OzSBI To Host Area Art Displays with West Plains Council on the Arts
The West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) have partnered to bring quarterly art displays to the incubator throughout 2020. Local artists’ work will be featured inside OzSBI’s first floor beginning in January.
The work of Joyce Stewart will kick off the year’s display and will be featured through March 2020. Visitors may view the display at the incubator during OzSBI’s business hours, anytime between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
“Joyce Stewart’s art gives the viewer a sense of peace,” WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale said. “Her landscape and images that center around her own life are reflective and reminds one of the simple beauty and pleasures found in everyday living.”
A Meet-the-Artist event will be held on Thursday, January 9, from 2-4 p.m. in OzSBI’s lobby at 408 Washington Ave. in West Plains. The public is invited to attend, meet Stewart, view and discuss pieces on display. OzSBI Executive Director Heather Fisher said having art displayed in the incubator will create a warm environment for tenants and guests.
“We are so excited to partner with the WPCA to feature local artists in the area,” Fisher said. “We’ve been proud to host several pieces from local artists in 2019, and their work has added a creative element to our space. Bringing the artwork of Joyce and other creators will continue to stimulate a bright and fresh work environment inside OzSBI.”
Stewart and her husband of 54 years, David, operate a cattle farm, providing inspiration for some of her paintings. Stewart says she can barely remember a time in her life that she didn’t aspire to be an artist. She drew with whatever she had, on any surface that was available (margins of schoolbooks are not a good choice). Her high school art teacher inspired her to paint and draw from life whenever possible. Through the years she experimented with many different mediums – acrylics, watercolor, pastels, oil pastel, and charcoal. Four years ago, she attended a workshop using oil paints and felt like she had finally found herself. Stewart continues to expand her skills by attending workshops with other local artists, reads art books and views original art whenever and wherever it is available. Stewart has also worked online with artists Laura Robb, Phil Starke and more. Stewart’s work has been featured in local and regional shows and is in private collections in Missouri, Arkansas and New Mexico.
“I have a driving need to create, and if I look a little distracted sometimes, it is probably because I am painting in my head, working out a solution to a painting problem, looking for the turn of a shadow on a face or just feeling the awe and the magnitude of the natural world around me,” Stewart said. “I love the feel of the paint moving across the canvas to give an impression of what I am seeing and feeling at the time. I especially like to do paintings that tell a bit of the story of the place or objects. I have always admired the work of the impressionists but tend to work in a more representational style. Becoming an artist is not a destination but a wonderful, fulfilling (and sometimes frustrating) journey!”