A collection of stunning new portraits by Puerto Rican artist Virmarie DePoyster will be publicly shown for the first time at The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC).
Virmarie DePoyster is a bilingual, Puerto Rican artist interested in utilizing art to bring communities together. In this portrait exhibition, she explores how in today's world -- a melting pot -- the labels we assign each other have the power to either divide or connect us. Rather than focusing on the boundaries these labels can create, DePoyster's goal with these works is to inspire a sense of community as each subject's intrinsic beauty is illustrated. Her hope is to inspire an appreciation in our community for what makes each of us unique so we can learn to look beyond labels and truly see one another.
The series of 17 pastel portraits — of people across races, genders, and backgrounds — explores identity and the preconceptions that are placed on people, and how those people see themselves.
DePoyster's paintings are included in private and public collections internationally and throughout the United States. Currently, she lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband, David and they look forward to visits from their adult children, Grant and Anna.