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.
Argenta's Third Friday Night Art Walk has some celebrity power this week, thanks to Greg Thompson Fine Art's exhibit of George Dombek watercolors.
Dombek's watercolors of pebbles and bikes in trees are well known. He works from nature again in this latest series, and his images are hyper-realist right down to the raindrops. Because the images are also magnified — flower and grass filling the picture plane — they slip into abstraction.
It will be Dombek's second foray into the Argenta art scene; he exhibited work at the Argenta Art Gallery at 401 Main St. in 2005.
Dombek, who has studios in New York and Goshen, has work in more than 60 museums, including the Butler Institute of American Art and the San Francisco Museum of Art.
Greg Thompson Fine Art is at 429 Main St. Argenta's Art Walk runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 18 at galleries on Main Street.
M2 Gallery opens a photography show Friday that documents the work of an outsider artist in Winslow, outside Fayetteville. Diana Michelle Hausam began photographing recluse artist Tim West three years ago, after she left a note in his mailbox saying she'd like to photograph his fence, which he created from bicycles and bicycle parts. The rest is history; her photographs in “The Artist” reveal both the work — drawing and sculpture of found objects — and the man. Some of West's work will also be on exhibit. The show runs through Oct. 19; a reception is set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 25 at the gallery, in the Pleasant Ridge Town Centre on Cantrell.
The Arkansas Arts Center has announced new hours for Sept. 25-July 5, the duration of its exhibit “World of the Pharaohs: Treasures of Egypt Revealed”: The Arts Center will open at 9 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and close at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. That adds 10 and a half hours to the weekly schedule to accommodate the number of visitors expected.
Carved soap, toilet paper sculpture, decorated envelopes and more traditional works of art go on exhibit Monday, Sept. 21, when the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville opens “Cellblock Visions 2009: Prison Art in America” in the Fine Arts Center gallery.
Men and women inmates of jails and penitentiaries in six states contributed the work to the exhibit, curated by Phyllis Kornfeld, who has authored a book on prison art. In a press release, Kornfeld says the work is art created “without self-consciousness, unfettered by concepts and theory.” She'll give a talk at the Fine Arts Center's Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall at 7 p.m. Oct. 15. The show runs through Oct. 16.
A reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at Citizens Bank in Mountain View caps the first day of the Off the Beaten Path studio tours in Mountain View, Calico Rock, Fox and Pineville. Studios are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Guides are available at the Chamber of Commerce office on the square in Mountain View or online at www.offthebeatenpathstudiotour.com. More than 30 artists are taking part in the studio tour, from ceramicists to chainmaille jewelers.
Gallery 26, 2610 Kavanaugh Blvd., opens an exhibit of work by Little Rock artist Erin Lorenzen on Friday, Sept. 18. Lorenzen's work combines objects and paintings that tell a story of her life. There will be a reception with live music by Isaac Alexander from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; the show runs through October.