Cantrell Gallery says that because of the enthusiastic response to "Lee Nora Parlor's Painted Photo Album," paintings by the self-taught artist inspired by her grandmother's album of family pictures, the show will be held over until Thursday, June 2. On Sunday, June 5, the gallery will open the 20th annual Mid-Southern Watercolorists Open Membership Exhibit" with a reception from 2-4 p.m.
Start your day with poetry and art by Stephen Cefalo by clicking here, a great page from the July 2011 PoetsArtists collaboration issue featuring a Cefalo painting, its inspiration and the artist's thinking about the work, plus a biography. To find his collaboration with poet Daniela Petrova, click on the Poets/Artists heading at the top and scroll down below the issue's cover. There'll you see Cefalo's painting "Red Scarf" paired with a recording of Petrova's "The Girl with the Red Scarf." You'll feel erudite all day.
Elvis will be in the building on June 4, when the Clinton Presidential Center opens two exhibits about the King, one photographs taken in 1956 by a photojournalist, the other memorabilia from Elvis' movies.
"Elvis at 21, Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer" comes from the Smithsonian Institution and includes 56 black and white images taken in 1956. Wertheimer was hired by RCA Victor to shoot promotional photographs after signing him to a contract; read more about the exhibit here.
The red MG that Elvis drove in "Blue Hawaii" is among the artifacts in the other exhibit, "Elvis," offered in partnership with Graceland in Memphis.
Surely everyone in Arkansas knows that President Clinton's security code name was Elvis, chosen, no doubt, because he was the political equivalent of the rock 'n' roll icon: Charismatic and sexy (surely the the sexiest president since Thomas Jefferson).
If you'd like to help a Parkview senior planning to study art or music in college and honor the memory of the late musician/artist Luke Hunsicker, head over to the Thea Foundation at 6:30 p.m. tonight for the Lucas Clayton Hunsicker Scholarship Fund Art Show. Admission is $10.
Hunsicker, a member of The American Princes, attended Parkview and the Memphis College of Art. He died last year of a brain tumor. The scholarship fund in his name was established by the Arkansas Community Foundation.
The show runs through 9:30 in the Judy Kohn Tenenbaum Gallery of Thea, 401 Main St., North Little Rock.
"Works from the UALR Permanent Collection"
UALR gallery director Brad Cushman sent over images of some of the work now on exhibit in Gallery I in the Fine Arts Center, taken from the permanent collection. Here's a slideshow of Cushman's carrots (note the Uptigrove, who is also showing at Gallery 26, and Thornhill, who's showing at Ketz Gallery).
Thinking the world was going to end, I was sitting at home with a bag packed waiting to be taken up last Saturday instead of attending the opening at Gallery 26 of new work by Amber Uptigrove and Sulac. Bad decision. Since it looks like the rapture's been rescheduled to October, there's time to get over there and see the show.
V.L. Cox, who survived the Arkadelphia tornado, is donating 20 percent of the sales of a selected group of discounted paintings to the Red Cross for the Joplin Relief Fund, for that devastated Missouri city. For example, Cox is selling the piece above, "Eliza," at a discounted price of $2,000 and donating 20 percent of that — $400 — to the Red Cross.
Find the work here.
... Don't know where, don't know when," as we heard at the close of "Dr. Strangelove." If there's a rapture tomorrow, it's been fun. If not, more fun to be had.
Little Rock's own fauvist Matt McLeod is showing and selling his work from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight at Pulaski Heights Christian Church, 4724 Hillcrest Ave. He'll have sculpture and drawings as well as paintings, and is sharing a portion of the proceeds with the church and Our House. If you're going to Argenta ArtWalk, you'll still have time to hit McLeod's show, open an hour later.
Not mentioned earlier in Argenta ArtWalk coverage: Photos by Emily Willman Sloan at the Arkansas Art Gallery at Fifth and Main.
The Pettaway neighborhood east of Main Street cut a ribbon on another innovative affordable home today: the 2nd Design/Build home of the University of Arkansas School of Architecture. Fourth and fifth year students whittled 12 designs to one, the cantilever structure that is now a reality at 1805 Commerce St.
