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.
People who regularly attend art-related events will have to make a choice Friday night (March 9) between a benefit auction of artistic eggs, a guided tour of the new drawing exhibit at the Arts Center and new shows at other 2nd Friday Art Night galleries, or hitting Cantrell Gallery for the opening of an exhibition of new paintings by Sandy Hubler.
Here’s a rundown on each choice:
Eggshibition 2007, themed “Nobody Does it Better,” kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday at the Metroplex Event Center with its live and silent auctions of what Youth Home organizers call “the most eggsquisite art in the state.” Aside from the eggs, there will be items like parties, trips, gift baskets and other temptations to bid on. Eggs-hibition has raised more than $1.3 million for Youth Home, a facility for children with emotional, social and academic problems, since the first event in 1992.
Celebrity eggs, such as one signed by actress Alfre Woodard, eggs made by area artists and personalities, and eggs made by students are already on the auction block at http://www.cmarket.com, where you’ll click on “view all featured charity auctions” and scroll down to Youth Home (under Human Services). The online auction ends at 6 p.m. tonight (March 8) but you may place absentee bids for the maximum you’re willing to pay and the live auctioneers will bid for you.
Arkansas artists who’ve been egged on this year to participate include Renee Williams, Lynn Sudderth, Grace Domogala-Zobkov, Roland Burnham, Judy Lynch-Smithy, Ellen Seaton Hobgood, Ms. Otis, Marcia Freer Adams, Julie Holt and Barbara Miles. First Lady Ginger Beebe will contribute an egg, as will race car driver Mark Martin, comic Chris Tucker, radio political analysts Warwick Sabin and David Sanders, and actress Markie Post.
Tickets are $45 and can be bought through Youth Home at 821-5500 or www.youthhome.org or at the door. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be included in the ticket price.
2nd Friday Art Night, from 5-8 p.m. March 9, will offer gallery goers a guided tour of “Lines of Discovery: 225 Years of American Drawings from the Columbus Museum” at the Arkansas Arts Center; plein-air paintings by featured artists Jane Lovett Holt and Bill Lewis at the Cox Center, with music by Maria Miller; new show “In Celebration of the Feminine Form: Nudes by Artis Lane with Florals by Marjorie Williams-Smith” at Hearne Fine Art; Literary Festival representatives at River Market ArtSpace, which will donate a portion of its sales that evening to the April festival, and a reception for the new exhibit “The Focus is the Camera: Kodak Cameras from the Collection of Bob Bumgardner” at the Historic Arkansas Museum. Ten Thousand Villages fair trade shop next door to ArtSpace will also be open, and the Main Library will show the film “Frida,” a biopic about Frida Kahlo, at 8 p.m. Trolleys will provide transportation to all venues.
Also 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Christ Church, at the corner of Scott and Fifth Streets, will host a reception for artist Mary Shelton, who is showing and selling work at the church through April 25.
Cantrell Gallery, 8206 Cantrell Road, is hosting a reception Friday night for painter Sandy Hubler, who is showing new oils in an exhibit titled “Live Your Dreams.” Hubler characterizes her work as a cross between expressionism and impressionism. None of the paintings in the Cantrell Gallery show has been exhibited previously. The reception is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; refreshments will be served.
Debi Bean, Robert Bean, Terry Bean, Win Bruhl, Janet Cecil-Wilcox, Baxter Knowlton, Kathy Lindsey, Arlette Miller, Jessi Perren and Robert Reep are area artists whose work appears in the 20th annual “Small Works on Paper” exhibit now at the Fine Arts Center of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
David S. Rubin, the Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art and former curator of visual arts at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, was the juror for the show.
The exhibit will hang in Gallery II and III through March 28.