Twelve photographers on the faculties of Arkansas universities and colleges are showing their work starting today at sUgAr Gallery in Bentonville. The show is part of several photography exhibits in Bentonville and Fayetteville in conjunction with the South Central Region Society for Photographic Education annual conference that runs Oct. 7-9 on the UA campus and downtown Fayetteville. Crystal Bridges, the UA Fine Arts gallery and Fayetteville Underground have all shows scheduled around the conference.
The sUgAr show features photos by Beverly Buys, Gary Cawood, Victor Chalfant, Neal Holland, Joanne Jones, Margaret LeJeune, Maxine Payne, Michael Peven, Donna Pinckley, Carey Roberson, Curtis Steele and Marcia Wallace; they'll hang until Oct. 23. An opening reception is set for 4:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 9.
Habitat for Humanity's "Restore and After" event
Thursday TONIGHT at the Lafayette Building will feature furniture and other items transformed by artists, including Barry Thomas, the Maumelle Art Group, Forest Park Elementary School students, and the artist whose painted chest appears above, Lori Weeks. See also the pix below of chair redone by participating artists Kristin and Jeff McClure.
The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include a raffle, music, beer, wine and a specialty cocktail. Tickets are $25.
George Dombek is opening his studio this weekend and next (Oct. 2-3, 9-10) to the public to show off new work and old. The new: Two series, "Birdland" and "The Nude in Sticks" (example above).
The studio is at 884 Blue Springs Road outside Goshen, east of Fayetteville. The invitation to the open studio (hours 2-6 p.m.) says there's a map on Dombek's website, but I can't find it — maybe it's yet to be posted.
The series is so new that none of the paintings are on his website. Have to see them in person. Would love to.
Something I like to do when I should be doing something else is looking at art auction results and wondering if any of the pieces sold will come to Arkansas. Alice Walton has bought several things at Sotheby's and Christie's and other houses in the past six or seven years.
Last Saturday, a collection owned by the kaput Lehman Brothers brought in more than $12 million at auction at Sotheby's in New York. Here's a link to just one of the stories about the sale, and here's the Sotheby's online catalog of the works auctioned and the prices they bought.
Think Walton picked up a few things for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art? Check out the catalog and say what you think is likely. Me, I'm going with Gerhard Richter's "Betty" above and Warhol's untitled piece below:
Commenter stvj correctly observes that Richter is German, and so disqualified to be in CBAA. Among stvj's suggestions are John Wesley's Swee' Pea"
and Cindy Sherman's untitled print:
They seem a little out there for Walton, but who knows. Thoughts?
Boswell-Mourot's exhibit of mixed media by Tonya McNair, glass and metal by Kyle Boswell and drawings by Eric Freeman (including "Ghost Horse," above) goes down Sept. 30.
More than 70 artists and crafters are taking part in catchily-named benefit for the Arkansas Ovarian Cancer Coalition tonight above Bill St. Pub at 614 President Clinton Ave.
Bidding starts at 5:30 p.m. on works from Robin Steves, Virmarie DePoyster, Amy Lasseigne, Chad Young, Theresa Cates, Emily Wood, Millers Mud Mill and more. Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door and along with the opportunity to support the cause they'll get you beer, wine and "teal"-tinis (teal is the AOCC's ribbon color) and food by Simply the Best Catering.
I decided to drop by so I could grab a shot of some of the other sculpture. I'm guessing this is Kwendeche's — the flippers give it away. The more I look at this piece, the more I like it. It's part Dombek (the teapots), part Duchamp, part "Sea Hunt."
V.L. Cox says her painting of Annie Abrams' mother, Queen Victoria Reed, who Cox knew in Arkadelphia, inspired Cox's series of paintings, "Origins." Yesterday Cox called on Abrams, a longtime activist, and gave her the painting.
Cox's exhibit "Images of the American South" is just a couple of weeks off. The Thea Foundation and the Oxford American Magazine are sponsoring the show, which opens Oct. 7 at Thea, 401 Main St. "Images" includes Cox's screen-door-framed paintings, nostalgic work that incorporates old tin advertising signs ("Colonial is good bread") on doors that separate African-American subjects from the viewer. Here's a sneak peak:
Delilah Montoya will talk tonight at UALR about her work in the exhibit "El Grito (Cry for Independence). Montoya's panoramic photograph on aluminum of a migrant trail in the Sonoran desert, "Humane Borders Water Station," and dozens of other Chicano artists have work in the exhibit, part of the "Arkansas Mexico 2010" commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Mexican independence.
