Arkansas’s first environmental education state park interprets the importance of the natural world and our place within it.
An art installation that uses bed linens to offer political commentary will be on exhibit Friday, Nov. 10, at the Arts Scene and Gallery Market, 201 Maple St., North Little Rock. The gallery will open at 5 p.m. and the Itinerant Locals will play at 8 p.m.
Downtown Little Rock galleries will also be open after hours, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., for 2nd Friday Art Night.
“Wake Up and Strip the Bed” by Tanya Hollifield is described as “an irreverent, witty play on art and words” addressing political issues. The Itinerant Locales will provide music; entrance is at the rear of the building.
Trolley transportation is available to 2nd Friday Art Night venues: the Historic Arkansas Museum, showing “Artists of Birch Tree: Original Works by Adults with Mental Illnesses”; the Arkansas Arts Center, hosting its annual ARTament Bash shopping event; Hearne Fine Art, showing “Hard Ground” by Kennith Humphrey, who’ll be in attendance at the reception; River Market Artspace, which will dedicate a portion of proceeds from sales of art to CARE for Animals and entertain with music by the Blue State Band; the Cox Creative Center, featuring its Holiday Market, artwork in every price range by 32 Arkansas artists, and Ten Thousand Villages fair trade store.
A new venue will join the 2nd Friday Night lineup in December: the Clinton Library. More to come on that later.
A new gallery is set to open soon in the Heights: FACTS — Fine Art, Craft and Tempting Stones. The gallery, owned by Lee Holcomb, will be located at 5511 Kavanaugh Blvd., in the former Gossett and Banic antiques store. The gallery will feature regional artists. The gallery will open Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving, and the grand opening will be Dec. 8, when the Heights merchants hold open house. Hours will be noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Mary Cornwell, who owned Cornwell Fine Art downtown, will manage the business.
George Dombek’s open studio continues this weekend in the Goshen community east of Fayetteville. Dombek is showing and selling recent paintings and prints, including recent works done in Brooklyn, where he has a Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation residency. Hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12. Call 479-442-8976 for more information.
The Union Station lobby is exhibiting a photo timeline that tells the history of the train station. Commissioned by building owner John Bai-ley, the timeline features historic photos of the original station, designed by Theo Link and completed in 1907, and subsequent stations that replaced Link’s original, destroyed by fire in 1921. The timeline includes other historic photos of Little Rock concurrent with the station’s operation. The lobby is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The lower floor of Union Station still serves as an Amtrack terminal.