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.
Two big opportunities for artists to gain recognition have popped up: The award of $4,000 fellowships to individual artists by the Arkansas Arts Council and the chance to exhibit in the National Museum of Women in the Arts' “Women to Watch” biennial in Washington.
The Arts Council conducts its own stimulus program of sorts, providing fellowships to up to nine artists who've demonstrated a career commitment in three categories: contemporary and traditional crafts, short stories and film and video. To be eligible, artists must have been a resident for at least one year and be 24 or older. Last year's winners in the visual arts category were filmmaker Michael Anderson and sculptors Hank Kaminsky and Bethany Springer. All were from Fayetteville.
For an application, contact Sally Williams at 324-9348 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is May 8.
The deadline looms for the Arkansas committee for NMWA to receive entries: it's March 5. The “Women to Watch” exhibit will feature contemporary figurative paintings in oil, acrylic, tempera or watercolor by emerging artists. Eight to 12 artists from the U.S. and abroad will be selected. For more information, contact Joey Halinski at email@example.com or 403 Long Leaf Cove, Vicksburg, MS 39180.
You don't have to be a swell to take part in Tabriz, the biannual fund-raising auction at the Arkansas Arts Center. For only $50, you can attend the casual Thursday night Tabriz on March 5, which will feature a silent auction of parties, art, jewelry, dinners, etc., and demonstrations by Museum School artists. For a small fee, attendees can also paint a work of art that will go on display at the Arts Center in April. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Arts Center.
The Saturday night event for the really big spenders: That's $400 a ticket. Per person. See you there. For more information, call the Arts Center at 372-4000.
If the names Cambridge, Fenton, Heisey, Imperial and Tiffin mean anything to you, you might be a glasshopper. So you'll want to check out the 23rd annual Depression Era Glass Show and Sale on Feb. 28 and March 1 in the Hall of Industry at the State Fairgrounds.
This year's show will feature 175 tables from 24 dealers and will include pottery and kitchen items of the era. If you've never glasshopped before, there will be representatives from Arkansas Glasshoppers Inc. to give you the breakdown on Depression glass. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A $5 admission is good for both days.
The museum listings in this week's calendar (see page 36) include several Archeology Month events. This year's theme is “Planting the Seed,” and exhibits and talks are planned at churches, museums, libraries in all parts of the state throughout March.