Last year I bought a wire rabbit that was wonderful. Who knows what will be in UALR's second annual sale of art by local artists? Head over there tomorrow through Friday to find out, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If my request for a jpeg of something that will be on sale comes in, I'll add it to this post.
Last week I put a note in about an exhibit of children's art at Arkansas Audubon, work the kids did with the assistance of painter Kitty Harvill, who divides her time between Little Rock and Brazil. Harvill sends this video of her work showing her process in creating the painting "Hyacinth Macaws"; watch and enjoy.
Thought I'd put up M2 Gallery owner Mac Murphy's own piggy art to celebrate win over LSU. Back to blogging when other duties allow!
The Black Friday idea has come to galleries in Little Rock and North Little Rock: In LR, M2 Gallery in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center is offering various artworks for half off and framing for 30 percent off today between noon and 6 p.m. The Michele Mikesell piece above is from the M2 website; not making any guarantees it's in the gallery.
and Greg Thompson Fine Art in Argenta is offer 15 percent off all contemporary art in the gallery and 10 percent off the "blue chip" art — Carroll Cloar, Donald Roller Wilson et al today and Saturday.
Mary Smith, director of education at Audubon Arkansas, sends me some artwork done by students at Carver Elementary School, where students studied birds and their habitat and got some artistic guidance by watercolorist Kitty Harvill.
Harvill showed the students how she went about painting exotic blue macaws — observing them in their habitat (she now divides her time between the states and Brazil), photographing and painting. The kids also heard from children’s book author Darcy Pattison on illustration. Sixty watercolors are hanging at Audubon Arkansas's headquarters at 4500 Springer Blvd. On Tuesday, 75 children, parents teacher and guests attended a reception there.
Great combination of science, art and children.
Eye Candy communicants stvj and rfg55 mentioned in comments to the previous post some works being auctioned by Christie's Dec. 1 that they'd like to see at Crystal Bridges as well, so I decided I'd post images of a couple of them. I also got an e-mail from Sotheby's on its American art sale, which follows Christie's by a day, and saw — don't laugh — a Rockwell sketch that would be, I think, a good fit in a museum in Arkansas. See pix below:
One of stvj's picks, Milton Avery's "Pink Nude," an oil on canvas board, is getting an estimated bid price of between 70k and 100k. It's being sold from a private collection.
Candy fans, my eyes have been directed elsewhere, since I don't get to concentrate only on art here at the Arkansas Times! But I'm taking a break from news duties to mention the Christie's auction Dec. 1, "Important American Paintings and Sculpture." Since Alice Walton started building Crystal Bridges Museum for American Art, I've been looking at Sotheby's and Christie's catalogs as if they were gift catalogs, wondering what Walton might put under the tree in Bentonville when CBMAA opens 11/11/11.
I hope Walton hasn't quit buying, because I'd like for her to select several things from this auction. Just for me. Here's a list:
What's on tap for the Argenta ArtWalk from 5-8 p.m. tonight? John Kushmaul, Ted Parkhurst, Rebecca Thompson, Bill Lewis, earring-making and the Argenta Artists group.
Kushmaul is showing his cityscapes in a show by that name at Ketz Gallery (705 Main St.); his show continues through December. Parkhurst is showing his sketchbooks from his month in Rome and France at the Thea Foundation (401 Main St.); Thea will also feature work by Robin Steves and "Blue Dog" painter George Rodrigue. Thompson, known for her gardening expertise, exhibits landscapes and figurative paintings in a show called "Twice Told Tales" at Greg Thompson Fine Art (429 Main St.). Watercolorist Lewis will be at the Argenta Branch of the Laman Library (506 Main St.) The Argenta Artists group of independent artists will be indoors at 301 Main St. Argenta Bead Co. is teaching patrons how to make glass bead earrings. There will be refreshments everywhere (served on Valerie Goetz's "upcycled" bottle trays at Ketz). Doug Norton will paint at Starving Artist Cafe; Stephanie Cox will perform live.
Paintings from the 1980s through the present by the New Yorker turned Arkansan artist are M2's gift to its patrons during the holiday show that opens tonight with a reception from 6-9 p.m. The show will feature Charles Henry James' first painting and his more recent provocative commentary on society and religion. Or, as he says on his facebook page, "Please come on out and have a look at my guts spilling out all over the place!"
