Exuberant Color: Paintings and Ceramic by Allie Maxwell Nottingham will be featured at the University of Central Arkansas as the annual alumni homecoming exhibition.   

Nottingham’s work will be on view in the Fireplace Room of McCastlain Hall on Oct. 7-30. She will be on campus for an artist’s reception from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Fireplace Room.   
Nottingham graduated from UCA in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting. She owns her own business, The Painted Pig, “a creative, fun pottery studio for all ages.”   

Nottingham said the show would be mostly paintings (to reflect her degree) with some ceramics added to reflect her business.   
“It’s actually being fired right now,” she said recently. “I’m going to bring some of the art from my senior show, and I’ve done a couple (of paintings) since then that are smaller that are in the same family. And then recently I did five platters in the same style but incorporating the paint-your-own pottery aspect, which is what my business is.”   

She said she thought it was important to show students where they can go with their art.   
“I picked a route not many would think to pursue,” she said. “I’m not teaching; I’m not going to grad school. But you want to make money from your degree, and even though I’m not in museums, I get to share my art with lots of people.”   
She said she had worked at the now-closed Young at Art paint-your-own-pottery business, and after earning her degree, she and her father decided to buy that store’s assets and create their own.   
“I have always wanted to be my own boss, and the paint-your-own pottery business is a fun and exciting industry,” she said. “It is rewarding to see my customers’ positive reactions to their masterpieces.”  Where’d the name come from?   
“Everyone in Arkansas loves pigs, and we liked the alliteration,” she said.   

The Painted Pig is located at 5622 R Street in Little Rock. For more information, call (501) 280-0553 or visit www.paintedpigstudio.com. <http://www.paintedpigstudio.com.>       

The UCA exhibit is sponsored by the Friends of the Baum Gallery.   
All gallery exhibits and events are free and open to the public, and are made possible by the UCA Arts Fee. Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Thursday 10 a.m.–7 p.m.   

For more information, contact Barbara Satterfield, director of the Baum Gallery, at (501) 450-5793 or barbaras@uca.edu.