The Arkansas Arts Center was closed today, due to a power outage in MacArthur Park, and the MacArthur Museum of Military History was likely closed as well. Phones at the latter were being answered by machines.It's a good thing it was today and not next Thursday, Aug. 4, when the Arts Center is holding an open house for architectural firms interested in applying for the planned renovation and expansion will be held. The Arts Center announced in June its Request For Qualifications for a design architect was ready for interested parties. /more/
Little Rock photographer Tim Hursley tells a great story about seeing this two-headed calf in a junk store in Northeast Arkansas and deciding he had to have it. It took a while, but success was his, and now the photograph this nationally-known lensman made of the calf (now in his studio) is the $2,500 Grand Prize winner in the "Delta Exhibition" of the Arkansas Arts Center. /more/
More than 80 artists will show work rejected by the juror for the Arkansas Arts Center's annual "Delta Exhibition" when the "Delta des Refuses" opens tomorrow, June 1, at the Thea Foundation, 401 Main St. in Argenta. Thea says the show is one of the largest its ever hung. /more/
Facing off tonight for 2nd Friday Art Night (5-8 p.m.) at the Historic Arkansas Museum (200 E. Third St.) are hardline abstractions by Louis Watts and flowing organic-form inspired sculptures by Robert Lemming ("Fucoid Arrangements"). The Marchese Hendricks Project featuring Jessica Lauren will perform live and Bubba's Brewing Co. will be whetting whistles. /more/
Clay Enoch of Colorado Springs, a member of the Sculptors Guild of Loveland, Colo., won the Sculpture at the River Market's top award, an $80,000 commission to create a sculpture that will be installed on the grounds of Central High School next year, last month. /more/
The Thea Foundation's gala fundraiser "Into the Blue: An Evening with President Bill Clinton," 6:30-9:30 p.m. May 15 at the Clinton Presidential Center, is a hot if pricy ($1,000) ticket. You will get to hang out with Clinton, yes, but also see performances by young artists whose Thea scholarships helped them get a leg up on Broadway and other places where their talent can shine. /more/
Collage artist Michael Church, who uses sometimes surreal, often wry images in his collages to express issues of alienation, injustice and the absurdities of life, is the 12th artist featured in the Thea Foundation's The Art Department series of exhibitions by emerging artists. Church's exhibition, "Succinct," opens Friday, May 6, at Thea, 401 Main St. in Argenta, with a reception from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. /more/
Clarksville Light and Water Co. has asked the state Public Service Commission to be granted intervenor status in the application by Diamond Pipeline to cross five navigable state waterways to get oil from Oklahoma to Memphis.
Actress Geena Davis announced today that she's launching a new film festival to be held in Bentonville (and called the Bentonville Film Festival) and sponsored by her own organization, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, as well as corporate partners Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, AMC Theaters and ARC Entertainment. The festival, set to be held May 5-9, will begin accepting submissions on Jan. 15 and will focus on films highlighting women and minorities in cast and crew.
The year is off to a rough start with the news that Miller Williams, renowned poet and former Arkansas Times contributing writer, died yesterday in a Fayetteville hospital. He was 84 and had been struggling with Alzheimer's for several years.