To prepare for your visit to see "Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South" opening Friday at the Arkansas Arts Center, watch this interview of Cloar on a West Memphis television station. I wrote about the show, which was organized by the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis and the Arkansas Arts Center to celebrate the Delta-born artist's centennial, this week in Art Notes. Tonight members may see the exhibition; a 6:30 p.m. lecture by the curator of the exhibit, the Brooks' Stanton Thomas, is sold out, but you might be able to squeeze in if there are no-shows.
Ceramicist Barbara Satterfield, one of the Arkansas Times' "Visionaries" in 2013, has announced the creation of a touring, interactive sculpture exhibit that will be installed in public places in Helena, Heber Springs, Dardanelle and Warren before the final exhibition at the Cox Creative Center. /more/
Quirky, terrific ceramist Celia Storey will be shooting a Pinky claymation video tonight at Laman Library Argenta, 420 Main St., and you can join in by taking one of the nine speaking parts. It's part of Argenta ArtWalk, 5-8 p.m. in downtown North Little Rock. She'll also show her work — and bring the scripts. /more/
2nd Friday Art Night is upon us, starting at 5 p.m., and tonight's event will feature quilts, Quapaw Quarter blueprints, a three-man show, live music, an auction and the film "September 30, 1955" starring richard Thonas and Lisa Blount. /more/
Just in case you haven't navigated there on the Times website, I'm linking to this week's Art Notes column, a review of the Arkansas Arts Center's 12th National Drawing Invitational in the Winthrop Rockefeller gallery. /more/
UCA's Baum Gallery director Barclay McConnell is seeking volunteers to gather up materials for stick-weaving artist Patrick Dougherty, who's coming to Conway in September to build a sculpture on the UCA campus. /more/
Hot Springs’ monthly Gallery Walk is a quarter of a century old this August, and the Central Avenue arts district is celebrating with a weekend of exhibits, demonstrations, lectures, an art auction and other activities. /more/
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston's exhibition "Jamie Wyeth," described as the first comprehensive retrospective of the artist's work, will travel to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art next year. /more/
Two people were killed with two trains collided near Hwy. 67 early this morning, and State Police are evacuating residents of the southern end of the city while the trains burn. U.S. 67 south of Hoxie and U.S. 63 are closed. The trains were carrying hazardous chemicals.
Give Arkansas a Raise Now, the group seeking to qualify a ballot measure to raise the state minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 an hour by 2017, turned in an additional 69,070 signatures to the Arkansas Secretary of State's office today.
American Bridge, the liberal PAC formed by David Brock, the former Clinton foe now dedicated to round-the-clock Hillary Clinton defender, is out today with a new report on environmental impacts and layoffs from Koch Industries. The report focuses on the business activities of the Koch brothers — more famous for hundreds of millions in political spending aimed at slashing government services, regulation and taxes — in twelve states, including Arkansas. From the report: "The Kochs' extreme, self-serving agenda is bad for working families. And that reality is starkly embodied not only by their political persuasions, but by their business endeavors."
Unrest in Ferguson, Mo. following the police shooting of an unarmed teen hasn't been a shining moment. The law and constitution have been ignored. Police have manhandled reporters. A local judge writes on what would have been a better way for local officials to deal with the situation.
For this week’s cover story, three of us from the Times took a post-2 a.m. tour of Midtown, Electric Cowboy and Elevations to get some pictures and shout questions at strangers over the music. Fortunately, it’s easier to cold-start a conversation with someone when they’ve had 3 or 4 (or 9 or 10) drinks inside them. Unfortunately, although the willingness-to-talk curve goes up relative to the amount of alcohol consumed, the coherence-of-conversation curve moves in the opposite direction. Here are a few outtakes from a mostly sober night of inviting drunks to rant about city politics.