The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC) honored the talents of local artists on Aug. 8 during the opening reception for the 2019 Pine Bluff Art League Annual Exhibition. Juror Ricky Sikes presented awards for Best in Show; First, Second and Third Place; and Honorable Mention.

The 2019 winners are:

•   Best in Show: Crystal Jennings, “Lily,” graphite

•   First Place: Elizabeth Sadler, “Blue Lady,” alcohol ink on Yupo paper

•   Second Place: Dell Gorman, “Window With A View,” acrylic

•   Third Place: Melissa Abernathy, “Sandpipers,” photograph

•   Honorable Mention: Crystal Jennings, “Chrysalis,” graphite

•   Honorable Mention: Rhonda Fleming Holderfield, “Summertime,” acrylic

Art league members selected for this year’s show also include Jimmie L. Burton, Richard Davies, Gerry Delongchamp, Jenny Holley, Glenda Mullikin, Inis Danley Ray and Claudia Spainhour.

“Once again, the Pine Bluff Art League artists have submitted beautiful pieces for this wonderful exhibition,” said ASC Curator Dr. Lenore Shoults.

The Arts & Science Center hosts an exhibition of works by Pine Bluff Art League (PBAL) members each year, according to a press release. ASC invites an independent juror to select 25 pieces for the show and determine the winners. For the 2019 exhibition, 21 artists submitted 63 works for consideration.

Sikes is an artist-in-residence at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he teaches two-dimensional design, drawing and painting. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree, specializing in studio art, from Louisiana Tech University’s School of Design in 2018, according to a press release.

The exhibition is sponsored by Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Company. Volunteer group Art Krewe and MK Distributors sponsored the reception was sponsored. The exhibition remains on view in the International Paper Gallery through Saturday, Nov. 9. The gallery is located at 701 S. Main St. in Pine Bluff and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. Gallery admission is free.

The Pine Bluff Art League meets 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave. The meetings include guest artists and speakers, demonstrations and hands-on projects. The PBAL has gallery space in the Reynolds center concourse; it is open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Membership is open to any adult interested in fine art. For more information, contact president Vickie Coleman at 870-879-3825 or 870-540-9975, or