Contemporary painters and sculptors from Arkansas and the South distinguish this gallery, on the second floor of a restored mercantile building in what is known as the Argenta arts district. There's a blue chip room of work for sale by Arkansas's late, great Carroll Cloar, self-taught artist Theora Hamblett, cigarette-smoking-monkey-obsessed hyperrealist Donald Roller Wilson, early 20th century regionalist Thomas Hart Benton, etc., but the larger exhibit space features changing exhibitions of contemporary work by names every Arkansas art maven should know: Mark Blaney, an Indiana (but born in Arkansas) artist with a French post-impressionist bent; vibrant and textured abstract artist Sammy Peters; superb wood sculptor and painter Robyn Horn ... well, too many to list. 664-2787.
You might say that we like to party arty, those of us who enjoy a glass of wine and conversation surrounded by paintings and pots and prints. Or the more cultured might say, Vive le salon! There is a 20-year-plus tradition of art walks in Arkansas, some carried on all year, others on special weekends. You stroll, look at new work, and if you're lucky you meet the artist and hear him or her give a talk. Appreciation grows, the artist sells, everybody's happy. Here's a list of towns and times to devote an hour or two to art.