An exhibit of Civil War portrait photography that tells a story of the war through the faces of its soldiers and focuses on photographic technique of the era and the photographers as well opens today at the Rogers Historical Museum, 322 S. 2nd St in Rogers.
"Portraits in Gray: A Civil War Photography Exhibition featuring the Collection of David Wynn Vaughn" features enlarged reproductions of original photographs; the traveling exhibition comes from the Southern Museum of Kennesaw, Ga. There will also be photographs of Union soldiers and replicas of a Union uniform and items that would have been used by a Union soldier.
Information about the tintype photo above:
The image of Thomas G. Wood is reversed in this a 1/9 plate tintype by an unknown photographer; a mirror held up to the image reveals Tommie’s initials "TWT" under the brim of his cap. Tommie Wood of Social Circle, Georgia was orphaned at the age of sixteen. In July 1861 he joined Company H of the 11th Georgia Infantry as a drummer boy. He quickly became the pet and idol of his regiment. Months later his unit was sent to Richmond, Virginia where during the harsh winter months he contracted pneumonia. He was sent to a nearby hospital. When a visiting Reverend named William M. Crumley asked if he was afraid to die, Tommie replied, “No, I joined the church when I was but eight years of age. My father and mother are both in heaven, and I would rather go and be with them there than to stay and suffer here.” Following Tommie’s death Reverend Crumley wrote, “he was beautiful in death, lovely as the fresh cut rosebud, dripping with the dew of the morning.”
The exhibit runs through July 21.
The Studio Art Quilts Associates show, "Connecting Threads," in the main Butler Center gallery at the Arkansas Studies Institute in the River Market district ends its run tomorrow, April 28. Quilt and fabric art fans who've missed the show should take a little time tomorrow — perhaps after or before the Thea Arts Festival in Argenta — to see the show.
Alice in Wonderland
Fans of "Alice in Wonderland" will not have to down a bottle labeled "Drink Me" to find their way to the "Mad Hatter Tea Party and Art Show" that opens Friday at Stephano Fine Art, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. in the Heights. Stephano's hosting receptions from 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and the exhibit of paintings, jewelry and more by regional and local artists working from an "Alice" theme will run through May 15.
Marvel comics illustrators Elizabeth Dismang and Mitch Breitweiser, papier mache artist Lynda Marnon, children's book illustrator Paula Wallace, metal artist Robbie Wellborn, jewelry designer Kathleen Kennally and works on canvas by Stephano, George Peebles and gallery artists Scott Davis, Elijah Talley, Robert Bean, John Kushmaul, V.L. Cox, Mike Gaines, Ron Logan, Jim Jolly, L.C. Kitchen and Angela Turney will keep you out of a pool of tears.
The annual "EXPRESSIONS" show and sale of work by clients by Birch Tree Communities is tonight at the Governor's Mansion. This year, there will be some 230 pieces of art for sale; artists get 100 percent of the proceeds.
Birch Tree Communities serves people with serious mental illness. Its art program is designed to promote self-confidence and a route to recovery. This year's sale will include selected works by clients of other programs as well and a live auction of works selected by jurors. There will be food, drink and live music.
The sale starts at 6 p.m. and tickets ($25) are available at the door. Go early, because there is always a long line and you want to get to your favorite work of art before someone else does! The event is over at 8 p.m.
Thea Arts Festival
This week's Art Notes column advances the first annual Thea Arts Festival that will be held on Main Street in Argenta on Saturday, April 28. Here's a slideshow of some of the work that the festival's 28 artists will be showing and selling from booths on Main, which will be closed between Broadway and Sixth. Lots of music, lots of kids activities, restaurants participating as well.
Just read a Los Angeles Times report that the Tennessee Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to keep Fisk University from sharing its Stieglitz Collection of Modern American and European Art with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Barring any further legal action, that means the Bentonville museum will have a 50 percent share in the collection, which includes Georgia O'Keeffe's famed "Radiator Building — Night, New York 1927" and works by American modernists Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Stanton McDonald-Wright, John Marin, Charles Sheeler, Alfred Stieglitz and others, as well as Cezanne, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec and other Europeans.
The state of Tennessee tried to stop the deal, under which CBMAA pays the Nashville school $30 million. Fisk will go back to lower courts to work out administrative details.
O'Keeffe donated the collection to Fisk in 1949. Some who follow museum business have objected to the deal, as a violation of O'Keeffe's intention in offering the school the collection. The school, however, has had financial difficulty and saw Alice Walton's offer as a way to improve its facility and its curation of the collection.
An Arkansas town or city hankering to tell its story with a public art project will have a chance to do that thanks to the Mid-America Arts Alliance's Community Mural Project, which is partnering with the Arkansas Arts Council to bring a muralist to the state.
The chosen community will get to work with nationally-recognized muralist Dave Loewenstein. The Lawrence, Kan., artist, writer and printmaker will be in residence for two months in late summer, early fall 2012 to work on the mural and will be accompanied by one or two assistants. Loewenstein has created murals in several U.S. cities and in Northern Ireland.
One Arkansas artist will be chosen to serve as an apprentice, and will receive a $2,000 stipend to to work on the research, design and executiion of the project.
The Arkansas Arts Council culture and (or) concerns of the selected community. Deadline to apply for the Community Mural Project is May 15; go here for a request for proposal. Deadline to apply for the apprenticeship is June 1; go here for the application.
