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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • Local artist and teacher tells her story

  • What does it mean to be passionate about what you do?
    Teacher and artist, Bonnie Stubber can define that by her statement, “I love to draw and paint in my free time,” because she teaches art and has for the last 23 years in Hope schools.
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  • What does it mean to be passionate about what you do?
    Teacher and artist, Bonnie Stubber can define that by her statement, "I love to draw and paint in my free time," because she teaches art and has for the last 23 years in Hope schools.
    So, art is her life, along with her family that she says is "her biggest blessing."
    Stubber was recently recognized for her 23 years of art teaching by a large clothing company and Martin's, a four-generation clothing store in Hope. Tribal Sportswear, put on a special event in her honor and to bring attention to the arts in general with an award and generous gift card for her art students because art departments are many times the first to get cuts when budgets are being trimmed, according to the Tribal representative Jenna Strickler.
    Stubber grew up in Texarkana, and graduated from Arkansas High School. She attended and graduated from Henderson State University with a BSE in art education. Stubber was also inspired by an uncle that was an art professor at HSU.
    "I have always wanted to be a teacher, from the time I was a little girl, but it wasn't until high school that I really fell in love with art and learned a lot from my art teacher, Mrs. Morgan. I fell in love with Mrs. Morgan and how she worked with students. I think that is when I decided it was art that I wanted to teach," Stubber said.
    Stubber has illustrated four books, published with local author Harvey K. Smith, who was a former teacher and coach from Hope schools, as well. She also paints murals and does most of her artwork to sell.
    Stubber is not afraid of a challenge either, with her husband being Hope football coach Gene Stubber and two athletic sons. Stubber says her favorite thing to paint is a portrait. Portraits, are some of the most difficult types of art, according to other local art experts.
    " You asked if there are any special moments that stand out, that's hard to answer because every moment is special. HavIng a wonderful husband, and two wonderful boys probably is the most special in my life. Enjoying the time watching my sons play football and baseball has made many memories," Stubber said.
    Stubber says she also has taught many wonderful students and has happy memories with them.
    "It is so rewarding to be at ball games or the store and have the students come up and say 'Hi,' or realize that I taught the mother or father of some of my students that I have now. Monday night was also very special to me, getting the award from Tribal. It's so rewarding when other people appreciate what the arts can do."
    Page 2 of 2 - Stubber is currently in the process of starting a web page to sell her art work.
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