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Perkins exhibiting Elvis Aug. 13

By submitted, 08/6/18 9:43 AM


HOPE – Terri Perkins of Hope is known for being excellent in many facets of life – professional, family, as a lover of karaoke and as an artist. Many know her as ‘the” pet groomer at Byreview Vet Clinic, as a devoted daughter to her 101-year-old mother, and is a mother and grandmother.

She also revels in her reputation as one of the biggest fans of “The King” – Elvis Presley.

The Southwest Arkansas Arts Council is partnering with Perkins on an exhibit featuring her art in various media, and a display of her Elvis memorabilia. The exhibit will open with a “members-and guests” only premiere from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, August 13.

It will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays beginning Tuesday, August 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibit will run through Friday, Se3ptember 14.

George S. Smith, SWAAC executive director, said it is still time to join the arts council and attend the preview opening just by filling out a membership card at the Art Station Gallery at 200 E. Division St., in Hope.

Perkins lists her interests as “animals, art and music.” She readily acknowledges she’s a “huge fan” of the late “King of Rock and Roll’ and over the years “have met and become friends with many of Elvis’s family, friends and fellow musicians.” She has visited Graceland many times and is proud that “Elvis has been the focus of a lot of my art.”

A professed “dabbler’ in various media in her artwork, using oil, pastel and acrylic paint on various art projects, she declares her favorite medium is pencil and charcoal.

Perkins said, “I am very honored to have been invited to show some of my art at this exhibit and I have to thank the many people I had to ‘borrow’ art from for this display.” She said friends and collectors sent paintings from Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi and Texas to include in the show.

She is dedicated to her art … and to those who support her work. She said, ‘I want to thank my dear friend Judy McKinney for her encouragement and the use of her studio … as I was working on a piece for the Art Station Gallery.”

Tamara Read, SWAAC board member and gallery committee chair, said, “The talent of Terri Perkins is evident in her work. It is clear that she is passionate about her work and the Arts Council is proud to put her talent on display to a larger audience.’