The second floor is placed at right angles to the first floor, creating a shaded entrance on the ground level and a patio on the second story. (In the photo above, students are removing non-load bearing poles from the front of the house as a conclusion to the ribbon-cutting ceremony; that's the mayor and Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corp. president Stacy Williams you see fleeing from under the second story.) Student Matt Poe came up with the design; a Colorado engineer helped make it work. The students fabricated the two sections of the house in a Fayetteville warehouse. Cranes lifted the sections into place last week; the home ought to be ready for occupation in a month or so.
UA Architecture Department head Marlon Blackwell called the house the "second volume in what's going to be the Greatest Hits" of the University's architecture school.
Besides its cantilever construction, the other striking feature of the 1,000-square-foot house is the north wall of the second story, made entirely of a barely opaque material that resembles glass but is in fact a polymer material called Polygal, said to provide greater insulation than glass. The first floor is the kitchen and living area and the second floor has two bedrooms and a second bath bath.
The house has not been sold, but Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corp. head Scott Grummer said there's a waiting list for homes in Pettaway. It will sell for around $125,000. The first UA Design/Build home is at 1519 Commerce St.
Like Ketz Gallery (see previous post), the Thea Foundation will be hopping tonight with sculpture, paintings and performance. Bre and David Harris of Light and Time Design Studio, a foundry in Royal, and THEArtist Guy Bell will have work at Thea (401 Main St.) and Jacob Watson, the winner of a Thea Performing Arts scholarship, will perform.
The Harrises work in bronze, leather, aluminum, steel, wood and glass and are active in the Arkansas Sculptors Guild, which is readying for its annual show June 18-20 in Morrilton. They'll demonstrate technique at the 5-8 p.m. ArtWalk.
Bell is the newest addition to the group of artists whose studios are on the second floor of Thea's building.
Lots going on at Ketz Gallery tonight: An exhibit of paintings by Dan Thornhill (including his Toys in Abstract series, see above) and student artists Joyce Hasse and London Farrar, along with jewelry by Coco Cohen. Vernon Oberle will give a demonstration in woodturning. Ketz is at 705 Main St., just past Argenta Bead, where you can make a wrap-around bracelet for $4. ArtWalk hours are 5-8 p.m.
Greg Thompson Fine Art opens his annual exhibit of works by known Southern artists, including Ed Rice, Walter Anderson, John Alexander, William Dunlap, Glennray Tutor, Carroll Cloar, Clementine Hunter, Donald Roller Wilson, Robert Rector, Kendall Stallings and Theora Hamblett. I would be happy with work by any of these folk, especially Anderson and Cloar.
The gallery has scheduled some big doings around the opening of the show tomorrow: A luncheon tomorrow with William Dunlap, who'll give a talk titled "Confessions of an Itinerant Painter," followed by the Argenta ArtWalk reception 5-8 p.m. On Saturday, Dr. Richard Gruber of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Dunlap and Glennray Tutor will give a gallery talk at 1 p.m.; tickets are $10. I'll be out of town; any Candy fans who go and want to write something up, just comment below!
Sure, you're going to see the art. But the May-tinis they'll be serving up at Stephano's Fine Art tonight sound pretty good too.
The event is 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; featured artists include Kelly Naylor-Wise, Ron Logan and Mike Gaines. New jewelry by Teresa Smith and Kathleen Kennally available as well. Angelyn and Jim Jolly will provide the music to may-tini by.
Would the recent flooding in Northwest Arkansas and the Delta persuade Alice Walton and her curatorial staff to buy Thomas Hart Benton's "Flood Disaster" at auction at Sotheby's this morning?
The painting sold for $1.87 million; $670,000 more than the auction house estimate. Benton's painting refers to the devastating 1951 flood of Kansas City that displaced more than half a million people. The painting was political; he was urging the government to provide flood relief for the area. Too political for Walton and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art? We'll find out in November.
The other highlight of the auction: Milton Avery's "March Playing the Cello," a 1943 painting that sold for $1.4 million, also higher than the auction house estimate of $800,000 to $1.2 million. The Sotheby's background on the painting quotes art critic Clement Greenberg as saying Avery's work was the "harbinger" of New York school stain painting by Frankenthaler et al.
That the[se] younger "anti-Cubist" abstract painters who admire Avery do not share his naturalism has not prevented them from learning from him any more than it has prevented them from admiring him. His art demonstrates how sheer truth of feeling can galvanize what seem the most inertly decorative elements ... into tight and dramatic unities. ...
As a bridge between cubism and stain painting, the painting would fit nicely in the modern art pavilion that will span the Crystal Bridges lower pond. Again, we'll find out in November.
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