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The Thea Foundation is putting on the dog next week to celebrate its upcoming benefit with New Orleans artist George Rodrigue. Blue Dog Week kicks off Monday, Nov. 1, with events for kids through Nov. 4 and the fund-raiser at the Clinton Presidential Center Nov. 5. Kids who come to the Thea Foundation (401 Main St., NLR) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday will get a free Blue Dog face painting, coloring page and a treat. Parents who bring in their kids will receive a Thea Foundation lithograph.
George Rodrigue, who created the beloved Blue Dog paintings — part pop, part outsider, part abstract — will paint a Blue Dog masterpiece during the fund-raiser, "A Taste of New Orleans," to be auctioned off at the end of the night. The benefit begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall; Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers will perform. Tickets are $150. To purchase, go to www.theafoundation.org or to the Thea Center at 401 Main St.
For more information contact the THEA Foundation Center for the Arts 501-379-9512.
It's been a while since I've put one of these up. Guess away, candy fans. It's easy: Go to the profile link at the top of the home page on the right, create a profile and you can comment to your heart's content! Or click on the comment box below and it will direct you to do just that.
OK, here's a hint. Artist's first and last name are first names!
UPDATE! megan is CORRECT. Tom Richard is a professor of art at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Here's a link to his profile on Hot Springs' Blue Moon Fine Art Gallery website.
David Hockney's illustrations of six Grimm's fairy tales are next up at Crystal Bridges at the Massey in Bentonville. According to biographer Peter Webb, Hockney created the copperplate etchings because he loved the fairytales and illustrations by Rackham and Dulac. Webb writes:
In 1969 he decided to make his own images. He especially enjoyed the elements of magic in the tales, and his images focus on his imaginative response to the descriptions in the text rather than attempting to concentrate on the most important events in the narrative. They are therefore more than simply illustrations: they stand on their own as images, independent of the stories.
Hockney, 73, is a fascinating British artist whose evolving pop sensibility, I think, makes him one of the great artists of his time. Read more about the artist here.
The Landau Traveling Exhibition will include Hockney's book of etchings (now out of print) and information on the woman who told the Grimms brothers the stories they recorded.
Big art news: A $60,000 sculpture by Denver artist Kathleen Caricof, to be purchased with city and private funds, is destined for the Vogel-Schwarz Sculpture Garden in Riverfront Park. The artist's rendering is above. Here's my story in this week's Art Notes.
Last week's news about Sculpture in the River Market was about the smaller pieces purchased at the annual show by the non-profit of the same name for donation to the city.
The city's portion of the commission, titled "Infinity," is $20,000, the amount allocated by the Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission last month for public art. Sculpture at the River Market Inc. is providing the remainder of the commission.
Next up: A conversation about public art. Who should decide what goes in our public spaces?
Fisk University, the historically black university in Nashville that wants to share its collection of American masterpieces with Alice Walton's Crystal Bridges Museum for $30 million, has rejected an offer by an alumna that would provide money to maintain the collection on campus.
Fisk says the offer ignores Fisk's big problem: It's broke, and $30 million would keep the doors to the university open. A gift to maintain the collection would not.
Here's the story in the New York Times.
The Alfred Stieglitz collection, donated to Fisk by Georgia O'Keeffe, includes works by American 20th century masters Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Arthur Dove and O'Keeffe, who selected which pieces from Stieglitz's collection would go to Fisk, according to a Nashville Public Television special. (Picasso, Renoir and Cezanne works are also in the collection.) The NPT program, "The Gift: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection at Fisk University," aired Sept. 8, is a one-sided affair, making no reference to the university's desire to share the collection with Crystal Bridges. It includes an interview with the alumna who wants to pay to curate the collection at Fisk.
Nashville Arts Magazine did a piece on the collection as well that includes images of some of the work in the collection (and where I found Charles Demuth and O'Keeffe images posted here). Fisk's attempt to sell the Hartley above and the O'Keeffe below some years back got the ball rolling with the 50 percent share arrangement with Walton.
UALR today opens a companion show to "Nosotras: Portraits of Latinas": "Portraits of Women from the UALR Permanent Collection" Included in the exhibit of drawings, prints, paintings and photography are works by Kathy Strause, Amber Uptigrove, Louis Freund, Shahzia Sikander and others. The show runs through November.
Designer Eddie Ross, former senior style editor of Martha Stewart Living and owner of Eddie Ross Inc. styling company, will give decorating and entertaining tips at "The Art of Entertaining," the Fine Arts Club of Arkansas's annual fund-raiser. The event is at the Governor's Mansion and starts at 11 a.m. Luncheon follows the presentation; tickets are $60 for members and $75 for nonmembers. Call 396-0322 (quickly!) for reservations.
