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The Artery, nearly blocked earlier this year by the City Council from showing public art the Eureka Springs way, will unveil a new group of murals at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Labor Day Tra LALA Palooza. The theme for the new installation, the fourth since the Artery project was launched in 2005, is “Seasons,” embodied in 30 eight-by-four-foot panels lining the retaining wall of the North Main parking lot. All are for sale.
Mayor Dani Joy suggested to the City Council at the first of the year that use of the lot for public art should require a formal contract. Joy said she was reacting to pressure from persons in the community who found some of the Artery art's subject matter (a breastfeeding Mary and a drag queen, for example) and the condition of the work itself to be objectionable. After debating the issue for several months — and getting lots of publicity in newspapers and on television — the council agreed to contract with Buchanan's glamOrama productions.
A preview of the panels on thearterysite.org shows a winter landscape by Carol Dickie, a painting of a young girl blowing dandelion seeds into the air by Wendi LaFey, a cluster of bird houses by Cindy Arsaga and a surrealist image of the seasons projected onto walls in a lake by Lisa Bauer. Nary a nipple among them.
After the unveiling, the season finale of the Lucky 13 Starlight Cinema, movies projected onto the Auditorium wall by the parking lot, will feature “Bedtime Stories” with Adam Sandler. The Tiffany Christopher band will play at 6 p.m., before the dusk start time for the movie.
More news from the artistic north: The 8th annual “Off the Beaten Path” tours of more than 30 artists' studios in Mountain View, Calico Rock, Pineville and Fox draws nigh. Free driving guides to the studios are now available at the Chamber of Commerce in Mountain View and other businesses or by registering online at www.offthebeatenpathstudiotour.com. The tour runs Sept. 18-20 and B and Bs are already getting full, we noticed in a quick check, so it's time to act.
New on the tour this year are the Whispers from the Woods studio of painter-sculptors Marc and Paulette Palmer; the Riverview Studio of painter Carolyn Cushing, and Huey Peters' Our Friends Photography studio. Other artists on the tour include chainmaille jeweler Rosemary Geisser; furniture maker Owen Rein, and potters Joe Bruhin and David and Becki Dahlstedt; as well as painters, folk artisans, woodworkers, weavers and stained glass art.
Work by 35 noted Latino and Latin American artists is coming to the University of Central Arkansas's Baum Gallery. “Cardinal Points/Puntos Cardinales: A Survey of Contemporary Latino and Latin American Art,” featuring the art of Jose Bedia, Enrique Chagoya, Carmen Logas Garza, Luis Jimenez and others. The work, from the Sprint Nextel Collection, was curated to demonstrate the diversity of Latin work, a news release from Baum director Barbara Satterfield said.
Paired with that is “Pre-Columbian Artifacts: UCA's Riddick Collection,” the first public exhibition of the collection, which includes prehistoric ceramics and early 20th century carnival masks from Mexico.
And jumping off from the ceramic theme is “Function PLUS: Contemporary Teapots” from the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection.
Meg Webster, whose exhibit of titanium sculpture and pumpkin seed drawings is at the Arts Center through Oct. 4, will give a talk, “Meg Webster's Urban Gardens, Activist Gestures,” at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Arts Center. The talk is sponsored by the Fine Arts Club; luncheon follows and tickets are $30.