Artist Guy Bell has been dropping hints on Facebook that a new gallery is coming to Kavanaugh Boulevard in the Heights. Here's a little more: Bell and Louis France, owner of Reno's Argenta Cafe, will open a contemporary Southern art gallery mid-summer. Bell says it will include high-end consigned work from the early 20th century, primarily WPA and Ashcan School work. /more/
Mugs Cafe — sounds like a place to see mugs, right? You will this Friday night, when you head to the cafe, 515 Main St. in Argenta, where "The Original Selfies — Artists Self Portraits" is on exhibit. Mugs is just one of nine venues that will be open for Argenta ArtWalk, 5-8 p.m., this month. /more/
The Historic Arkansas Museum's two new exhibitions opening today for tonight's 2nd Friday Art Night, 5-8 p.m., contrast the old with the new: folk paintings from the collection by Josephine Graham (1915-1999) and digital imagery and photographs by UCA student Suyao Tian. /more/
Independent artists take note: The Argenta CDC is inviting you to take part in Argenta ArtWalk, the monthly third Friday after-hours gallery stroll in downtown North Little Rock. The CDC provides 10-by-10-foot booths; you provide the tables, chairs and other furnishings. To apply, send three jpgs of work to be sold in your booth to email@example.com or call 517-3127 for an application. Booths are $30. /more/
Artist V.L. Cox's doors of discrimination — her "End Hate" installation that has provided the backdrop to Paula Morrell's "Tales from the South" broadcasts from members of the LGBT community and has been featured on the grounds of the state Capitol — are headed to the Lincoln Memorial on April 17. Morrell will be set up with a table and recording equipment alongside the installation to hear stories of discrimination from visitors to the memorial. They need your financial help to show the nation Arkansans are not all knuckle-dragging homophobes. /more/
Audubon Arkansas, the city of Little Rock, the Arkansas Arts Center and other state and local groups are partnering on Drain Smart, a public art project in which artists will create murals on city storm drains to remind people that what goes down the drains — including trash — goes into streams that feed the Arkansas River. Deadline to submit applications along with a sketch of ideas is April 17. /more/
The 2015 Arkansas Living Treasure award for craftsmanship goes to Lorrie Popow of Hot Springs, who is known nationally for her egg art. She'll be honored at a reception from 5-7 p.m. May 12 at Garvan Woodland Gardens. /more/
A bronze eagle sculpture, "U Wa Ha Li," by Arkansas artist David Harris was stolen yesterday from the Hot Springs Fine Arts Center, where it was on display as part of the Arkansas Sculptors Guild Exhibition. Executive Director Donna Dunnahoe said the 8-inch-tall, 7-pound sculpture was on a pedestal in the front gallery of the Fine Arts Center. /more/
The Little Rock Police Department has assigned an extra patrol to the Centennial Park area after a complaint by a property owner got Mayor Mark Stodola's attention. Paul Dodds, who lives on West 17th Street and Park and whose company Urban Frontier LLC has fixed up 10 properties for sale and rent and owns several more, emailed Stodola, the city board of directors and the police chief on Sunday. Stodola today directed City Manager Bruce Moore to increase "directed patrols" in the park area and "have Entergy light this place up like it is daytime. With summer break upon us we need to stifle this activity before it gets worse."
Argenta is the place to be Saturday, May 2, if you like baskets, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, fabrics ... and robotics, flying things, power tool drag racing, trebuchets ... and good weather, music and food. The arts and science are strong allies, so it was a fine idea to combine the Argenta Arts Festival (formerly run by the Thea Foundation but now taken over by the city) and the Innovation Hub's Mini Maker Faire.
As a professional matter, I've been halfway dreading Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy. The 2016 Democratic nomination appears to be hers for the asking. Democrats enjoy a strong Electoral College advantage. And yet it's hard to imagine how she can overcome the unrelenting hostility of the Washington media clique.
Asa Hutchinson seems so much nicer about his belief in legal discrimination. But the result is more dangerous. You can be falsely lulled, as the national press has been, into believing Hutchinson is a moderate.