Well-known local artist, Barbara Owen, was recently selected Artist of the Quarter by the Pine Bluff Art League.
Owen, a Pine Bluff native, had her art on display in the concourse at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center through the end of June.
As a member of the Brush and Palette Guild, which later became the Pine Bluff Art League, Owen took her first art lessons in 1979 with a woman from Louisiana. After four nights of art instruction, she was convinced this was something she might be able to learn to do in time. Later, after many workshops and teachers, such as Reggie Powell, Terry Corbin and Carol Katchen, Owen developed a love for pastels and oil, although she also enjoys mixed media work on water color.
Owen was married to the late Wayne Owen for 67 years and together they had three children, nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. With all this inspiration running around, she soon began doing portraits of children in action — portraits of children playing T-ball, soccer and swimming.
Owen’s works have been accepted into many shows over the years including, Pastel Society of the Southwest, Dallas, Texas, twice; The Artist Magazine sponsored show in Milan, Italy featuring the World Soccer Tournament; every Pine Bluff Art League exhibit at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas and in 2002 her work won Best of Show and in 2011 she received a Juror’s Award with several second and third places over the years.
Owen has paintings hanging in Japan, Germany and France as well as across the United States. Locally, they hang at Lakeside United Methodist Church, First Methodist, Trinity Village and many homes and offices.
Owen said “teaching art over the years has given me much pleasure and knowledge, especially the children. I hope they have learned to look at things in a different way and see the art all around them even if they don’t become artists. Many have gone on to become good artists and I am very proud of them. Art is a wonderful pastime that goes on and on and I’ve enjoyed it with many wonderful people.”