Arkansas artists Kat Wilson and Sarah Leflar announced today they will open a new gallery in Fayetteville called the Bottle Rocket Gallery, at 1495 Finger Road. The gallery will open Sept. 20 in a building designed and built by Ozark craftsman Robert Runyan on the grounds of Gayeta Lodge, the home of Arkansas writer Charles Joseph Finger in the early part of the 20th century.
A fundraiser for the non-profit gallery will be held 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. A press release from the gallery says it will show work that could be considered confrontational or controversial, and that its mission is "to create access for people in NWA to see the work of artists whose work, although important, would not otherwise be shown in this area."
The first show will be "Makeshift Theatre," photographs by Logan Rollins addressing homosexual identity and queer art. As with all its artists, the gallery will provide a travel and installation stipend to Rollins and he'll give a talk while he's here.
Downtown Little Rock has seen the opening of a couple of new galleries lately, and now there's a third: Gallery 221, in the Pyramid Building at Second and Center streets. The gallery will exhibit paintings and sculpture from private collections and resident artists whose working studios are on the building's third floor (in Art Studios 221).
Paintings by Catherine Rodgers are the featured work in the gallery's debut exhibit. Also showing is work by Jennifer Coleman, Larry Hare and Cynthia Ragan. In the private collection gallery: Works by Gino Hollander, Elena Feliciano, Thomas Fedro, Framos and Gloria Vanderbilt.
Jenn Freeman, gallery manager, said the studios will eventually accommodate 13 artists. The gallery will participate in 2nd Friday Art Night's downtown gallery trolley troll. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment (801-0211).
Photographer Taylor Bellott and his wife, Brenda, have opened the Taylor Bellott Nature Gallery and Coffee Shop at 4328 Central Ave. The grand opening is from 4 to 8 p.m. today.
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