Mission: To create opportunities for education, participation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for all people.
Art is Everywhere! Can you see it?
pARTy IN THE Park
We are sad to announce the CANCELLATION of this years pARTy IN THE Park.
See you all NEXT YEAR!!! The return of pARTy in the Park will not disappoint!!!
Valeria Smith Autobiography of Valeria Smith Born and raised in rural Eastern Arkansas, I started drawing and sketching at an early age. Art classes weren't offered in the local school so I did a lot of drawing on my own in pencil and charcoal. After graduating high school I studied Commercial Art at Southern Arkansas University. I realized that this wasn't what I was really interested in. I left school to get married and eventually have a family. Work and family took precedence over my art and I didn't have time to pursue my interests until much later. I studied oil painting with Moya Hemmer when I lived in Camden, Arkansas but didn't take any more art classes until much later in my life. I went back to college after I moved to the River Valley but my major was changed to Business to align with my employment with Entergy. I graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing. When I retired from Entergy in 2013 after 24 years, I decided it was time to finally pursue my interest in art. In March of 2014 I began studying oil and watercolor painting with Darlene McNeeley at the River Valley Arts Center. I have been painting and learning ever since and recently was fortunate enough to teach a series of classes while the teacher was away at a conference. It is ironic that after all these years my life has come full circle and I am doing what I wannted to do with my life as a teenager – painting and teaching art.