Loibner is featured artist at U of O

Release Date: 10/4/1998

Clarksville, Ark. --- Polly Loibner of Knoxville is the featured artist for October in the Stephens Gallery on the University of the Ozarks campus.

A native of Kensett, Loibner is best known for her watercolors depicting the Arkansas scene. Loibner, who owns VanGo Galleries in Russellville with her husband, Bill, also works in charcoal, pastels, ink and dry brush, acrylics, paints, mixed media and oils.

"I love the drama of nature and I am very happy painting in the open, surrounded by beauty, smells, sounds and feelings," Loibner said. "Sometimes the finished painting is an impression of the moment; other times the painting is more abstract. There are times my work shows the struggle; others show the flow of feelings through the brush stroke and the excitement of colors, more real than real. There is no better life on this earth than painting."

Loibner is also known as "Miss Polly" through a long affiliation with the Arkansas Educational Television Network. For 14 years she produced and starred in several children's art shows on AETN in which she used puppets in many of her presentations.

A graduate of University of Central Arkansas, Loibner has won numerous honors and recognition for her work, including Best-In-Show and first place in the contemporary category in the annual Grand Prairie Festival of Arts. Her paintings are in numerous public and private collections throughout Arkansas, as well as in many other states and Mexico.

There will be a "Reception to Meet the Artist" from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Stephens Gallery, located in the Walton Fine Arts Center on campus. The public is invited to attend the reception. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday.