Memphis artist Jeanne Seagle is exhibiting her soft-edge images of the Delta — scenes of fields, farm roads and woods in a fitting palette of grays, greens and pale pastels — at the Delta Cultural Center in Helena/West Helena through Jan. 21.
"Of This Place: The Delta Landscape, The Art of Jeanne Seagle" includes 29 recent paintings, including oil pastels and gouache on paper and acrylics. She's known in Memphis for her "News of the Weird" illustrations in the Memphis Flyer and her mural and mosaic public pieces.
Fisk University has won at the appeals court level its bid to use the $30 million being offered by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for a half share in its Stieglitz Collection to support the university, The Tennessean reports today.
The 2-1 vote means the university would not have to set aside $20 million of the $30 million Crystal Bridges offered to create an art endowment. The case now goes back to Davidson County (Tennessee) chancery court to decide the details. The state of Tennessee has not decided whether it will appeal.
It's the latest ruling in years of court hearings over the offer, first made by Alice Walton, founder of Crystal Bridges, in 2007. The state has argued that selling the work violates the intent of the gift by Georgia O'Keeffe, who made the donation to Fisk.
A list of objects in the Stieglitz collection can be found here. It is not solely American art but includes work by Cezanne, Renoir, Picasso, Signac, Toulouse Lautrec and other Europeans. Among the American artists in the collection: O'Keeffe (including "Radiator Building," itself valued at $20 million and which the university had considered putting up to auction before Walton made her bid), Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Marsen Hartley, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, John Marin, Afred Maurer and more.
I was talking to a friend earlier in the week who loves art — but can't quite get with the program on contemporary craft and was wondering why the Arkansas Arts Center was making such a fuss over it. Which made me wonder — are there others put there who have trouble loving the work of craftsmen engaged in making fine art?
If so, they should hie themselves to the Arts Center to see "Cast, Cut, Forged and Crushed: Selections in Metal from the John and Robyn Horn Collection." The metalwork here is, like abstract work, about form and texture but with the added excitement of dimensionality.
Take Hoss Haley's work above, recurved planes of polished iron, both connected (by rivets) and moving in different directions: I can see this work as a drawing as well as a three-dimensional piece. Mitchell Lonas' engraved plate of steel from his nest series is drawing, whirling scratches on steel that recall the miraculous thing birds do with grass. Gordon Chandler flattens 3D space, smushing and cutting an oil drum into the shape of a kimono — hanging against the wall just as painting, the genre that pleases my friend, would do.
Elizabeth Brim's "Pillow" is metal cut and bent to appear to be full of air, textured with square and rectangular indentations reminiscent of an arts and crafts design. Marc Maiorana plays with reality with a tall pedestal, a splinter of which has broken away from the corner and become round. John Rais "Sunlight Sifter" is a flattened oval basket of pierced metal that he's made to look as if it was created for another purpose and appropriated for his sculpture. These works are as much about beautiful lines as any drawing, as sleek as Japanese brushstrokes.
The show, sponsored by Marion Fulk and Jeff Rosenzweig and the Munro Foundation, will be in the Jeannette Rockefeller Gallery through Jan. 15.
The exhibition of artwork and objects made by Japanese American internees at the Rohwer camp during World War II is in its last week in the Concordia Gallery of the Arkansas Studies Institute.
The story of Rohwer and its interned artists and art students is one of light in a very dark time, and the work in the gallery is moving. If you haven't seen it, go. Last day is Saturday, Nov. 26.
There are a few days left to catch the "Dia de los Muertos" exhibition at the Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, which wraps up Saturday. Works selected for the shows honor loved ones who have died; 2D and 3D works are included. For more information call 624-0489.
Next up at the FAC: "Wintertide," artworks that reflect the seaon, Dec. 2-31.
... to the Delta Exhibition slideshow: Rebecca Thompson's "The Museum Lecture." You can find the slideshow in the righthand column of the homepage, below the editorials link.
Blue Rock Studio outside Hot Springs will be selling handwoven "wildwoman" scarves tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists include Meg Rosenbach, Louise Halsey, Karen McInturff, Carol Small and Nancy Dunaway.
Blue Rock provided these directions to the studio, at 262 Hideaway Hills Drive:
From HS take Malvern Road (270E) or from I-30 drive 12 miles to Akers Road. Turn left. Go ½ mile. Take the left hand fork onto Hideaway Hills. Go ½ mile. Studio on right.
Unless you're a member of the Arkansas Arts Center, tomorrow's the day for the annual Museum School Sale of works by the faculty and students of the Arts Center's school. It's again at Clear Channel Metroplex on Col. Glenn Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This has always been a hugely attended show, with people coming to buy paintings, jewelry, pottery, woodworking, etc. as Christmas gifts (for themselves or others).
Arts Center members can go tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. The paintings at the top and bottom of this post by came from participants who kindly provided images (Mary Nancy Henry and Sue Henley). Also notifying me they'll be at the sale were Jennifer Coleman, Dee Schulten, Endia Bumgarner and Betsy Woodyard.
V.L. Cox and Doug Gorrell open their studios at 401 Maple St. tonight for their ArtWalk "Holiday Show." Showing with them from 5-8 p.m. is guest artist Matt McLeod. Cox is showing her large textured abstracts — some shaped, as you can see above, pastoral impressionist paintings from Gorrell and vivid, complementary-color-juxtaposing work from McLeod.
The studios are located in the top loft of the First Presbyterian Church. It's a block off the beaten ArtWalk track on Main.
Rene Hein's "Birds of Arkansas" is this month's exhibition at Ketz Gallery, 705 Main St., open 5-8 p.m. tonight for Argenta ArtWalk. Ketz says in a news release that Hein has expanded her bird paintings to include species native to Arkansas, which should make them irresistible to birdwatchers, which would include yours truly. Some may grouse that they're not exactly representational — barn owls aren't red — those would be colorless types who care more for details than art.
Ketz is also showing landscapes by Louise Carlisle and new work by Marty Smith and Diane Plunkett. Apple cider, wine and beer will be served.
Wood sculpture and paintings by Robyn Horn and paintings by Dolores Justus are on exhibit at Greg Thompson Fine Art, open tonight from 5-8 p.m. for Third Friday Argenta ArtWalk.
Horn's wood sculptures include pieces that are intricately stamped, some that swirl, all wonderful. She appears to be working out dimensional issues in her paintings, which are abstract and structured.
Justus is showing landscapes in several palettes, including her muted and soft-edged green and gray scenes of marsh and woods and her vibrant and more abstract verticals of bright red and aqua and yellow in upward strokes that recall tree branches. Both artists will give a gallery talk at 1 p.m. Saturday, reservations (920-2778) and $10 required.
The gallery is at 429 Main St., just up the street from the Thea Foundation, which is also open tonight, showing works by Arkansas Children's Hospital patients under the guidance of Hamid Ebrahimifar and Elizabeth Weber.
The Thea Center's Third Friday Argenta Artwalk show features collaborative pieces by artists-in-residence at Arkansas Children's Hospital Hamid Ebrahimifar and Elizabeth Weber and patients.
Thea will be open from 5:30 to 8 p.m.; some of the patients' work will be for sale. Live music will be provided by the Pickoids.
Ebrahimifar and Weber's program is meant to give children a means of expression, new skills and a feeling of control, rather than fear; it involves family and caregivers as well as the kids. Their work is funded by a grant from the Arkansas Arts Council.
James Hayes' multicolored glass sculptures, "Never Lose Spirit," each of them individually created, are on sale in the gift shop in the Winthrop Rockefeller Cancer Institute and the UAMS hospital gift shop. They are $25, quite a bargain for a piece of work by the Pine Bluff glass artist.
Proceeds from the sale of the glass figure, which symbolizes the spirit of cancer patients, benefit the Rockefeller Institute's support services for persons with a cancer diagnosis and their caregivers.
Stacy Sells, a cancer survivor and former UAMS patient, and a public relations executive with Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, created the Never Lose Spirit program. Vincent Insalaco and Judy Kohn Tenenbaum sponsor the program in memory of Sally Riggs Insalaco and Muriel Balsam Kohn.
No need to add anything, except the address: 11525 Cantrell, in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center. With the Gallery 26 Holiday Show and the Museum School Sale (Clear Channel Metroplex, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday), there's a lot of local art to see (and perhaps purchase) in town this weekend.
Santa Fe blacksmith Tom Joyce, whose ironwork is in 25 public collections and who lectures on the arts of African blacksmiths, will give a talk, "A Life of Iron," at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Arkansas Arts Center.
Joyce's talk is in conjunction with the exhibition "Cast, Cut, Forged and Crushed: Selections in Metal from the John and Robyn Horn Collection," on view through Jan. 15 in the Jeanette Rockefeller Gallery. The show includes the work by more than two dozen metal artists, including Joyce, Elizabeth Brim, Hoss Hayley, Albert Paley, Rick Smith and others.
If you're a member, the lecture is free; if not, it's $5. Call 372-4000 to reserve a seat. A reception will be held before the talk at 6 p.m.
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