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Norton Arts Conservation Studio and Artist's Showcase chose the auspicious date of Feb. 13 to become the newest venue to take part in the 2nd Friday Art Night gallery roll (trolleys are available for transport) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.
Art conservators Wendel Norton and Cynthia Dollard, whose national conservation business is based in Cave Creek in Newton County and Snowball in Searcy County, have opened a Little Rock outpost at 1206 Main St., next door to Community Bakery. Norton Arts' 2nd Friday exhibit, “Celebrating Arkansas Artists,” will feature works by contemporary Arkansans, including Norton and Dollard, and earlier artists. The Main Street studio will also accept works for restoration.
The Arts Scene joined 2nd Friday in January, but a write-up about the new gallery ended up on the Times' cutting-room floor. Formerly located in North Little Rock before a year's hiatus, the Arts Scene is now at 110 N. State St. John Rogers' environmental design business is located in the back and the gallery is in the front of the space; last month's exhibit featured work by his son, Jon Shannon Rogers, a recent graduate of the Chicago Art Institute. This month the Arts Scene — and Hearne Fine Arts and the Historic Arkansas Museum as well — celebrate Black History Month. Drawings by AJ Smith, silverpoint work by Marjorie Williams-Smith, sculpture by Bryan Massey and Kevin Cole, and paintings by Sylvester McKissack and Charly Palmer will be on exhibit at the Arts Scene. Korto Momolu, who no longer needs an introduction, will have a fashion show there at 8 p.m.
Steven Young and Kinfolks will present “Let Freedom Ring” at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. on the ground floor of the Museum Center; Hearne Fine Art, on the street level floor, is having a moving sale, selling decorative items, books, posters and prints at 20 percent to 50 percent off. Hearne is building a new gallery at Chester and Wright Avenue.
The Historic Arkansas Museum will host a reception for painter Ariston Jacks and sculptor Susan Williams, whose joint exhibit, “The Visual Narrative,” opens Feb. 13. There will be live music by Gerald Johnson.
River Market ArtSpace (301 President Clinton Ave.) opens “Fire and Noise: Paintings of Megan Chapman,” abstract works by the Northwest Arkansas artist.
The Cox Creative Center is showing works from the permanent collection of the Central Arkansas Library System in its Showcase Arkansas Gallery.
On Feb. 28, both galleries in the Cox Center will close. The Central Arkansas Library System will open new galleries in the Arkansas Studies Institute at the corner of Clinton and Rock streets.
Art administrator and curator Colin Thompson, who joined the CALS staff Jan. 5, said the main gallery in the Arkansas Institute will feature works from CALS permanent collection and exhibits with an Arkansas connection, much as the Showcase Arkansas Gallery does now. A retail gallery will feature work by Arkansas artists and artisans and a couple of smaller areas will serve as exhibit space as well.
How the Cox Creative Center space will be used is still under discussion, Thompson said.
More moving news: On Saturday, Feb. 14, the Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative will hold a Valentine party/open house at its new location, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road. The building formerly housed Gallery B; ACAC was previously located on South Main Street downtown.
The open house kicks off at 6 p.m. with music by the Libras and food by Boulevard Bread Co. Currently on exhibit are works by 49 area artists, including paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, fashion, sketches and more. The party runs through 10 p.m.; the exhibit continues through Feb. 28. Gallery hours are noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 21.