August Featured Artist At Conference Center

Van & WorksThe North Center Arkansas Art Gallery located in the Fairfield Bay Conference & Visitors Center, 110 Lost Creek, Fairfield Bay is featuring the artwork of Van Swink. A memorial fund was set up in his honor and donated to the Art Gallery. Bob & Sharon Berdine graciously designed, constructed and donated a pedestal for the new donation box in Van’s honor. A plaque in memory of artist Van Swink is on the pedestal. We hope that all enjoy the artwork in our gallery and give a donation to help continue making it possible to bring quality art with family values to our community,
Van L. Swink, Jr.’s artwork is the featured art for the month of Aug. Van was a self taught artist who enjoyed working in many different mediums and a veteran of many juried art shows, one man shows and exhibits. His works have been displayed in many art galleries and some of his works are in private collections in this country and abroad. Some of the awards he had won are the Gold Grumbacher Medal for Best of Show, first place award from art shows such as the Midwest Salute to the Masters, Quiney Art Center, Jefferson National Expansion Historical Association Art Show and others. In the Art Community, he held many positions and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Northside Art Association and the St. Lewis Artist Guild. He was also president of the Swink & Lugger Gallery and was president of the University Art Guild Association, a member of the North Central Arkansas Artist League, and Conway League of Artists. On display are some of his works in the different mediums he loved. Van was on the NCA Art Gallery Board of Directors and is very much missed.
The North Central Arkansas (NCA) Art Gallery invites you to visit and view the Art Exhibit. The Art includes paintings, photography, sculpture, fusion glass, stain glass, pottery as well as other art forms. The NCA Art Gallery brings quality Fine Art to our community with good taste & family values. The artwork is open to all artists and is chosen by a selection committee under the direction of Art Coordinator, Charlotte Rierson. The gallery is free to the public for viewing. Art Gallery hours are Mon. thru Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. unless there are special events (then the hours are extended).
Inez Swink, Bob & Sharon Berdine, donation box_edited-1All the art is available for purchase. The NCA Art Gallery is sponsored by the North Central Arkansas Foundation for the Arts & Education (NCAF&E) in collaboration with The City of Fairfield Bay. For more information contact NCA Art Coordinator, Charlotte Rierson-501-680-2741, email [email protected] or Fairfield Bay Conference & Visitors Center Directors, Wilba or Bob Thompson for more information at 501-844-4202, [email protected], 110 Lost Creek Parkway, Fairfield Bay 72088.
The pedestal in the photo is in Mission style. Bob put inlaid black walnut in the shelf. The plaque mounted on the pedestal states “In Memory of Artist, Van Swink.” Please donate to help continue bringing quality art to our NCA Art Gallery.


  1. Jennifer Cartwright says:

    Not only was Van Swink a wonderful artist but a very gentle sweet person. my husband and I were lucky to have met him and his wife Inez before his passing. He has been missed by many.

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