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First things first: Last week’s Artnotes gave an incorrect name for the winner of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists 37th annual juried show, now on exhibit on the second floor of the Cox Creative Center. The real winner and other awards will be announced at a reception at 5 p.m. April 13. Artnotes got the reception time wrong, also. So throw away your March 29 issue of the Times — or at least page 36, after you’ve read sports and the movie reviews.
Promising to do better, here’s a heads up for what’s happening here and abroad:
The Arkansas Arts Center opens the 46th annual Young Arkansas Artists Annual Exhibition on Friday, April 6. Dianne and Bobby Tucker sponsor this show, which features work from children grades K through 12 submitted via their schools. The pre-schoolers’ art is free wheeling, the elementary school work is wonderful, the teen-agers tackle the serious and among the entries are always some wonderful pieces of whimsy, naïve newness and emerging serious talent. The show runs through May 27, and selected pieces will then travel the state.
In the Strauss Gallery, Joe Bruhin of Fox has his large wood-fired pots on display. The show runs through May 13.
The big news at the AAC is what’s coming up on Friday, April 13: “Craft in America: Expanding Traditions,” which will feature more than 180 handcrafted objects from the 19th to 21st centuries, in both the Wolfe and Jeannette Rockefeller galleries. Early work by Native Americans, enslaved Africans, Amish and Shaker artisans, Arts and Crafts movement craftsmen, WPA and contemporary artists is included in the show of furniture, turned wood, ceramics, glass, fiber, jewelry, metal and basketry.
The exhibit premieres in conjunction with the companion PBS series “Craft in America,” which will be aired at 7 p.m. April 18, 25 and May 2 on AETN. The gallery will be open 5-8 p.m. April 13 for 2nd Friday Art Night.
In Fayetteville, the Walton Arts Center will open on April 9 “Lee Littlefield: Out of the Bayou,” an exhibit of 15- to 30-foot sculptures that will be installed along Interstate 540.
Littlefield, of Houston, was commissioned to create 30 works for seven sites along the highway from south Fayetteville to north Bentonville. The pieces, crafted from vine and wood, resemble exotic flowers — painted yellow, Pepto-Bismol pink and acid green — and will be planted in concrete along the highway.
The sculpture will be on exhibit at the Walton Arts Center until Aug. 10.
Tonight (Thursday, April 5), Gallery Sorelle, owned by sisters Mary Olivia Cornwell and Barbara I. Pardue, holds a party honoring its artists from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the new gallery, 5913 Kavanaugh. The gallery represents 30 artists working in painting, sculpture and photography, including the well-known and emerging as well.
While you’re gallery-hopping in the Heights, check out Local Colour at 5813 Kavanaugh. Boots Barnett Warrick and Nancy Dickins are showing watercolors and oils in a show called “From Beijing to the Barnyard.”