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Beverly Buys artwork on display at ASU
Beverly Buys artwork on display at ASU

BEEBE, Ark. (ASU-Beebe) - The Arkansas State University-Beebe Art Department will be displaying “Delta in Blue” artwork by Beverly Buys until Friday, March 6 at the England Center Art Gallery.  She will also present a gallery lecture on Thursday, Feb. 26 at noon. 

Artist Beverly Buys technical approach to the photographs in “Delta in Blue” is unique and used as a way to support the dreamlike feeling of a memory and a historic narrative of the disappearing way of life in the Arkansas Delta. The work speaks to the endangered art of traditional photographic processes as well.

“The Arkansas Delta is a place I have been driving through my whole life but it took many years for it to become my destination,” said Buys. “I had to become interested in its history before I could begin to appreciate its beauty.”

Considered a fine art photographer, Buys works with traditional photographic processes using film, chemistry and light to make her images. They are closely related to painting in that instead of perfectly rendered photographic copies, the scenes they portray are interpreted in colors of blue cyanotype and goldenrod, and the picture plane is broken up in a collage-like manner.

Buys earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography and printmaking from the University of Memphis, and recently retired from teaching photography at Henderson State University where she taught for 19 years. Buys has been selected several times over the years for inclusion in the Arkansas Arts Center Delta Exhibition as a Hot Springs National Park Artist in Residence, and was awarded a 1998 Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. 

ASU-Beebe is the only two-year college in the state of Arkansas that offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree. The AFA degree has an emphasis in vocal music or instrumental music, theater, graphic design, or creative arts enterprise. This degree is a comprehensive two-year curriculum designed specifically for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

Exhibits may be viewed at the England Center Art Gallery, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The gallery is located at the corner of Center and Orange Streets in Beebe. For more information, contact the gallery at (501) 882-4495.