Downtown ‘Botanica’ 

Picasso on pots.

IN FLOWER:The Oval Gallery.
  • IN FLOWER:The Oval Gallery.
Oval Gallery opens three new exhibits Friday that showcase floral-themed works, contemporary furniture and paintings, and works from artists new to the Oval stable. “Botanica,” in the west gallery, includes works in all media by Celia Bernheimer, Roger Bowman, Scott Carle, Cici Davidson, Eric Freeman, Sara Gilbert, Doug Gorrell, Karlyn Holloway, Bob Jones, Kathy Lindsey, Charlie Neel, Maggie Schmidt, Sherrie Shepherd, Norma Taliaferro, John Van Horn, John Watson, Paula Wirges and others. Works by furniture craftsman Rob Wellborn and painter Stephano will be featured in “Living with Modern Art,” in the viewing gallery. Both shows run through May 6. Showing in the East Gallery are works by painters Lyuba Bogan and Jorge and Maria Villegas and furniture craftsman Keith Newton. Oval is at 201 W. Capitol. A reception for the artists will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 25. It’s an excellent time to head up to Fayetteville, and not just because the weather has improved. For art lovers, the draw is the Walton Arts Center, where “Picasso: 25 Years of Edition Ceramics,” works from the Edward Weston Collection, will open March 28 in the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery. Picasso liked to paint on pots, and his collaboration with the artisans at Madoura pottery in France between 1947 and 1971 produced lyrical results — a womanly jug, a bird effigy with handle. Plates, bowls, pitchers — 65 ceramic works in all will be shown, along with including posters and photographs of Picasso at work in his Madoura workshop. Michele McGuire, Walton’s curator of visual arts, will lead a talk at 5:55 p.m. April 14. Also at the Walton Arts Center will be “Peter Takal: On Paper,” drawings from the collection of the Arkansas Arts Center, which received 1,000 works from the Romanian-born artist’s estate. The show will hang in the Arts Center lobby. Both exhibits will end May 28. More ceramics can be found at the University of Arkansas’s Fine Art Gallery, where graduate student Troy Jackson’s exhibit, “Functional Beginnings,” opens Monday, March 28. A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 2. The show runs through April 6.

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