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The Arkansas Arts Center’s new series of lectures on architecture kicks off Tuesday, Dec. 7, when UA professor Laura Terry gives a talk, “Learning from Alice Walker: Porches, Paintings and a Side of Collards,” at 6:30 p.m. in the lecture hall.
Terry, an architect and a painter who read and traveled with a camera to towns in Arkansas, Alabama and Georgia to better understand Southern culture, will talk about her artwork that sprang from the research.
Terry teaches UA architecture students to draw and paint and directs the Camp Aldersgate Design/Build program to create facilities for physically disabled campers. In 2003, she received the UA School of Architecture McIntosh Faculty Award, which funded her “Paradise Lost” paintings.
The lecture series was initiated by arts patron June Freeman of Little Rock and organized by Arts Center curator for Education Erin Branham and the University of Arkansas’s School of Architecture. Series sponsor is the central Arkansas section of the American Institute of Architects. Memphis architect Coleman Coker will speak in the spring.
For those who want to do more than just think about art, several art events are in the works, starting with tonight’s (Dec. 2) auction at 6:30 p.m. at the Albert Pike Hotel to benefit the Historic Preservation Alliance. Admission, food and drinks are free and a framed painting will be given as a door prize. Paintings and graphic works by famous and emerging artists will be on the auction block. The Albert Pike is at Seventh and Scott streets.
On Friday, Dec. 3, the Arts Center opens its annual “Collectors Show and Sale,” featuring masterworks and other fine art from New York galleries. The show closes Feb. 6. The next morning, Dec. 4, the always-packed Museum School Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arts Center offers work by instructors and students in pottery, painting, photography and more.
Also Dec. 3, the third annual Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative Show and Sale starts a three-day run at AM Architecture, 401 Main St., North Little Rock. The cooperative is raising money to buy studio space for visual and performing artists. Hours are 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, check out www.acacarkansas.org.
Central Avenue galleries will stay open late Friday, Dec. 3, for Hot Springs’ monthly Gallery Walk. Among the offerings: “An Ornamental Affair,” a benefit for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Garland County) at the Blue Moon Gallery, 718 Central Ave. Blue Moon’s artists have created ornaments for a silent auction that opens Friday at 5 p.m. and closes Dec. 11.
For shoppers lucky enough to live near Eureka Springs, weaver Eleanor Lux is hosting her annual Christmas exhibit and sale of her own bead and fiber pieces as well as ceramics by Karen Foster and Jan Jones. The show is 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 4 at 18 White St.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Holiday Show and Sale, this year sponsored by the Clay Guild, will be held Dec. 6-10 on the second floor of the Fine Arts Center.
Mississippi artist Jere Allen, whose large oils feature faces and objects floating in wide spaces of saturated color, will show his work from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at Amy Richmond Howard Fine Art, 5501 Ranch Drive.