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Artists from the North (the Ozarks and New York) bring their sensibilities to Second Friday Art Night, starting at 5 p.m. April 10.
Norton Arts Conservation Showcase will feature watercolors by William McNamara, painter of Ozark streams and hillsides in his distinct bubbling pointillist style. McNamara lives and works in Ponca, and he will attend the Art Night event. Works by the late Elsie and Louis Freund, two of Arkansas's finest artists, will also be on exhibit at Norton, which will stay open until 9 for Art Night.
“Life on a Dragonfly: The Pottery of Karin Boudet Ford” opens on Art Night at River Market ArtSpace. The ceramicist lives and works in Eureka Springs, where she moved after losing her Biloxi, Miss., home to Hurricane Katrina. River Market ArtSpace will be open 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
At the Arts Scene, painter and printmaker Kevin Goodrich, from upper New York State, continues to exhibit his work. The gallery opens at 5 p.m. and musicians Chris Atwood and Jeff Dempsey will entertain from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“Jeremy Estill: Changing Lanes,” an exhibit of large-format charcoal and pastel drawings, opens 2nd Friday at the Historic Arkansas Museum. HAM will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This came in too late to make the paper: Steven Ochs, the artist behind the stained concrete mural behind the Arkansas Studies Institute, will speak at the ASI at 6:30 p.m. An exhibit from the Central Arkansas Library's permanent collection will be on display in the gallery (first floor).
? Thanks to an assist from the tech-savvy youth at the Times, I've started posting exhibit news and photos at arkansasartnotes.tumblr.com. Why tumblr? It's so easy to use even someone who's passed the half-century mark can use it. It's not interactive like a blog; if you've got news (or ideas, comments, pictures, whatever) you'd like to share, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and it might appear by the sign of the peahen.
After he tumbled into arkansasartnotes, Zeek Taylor of Eureka Springs e-mailed me the Eureka Springs Artists Registry Newsletter. Taylor keeps up with exhibits in Eureka and other artistic hotspots, as well as relaying news about registry members and exhibit opportunities. You can sign up to get the newsletter e-mailed to you at www.eurekaspringsartists.com. He notes that Eureka's 2nd Saturday Gallery Stroll is nigh.
A small item tucked in the newsletter: The first annual Cotter Trout Festival Paint Out and Quick Draw is coming up April 17 and 18. The Paint Out, at Big Spring Park, is free both days. The Quick Draw contest requires a $5 entry fee; there will be cash and merchandise awards. All work goes on sale at 4 p.m.; half the funds go to the Cotter School Art Program and the artists get the rest. Some great paintings of leaping fish are sure to be generated here, for a good cause.
? The Delta exhibit at the Arkansas Arts Center last year featured one of Elizabeth Owens' giant colored-pencil drawings of a baby. Owens' ability to make an infant fearsome can be enjoyed again at Artchurch Studio in Hot Springs, where she's exhibiting her “Giant Babies” through the month. Artchurch Studio is at 301 Whittington Ave.