Favorite

More art for the park 

Sculpture garden along the river.

click to enlarge 'CONVERSATION WITH MYSELF': Denny Haskew's installation will include four 2-foot-tall figures.
  • 'CONVERSATION WITH MYSELF': Denny Haskew's installation will include four 2-foot-tall figures.

More sculpture is on its way to Riverfront Park, small-scale work that will be located in a garden just east of the Peabody Hotel and south of the Forever a Rose garden. The seven new pieces bring the value of sculpture in the park to $600,000, according to city figures.

The new sculpture garden itself, designed by city parks to take the form of a series of ripples, will be constructed with private donations solicited by the park's prime mover, City Director Dean Kumpuris.

The seven new pieces were purchased with funds raised by the annual Sculpture in the River Market juried event that showcases work by members of the National Sculpture Guild and Arkansas artists. They were selected by a committee that included Kumpuris, NSG executive director John Kinkade, Jane Rogers, Dorsey Jackson and Lucy Jackson. Their values range from $4,500 to $9,850.

Proceeds from the sculpture event — the city gets a commission on sold work — goes into a Little Rock non-profit called the City Parks Conservancy. Funds have been set aside for the maintenance of the works as well as purchase.

Other sculpture in the park was purchased with donated funds. The most recent work to go in the park was the Peabody duck, given by the Peabody Hotel and installed by the playground that opened last summer.

Ground will be broken in June or July on the park; a dedication is planned in September. The third annual Sculpture in the River Market will take place Oct. 17 and 18.

Six of the seven sculptures come from the guild, headquartered in Loveland, Colo., that has gotten the majority of Little Rock's public art business in the past several years. Executive Director Kinkade took no commission on the purchases, Rogers said.

The seventh work is by Jan Woods, a Little Rock artist.

Arkansas artists are represented in the annual River Market exhibit — eight have been selected for the fall show — but they and others have grumbled about Loveland's domination of public art purchases in Little Rock. Besides the park, sculpture at the airport and War Memorial Stadium has also been purchased from the Colorado guild. Kumpuris and Kinkade have a business relationship that goes back many years.

Rogers said she sees the local artists' point, but she and Jackson said that bringing in art from outside Arkansas will “broaden horizons.” They noted that some of the artists selected for the River Market show have work in museums.

Public art is a tricky business, as recent events proved in Eureka Springs, where the City Council's squabbling over a painting project has gotten lots of ink. Who should have the right to choose what goes in the public square? How much say should the public have? One man's art is another's kitsch. Then there is the issue of nudity, which should be a non-issue but which may require horizon-broadening.

“You can't please everybody,” Jackson said, noting that she didn't like each and every one of the pieces selected for the garden. She added that the purchase committee for the fall show will be made up of new members, to bring in other viewpoints to be accepted.

The pieces going in the garden include “Cascade” by the singly-named Chapel of Northern California; “Bateleur Eagle” by Pete Zaluzec of Lake Villa, Ill.; “Sizzling Sisters” by Wayne Salge of Johnstown, Colo.; “Conversation with Myself” by Lorri Alcott Fowler of Fort Collins, Colo.; “First Glance” by Denny Haskew (who sculpted “Forever A Rose”) of Loveland, Colo.; “Straight and Narrow” by Lisa Gordon of Santa Fe, N.M.; and “The Colt” by Woods.

Rogers said a separate non-profit is being established to support Riverfront Park.

UPDATE:

Ren Burke, the public art consultant for the National Sculptors Guild, e-mailed me this week (June 22) to say that only Chapel and Haskew are members of the National Sculptors Guild.

Michael Warrick, also member of the guild and on the faculty at UALR, won a purchase award in 2008 for his pieces "Coral 7" and "Coral 8," but I haven't received any information about where and when his piece will be on display. Will update when I do.

 

Favorite

Tags:

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Leslie Newell Peacock

  • Arkansas Arts Council names artist fellowship winners

    Painters Dustyn John Bork of Batesville, Heidi Carlsen-Rogers of Bella Vista and Steve Spencer of Little Rock have been awarded Individual Artist Fellowships in the visual arts category from the Arkansas Arts Council and will be recognized at a reception 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Historic Arkansas Museum.
    • Sep 21, 2016
  • Crystal Bridges awards first Tyson Prize to Smithsonian archives

    The Tyson Scholars of American Art program, established at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with a $5 million endowment from the Tyson family and Tyson Foods, has made its first Don Tyson Prize Award, to the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution.
    • Sep 21, 2016
  • Prospect for success looks good for new Chi venture

    It appears the Chi family of restaurateurs has landed a winner with the latest incarnation of its space at 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., the Prospect Sports Bar.
    • Sep 21, 2016
  • More »

Most Shared

  • George H.W. Bush will vote for Hillary. Or will he?

    Politico reports that Kathleen Harrington Kennedy Townsend says former Republican President George H.W. Bush is voting for Hillary Clinton for president. The article quotes a Bush spokesman as declining to confirm or deny.
  • Who's harming women?

    Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is an Arkansas Republican. Thus, like the governor and the Republican-majority legislature, she intends to do everything she can to deny women comprehensive medical care, particularly abortion.
  • New normal

    No two presidential candidates since polling began have run up negatives as massive as those of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who yet won their parties' nominations easily. "What gives?" may be the biggest political mystery in history.
  • Additional rape charges filed against Conway doctor

    Special Prosecutor Jason Barrett has added 11 more victims to two others alleging rape by Dr. Robert Rook of Conway.
  • Big Dam Bridge 100 brings big damn complaint about celebrity rider Hincapie

    The Big Dam Bridge 100 is this weekend and one dedicated biker isn't happy about a celebrity rider, admitted doper George Hincapie.

Latest in Art Notes

Event Calendar

« »

September

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30  

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Spa Con returns to Hot Springs

    • so many good events on 9/24, but only the Ark Times events are listed. Disappointed,

    • on September 23, 2016
 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation