The 8th annual Arkansas Sculpture Invitational Show and Sale comes to the Argenta Community Theater this weekend, starting with an Argenta ArtWalk preview show from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 21, with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. The show continues from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There is no charge to see the work.
The show, sponsored by the Arkansas Sculptors Guild and the Argenta Arts Foundation, is in North Little Rock for the first time. Previous shows have been in Morrilton and Little Rock. Theater is at 405 Main St., next door to the Thea Foundation at 401 Main, which will also host an Argenta ArtWalk event, a showing of work by Nick Leopoulos, and Greg Thompson Fine Art at 429 Main, which continues its "Best of the South" exhibition.
Their work won't be unveiled until September, but the winners of the Bernice Garden's annual sculpture contest have been announced. They are David Carpenter ("Home: The View from Here); UAPB professor Danny Campbell of Pine Bluff ("Garden Series"); Steve Driver of Ozark ("Fish Stela"); Mia Hall and David Clemons ("The Fruit of their Labor"); John Van Horn and Erika Drake of North Little Rock ("Sealed with a Wish") and Kerrick Hartman of Stuttgart ("Burden Bearers").
The unveiling will be at the 5th annual Sculpture Party and Fall Fest, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 5.
UPDATED with a couple of images of sculpture models. Photographs by Steven Otis.
Attention sculptors applying to the Bernice Garden 2013 Sculpture Project: Art patrons John and Robyn Horn this year are doubling the award amount to $6,000 to artists whose works are selected for the garden. The award was $3,000 for the project's first three years.
Deadline to submit a design for planned artwork is 5 p.m. April 15. Five or fewer works will be chosen and will remain in the garden, at South Main Street and Daisy Gatson Bates, for a year.
Artists may work in teams; the competition is open to Arkansans only. The work should reflect "the spirit, nature or history of Arkansas is a must to be chosen; a sense of whimsy is a plus," according to a news release.
The $6,000 award includes $200 for the development of a model of the proposal, due by June 1. Completed artworks will be installed in the garden in September. The $5,800 must include all other design fees, materials, construction, installation, removal, maintenance and liability insurance. The artist/teams retain ownership of the artwork.
For more information about the Bernice Garden Sculpture Project or the garden itself, contact Liz Sanders, coordinator, at 501-617-2511, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.TheBerniceGarden.org.
City spokesperson Meg Matthews today provided this sketch by Conway sculptor Bryan Massey Sr., who won a $60,000 commission from the Sculpture at the River Market non-profit to create a sculpture for Riverfront Park. The award was announced at the conclusion of last week's Sculpture at the River Market show and sale in the River Market pavilions.
Massey, who teaches at the University of Central Arkansas and whose Fayetteville sculpture honoring Silas Hunt was noted in Eye Candy recently, calls the soapstone, limestone and steel sculpture "Nautilus."
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