Muralists from outside Arkansas have made a memorable mark on public buildings with such place-related paintings, from New Deal artist like Louis Freund, whose mural is in the Heber Springs Post Office, to Joe Jones, whose mural for Commonwealth College is being restored by UALR.
The Bernice Garden publicists announced today that painter Steven Otis has been commissioned to design and paint a 16.5-by-140-foot whimsical mural of a skillet of cornbread singing to garden fruits and vegetables on the north wall of the former StageWorks Building at 1501 S. Main St. Muralist Shannon Wallace is working with Otis on the painting.
Anita Davis, the owner of the Bernice Garden, a public sculpture space, and other property owners downtown commissioned the work as a backdrop to South Main activities, including the Arkansas Cornbread Festival and The Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market.
"Corazon," the annual art auction fundraiser for the Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR), which supports the LGBTQ community in Little Rock, is tonight at Mediums Art Lounge, 521 Center St. The auction, of artist-transformed wooden hearts and in its 8th year, begins at 7 p.m. Tickets at the door are $7, $5 if you can finagle them sooner. Call CAR at 244-9690 or e-mail email@example.com for more info.
Another auction tonight, this one benefiting the Arkansas Repertory Theater: The 24th annual "Artworks," silent and live sale of more than 80 works of art by Arkansas artists and artisans. At auction will be pottery, watercolor, acrylic paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more. Among the artists donating work are Nina Burke, Lisa Funderburg, Julie Holt, Dorris Williamson Mapes, Lori Pilkington Weeks .
Music by blues/rockabilly singer Ben Brenner and the The Rep's Young Artist a cappella group, The Four Reps, kicks off the evening at 6:30 p.m., and the silent auction starts right away. Live auction is at 7:30 p.m. The event is in the lobby of the Rep, 601 Main St. Tickets are $50, which provides hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. Call 378-0405 or go online to buy tickets.
Jeweler Susan Strauss will show her silver and bead work at tonight's Argenta ArtWalk event at Laman Library's Argenta branch, 506 Main St. She'll be there from 5-8 p.m.
Here's a little something she wrote about her work that I found on the Jewish Federation of Arkansas's webpage on local artists (photos from that site, too):
It's been ten years since I started stringing beads again. I loved beads since I was little and would go over to Sallye Phillips' house and watch her make necklaces fo M.M. Cohn. The bead trend came back and I jumped in.
Over the years, I took my love of making Raku clay and applied it to jewelry making through Precious Metal Clay. This is recycled fine sterling silver in clay form. It works like clay and then when fired, everything that is not clay burns out at the high firing temperature.
More recently, I have begun making things this way in bronze, too. I am learning still to solder and make things in metal through classes at the Arts Center- it is much harder than it looks! The gemstone beads that I currently use are mostly gem quality, faceted stones that make the piece special.
I am lucky to be able to sell my earrings and necklaces on an ongoing basis at The Box Turtle on Kavanaugh.
More jewelry tonight at Argenta ArtWalk: Sheryl Kee of Copper Key Art will be at Ketz Gallery, 705 Main.
The 51st "Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition," the annual show of art by students from kindergarten through 12th grade, opened today at the Arkansas Arts Center.
There were awards for Best of Class and two honorable mentions for each grade; Victoria West's painting above was judged Best of Class for all seniors. Victoria is a student at Lakeside High School, located in one of Arkansas's art hotbeds, Hot Springs.
I refer you to the quote posted earlier on Eye Candy: "Picasso said that he spent his childhood trying to make art like an adult and then spent his adult life trying to learn to make art like a child once again."
Here's a list of statewide winners. The show runs through May 27.
Thea Foundation, 401 Main St., NLR, is exhibiting "Metal Art," a show by Carolyn Hendrix and Amanda Wyman; reception is 5:30-8 p.m. tonight during Argenta Artwalk.
Hendrix and Wyman, who met in welding classes at ASU Searcy, form every piece by hand before welding it to "evoke a sense of softness that is not typically associated with metal," they say in Thea's announcement of the show. The exhibit runs through May 4.
The Arkansas Arts Center's "11th National Drawing Invitational," curated by Charlotta Kotik of Brooklyn, features artists who, Kotik says, are a bit obsessive with their line-making (see earlier story here). Kotik invited Reed Anderson (acrylic and ink on cut paper), Dawn Clements (ink and gouache), Ati Maier (ink, airbrush, wood stain), John O'Connor (graphite and colored pencil), Daniel Zeller (graphite, ink, acrylic), Michael Waugh (ink on mylar), Morgan O'Hara (watercolor and pencil), David Kramer (ink, gouache), Il Lee (ballpoint pen) and Karen Schiff (ink, flashe paint and thread).
The works on paper (and mylar) are monumental: Clement's drawing of choreographer Rethorst's living room wraps around two walls; Anderson's acrylic, airbrush, silkscreen and collage on cut paper "Cloud Splitter" is an enormous 111 by 99 inches.
University of Central Arkansas Gallery Director Barclay McConnell passed this video of the "2012 Spring BA/BFA Senior Art Exhibition" at UCA's Baum Gallery to Eye Candy.
Michael Tatum of Tatum Films and musicians Brandi Howard, Anthony Coleman and Sedrick Wilkerson of the Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired were commissioned by senior art major Mark Monroe for his thesis exhibit, "Invisible Prison."
The show runs through April 28 at the university in Conway.
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