A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
Galleries are putting up new shoots, as Gallery B’s owner opens a new location with partners in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center and Facts moves into a larger location on Kavanaugh Boulevard.
M2, at 11525 Cantrell Road, will feature “art from around the world and art from around the corner,” owner Mac Murphy says. Murphy, his wife Ashley and Gallery B (900 Rodney Parham) owner John Magee opened M2 on Feb. 28; they plan to hold a party and artists’ reception from 6-9 p.m. March 23. Maxim Lipzer and Ruben Morawicki of Argentina and Holland Berkley of Orlando, Fla., are the artists that make M2 worldly; home-grown artists include Nathan Beatty, Gail Stoops and Megan Chapman of Fayetteville and John Magee, Jason Gammel, Cathy Burns, Amy Laser and V.L. Cox from Central Arkansas.
To see the work at the new gallery, go to www.m2lr.com.
Mary Cornwell and her sister, Barbara Pardue, will open the Gallery Sorrelle (sor-ell-ee) at 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd., the former location of Pardue’s Attitudes and Latitudes clothing shop, in the third week of March. Sorrelle will absorb Facts, Cornwell’s gallery at 5501 Kavanaugh. The new gallery will take up 3,000 square feet, a size that will allow Cornwell to represent additional artists, she said. Cornwell and Pardue hope to have a national market for the work. Pardue will handle marketing and other business functions, Mallory Jewell will be sales consultant and Cornwell will continue as gallery director.
Facts will have a final exhibit, “The Masculine Perspective on Art,” work by Carey Roberson, Matt McLeod, Stephan Cefalo, Jack Slentz, Doug Gorrell and Ron Logan, starting with a reception from 6-9 p.m. March 8. The gallery will close for only two days while the transition to the larger location is made.
The full name of the new gallery will be: Gallery Sorrelle: Fine Art and Contemporary Craft from the American South.
While shoppers at Parisian can stop by M2 Gallery, shoppers in Paris can hit The View, a new gallery just opened by Rick Larson, Earlene Larson and Melissa Wallace. It’s on the square at 18 W. Walnut, just south of the courthouse (and about a half-hour away from Mount Magazine, where other great views are to be had). The View will feature fine art and craft, including paintings, photography, pottery, stained glass, basket-weaving, gourd art and sculpture. The owners also plan to coordinate with the public schools to hold student art contests and host a fine art fair in fall.
Showing at The View are: Julie Mayser, Bill Garrison, Gloria Garrison, Rick Larson, Christina Stengel, Robert Wright, Virginia Wright, Joy Spicer, Barbara Tobias, Sam Tobias, David Gates, Kathy Henry, Barbara Loftin, Nancy Beauchamp, Gina O’Connor, Linda Ashmore and Patrick McCollum. For more information, call 479-963-8439(VIEW) or e-mail email@example.com.