Board of Directors
The Fenix Arts Boad of Directors is a dedicated group of volunteers from both the arts community and local businesses who believe in the vision of an inclusive, integrated approach to the arts that encourages collaboration across disciplines and creates community connections.
Laurie is a retired K-12 art teacher and mixed media artist. Since retirement she has focused her time and energy in her studio and in (her words) herding cats, first as a partner in the Fenix Fayetteville, LLC artist collective, then in transitioning the organization to the Visual and Performing Arts Center at Fenix, an arts education non-profit.
Shannon Dillard Mitchell
Shannon is a professional art appraiser and art consultant. She has experience in managing corporate art collections, directing university gallery programs, and curating exhibitions. Shannon has a graduate degree in Arts Administration/Business Administration and has been a Fayetteville resident since 2000.
Collected on a national scale for almost 50 years, Jaquita’s art is her voice on issues focusing on environment, climate change, animal rights, and women’s rights. She works from her private art studio in downtown Bentonville, Arkansas creating abstract and expressionist works for galleries, private commissions, and selected retail locations. Additionally, Jaquita is a tireless arts advocate, volunteering on several arts boards and special projects, including Marketing Chair on the Fenix Arts Board of Directors and as Vice President on the board of the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington DC). Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts (Studio Art/Journalism) from the University of Arkansas and Associates of Arts (Gallery Management) at Santa Fe Community College; professionally, Jaquita’s career spans from television newswriter/courtroom sketch artist to executive positions in Marketing and Media Relations.
Annie Edmondson, a Fayetteville artist, has a BSE and MA in Education and a minor in art from the U of A . She has been creating metal art for over 25 years.The challenge of welding different types of found scrap metal, along with the various shapes and textures allows her to create one-of-a-kind sculptures. Her weatherproof metal art is suitable for indoor or outdoor installation.
Rusted or brightly painted, these unique sculptures always have a story to tell.
As winner of two art competitions, Annie’s metal art sculptures are now a part of the Hot Springs,AR Sculpture Garden and the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks permanent collection in Fayetteville.
The NWA Land Trust commissioned her to create a piece for Wilson Springs.
One of her recent commissioned pieces was to create a memorial sculpture for the Greg Smith River Trail in Fort Smith ,Arkansas. The Heron sculpture was completely under water for several weeks during the recent Ft. Smith river flood of 2019 but it survived unscathed!
Annie, a certified art teacher, taught art at Immaculate Conception School in Fort Smith , Ar. for 5 years, and at various summer camps at the Fort Smith Art Center.
For 10 years Annie taught art to At Risk Youth (after school program)through the Fort Smith Art Center.
She also taught art classes at the Community Creative Center in Fayetteville where she was on the board of directors for 5 years. Annie is currently on the Board of Directors at the Fenix Art gallery.
During the 1960’s and early 70’s Pat worked with a group of artists in St. Louis, Mo. These first impressions, especially in oil painting and dance, were early seeds planted for a life time of growth in Pat’s creative process of expressionistic emotionality. Pat’s background includes years of study of Carl Jung’s work in the symbolic realms which led to six years of personal Jungian dream analysis.
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Mount Sequoyah, Millar Lodge
Fayetteville, AR 72701
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Fayetteville, AR 72702
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