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The human body often figures in art. What's under the skin has its own kind of beauty as well, and the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs puts that on display with real human specimens in “Our Body: The Universe Within” starting June 14.
“Our Body” uses 20 polymer-impregnated cadavers in various poses to reveal various parts of the human system — muscular, skeletal, circulatory, nervous, digestive, reproductive, respirative and even the excremental, sure to be a favorite with younger viewers.
Plastination, the process by which the specimens were prepared, is explained on www.ourbodytheuniversewithin.com. It leaves tissues intact and organs nearly identical to their “pre-preservation” state.
The exhibit was produced by the Universe Within Traveling Co. LLC of Maryland. Its run at the museum, through Sept. 28, is its first in Arkansas.
For children less interested in what's inside the body than what comes out, the museum is also showing “Grossology,” the whys about such things as vomit and gas and snot; a match-the-smell-to-the-body and other activities are part of the exhibit. The museum's summer camp that runs June 16-20 plays off the exhibit, allowing kids to “make boogers.” For more information, go to www.midamericamuseum.org.
Maura Miller of Fayetteville has a more refined output. The ceramist, who works at Terra Studios in Durham (southeast of Fayetteville), will exhibit her work starting Friday, June 13, at River Market ArtSpace, when downtown galleries will be open 5-8 p.m. for 2nd Friday Art Night.
Miller, formerly an archeologist, has an eclectic body of work: tall metal-glazed raku vessels, genie's lamps and coffee mugs are all part of her repertoire. Perhaps her most popular items at ArtSpace, owner Debra Wood said, are small clay bowls that make use of molten blue glass, scrap from Terra's Bluebird of Happiness manufacturing. “From the Fire: The Pottery of Maura Miller” runs through July 5.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's DeCapo Quartet will perform at the Historic Arkansas Museum, where Robert and Angie Boury's collection of original music scores are on exhibit. A new exhibit of work by Little Rock artist Sulac, including collaborative pieces made with Kathy Strause, David Jukes and Kevin Kerby, will be on view and the Mid-Southern Watercolorists juried show.
At 6:30 p.m. at the Arkansas Arts Center, Tom Richard will give a talk about his exhibit in the Strauss Gallery. Richard, a professor of fine art at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, works in mixed media on paper and wood; the Hulk, rubber duckies, the Pink Panther all make an appearance in his poster-style — flat, figurative and colorful — paintings.
“Wired Woodwinds and the Wild,” an exhibit of wire sculpture by Pernell Williams, will open at Hearne Fine Art in the Museum Center and the artist will be in attendance for the 2nd Friday Art Night event. The Cox Creative Gallery, on the third floor of the Cox Creative Center, will feature work by Little Rock artist Faye Rainwater. “Arkansas Politics, Patriotism and Pride,” historical objects, continues in the Showcase Arkansas Gallery on the second floor of the Cox Center.
Ten Thousand Villages will also be open 5-8 p.m. Friday night.