Other artists whose work will be on display: Jason Twiggy Lott, William Goodman, Char Demoro, Cathy Burns, Bix Smith, Kathy Lindsey, Lisa Krannichfeld, Nathan Beatty and other artists, including new jewelry by Lauren Embree and Dawanna Young.
M2 is at 11525 Cantrell Road.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will open Nov. 11, 2011, director Don Bacigalupi announced today at a meeting of the Arkansas State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission meeting in Bentonville. What you are seeing in the photograph above, courtesy the Crystal Bridges website, are the buildings on the north end of the site, taken from the parking deck, as they appeared in September. The curved buildings, with the exception of the one on the lower right, are the galleries. Wondering: Will curved walls present a challenge for hanging art? We'll see, and much sooner than we thought, a date that sounds almost impossible to me given the state of construction.
I'm trying to figure out if there's a special reason for Nov. 11 other than the fact that it's Armistice Day, a federal holiday honoring veterans. Ideas?
Last week the museum, which Alice Walton is building and filling at unimaginable expense, announced more of its holdings: "Cattleya Orchid, Two Hummingbirds and a Beetle," ca. 1875-1890, an oil on canvas by Martin Johnson Heade; "A French Music Hall," a 1906 oil on canvas by Everett Shinn, and "The Steel Mill," 1930, an oil on canvas on masonite by Thomas Hart Benton. They are on exhibit at the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa along with a work previously known to be in the collection, "October Interior," 1963, an oil on canvas by Fairfield Porter. The charming Shinn is below.
"Do You Believe?" is the name of the Heights Gallery's current holiday show. Whether the gallery is talking about Santa Clause or the Reason for the Season, I believe it would be a good idea to head over to see what's on exhibit there. For example, paintings by Bev McLarty Burrows (see above), Jim Johnson, Rene Hein, Deborah Bogard ... you get the picture.
Candy fans, forgive the dead air on the blog. I've been otherwise occupied and out of town.
If you haven't been to Gallery 26 (2601 Kavanaugh Blfd.) to see its "Holiday Art Show" with work by more artists than you can splatter paint from a coffee can at, here's an example of what you're missing: What passes for hip-hop at the gallery. See below paintings by Stephen Cefalo and Amanda Linn and head over, quick like a ... bunny.
See more work like this tomorrow night at Boswell-Mourot, 5815 Kavanaugh. Reception is from 6-10 p.m. From the Little Rock artist's statement on the gallery website:
The content of my work comes from travel experiences, hence an elaborate travel log. In simplifying, abstracting, and extracting the visual elements remembered and documented from my travels, I reinterpret them in a personal context, that is both a portrayal of home and a picture of the world. My works are often quarky, colorful, and playful. The mediums I use increase my ability to make impressions quickly, to welcome the mishaps, and to emphasize directness. From one piece to the next the expression is unpredictable and the information is diverse, reflecting the world around us.
Perfect weather today for strolling or rolling (on the Art Night trolley) through 2nd Friday Art Night galleries. At Arkansas Studies Institute: the new show is the Arkansas architects' “2010 Design Awards Exhibition.” Bookending this post are images from HAM's new exhibit, "All in the Touch," featuring sculpture by Diana B. Ashley and multimedia by Scinthya Edwards; Velvet Kente will provide music. And Hearne Fine Art opens the show I wrote about here recently, "Pioneers of the Paint: Masters of the 19th Century," work by Edward Michael Bannister, Charles Ethan Porter, Robert Scott Duncanson and Henry Ossawa Tanner. 2nd Friday runs 5 to 8 p.m.
Completing the list of exhibitors are Kae Barron, JP Bell, Becca Bennett, Jerry Burrow, Paul Caldwell, Lange Cheek, Bob Crane, Nathaniel Dailey, Cici Davidson, Debie Deaton, Katrina Dolislager, Ovita Goolsby, Doug Gorrell, Kitty Harvill, Rhonda Hicks, Carole Katchen, Andrew Kilgore, Megan Lewis, Judd Mann, Sarah Merkle, Sarah Noebels, Randy Rhea, Julie Waschka and Virginia Williamson.
The exhibit will be up until Christmas Eve. Cantrell Gallery is 8206 Cantrell, across from Pavilion in the Park.
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