Gallery 726 at 726 Central Avenue will feature oil painter Virginia Potter of Conway and glass artists Michael Riley and Charles Riley of Hot Springs in August, beginning with Gallery Walk on Friday, Aug. 3.
Born in Quitman, Virginia Potter is an Arkansas artist who continues to be inspired by the natural beauty of the land and its people.
She has lived in Conway for decades and was one of the founding members of the Conway League of Artists in 1973.
After spending most of her life as a working artist, she’s still intrigued by the central Arkansas countryside. Virginia especially enjoys painting Arkansas scenes like those found on Petit Jean Mountain and the Old Mill in North Little Rock.
Ms. Potter is excited by her current painting project, a series of oil paintings of downtown Conway. These paintings are all of recognizable places, perhaps viewed everyday without being noticed by those who live and work there.
As an exhibiting artist at Gallery 726 in Hot Springs and spending more time in this picturesque city, she plans on expanding her city scenes to the streets of Hot Springs.
Owned by glass artists, Michael Riley and Charles Riley, the Riley Art Glass Studio is located at 366 Quarry Mountain Rd. in Hot Springs and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with glass-blowing from 9 a.m. to noon. They specialize in art glass creations using age-old glassblowing techniques.
They work with what is known as "Soft Glass," using a furnace to heat up raw materials to 2200 F to create their own glass. From there they "gather" molten glass onto steel pipes or rods to control the shape. Their glass may also be seen at the Museum Store in the Crystal Bridges American Art Museum in Bentonville.
Exhibiting with Virginia Potter and Michael Riley and Charles Riley are visual artists Shirley Anderson, Barbara Seibel, Sue Shields, Caryl Joy Young, Brenda Bennett, Teri Levine, Pati Trippel and Gary Weeter.
Also showing their works are jewelry designer Marlene Gremillion, wood turner Ken Vonk, potter Janet Donnangelo, and aluminum sculptor Russell Lemond.
Gallery 726 is located in the heart of Hot Springs’ historic district. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is staffed with knowledgeable artists.
For more information about the gallery, call 501-624-7726, or log-on to the gallery website at www.gallery726.com.