Tanarah Haynie of Tanarah Luxe Floral in Little Rock will give her floral design workshop tomorrow at the Thea Foundation, 401 Main St., NLR, offering folks an opportunity to learn how to add some style to your flower arrangements and support the arts foundation at the same time.
Today is the last day to take advantage of this offer: a day-long workshop, including lecture, tools and floral products for $100. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE THEA FOUNDATION.
Here's tomorrow's schedule:
Session 1 — Fundamentals: 9 a.m. to noon
Lunch: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Session 2 — Art and Design: 1:30-4 p.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, at 9th and Broadway, opens the exhibit "Shades of Greatness," 34 works by artists asked to use as inspiration the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues, tonight. Special guest at a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. is William “Youngblood” McCrary, who played with the Kansas City Monarchs and was a teammate of Jackie Robinson. There will be music by Michael Eubanks and "baseball inspired refreshments," the museum press release said. The exhibition is on loan from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo.
Connecticut painter Eric Forstmann will be on hand tonight at the Thea Foundation, which is hosting a reception for its exhibition of his landscapes and other work.
The reception is from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Forstmann will give a talk at 7 p.m. There will be libations, including a special drink created for the evening by Capital Hotel mixologist Colter Puterbaugh, and music by the Funk A Nites.
Limited edition prints of Forstmann's "Six @ 3 p.m.," a painting of shirts hung along a wall, including a pink shirt with the Thea Foundation logo on the collar to represent Thea Leopoulos, will be on sale for $275. (See below.) All proceeds from the sales will benefit Thea.
Forstmann studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Boston/Tufts University. Kevin Bacon, Annette Bening, Robert Rauschenberg, and Alfred and Judith Taubman have collected his work, which is also in museum permanent collections. His work will remain at Thea until Aug. 30.
Who would have thunk it? From the land of Walmart — and now Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art — the opening of Yarnography event by the Creative Energy Project at the Pressroom coffee shop on the Bentonville square. It's all about folks who are hooked on crochet, apparently.
I stole this photograph from the Lovely County Citizen's Facebook page. It identifies the yarnees as Eurekans Mark Wetzel, left, Alex (?), Gina Gallina, Breana Clark, Zeek Taylor and Caroline Eggert.
A friend has called my attention to an inventive art event in June that I am sore I missed. It was the "Cloar Field Trip," 12- and 6-mile bicycle tours from Earle to places painted by Carroll Cloar in Crittenden County, held in conjunction with the exhibition, "Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South" at the Brooks Museum in Memphis. On the tour: Rev. George Berry Washington’s angel monument, Gibson Bayou Church and more. From the photo sent me, it looks like replications of Cloar's work were posted at the various sites. A picnic followed at the Crittenden County Museum in Earle. Curator Dr. Stanton Thomas led the tour.
Seems like Gallery 26 could sponsor a bike tour of Little Rock sites painted by John Kushmaul. Or, since it's August, Paint Box Gallery could send folks to Alaska to see where Cathy Kirkpatrick took her photographs.
Can you tell it's Friday afternoon?
Gallery 26, 2601 Kavanaugh, holds the opening reception for its new exhibition of paintings, graphic art and photographs by John Kushmaul, Erin Lang and Brittany McDonald tonight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (The invitation shows work by Kushmaul on top, Lang in the middle and McDonald at the bottom.) The show runs through Sept. 7.
On Friday, July 5: Stephano's II (at B.A. Framer, 1813 N. Grant St.) will host Cuban group CruzWay starting at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, July 6: The Ellen Hobgood Gallery in Heber Springs will feature work by The ArtGroup Maumelle and other work from 5-8 p.m. Artists will demonstrate technique and there will be food and entertainment.
Curt Viebranz, president of Mount Vernon, and author Joseph Ellis will be special guests tonight at a reception for the Clinton Presidential Center's exhibition "A Tribute to George Washington" (see previous post). The reception is at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall.
Gallery 360 will host a reception from 6-10 p.m. tonight for Angela Davis Johnson and her exhibition of mixed media works "Kinfolk," described as a "visual narrative" that starts with the image above.
Gallery 360 is at 900 S. Rodney Parham. The show will remain on exhibit through June.
This week's ArtNotes has the lineup for the Thea Arts Festival tomorrow in Argenta. Three blocks of Main Street will be closed off, from Broadway to Sixth, sit-down restaurants will serve food on the streets, artists will demonstrate their skills and each block will have its own musical entertainment. Artists will be under tents, so don't let a little rain hold you back.
The festival is organized by the Thea Foundation, which supports arts education in the schools as a way for children to achieve in all areas of academics and is the state office for the Arkansas A+ arts-infused model that has been adopted by several schools with great success.
Jason Gammel, known as North Little Rock's firefighter artist (though I'm not sure he's fighting fires anymore), has been giving paintings away through his Facebook page to people who perform good deeds.
His first giveaway was to the person who, within 2 hours of posting Feb. 17, bought and delivered cookies to a fire station and documented it with photographs posted to Gammel's Facebook page. In 7 minutes, a friend took him up on the deal, dashed to the store, took a picture of the cookies there on his cell phone and posted to Gammel's page, and then headed to a firestation, where he took a picture of himself and some bewildered firefighters. His prize: this 36-by-36 inch painting "Spring."
On Wednesday, Gammel posted his second challenge: The first person to give the Pulaski County Humane Society $75 would receive his 48-by-60-inch piece "Ascending Circles." Thinks got a little tricky here, thanks to Facebook timing weirdness that swapped first posters, so Gammel had two winners. Both donated, posted their receipts on Gammel's Facebook page, and Gammel gave both paintings, posting, "I just left an ass chewing on Mark Zuckerberg's voice mail (actually two, one for the confusion his servers caused and another for not answering his phone when I call)."
Here's "Ascending Circles," which another one of Gammel's Facebook friends suggest he rename "avocados on a cutting board." What else are friends for?
Gammel's last giveaway, last night, only required that persons guess the correct number of M&Ms he had in a jar. There were 105 guesses; and the winner received:
Gammel's having lots of fun and making room in his studio at the same time. If he decides to put up this one
I'm going to be all over it.
Carole Katchen, who's showing pastels at the Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, 626 Central Ave., will give an art demonstration at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, "What to do When Your Pastel Painting is a Disaster," as part of the Arts Center's 3rd Fridays @ FAC event.
Katchen's talk will be followed at 7 p.m. by a musical performance by singer/songwriter Rena Wren with her husband, Rodgey Roach, on bass; Roach's brother Rodney on guitar, and special guest vocalist Michelle Brewer.
The pastel show at the Fine Arts Center features 30 works by members of the Arkansas Pastel Society and runs through January.
The 3rd Friday event is free, but the FAC suggests a donation of $2 to support programming. Call 501-624-0489 for more information.
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