RAM, the Regional Art Museum in Fort Smith, recently held its 66th River Valley Invitational juried art competition. Four artists from Greenwood were accepted into the competition: Martha Efurd, Lorrie Bridges, Julie Mayser and Lisa Jan-Bohne’ Clay. The competition was open to professional artists nationally.
Professional artists applying for the competition were required to submit, along with their works of art, a resume’ which included all art endeavors, shows, awards and art education. The artists were required to submit an artist’s statement, which included their area of study, medium, art theory and main objective of their study. Artists were also required to submit proof of solo shows.
The theme for the show was Home. The artists had many diverse and interesting interpretations of what Home meant to them. Besides the four artists visual depictions of Home in oil, air brush, watercolor and acrylic, respectively, the artists Mss, Efurd, Bridges, Mayser and Clay, were asked to write prose or poetry to describe Home to accompany their paintings.
The exhibit is currently on display at the museum. There is a wonderful display of art by 42 artists from around the country. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 11am to 6 pm and Sundays 1 to 5 pm.