The South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado, which has been exhibiting "Third Floor," works by Hamid Ebrahimifar, Tim Ellison, Catherine Siri Nugent, Dominique Simmons and David Warren, will hold a reception for the artists from 6-8 p.m. The show opened Sept. 3 and goes down Sept. 27. Read artists' statements here.
Van Gogh, Picasso, Kahlo, Rousseau, Modligliani, Dali, Motherwell, Pollock, Lichtenstein, Rothko: Works by these and other masters in the collection of the Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo, N.Y., will come to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on Saturday as part of a national tour. The exhibition includes more than 70 masterworks, including paintings and sculpture. /more/
Mayor Mark Stodola today said he would not be in favor of moving the Arts Center north of the river, since Little Rock "has spent millions" on the Arts Center since its founding by the Fine Arts Club in 1937 (read the history of the Arts Center here). /more/
"The Lost Highway," David Rose's scale models of the motor courts and other businesses that thrived in the pre-interstate days along Route 66, goes on exhibit today, Jan. 28, at the National Park Community College library at 101 College, Hot Springs. /more/
Guy Bell will unveil his levitating pyramid sculpture at the Thea Foundation on Feb. 6 when his exhibition, "Fourteen Minutes and Fifty-Nine Seconds" opens as part of Thea's The Art Department series highlighting young artists. /more/
Not scandal at the state Capitol, scagliola. That's the method of creating a marble look on plaster that the builders of the Capitol used in place of real marble columns. In this video released by the Secretary of State's office, Capitol historian David Ware talks about the restoration project. /more/
If you can't get to the Penland School of Crafts in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina (something I have longed to do), you can at least experience Penland at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where "The Penland Experience" exhibition features work by nearly 50 artists who have taught or been students there, open now through Feb. 26. /more/
The Mid-America Arts Alliance, which has partnered with the Laman Library to bring exhibits to its gallery, will underwrite the cost of two exhibits this year that the library otherwise could not have afforded. /more/
lonzo Ford is an Arkansas talent whose work, which focuses on Arkansas's rural past, deserves wide recognition. Fortunately, thanks in part to exhibits at Hearne Fine Art and now at the Arts and Science Center of Southeast Arkansas, the Helena-area artist is becoming known to those of us in Central Arkansas. /more/
The panel discussion “THEN AND NOW: the Central High School Neighborhood," at the Arkansas Arts Center at 6 p.m. Tuesday, will feature Arkansas Historic Preservation historian Rachel Silva, architect Kwendeche, Central principal Nancy Rousseau and Central High Neighborhood Association president Vanessa McKuin, who is also the head of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas. /more/
One of the best reasons to go to "Van Gogh to Rothko," the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's traveling exhibition to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is to see the Jackson Pollock drip painting there, curator Manuela Well-Off-Man says in an article about the exhibit in Apollo Magazine.
It's a quick show, so don't put it off: "An Italy Experience: Reflections on the Past and Present," figurative work by Laura Raborn, is at Boswell Mourot Fine Art Feb. 28 through March 5. That's less than a week, so head over to 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd. soon to catch it.
A fight could be brewing over regulation of puppy mills, with legislation planned to better protect dogs and opposition already underway from a state representative who makes a living working with commercial dog breeders.
SB 202, which will take effect Tuesday unless Gov. Asa Hutchinson vetoes it, isn't the only legislation pending that aims at protecting discrimination against gay people. A companion bill, HB 1228, by Rep. Bob Ballinger, has similar intent to protect "conscience" as a pretext for legal discrimination against gay people in matters unrelated to religious practice.
It is hard for a straight person, The Observer included, to imagine what it would be like to be born gay — to be shipwrecked here on this space-going clod, where nearly every textbook, novel, film and television show, nearly every blaring screen or billboard or magazine ad, reinforces the idea that "normal" means "heterosexual."
The Presbytery of Arkansas, the governing body for Presbyterian churches in the northern two-thirds of Arkansas, met Saturday at Clarksville and adopted a resolution urging Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto SB 202, which is aimed at preventing local government from passing anti-discrimination laws to protect gay people. The Presbytery also expressed its opposition to a pending House bill that, in the name of "conscience," would protect those who discriminate against gay people.