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Extensive Art Collection at Hot Springs Convention Center Placed on Display on New Internet Web Page

Published: 10/30/2018

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — The art collection at the Hot Springs Convention Center and Bank OZK Arena, already acclaimed as one of the finest and most comprehensive in any public facility in the region, will now be available to those who are unable to visit the Center.

The extensive works collected for public enjoyment at the Center are showcased on a new Internet web page that is open to anyone who is interested. The art can be seen at https://www.artworkarchive.com/profile/visithotsprings.

The project began when Leysa Lowery, the human resources director for Visit Hot Springs, snapped some photos of various artworks with her smartphone while going about her daily duties.

“I was fascinated by the variety of art that I realized surrounded me every day in the workplace,” Lowery said. “I took a few photographs and shared them with friends and acquaintances. Almost all of these people told me I should make photos of all the art in the Center and share those also.

“From that, we quickly determined that it would be worthwhile to capture images of the entire collection and post them to the Internet so that even people who may never come to the Convention Center could see and enjoy what a treasure we have on display for our meetings and conventions customers as well as the thousands of people who use the Center for multiple purposes throughout the year — from the FLW bass fishing championships to high school graduations to reunions and other occasions.”

Visit Hot Springs got professional photographer Aaron Brewer to capture high-quality images of the paintings and sculptures and compiled brief profiles of the artists who created them. The information technology staff at the Center then created the web page where the artworks are on display.

“We established this site so everyone could enjoy all of the art that is on display in the Hot Springs Convention Center and also  learn about the artists,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs. Enjoy!”

The newest addition to the art on display at the Convention Center is an exhibit of 40 large paintings by Hot Springs artist Longhua Xu. Called “The Soul of Arkansas,” the exhibit features scenes and portraits of everyday Arkansans in settings such as farmers markets and other places. The exhibit is in the North Concourse of the Convention Center and, like all the artwork, is available for the public to enjoy without charge during regular business hours.

For more information call Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027.

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