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Re: “Arkansas Food and Farm launches new blog

Barbara Armstrong is a force of nature. She has overcome challenges that most wouldn't survive, to come back a winner and to single handedly change the face of local farm & food popularity in Central Arkansas. I applaud her and all her success.

Posted by theartist12 on 10/07/2014 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Texas blog Glasstire reviews "State of the Art"

I was personally offended by the Glasstire review as well as many other artists here in the Natural State. In the words of another fellow Arkansas artist, is was "Such a sad, pathetic attempt on the critic's part to appear sophisticated and urban-savvy." I agree. Guy Bell, one of the featured artists in the Crystal Bridges exhibit posted the perfect response:

GLASSTIRE.COM presented a review of the recent exhibition geared toward a Texas audience. It was favorable overall, but lamented a lack of “Folk Art” in the show. Ok, that is fair. However the following did not sit well with me as evidenced by my last paragraph:

Excerpt from Glasstire:

“The museum’s home of Bentonville, high in the Ozarks (the region is undeniably beautiful), is also home to the Wal-Mart Corporation, and it’s a semi-charming town, but the region feels a little spooky. Its stubborn ruralness has a whiff of meth hillbilly. As I walked and drove around town and dealt with my hotel’s front-desk people and gas-station cashiers and the like, I could sometimes hear the sinister banjo playing in my head.”

My reply:

"Thanks for the review! Living in Arkansas, self-taught, and one of the artists in the exhibition I contend that folk art in my area is may look less “folksy” than it was in the past.
The rules of perspective are taught in secondary school classrooms across the country. Coffee tins have been replaced by Starbucks cups. Corn cobs by microwave steamer bags. With the internet, social media, and ubiquitous advertisements, one would have to make a conscious effort to not be exposed to cultural influences from all over the globe.
Conversely, many established artists in the United States have long used folk influences to inform their own work. Found objects and rude forms are displayed in many of the major US art hubs. Just food for thought.
As an Arkansan who briefly lived in Texas, I would like to address the “meth hillbilly” comment. As I understand it, Arkansas gets most of its methamphetamine from Mexico…via Texas. And what you thought was a banjo playing in your head was because someone, in haste, neglected to fully turn off the radio when Jeff Strahan’s “Take me to Texas” began to play. Go Hogs."

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Posted by theartist12 on 09/17/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “UPDATE: 'Hot mike' soccer game comments preceded UALR athletic director's resignation

This was not a fraternity keg party. He was on school property, and a highly paid representative during a school sanctioned event. Of course he should have resigned. (You would never hear Pat Summitt talking about how big male basketball players 'packages' were.) It was his responsibility to set an example and show some class while representing his school, and these young ladies during this sporting event. There is no excuse for his unacceptable behavior and he knew it. Hence the resignation.

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Posted by theartist12 on 09/03/2014 at 8:25 PM
Posted by theartist12 on 09/03/2014 at 6:02 PM

Re: “The 'State of the Art' Four: Salvest, Martin, Bell, Lopez

Having been very good friends with Martin and Bell for many years now, I can't think of any two artist more deserving of this honor. I have known them both from the start of their careers until now and I knew right off that they were powerhouses just waiting to make their mark. They are also extremely nice people and are always such a pleasure to visit with. Keep your eye on these two, or should I say, "Buy Now" because they are getting ready to take the art world by storm. (I have three early pieces of Martin already in my collection!) So proud of them!

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Posted by theartist12 on 07/18/2014 at 8:03 AM

Re: “The brutal randomness of Samantha Olson's murder

I still think someone that works at that Walgreens knows something. The front door of the Walgreens on the corner of McCain and JFK was in the direct line of fire. She may have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time for a random drive by shooting. Did they even question any employees there? That Walgreens parking lot gets kinda rough at night even for that location so I shop at the one by North Hills instead.

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Posted by theartist12 on 03/03/2014 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Journalist Cathy Frye found after becoming lost on hike in Texas

Thank God!

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Posted by theartist12 on 10/06/2013 at 2:34 PM

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