Cynthia Dupps will be the featured three-dimensional guest artist for the month of May at the Eureka Fine Art Gallery. Dupps will be present “myPods,” her latest series of 23 mixed media assemblages, which are inspired by fairy tales, during the Eureka Springs May Festival’s Second Saturday Gallery Stroll, May 12, from 6 to 9 p.m., and everyone is invited to meet the artist. This is her first exhibition in several years.
Dupps is a mixed media artist/jewelry designer. Her one-of-a-kind “wears” and sculptures have been exhibited at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (The Massey) and various galleries/shops nationwide. Cynthia’s whimsical designs draw from nature and re-purposed relics.
“Making somethin’ outta nothin’ is one of my first memories,” Dupps says. “It has been such an integral part of my life that I cannot imagine my days without beginning with some type of handiwork. Since childhood I have had a true affection for repurposing materials. Whether I was making small dwellings with alphabet blocks or collecting popsicle sticks for the occupants, I still attempt to find a use for things that might be tossed aside by most. This endeavor comes somewhat easy to me but is also challenging. Very rarely do any items gifted or saved ever find their way to the trash. “
Born in Kentucky, Dupps graduated from the Louisville School of Art (in conjunction with the University of Louisville and Bellarmine College) in 1970. She has worked in advertising, retail (owning her own bead and antique shops), the newspaper business, and taught jewelry classes in Washington, Kentucky, Missouri, Virginia and Arkansas. She is a past board member of the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce and a past president/board member of the Eureka Springs School of the Arts.
The Eureka Fine Art Gallery is an artist-owned and operated gallery located at 2 Pine St., next door to Brews. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.