The Pine Bluff Art League will meet from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave.

The program will be presented by Richard Davies, an award winning artist and member of the art league, according to a news release.

“Davies has been a writer, artist and musician most of his 68 years,” according to the release. “Though very eclectic in his median, each is used to create a tangible representation of an important moment, event or thought from the minutest everyday occurrence to the earth shattering event that numbs the mind.”

He has been married for 49 years to his wife, Debby. The father of two boys and grandfather of six, Davies is a retired law enforcement training sergeant, who specialized in working with troubled youth, gangs, drugs and violence in schools.

“One of the positions he held as a full-time officer was as a school resource officer, (one of the first in Arkansas) where he personally designed presentations that involved art, music and magic to illustrate important life, responsibility, and communication and conflict resolution skills to our young people. Richard has personally presented to over 80,000 kids in the state of Arkansas,” according to the release.

He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police, Staff and Command, has completed more than 4,000 hours of law enforcement training and holds a senior law enforcement certificate.

Davies is a crisis negotiator, gang specialist, public and community relations officer and currently works as a part-time one officer at the White Hall Police Department, where he serves as an SRO at Moody Elementary.

He also conducts contracted trainings all over the state for law enforcement agencies and schools.

“Richard is Past President of and was one of the original founders of the Arkansas Safe Schools Association, where he has served on the board for 15 years, where he has personally trained most of the school resource officers in Arkansas,” according to the release.

“A cancer, and heart surgery survivor, Richard’s art, stories and poetry are his personal ‘buffer zone’ while at the same time, they provide a communications ‘tool’ to reach and maintain a common, shareable connection with people of all ages,” according to the release.

Also, the art league announces that Pat Sheffield, a retired art teacher, and long-time member of the art league, will present a workshop on pallet knife and brush from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

“Pat loves teaching art to all ages,” according to the release. “Her career has included kindergarten through 12th grade. She has studied art for many years. Her favourite subjects are landscapes and seascapes.”

The workshop will cost $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Call Vickie Coleman at 870-879-3825 for further information.

Visitors are welcome to attend the events. Participants are asked to use the Third Avenue door of the Reynolds building.