After years of successful shows and a break during the COVID-19 pandemic, Art on the Border is back for the Arkansas Colleges of Health and Education this year.

The shows will be at 1000 Fianna Way in the former Golden Living Building from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 22 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23.

Thirty percent of the proceeds from the art sold at this year’s show will be donated to the Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House, the Gregory Kistler Treatment Center, Art’s at Bost and the Good Samaritan Clinic.

Donna Skinner, artist coordinator, and Joan McCoy, event chair, organized a board of Fort Smith natives passionate about giving back to their city to put on events like Mercy Celebrity Classic, golf tournaments and galas.

For 30 years, the Classic Charitable Foundation has come up with new ideas for charity benefits in Fort Smith. Their most recent success has been Art on the Border.

In 2014, the first Art on the Border Show and Sale was at the Blue Lion downtown.

The Classic Charitable Foundation smiles with members from the Arts at Bost after their check presentation from Art on the Border in 2019.

The Classic Charitable Foundation smiles with members from the Arts at Bost after their check presentation from Art on the Border in 2019.

McCoy said the foundation went through many trial and error years with Art on the Border. The volunteers even cut their own cheese and put out pretzels for the first show and sale.

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“Talk about starting from scratch,” she said. “We did, with all the volunteers, all these wonderful people that enjoy working together and have a giving heart, for our charities.”

Over the two-year hiatus, Skinner kept in touch with the artists from their previous shows.

“They did a lot of painting and creating their arts while they were housebound

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