The Pine Bluff Art League will host a presentation by Gerry Delongchamp, a local artist who is internationally recognized for contacts throughout the United States as well as the eastern countries in which her family has lived. The meeting will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave.


The program will demonstrate the pouring, dripping technique that uses liquid acrylic and various mediums to create abstracts that can be a background for other paintings, according to Delongchamp.


“The fun of the technique is how the creations appear, almost as a surprise,” she said. “The art supply catalogs are featuring the materials with examples of the results.”


According to a news release, Delongchamp has studied with some of the most renown artists. She paints in all mediums: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, and colored pencils. Her paintings are in private collections and have been shown in exhibits in Arkansas, Oregon, Michigan and Louisiana.


“Members are encouraged to bring a guest to the program, especially those beginning artists who want to be involved in an art group that prides itself on helping new members to become better artists,” according to the release.


Vickie Coleman, president of the Pine Bluff Art League, also announced the first workshop will be conducted by Linda Lewis, a member of the league who teaches art in her studio at the Hardin Community. The “Drawing for the Beginner” workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Reynolds Center. The cost of the workshop is $20, according to Coleman.


Lewis has been an award-winning member who has won top honors in the yearly exhibits for the past decade. Her students give her top accolades for her drawing instructions, according to the release.


“To me, she is one of the best in the art community in the state,” Coleman said.


When attending the art league programs, participants should enter the Reynolds Center on the south side of the building at the center door. Refreshments will be served Sunday, according to Coleman. The public is always welcome to attend the monthly meetings and to visit the gallery in the Reynolds Center which houses more than 120 paintings by members of the league.