Arkansas artist and author Jane Hankins, with her television news anchor husband Craig O’Neill, will give a reader’s theater performance of selections from her first work of fiction, Madge’s Mobile Home Park, at a luncheon and book signing at Conway’s Hole in the Wall Café at the Old Gin Events Center on 1016 Markham Street on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 11:30–1 p.m.  The luncheon promotes Hankins’ newest creative work and benefits the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, an organization that advocates for the national museum in Washington, D.C. and sponsors recognition of and opportunities for Arkansas women artists in all disciplines.

Tickets for the benefit are $40 and available at the door. The ticket price includes the performance, an exhibit of Hankins’ paintings, book signing and purchases, and an array of Hole in the Wall specialties including chicken parmesan on rice pilaf, roast beef with carrots and potatoes, green beans, purple hull peas, homemade rolls, banana pudding and four-layer delight.  Dean Berner, of the band Edens Edge, with Allison Veltz, with provide musical entertainment prior to the readers theater.

Reservations are made with Barbara Satterfield by phone or text to 733—9916, or by email (barbarabdesign@yahoo.com; subject line: Luncheon). Include a telephone number and e-mail address for confirmation purposes. 

Jane Hankins is known for her paintings and ceramic figurative sculpture.  She has exhibited her work widely in Arkansas and at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Her latest series of sculptures culminated in the characters featured in Volume One of the Peavine Chronicles:  Madge’s Mobile Home Park.  The novel chronicles the life of Loretta Lepanto Dumas, nicknamed "Doll", and the escapades of her many friends in the fictional town of Peavine, Arkansas. Hankins captures the essence of small-town sociability, southern humor, and the pathos of human relationships. Volume Two of the Peavine Chronicles is Thirty-foot Elvis, due for release in 2013.

The Arkansas State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts organizes and sponsors statewide juried exhibits (Women To Watch and Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey); sponsors internships to benefit arts institutions and organizations, and scholarships to support new creative work; and organizes and funds exhibitions of work by Arkansas women artists in the national museum in Washington, D.C.  Current River Valley District members of the Arkansas Committee are Sheree Niece, President (Clarksville), Virginia Berner (Russellville), and Barbara Satterfield (Conway).

Since 1991, the Arkansas Committee has exhibited and promoted the work of over 500 Arkansas women artists. Recent honorees include: Internships—Laura Bryan, UCA Baum Gallery (2011), Deana Nall, UALR Dept. of Rhetoric & Writing (2012); Scholarships—Mary Ann Stafford (2012): ink drawings of historic architecture in the Argenta District, North Little Rock; and Juried Exhibitions: Women to Watch (2011) Janet Frankovic, Endia Gomez, Nikki Hemphill, Ruth Pasquine, Deborah Warren, and Emily Wood; and Women to Watch (2013) Louise Halsey, Jane Hartfield, Deborah Kuster, Barbara Cade, and Jennifer Libby Fay.  Ms. Halsey’s work was selected for exhibit in the High Fiber exhibition at the national museum in 2014. For more information about the Arkansas Committee log on to: www.acnmwa.org

For further information about the artist, vist janefhankins.com, the facebook event "Arkansas Artist and Book Signing" or log on to http://acnmwa.org/view/38.