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.
February in Arkansas means jonquils, snow and art auctions — in fact, four benefit art sales this week and next:
• Mississippi artists displaced by Hurricane Katrina and African children left orphaned by disease and civil war will benefit from sales of their work. “Hearts for ART” is also a kick-off for a national traveling show organized by the “ARTS, Hancock County” organization for artists in all media from the Waveland/Bay St. Louis area. The Feb. 18 show starts with a champagne reception and salute to the artists at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center. Tickets are $75 and may be bought at Oval Gallery, 201 W. Capitol Ave.; Arkansas Art Gallery, 500 Main St., North Little Rock, or by calling 501-321-4747. Checks should be made to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
• The Ozarks Foothills Filmfest will benefit from live and silent auctions of art starting at 2 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Red Apple Inn and Country Club in Heber Springs. The Danny Dozier Trio will perform, and the festival poster by Brian Sink will be unveiled. Sink will be on hand to autograph the posters, which will sell for $25. Participating artists include Sandy Hubler, Ellen Hobgood and Charlotte Rierson.
For information call 870-251-1189.
• Mediums Gallery at 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. will host the “Eyes of Burkina Faso” art auction from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. The event, co-sponsored by the First United Methodist Church and the Theressa Hoover United Methodist Church, is being held in conjunction with the 7th annual African Dinner Dancing and Drumming event Saturday, Feb. 25, at First United.
The fund-raiser will featured drawings and paintings by orphans living in Burkina Faso in West Africa. There will be artwork by area artists and other items for sale as well.
Proceeds go to ATAFEO, a program that is working to promote self-sufficiency in Gaoua, Burkina Faso. The program has helped the town start a small shea butter manufacturing business.
• Art for hearts: The American Heart Association’s annual fund-raising Heart Ball, this year called “Paint the Town Red,” will feature the auction of the 2006 signature painting, “Adrift on Memories,” by David Rickard. The fund-raiser will be held from 5:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Statehouse Convention Center.
It’s the second time Rickard, who was born with a hole in his heart, has been selected to create the signature painting. A heart buffeted by splatters and streaks is set against a dark background for an effect that Rickard said was meant to express both joy and sorrow.
Tickets to the event, which features live and silent auctions of trips, dinners, jewelry and more, the presentation of awards, dinner and music by the Rockets, are $250. Call 379-1186 to reserve.