Guachoya Cultural Art Center at Lake Village will host a reception honoring Jimmy Barrett, a scroll saw artist of McGehee.


The reception will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5. It is free and the public is invited. The exhibit will be open from Jan. 5-30.


Barrett, who also makes other woodwork items, was raised in Eudora and spent 34 years as a letter-carrier with the U.S. Postal Service at Eudora.


He and his wife, Martha Ann, a retired school counselor, moved to McGehee in 1995. He now spends his time in his workshop, named “Pap’s Shop,”creating art from different types of wood.


“I began this hobby in 2004 after reading about this form of wood-working done by Jeff Paxton, a minister in Russellville, Arkansas,” Barrett said in a news release. “After a personal visit with Jeff and a trip to a scroll saw convention in Branson, Missouri, I began this journey of creating pictures, selling many, donating others for worthy cause auctions and giving them away! My wife firmly believes I would spend more time in our home if she could find a perfume that was a wood scent, my favorite fragrance!”


Guachoya is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Friday hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details: 870-265-6077.