Hot Springs Village artist to speak at Art League meeting

Barbara Seibel of Hot Springs Village will present a program, “What Galleries Are Looking For”, at the meeting of the Pine Bluff Art League at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave.

Seibel began her study of art as the 8-year-old student of A.F. McCarthy, a protégé of the noted late 19th Century American realist, Frank Duveneck. From this rich heritage, she received her art foundation. After nine years of mentoring with McCarthy, she entered college and continued her art studies at Thomas More College in Kentucky. She subsequently lived and painted in Europe for two years.

Upon returning to the United States, she began teaching art. She opened art schools in Kentucky and North Carolina, which she operated for seven years. She works in a variety of mediums – watercolor, oil, pen and ink, charcoal, graphite and pastel, with the majority of her most recent works in watercolor.

Seibel has collected awards from New England to the southern United States. Her work hangs in such prestigious places as the Governor’s Mansion at Little Rock. She has had one-woman exhibits in such diverse venues as GTE (now Verizon) Telephone Operations Corporate Headquarters at Irving, Texas, to the Fine Arts Center at Hot Springs. She has co-authored a book, entitled “The Monday Studio”.

Seibel is an active member of Brush Strokes, a 100 plus-member local fine arts group in the Village. She has taught watercolor workshops through this organization for several years. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Mid-southern Watercolorists, and the Arkansas Pastel Society.