The artist of the month for July is Julie Mayser. Her artwork will be on display for the month of July at Greenwood City Hall. Ms. Mayser will be showing her work of art "Shadow Catcher", a 24 by 28 pastel painting with many other wonderful pastel pieces. Ms. Mayser is a 13-year resident of Greenwood. She received her first art instruction at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Subsequently, she studied at CASC in Poteau, OK and at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. She has also studied with leading artists in the U.S. and Europe, continuing her art education into the present.

Julie’s sensitive, vibrant paintings are in private, public and corporate collections across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Recent collectors are Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallon, Fort Smith Convention Center, Fort Smith Regional Art Museum permanent collection, Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranches and more. The latest three paintings purchased from her now grace homes in Baton Rouge, La., Dallas, Texas, and Toronto, Ontario Canada.

Ms. Mayser’s work has been shown in many galleries in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Currently one of her award-winning landscapes may be seen at the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum in their juried competition exhibit. Recent awards to Ms. Mayser’s artwork include honors at the Ozark Pastel Society Specialty Competition in Springdale and the Center for Art and Education’s annual open competition in Van Buren.

Ms. Mayser gives private art lessons in her studio in Greenwood and classes at Hobby Lobby in Fort Smith as well as occasional workshops in the tri-state area.

Ms. Mayser states her reason for being an artist comes down to a few basics, her love of nature, positive glimpses of life that surround her and the want to share these personal visions and joy with others.

Lorrie Bridges will be showing for the month of July at BancorpSouth Bank. Ms. Bridges is well known in the area for her stunning air brush art pieces. She will be showing "Flying Jewels" a 12 by 16 acrylic painting of humming birds and the artwork "Roses for Tea" a 12 by 16 acrylic painting of a young lady dressed in white walking with an armful of roses, both using her well known air brush technique.

The Greenwood Art Guild meets every fourth Thursday at 6 pm in the Community Room of Farmers Bank in Greenwood. The next meeting is July 24. Visitors are welcome. For more information check the website at