‘I Come From Women Who Could Fly’ to open Thursday

An exhibition of mixed-media drawings by Delita Martin will open at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas on Thursday in the Kennedy Gallery. A free opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with a gallery talk by the artist at 5:30 p.m.

Martin’s work, “I Come From Women Who Could Fly”, layers print, paper, drawing, and thread while melding her memories and experiences as well as the re-imagined memories and experiences of the women of her family. The large, evocative pieces transmit reinterpreted folk tales and tactile creative traditions to channel the women who inspired the series. Martin will speak about her work at the exhibition’s opening reception.

The exhibit is sponsored by Simmons First National Bank and will remain on display through Aug. 31. Gallery admission is free.

Martin will teach a free gelatin printmaking workshop during ASC’s second Saturday Family FunDay on June 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will learn a fun printmaking process and several techniques to create their own unique prints. All ages are encouraged to join. Second Saturday Family FunDay is sponsored by the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation.

“The great thing about this workshop is families can attend and do this process again at home,” said Courtney Taylor, curator of Collections and Exhibitions at ASC.

A Texas native, Martin is currently based in Little Rock. Martin received a bachelor of fine arts in drawing from Texas Southern University and a master of fine arts in drawing and printmaking from Purdue University. Formerly a member of the fine arts faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Martin is currently the founding director of Black Box Press Studio and a full-time artist. She is a 2010 recipient of a Telly Award and a 2011 recipient of an Emerging Voices award for distinguished Purdue Alumni. Martin’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

The ASC, located at 701 S. Main St., in Pine Bluff, is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., and closed on Sunday and Monday. For additional information call 870-536-3375 or email info@artssciencecenter.org.