Jewelry maker to present program during Art League meeting

Ricky Doucey, owner and artisan of Fire & Ice, will present a program to the Pine Bluff Art League during its meeting Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave.

Doucey will show how he creates his fusion-fired jewelry. He will also have several pieces to show, which will be available for purchase.

Doucey’s work was featured in the SEA Life magazine shortly after he opened his business in 2010. Before his jewelry business, he was the fire chief for the city of White Hall and built hot-rods as a hobby and business. He gave up the hot-rod endeavor after a debilitating accident. While he was directing traffic, he was hit by a motorist and spent months recuperating. The jewelry business was how he coped.

Several Art League members viewed his work at a recent show and said, “his work is beautiful.”

Doucey’s wife, Brenda, who retired from the Pine Bluff School District, said she is his model. “I can match every outfit I own, so I always have perfectly suitable jewelry,” she added.

Also scheduled for Sunday’s meeting is the annual selection of officers for the upcoming year. Members are encouraged to turn in their ticket sales Sunday or sometime before the December meeting, at which time, the winning ticket will be drawn for the original watercolor by Fred Rawlinson, a well-known artist from Florida and Memphis.

Refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend league meetings. According to Dell Gorman, program chairwoman, this program will be interesting, both to the artist, and those who love beautiful jewelry.

The Art League serves as a creative outlet for area residents and fills a special venue for the newly retired. Members meet in the league studio weekly for painting sessions and workshops, according to workshop chairman, Gerry DeLongchamp.

For more information about Sunday’s meeting, call Gorman at 870-718-2274. For painting workshops and information about painting in the studio, call DeLongchamp at 870-592-5001. The studio is located in suite 108 of the Reynolds building.