The Southwest Arkansas Arts Council (SWAAC) is featuring the artworks of mother and daughter, Lisa and Caley Pennington, through June 29, at the Art Station Gallery at 200 East Division Street in Hope.

The Southwest Arkansas Arts Council (SWAAC) is featuring the artworks of mother and daughter, Lisa and Caley Pennington, through June 29, at the Art Station Gallery at 200 East Division Street in Hope.
Both of the Penningtons are teachers – Lisa at the University of Arkansas Community College in Hope and Caley at Arkansas State University-Beebe.
Using mostly oil and acrylics, Lisa “conveys everyday people, animals and places,” according to Tamara Read, SWAAC gallery chairman. “Her magnification of the reality of life draws the viewer in and creates a bond with her subjects.”
Throughout her life, Read said, “Lisa has used her eyes to help her gain a better understanding of the complexities in her environment.  Her unique observations are evident in her artwork. While exploring a wide variety of media and a broad array of subject matter, her focus has been on breathing life into her art.”
She received B.F.A. degree in graphic design and a M.L.A in studio art from Henderson State University.  
Caley is “bringing her subjects to life by using electricity to their images on raw wood,” Read said.
Caley works in a “variety of media as a way to explore and initiate connections between those that view her work,” Read said.  
“Using the individuals with whom she interacts, she creates portraits on raw wood surfaces. Each work serves as a way to explore how relationships evolve, from initial impacts to intimate lifelong connections.”  
Read said, “Through the subjects’ facial expressions, the overall composition and the nature of the wood grain, she explores the relationship between a person’s external façade and, what she calls ‘the internal emotional environment.’”
The Art Station Gallery is open 10 a,m, to 2 p.m, weekdays.