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story.lead_photo.caption Paint: ”Rooted” watercolor and ink, called “the painting that started the idea for the show” by artist Holly Tilley.

The South Arkansas Arts Center will host Little Rock artist Holly Tilley and her exhibit, entitled “Rooted,” throughout April.

The show will hang in the Price and Merkle Galleries April 1-April 29. with an artist’s reception set for 6-7:30 p.m. April 6. Gallery viewing hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Tilley’s work explores where an artist comes from. She said that her watercolor “Rooted” is the painting that started the idea for the show.

“Where an artist comes from, who influences them, why the do what they do, etc. This piece contains the names of my family, friends, instructors, students, work groups, collectors, places, music, and other people who have influenced my life. To be rooted means you know where you came from and for me, I am so grateful for it all,” she said.

Tilley’s work features her love of being outside, her travels abroad and her love of subjects from her childhood. The exhibit will include pastel, watercolor and oil.

“Passion and energy mixed with strong color are at the heart of my work. I have always loved drawing and doodling, and most of all as a child - I loved to color. My artistic creativity was unleashed with a box of 64 crayons! Now working in oils, the rich creamy colors far surpass my childhood crayons, but my love of color remains the same. Currently I am also exploring works in mixed media and watercolor,” Tilley said.

“If you ask why I paint, my response is simple; it takes me back to places that I love, to my roots. Through these memories preserved on canvas or paper, I have the opportunity to take you with me - show you what I have seen, share with you what I have loved, and spark your own color- filled memories.”

Tilley grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, but has lived and worked in Arkansas most of her life. After graduating from the University of Arkansas and establishing a successful career in marketing and advertising, Tilley made the decision to change her career path to one that would more fully embody her artistic passion.

Tilley is a full-time visual artist and manages the Art Group Gallery in Little Rock. She is also a member of the Arkansas Art Center, the Arkansas League of Artists and the Arkansas Arts Council. She has taught children’s lessons for Arkansas Baptist School and is now instructing adults at her gallery/studio. Tilley has studied abroad at Civita Castellana, Italy, and has led an American group of artists to Provence, France, to paint plein-air.

For more information about this show, call the SAAC office at 870-962-5474 or visit saac-arts.org. SAAC is located at 110 E. Fifth St.

This piece is called “Roadside Show,” by Holly Tilley. Tilley's works will be displayed at the South Arkansas Arts Center in the Price and Merkle Galleries from April 1-29. Gallery viewing hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
This piece is called “Roadside Show,” by Holly Tilley. Tilley's works will be displayed at the South Arkansas Arts Center in the Price and Merkle Galleries from April 1-29. Gallery viewing hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
This piece is called “High on Cotton" by Little Rock artist Holly Tilley.
This piece is called “High on Cotton" by Little Rock artist Holly Tilley.

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