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.
James Surls, the juror for the 50th anniversary of the Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center, will give a talk Friday, Nov. 9, about his career and how he chose the work for the show of Arkansas and regional artists.
Surls, 64 — a Texas native and former Delta winner himself — sculpts abstract work in wood and steel work and creates two-dimensional art as well. He received a Living Legend Award by the Dallas Visual Art Center in 1993, and now lives and works in Colorado.
“An Evening with James Surls” starts at 6:30 p.m. in the lecture hall and is part of 2nd Friday Art Night events, which run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Delta Exhibition opens Dec. 7.
2nd Friday Art Night strikes a musical note this month with four Arkansas Symphony Orchestra quartets providing music at the Arts Center and three other venues. The Quapaw Quartet will play at the Arts Center. The Rockefeller Quartet will play at the Cox Center, 120 Commerce, which will host a reception for its annual Holiday Market art show and sale by Arkansas artists; the Sturgis Quartet will play at the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St., which opens “Through the Eyes of Carey Hilburn,” the legend of Petit Jean told through illustrations by the Atkins folk artist; and the Forte Quartet of the youth orchestra will play at Hearne Fine Art, 500 President Clinton Ave., which is showing the watercolors, oils and etchings of Dean Mitchell (Mitchell will give a gallery talk at 2 p.m. Saturday). In harmony with the ASO theme, symphony conductor David Itkin will be the guest rider on the trolley that takes gallery-goers from venue to venue.
River Market Artspace will celebrate its 10th anniversary at 2nd Friday Art Night with cake and wine and a 10 percent discount on sales. Ten Thousand Villages will donate 15 percent of its sales from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday to AFS, the student exchange program.
Christ Church at 509 Scott St. will hold a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday for its new exhibit, “Open Portals,” paintings and drawings by Charles Fogle.
Galleries and stores in downtown North Little Rock will host the Argenta Holiday Show and Sale from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. Red balloons will mark participating venues, which will feature pottery, jewelry, photography, paintings and sculpture. For more information, call Amelia Stamps at Clay Time Studio, 374-3515.
If you're in Conway, your weekend art jones will be satisfied by a visit to the Friends of Baum Gallery's Downtown Holiday Art Sale at First Security Bank, 1110 Oak St. Art professors from colleges across the state and other artists, including Roger Bowman, Ty Brunson, Sheila Cantrell, Roger Carlisle, Nancy Dunaway, Neal and Tammy Harrington, Robin Hazard-Bishop, Pat Larsen, Matthew Lopas, Don Marr, Bryan Massey, David Mudrinich, Coe Wilson and Suzanne deShazo Waggoner, will have work in the show. Members of the Friends (to join, go to uca.edu/cfac/baum) get first shot at the art at a preview from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. The show is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.
If you've ever wanted to watch impressionist Barry Thomas or watercolorist Bob Snider at work, here's your chance. The public is invited to watch as the two paint Tiffany Butler of KARK at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Arkansas Arts Center.
The event is part of the program for the Mid-Southern Watercolorists' general meeting. The event is free; register at midsouthernwatercolorists.com.