center is located at 1652 Hwy. 65 and 82 South in Lake Village. Hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Friday hours are 10 a.m. till 1 p.m.