Jessica Davis of Junction City, Arkansas hangs one of her paintings on the wall at City Artworks. Davis’ art will be on display beginning Thursday. Bruce Franklin/Press-Herald
One of three chairs on display created by Davis is covered in nails and glass.
One of three chairs on display created by Davis is covered in nails and glass.

An art teacher from Junction City is getting a chance to showcase some of her works of art at Minden City Artworks beginning Thursday, July 30.

Jessica Davis, an art teacher at Parker’s Chapel High School in El Dorado, Arkansas, will showcase several types of art including three-dimensional and two-dimensional art; she will also showcase some of her paintings. Her favorite paintings are of flowers, she says. While she doesn’t have much success at growing flowers, she says she enjoys painting flowers because it makes her feel happy.

“A lot of my paintings are acrylic and floral,” she said. “I’m a really big fan of Georgia O’Keeffe, which is a famous floral artist. When I paint flowers, I feel happy and inspired. In college, I was really fascinated with her, and I’ve watched a lot of her documentaries and things, and I just really enjoy flowers.”

Some of her three-dimensional art will include some chairs she’s done and some pottery that will also be on display.

“Some of them are functional and others work metaphorically,” she said of the chairs. “It’s meant to be like a setting, like three chairs together for like a resting area.”

Her art is a release for her, she says, and it reflects her moods and emotions.

“I have a little bit of OCD, so I’m not really satisfied until a piece is just as I envisioned it,” she said. “It’s kind of part of my obsessive compulsive need to get it done the way I want. I’m also very sensitive and caring about the environment and the natural order of things. My feelings and beliefs kind of grow with my art as various two-dimensional, three-dimensional art with different mediums and techniques.”

Davis, 25, teaches AP art history at Parker’s Chapel High School for grades 9-12. In her classes, she teaches the history of art from the time period of the caveman until today.

She is a 2012 graduate of Southern Arkansas University with a bachelor of fine arts degree with an emphasis in studio art. She is set to graduate in August with her master’s in art from there as well.

A reception will be from 5 until 7 p.m., at Minden City Artworks, located at 701 Main St., in downtown Minden. Davis’ exhibit will run through Sept. 30.

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