The talk is at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building.
This week's Art Notes column is about Crystal Bridges Museum American Art, which I toured last week. Got a quick interview with director Don Bacigalupi, who seems like a genuine guy with tremendous enthusiasm for the museum and the possibilities it opens up for Arkansas's art education.
Terry Rowlett at UA Fine Arts
Terry Rowlett will give a talk about his paintings on exhibit at the Fine Arts Center Gallery at the University of Arkansas tonight at 5 p.m. If you are in Fayetteville, don't miss this exhibit. I walked through it last week; these narrative works — parables and political statements — are painted with a fine hand and sense of humor. Rowlett, a native of Green Forest who now lives in the Northeast, gave an interview on KUAF's "Ozarks at Large" program. He talks about "Recognition," a man confronted by a snake; "Man with Axe," whose cocky protagonist symbolizes Geo. Bush; "The Walk," a woman in startling orange Crocs agains a gray landscape, and more.
Hello, you hoardes of Candy fans out there. A little electrical fire at my house has put me out of business for a bit, but I'm back, which is good, because there's lots going on to alert you to. TONIGHT's big deal: Festivities marking the unveiling of five new sculptures at the Bernice Garden at Daisy Bates and Main. The Bernice Garden is an outdoor gallery, established by property owner Anita Davis, who decided that turning a bleak corner where a Capt. D's once burned down into a place of beauty for the South Main neighborhood.
Tonight, check out the sculpture by selected artists Bre Harris, Joe Barnett, John Mark Van Horn, Kwendeche andTerry and Maritza Bean at the event, 5:30-7:30.
The Bernice Garden Scholarship Fund at the Arkansas Community Foundation funds the work, meant to represent or reflect "the spirit, nature and history of Arkansas." Sculptors receive a $2,800 stipend per artwork and retain ownership. The Village Commons, a non-profit that focuses on sustainability, coordinated the scholarships.
I hope to get by there so I can post more photographs.
Earlier this year, UA architecture students collaborated to design a home fabricated in Fayetteville and moved to Pettaway Park in downtown North Little Rock.
That's the subject of tonight's lecture, “Reaching Out: Little Rock and the Fay Jones School of Architecture," that UA dean Jeff Shannon will give at the Arkansas Arts Center.
The talk kicks off the 2010-11 "Art of Architecture" lecture series. The free event, in the Arts Center's lecture hall, starts at 6 p.m.
Who is the artist from Hot Springs who created this three-dimensional work? RFG55 and Artmaven need to sit on their hands and let other folks play.
Looks like folks are needing a hint. His name is a name is a name.
Stumped everyone on this one! David Rose is the artist who created this miniature, which is part of the Lost Highway series of scale models of roadside motels of the 1950s. His artist's statement on the Arts Registry page:
When I started driving around this country in the late sixties the interstate was not continuous. The main route went through towns of every size and only the largest cities were by-passed. Even where the interstate was complete the interchanges were barren. In order to get gas, food and lodging one had to leave the four-lane and drive a mile or so into town. Twenty years have brought about a complete reversal in many places. All services are now available along the limited access highway while the center of most towns is deserted. The interstate system provided a breeding ground and conduit for the chains that have come to dominate almost every aspect of our lives. The services are still there, but the independent operator is gone. Driving the old road, the remains of commercial buildings can still be seen and my work springs from these. I try to create a portrait of the people who made their living by the side of the road and tell the story of the end of an era.
Heifer Village at Heifer International Headquarters will open "Art Beyond Borders," an exhibit by artists from around the globe, tomorrow and has scheduled activities for its closing date Saturday.
Artists were selected by the International Museum of Twenty-First Century Arts; this show includes Hubert Clerissi from Monaco, Ernst Fuchs from Austria, Viswanadhan from India, Christine Harter from Seychelles, Cecil Skotnes from South Africa, Aloi Piliokov from Vanuatu, Ferdinando Codognotto from the Vatican, Dan Namingha from the United States, Wu Guanzhong from China, and Sarwat El Bahr from Egypt.
Saturday's activities include an art scavenger hunt and more; hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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