The Artist In U presented by Unity Health


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2018 Schedule

The  Artist in U workshops are free classes taught by accomplished aspiring artists of all ages thanks to Platinum Sponsor Unity Health Harris Medical Center.

The workshops are free, but space is limited. Please call 870-523-3618 to register. Walk ins will only be allowed if space permits so registration is encouraged. All classes will be held outdoors (Plein Air) in the new park on Front Street( GPS 412 Front Street, Newport, AR 72112). or, in case of rain/weather issues, at the Newport Business Resource Center, 201 Hazel Street, Newport, AR 72112.

April 25th – Senior Adults (65+)
10:30 am – Noon
Donna Hohn (Newport, Arkansas) – 20 spaces
Beginning Acrylic Painting – Painting a Cardinal on Canvas
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Penny Jo Paush (Jonesboro, Arkansas) – 20 spaces
Acrylic Painting on Canvas – Exploring Your Inner Artist

May 23rd – Adults
10:30 am – Noon
Trish Corder (Smithville, Arkansas) – 15 spaces
Watercolor Painting – Beginning and Intermediate Techniques
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Ashleigh Davidson (Little Rock, Arkansas) – 20 spaces
Jewelry from Paper Mementos – Soldered Pendants

June 27th – Elementary (1st – 6th Grades)
10:30 am – Noon
Maggie Maddison (Little Rock, Arkansas) – 15 spaces
Acrylic Painting – Learning to Paint with Acrylics
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Carol Davis (Bay, Arkansas) – 25 spaces
Paint Pouring – Learning to Use the Four Pouring Techniques

July 25th – Junior High/High School (7th – 12th Grades)
10:30 am – Noon
Donna Hohn and Debra Jackson (Newport, Arkansas) – 25 spaces
Acrylic Painting – Learn to Paint a Portrait of Your Favorite Pet
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Dewana McIntosh (Smithville, Arkansas) – 20 spaces
Topic Pending

August 22nd– Pre-School (Ages 4 to 5)
10:30 am – Noon
Amy Morris (Pocahontas Arkansas) – 25 spaces
Acrylic Painting – Learn to Paint
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Peggy Ann Meitzen (Batesville, Arkansas) – 25 spaces
Drawing – Drawing Animals, Bugs and Fish

September 26th – Adults
10:30 am – Noon
Brenda Lawrence (Batesville, Arkansas) – 20 spaces
Oil Painting – Landscapes Using the Wet on Wet Technique
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Don Smith (Newport, Arkansas) – 20 spaces
Acrylic Painting – Techniques for Abstract Painting

The classes are free. Registration is required. Call 870-523-3618 to register for one of the classes. Park Address: 412 Front Street, Newport, AR 72112.


Platinum Sponsors

Arkansas Steel AssociatesASU-Newport,

Farmers Electric Cooperative,

M&P Banking, Insurance and Investments,

Newport Economic Development Commission,

Unity Health Harris Medical Center


Gold Sponsors

Bad Boy MowersCity of NewportGeorge Kell Motors,

George’s of Newport,

State Representative Michael John Gray,

Greenway EquipmentO’Connor Distributing

Silver Sponsors

All That I Am Books, C&C Distributors, Harris Ford,

Future Fuel Chemical CompanyJackson County Historical Society,

Jackson’s Funeral HomeMize Heating & Air Conditioning,

Newport Area Chamber of Commerce,  Newport Rotary ClubRiceland FoodsRitter CommunicationsSouthwest Steel Processing,

WRMC Newport Complex

Bronze Sponsors

Charlie Watson and Diane Miller, David Couch, EntergyFarmers Elevator,

Jackson County Council on Tourism,

Dr. Jabez and Pat Jackson, KASU Radio, Miller-Newell Engineers,

Moving Jackson County Forward, Newport Construction, Inc.Scott Wood Ram Truck CenterState Representative Dwight Tosh

Special Friend Sponsors

Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce, Boyce and Boyce PA, State Senator Ron Caldwell, Catfish Farmers of Arkansas,

CenterPoint Energy, Darling Pharmacy, Dillinger Funeral Home, Grady Auctions and Realty, H & V Leasing, IberiaBank,

Iron Mountain Regional Arts Council, Dr. Patti Mullins, DDS, Richard Peel Enterprises, LLC, St. Michael’s Place, Village Mall, Inc.

Friend Sponsors

Bratcher Real Estate, Dr. Kelly McKinney, DDS, Dr. Guilford and Retha Dudley,

Helena Agri-Enterprises, Jackson County Farm Bureau, John Minor Crop Insurance,

Newport Lions Club, Mark Manning Shelter Insurance