As a tip of the hat to The Unexpected, we at the Downtown Crier decided to showcase local artists on a regular basis.
Even as we celebrate international artists and delight in the showmanship and incredible talent on display in our downtown, we sometimes overlook what surrounds us routinely.
Arts West End will showcase more than a dozen artists at Pendergraft Park next Saturday, and nearly every Saturday, right across the street, talented artisans display and sell their wares at the Fort Smith Farmer’s Market.
Amanda Pereira is a Farmer’s Market regular. We’re delighted that she volunteered to respond to a brief Q&A. We hope you enjoy reading.
DTC: Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Amanda Pereira & I am a mixed media artist.
DTC: You practice a number of media. Why so many?
I find inspiration everywhere & I can’t seem to limit myself to just one style of art.
DTC: What’s your favorite medium?
It’s hard to say what my favorite medium is, I would liken it to trying to pick your favorite child. I would say I have the most experience as a jewelry artist as I have been creating wearable art since I was a small child.
DTC: Female faces seem to make their way to your work. Is that a conscious theme you pursue?
The female faces in my work, I wouldn’t say it was a conscious theme, more of a flow that I can’t help but to display in my work. Women struggle with a heavy burden in this life and it is my hope to pay tribute to the beautiful strength of women everywhere with my art.
DTC: In the Fort Smith region, where do you find inspiration and rest?
I find inspiration in everything, literally, a pile of trash can make the lightbulb go off in my brain & suddenly I have an idea that must be born. Sometimes it comes out like I had pictured, sometimes not. I love being in nature & enjoy time by myself to let the creative thoughts flow with no interruption. Rest does not come easy for me, I am never still for very long. There is always another idea to try or something to make.
DTC: Where do you want to be in 5 years, as an artist?
I would love to be a published artist in a major magazine in 5 years.
DTC: Anything else you’d like downtown fans to know about you and your art?
I put a lot of love & prayerful intent into my work & it is my hope that the people who purchase my art find joy in it.
DTC: Thanks, Amanda.
If you’d like us to profile a local artist who loves downtown Fort Smith, drop us a message at email@example.com with the name, medium, and contact info of the artist you’d like us to showcase.