[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Guachoya Art Center in Lake Village will present an exhibit featuring the works of Nancy Abernathy of McGehee and Kay Heller of Canton, Mississippi. Their art will be on display from November 6 through December 30 and the opening reception to honor these artists will be held on November 6 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Nancy Abernathy grew up in the Delta region and loves to paint the beauty of the land surrounding her. She especially loves the cotton fields and other Delta agriculture.

Abernathy is a retired art teacher from the McGehee School District. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. In 1997, Abernathy was selected as the Arkansas Educator’s Elementary Art Teacher of the Year. She was also Southeast Regional Director of AAE for two years.

Abernathy’s work has been displayed in senators’ offices in Washington, D.C. and Little Rock, and exhibited at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock. She donates many of her paintings to various organizations throughout Arkansas.

Kay Heller lives in Canton, Mississippi and grew up in Rolling Fork. Her first art classes were taken at Delta State under Maxine Holcomb. She later transferred to Memphis College of the Art. There she studied watercolor and oil painting, life drawing, pottery and sculpture.

Marriage, children and life in general put Heller’s art on hold for nearly 30 years. In 2004, classes with Bob Tompkins inspired her to resume painting. Oils remain her medium of choice and they are used in painting Delta landscapes en plein aire. When weather does not permit outdoor painting, there is always a still life to paint in her studio.

Heller is active in the Delta Artists Association and the Mississippi Artists Guild. She participates in shows and has paintings in local galleries.

The Guachoya Art Center is located at 1652 Highway 65 7 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. until 1 p.m. For more information, contact 870-265-6077.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”35581″ img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]