December 25, 2004: Headlines: Art: Galleries: Searcy Daily Citizen: RPCV Barry Joneshill opens Windborne Gallery

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RPCV Barry Joneshill opens Windborne Gallery

RPCV Barry Joneshill opens Windborne Gallery

RPCV Barry Joneshill opens Windborne Gallery

Rose Bud gives art new home

By Pat Hambrick

Saturday, December 25, 2004 11:39 PM CST

The Daily Citizen

Windborne Gallery, a new White County venue for Arkansas artists to introduce their art pieces, opened Dec. 12 in Rose Bud.

The gallery currently features the work of nine men and one woman. "Next time I'll have nine women and one man," said owner Barry Joneshill.

The artists include Bonnie Buerkle of Heber Springs, selected as one of the "Arkansas Artists Making History"; Christopher Scotts, a well-known Little Rock artist whose most recent show was "Getting Naked;" Roger Bowman, an art teacher, and Gene Hatfield, both from Conway. Joneshill said the latter two do "superb, exact work."

White County artists include Tom Kennon from McCrory, who creates draped glass lamps inspired by his time in Japan; Glen Pollard of Judsonia and Terry Williams of Searcy, both well-known to White County residents for their realism; Gary Scroggs, a retired Beebe art teacher; and Lee Calles, a new artist. Joneshill is the 10th artist exhibited at the gallery.

Windborne Gallery itself is a work of art and a sensory experience. A fountain is near the entrance, and aromatic rosemary and lavender line the path to the door.

Joneshill remodeled an old building, creating a glass front that allows sunlight in. The walls are of Arkansas pine, and the floor is a painting created by Joneshill.

"I wanted to create the feeling of walking on water," he said.

Joneshill said that 150-200 people attended the opening reception. "All the champagne and hors d'oeuvres were gone."

"It was so good to have a bunch of intellectuals all in the same room, talking about color and light and art. It was like the room was abuzz with creative energy."

Joneshill chose Rose Bud for several reasons, including an elderly aunt nearby, and it is the crossroads for people traveling from Little Rock, Memphis, and other metropolitan areas.

The art gallery shares space with his other business, Remedies, a health food store. Joneshill said that after retiring from twenty-three years of teaching, he became a naturopath and opened Remedies.

"I decided to make the rest of my dream come true. The gallery is a dream outlet for my art and for other artists."

Joneshill has a degree in art from Harding University, taught math and science in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, and taught in Alaska, where he also completed his Masters in Secondary Education. He said that he limited his painting to one or two paintings a year during the years his children were growing up because he felt that if he got too involved in his art, he might not give them the attention they needed.

"Now that my kids are grown, I do one every two or three weeks."

The artists work in various mediums and have varying styles. He said that Calle is untrained. "What a great talent he has."

"Art is texture, line, making something out of nothing," Joneshill said. "I take components of what God made and create something new."

Windborne Gallery is located on Highway 36, just east of the intersection with Highway 5, and is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The phone number is 501-556-5564.

When this story was posted in December 2004, this was on the front page of PCOL:

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