I've been busy today with other stuff; sorry for the quiet blog. Here are some things to do this weekend.
Head over the UALR's Fine Arts Building Saturday morning (low traffic!) to see the new exhibit, "Nosotras: Portraits of Latinos," a show curated by the director of the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center in New Mexico.
If you're in Fayetteville and maybe more interested in design than football (god forbid), go to Room 303 in the UA Fine Arts Center's to hear "Rewiring the Designer's Brain," a lecture by Drawbackwards creative firm founder Ward Andrews, at 10 a.m. Saturday morning (Oct. 22).
Go hear Tom Spleth speak at the Arkansas Arts Center at 6 p.m. Sunday night (Oct. 24) and dine with the artist afterward. Spleth is a North Carolina potter who makes twisty vessels and animal-stenciled cups. If you're a Friend of Contemporary Craft member, it will cost you $15; if not, it's $20. Reserve a ticket at email@example.com.
Catch some exhibits that will go down at the end of the month: "Ebrahimifar" at Boswell-Mourot Fine Art, an exhibit by four siblings native to Iran; "L'Esprit de la Fleurs and the People I Have Known," at Cantrell Gallery; "95% in the Moment," work by three photographers at Gallery 26; and, at UCA's Baum Gallery in Conway, the "Baum MFA Biennial Competitive Exhibition," paintings by recent graduates, and the installation "Aqua Bomb."
Ponca is one of the most beautiful places in Arkansas, and the elk aren't anything to sniff at, either. So this show and sale, that begins tomorrow up in the Ozarks, looks like a great fall destination. Winston Taylor will give a ceramics presentation and Michael Daugherty will give a workshop in photographing elk. Other artists featured at Color Fest: painters Bill Garrison, Gloria Garrison and John Wooldridge, jeweler Micki Nelson and members of the White River Artists group. The free event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ponca Elk Education Center Friday and Saturday (will be postponed if it rains). Game and Fish says bring your own art supplies and join in.
An exhibit that opens today in Gallery I of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Fine Arts Center features images of women by eight Latina artists: Karen Bucher, Angela Cappetta, Nereida Garcia-Ferraz, Mary Theresa Giancoli, Patricia Gomez, Scott Nava, Tone Stockenstrom and Lupita Murillo Tinnen. The image above is from Garcia-Ferraz's website; if I can get show images I'll post them.
The show is another exhibit held in conjunction with Mexico 2010, Arkansas's the commemoration of Mexican independence. For more information on Mexico 2010 go here.
Anita Huffington of Winslow, a nationally-celebrated contemporary sculptor, has a rare state exhibit of her work at the Walton Arts Center's Joy Pratt Markham Gallery. "Silent Poems" features bronzes like the one above — a form that may spring from Huffington's study of dance in the 1950s with Martha Graham. Huffington also sculpts in marble; her classical female forms are unsurpassable.
Colorado sculptor Kevin Robb's "Whimsical Notes" won Best of Show in the fourth annual Sculpture at the River Market exhibit this weekend, and the 10-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture will go in Riverfront Park.
Merit awards went to Clay Enoch, Collen Nyanhongo, Michael Warrick (art professor at UALR), Darrell Davis, Daniel Glanz, C.T. Whitehouse, Ted Schaal, Royal Miree and Kathleen Caricof.
Jane Rogers, who heads a committee that organizes the exhibit, said 11 sculptures were bought, with private funds, for the Vogel/Schwartz sculpture garden in the park.
Jurors Bobby Tucker, a collector; Joe Lampo, acting director of the Arkansas Arts Center; and Milly Morehead West, a gallery owner from Mississippi, were jurors.
You might as well make art. Folks up in Northern Faulkner County, which got three more earthquakes this morning — 15 that's 15 since Friday, according to the Log Cabin Democrat — could get out their pendulums and make art like that in the photo above. Some folks in Port Townsend, Wash., captured a February 2001 earthquake with a sand pendulum. They call it the "earthquake rose": the action in the middle was made during the quake.
The Sage House crop of artists at White Wagon Farm is putting on the exhibit "Farm-to-Table," paintings of the Argenta Farmers' Market and other food locales, through Nov. 27.
Pat White, co-owner of White Wagon Farm and Sage House Gallery, and Shirley Brainard, Tomm Herrin, Bill Lewis, David Cook, Janice and Marvin Crummer and Suzanne Wagonner are among the artists showing at the gallery/nursery at 24627 Hwy. 365 N in North Little Rock. Upcoming is the group's semi-annual celebration "Art in the Garden" set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 30.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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