The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., at Pine Bluff, announces plans for two upcoming events — the 2018 Pine Bluff Art League Juried Exhibition and “Sumptuous Silks and Ancient Traditions,” a fashion workshop.

Art League Juried Exhibition

The annual Pine Bluff Art League Juried Exhibition opens Thursday, Sept. 13, with a free public reception from 5-7 p.m. Juror John Kushmaul will award prizes at 5:30 p.m. for best in show; first, second and third place; and honorable mention.

Fifteen art league members are represented in the show: Melissa Abernathy, Jimmy Burton, Vicki Coleman, Richard Davies, Gerry DeLongchamp, Linda DeMint, Patrick Edwards, Dell Gorman, Rhonda Holderfield, Jenny Holley, Crystal Jennings, Glenda Mullikin, Inis Ray, Elizabeth Sadler and Claudia Spainhour.

Kushmaul, a painter from Little Rock, is a former White Hall resident. He selected 25 works for the show from 67 submitted, according to a news release.

The exhibition will remain on display in the Simmons Gallery through Saturday, Nov. 10.

“Sumptuous Silk and Ancient Traditions” fashion workshop

The Arts & Science Center invites the community to explore traditional and modern Chinese fashion during its next adult education class, “Sumptuous Silks and Ancient Traditions,” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.

The special guest will be Yunru Shen, fashion designer and faculty member in the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Merchandising, Textile & Design Program in Pine Bluff. Shen will lead a discussion on traditional and modern Chinese fashion.

“Participants will then have their turn to be creative as ASC Public Programs Coordinator Leonor Colbert guides them through making their own decorative hand fans. Inspired by a variety of traditional Chinese hand fan designs, the silk brocade fans can be personalized to the maker’s taste. Participants can also enjoy a complimentary wine or beer while making their fans,” according to the release.

The cost is $10 for ASC members or $15 for nonmembers. No experience is required for the workshop and all materials will be included. Advance registration is required and attendees must be at least 21 years old. Registration is available at

The Arts & Science Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gallery admission is free. Support for ASC is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hands-on science exhibitions are offered through ASC’s partnership with The Discovery Network, a consortium of museums in Arkansas funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

For details about the ASC and to sign up for upcoming event announcements, visit