PB native to be featured in Little Rock exhibit


The Hearne Fine Art gallery at Little Rock will host an exhibit, “Celebrating Cultures, Liberating Minds”, featuring the work of Ariston Jacks, a Pine Bluff native.

The theme of the exhibit is “Back to Life” with V.I.T.A.L. (Visual Images That Affect Lives) Artist Collective. The exhibit will be on display Jan. 8-Feb. 8 and will open with 2nd Friday Art Night from 5-8 p.m. Jan.11.

An artist talk featuring Jacks, Melverue Abraham, Rex DeLoney, LaToya Hobbs, LeRon McAdoo and Micheal Worsham, will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 12. The artists will be on-hand to talk about their artwork and answer questions from the public. An interactive artist talk and workshop will also be held from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 26.

After serving six years in the U.S. Navy, Jacks returned to Arkansas and in 2002 completed a bachelor of science degree from the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He designed the UAPB mascot logo and was one of three finalists for the state of Arkansas quarter design competition. In addition, he did professional photography for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service for six years. In 2008, Jacks earned a master of arts degree in studio painting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and currently serves as the art coordinator for the Creative Expressions Program at the Arkansas State Hospital.

Jacks has taught art classes at UAPB as well as conducted community art workshops as co-founder of the V.I.T.A.L. Artist’s Collective and served as featured artist for a number of public school art programs and organization fundraisers.

Those interested in attending this event are asked reserve a spot by RSVP to Hearne Fine Art at 501-372-6822.