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click to enlarge PICASSO ART: By Pat Larsen.
  • PICASSO ART: By Pat Larsen.

Competing art auctions on Saturday, March 11, will require people to make difficult choices. Want to help artists displaced by Katrina? Want to help make up for the under-funded art program at a public school? Want to help a hunger agency feed Arkansans? Or contribute to the Center for Artistic Revolution? Here goes:

The Hearts for Art opener for a traveling exhibit and sale of work by Mississppi artists from the devastated Bay St. Louis/Waveland area, being coordinated here with the help of hurricane refugee Claire Haun, now of North Little Rock, will be held in the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center. The event, originally set for icy Feb. 18, will feature a champagne reception and introduction of artists from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; the sale continues until 9 p.m. Tickets are $75 and may be ordered by phone through the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute, 501-321-4747, or purchased at Arkansas Art Gallery, 500 Main St., Suite B, North Little Rock, 687-5959.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Robinson Center Exhibition Hall, the Harvesters, Arkansas Foodbank Network’s fund-raising arm, will hold its 4th annual Empty Bowls art auction. Tickets are $38 (which the Foodbank says can feed 228 people one meal) and may be reserved by calling 565-8121, ext. 15, or through www.arkansasfoodbank.org.

Included in the auction will be 100 pieces of art, including bowls by Peter Lippincott, Vicki McCarron and others, glass by James Hayes, embossed prints by Thomas Sullivan, a painting by Laura Holtoff, and much more.

The 8th annual Pulaski Heights Picassos, with both live and silent auctions, benefits the art program at the elementary school. This year’s Picassos includes work by more than 100 artists — dozens of them high-profile — and starts at 6 p.m. at Ricks Armory. Tickets are $10 per adult or $5 per student. The work, which includes paintings, drawings, ceramics, textiles and more, can be viewed on-line at phepicassos.org so you can know which piece to jealously guard ahead of time.

Picassos returns to its contributing artists any percentage of the sale price they wish.

All the above events include hors d’oeuvres and drink but only Mi Corazon offers a Tex- Mex tamale dinner at its preview party starting at 6 p.m. at Quapaw United Methodist Church, 1601 S. Louisiana. The silent auction begins at 7 p.m. and is free. Dinner is $10 in advance; mail checks to the Center for Artistic Revolution at P.O. Box 2300, North Little Rock, 72114.

This is the second year for the event, in which wooden hearts are provided to participants for decoration and are then auctioned. Call 603-2138 for more information.



To warm up for Saturday’s flurry of art collecting, consider Friday night’s gallery get-togethers, 2nd Friday Art Night in downtown Little Rock and Argenta Art Walk in downtown North Little Rock. Both are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Arkansas Art Gallery at 500 Main, NLR, would be an especially good destination for those planning to hit the Hearts for Art event Saturday, since it’s exhibiting work by the Mississippi artists featured in that show.

Galaxy, AM Architecture and Pennington Studios, all on or near Main, will also take part in Argenta Art Night. In Little Rock, 2nd Friday stops include the Cox Creative Gallery in the Cox Creative Center, Hearne Fine Art, the Historic Arkansas Museum, River Market Artspace and Ten Thousand Villages, all on or near Clinton Avenue.

To get the rundown on exhibitors, see the Gallery listings in the calendar.

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