Markeith Woods, a senior at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, will present a program at 2 p.m. Sunday during the monthly meeting of the Pine Bluff Art League at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave.
Woods won “Best of Show” in this year’s Art League exhibit at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. He is working toward a degree in art education and gives credit to his junior high art teacher and professors, Henry Linton and Husny Dahlan. He is a lifelong resident of Pine Bluff who graduated from Watson Chapel High School and has one son.
Woods will show his highly visible use of grids in portraiture. His winning portrait of a grandmother in bright primary colors has a very striking overlay of grids. Other entries by Woods using the grid effect were also selected in the jurored show.
“Gridding is a symbolic means to show diverse situations,” he said. “When I painted my grandmother, I used the grid to indicate her own difficulties. She had cancer, but she did not let it beat her,” he added.
The face behind the grid was in reds, yellows and blues. He said the color red was a symbol of her strength, yellow showed her faith, and blue indicated wisdom. He said that that particular painting was about his own philosophy: “Don’t let situations box you in. Keep your focus to achieve your goals.”
He will show additional work and make a Power Point presentation.
Refreshments will be served and a short business meeting will be held. The public is invited to attend.
Gerry Delongchamp, workshop chairman, has started a drawing workshop each Monday from 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop is free, both to members and non-members.
“Anyone who sees the need to learn to draw or wants to brush up on some particular type of drawing, whether it be people, places or things, could benefit from working with other artists or newcomers at the league studio in the Reynolds Center,” Delongchamp said.
For more information about the Art League, contact Dell Gorman at (870)879-2852.