The Governor's Mansion, which will publish a calendar featuring the work of Arkansas artists to raise funds to purchase Arkansas art, isn't having to wait for those funds to come rolling in to accomplish its mission. The Central Arkansas Library System has loaned 15 works of art from its collection and several individuals have also made loans to the Mansion for display in the atrium between the house and the Grand Hall.
The library loan includes paintings by J.O. Buckley, Fred Schmidt, Al Allen, William McNamara, George Dombek, Kent Landrum, Polly Loibner, Lucette Darby White and Joanne Jones of Fayetteville. Collector Ricky Medlock has loaned works by Bobby Bagley and Lenora Parlor, and painter Mike McLeod and sculptors Robyn Horn and Michael Warrick have loaned their own pieces.
Ron Maxwell, mansion administrator, said the assembling of work for the atrium is a “work in progress” to showcase Arkansas art. He added that the Arkansas Arts Center will send over more work on loan for the mansion proper later this week.
They library loan will be on display at the Governor's Mansion for a year.
About the calendar: A photographer called the Times to point out that no photographs will appear in the calendar. Last week's Art Notes referred to the images of the paintings to be chosen as photographs, causing some confusion.
Photographs will be included in a future edition of the calendar, as will other forms of art by Arkansans.
“Arts in the Air,” a show and sale of artwork that opens Saturday, June 2, at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, will benefit the Institute's AmeriCorps Educational scholarships.
The opening will be held 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Grand Hall. Among the 25 artists whose works appear in the show are Bruce Bartley, Terry Bean, Win Bruhl, Robin Hazard-Bishop, Dennis McCann, Alison Parsons, Ned Perme, Barry Thomas, Elizabeth Weber and Coe Wilson.
For more information, e-mail artsintheair @uawri.org or call 501-727-5435.
The Clinton School of Public Service and Lions World Services for the Blind will host “From the Euphrates to the Mississippi,” a show and sale of work by Iraqi artist Rahman N. Al-Jabiri, on Friday, June 1, in Sturgis Hall of the school. The event, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., is a fund-raiser for an art program at an orphanage in Nasiriyah, Iraq. Al-Jabiri will be represented by his cousin, Aqeel Abdellah, an interpreter at Lions World Services, at the show.
Suzi Dennis opens the exhibit “Ancient Words,” paintings inspired by travels in Israel, Greece in Italy, on Friday, June 1, at the Blue Moon Gallery, 718 Central Ave., Hot Springs. She'll be in the gallery from 5-9 p.m. that evening for Hot Springs' monthly Gallery Walk reception, when galleries on Central and nearby streets stay open for gallery-goers.
Dennis, who lives in Hot Springs, said the works are interpretations of Biblical stories. Her painting, “Go to Ninevah,” recently won a purchase award at the Jonah Art Festival at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock.