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Bella Vista Arts Council recognizes area artists


The Bella Vista Arts Council is pleased to honor painter Spendlove as the August 2022 featured artist.

Spendlove will be honored at a public reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 in the community room at Bella Vista Public Library, 11 Dickens Place.

Traditionally trained as a fine artist in photorealistic portraiture and landscapes, Spendlove forwent the restrictions of traditional realism to explore art as a way to express passion, emotion and philosophy. His current work explores the cyclical nature of life and dives into the realms of other dimensions.

According to Spendlove’s website: “I believe in big dreams, and in the world of art there are no limits to what can be created. I desire to create works of passion, works of substance and meaning. In my opinion, art created out of sudden inspiration & emotion is the purest form of art. After all, for the artist to be free to create something pure, emotional and raw, is what first drew brush to canvas.”

See more of his work at www.jspendlove.com and follow his journey on Instagram @_jspendlove_.


The Bella Vista Arts Council, an advisory board to the City Council, was created by the City Council in February 2016 to help promote the arts in Bella Vista. Board members are Demara Titzer (president) and Shelli Kerr, with one board vacancy. The board established an Artist of the Month program, in which selected artists and their work will be showcased and recognized for their achievements.

A committee will choose each month from qualified artists, who must be residents of Bella Vista. Events will be held in a location around the city. Submit nominations via email to artscouncil@bellavistaar.gov.