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.
Bill Worthen, director of the Historic Arkansas Museum, says his family recipe for eggnog did not win last year’s First Ever Nog-Off competition at the museum. But he’s trying again at this Friday’s “Second Ever Nog-Off,” with the Nicholas Peay Eggnog, and he consented to reveal the recipe: It’s egg and nog. “We don’t pollute it with other dairy products,” Worthen said. “We do add some sugar.”
The HAM Nog-Off ought to get 2nd Friday Art Night events, which run 5 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at River Market galleries and the Arkansas Arts Center, off to a happy start. Visitors to River Market Artspace at 301 President Clinton Ave. will see “Form and Function from the Schoolhouse: The Ceramics of Helen Phillips,” featuring work done by the former Little Rock artist in her new home and studio in the former WPA Bruno School way up in Marion County. Next door, retail store Ten Thousand Villages will be open for the occasion, and a few blocks east, Hearne Fine Art (500 Clinton) will feature a group show featuring artists who exhibited in 2006. The Holiday Market continues at the Cox Creative Gallery, 120 Commerce, with a show and sale of work by dozens of artists. The Arkansas Arts Center’s 34th annual Toys Designed by Artists show will be the evening’s focus; and curators Anne Gochenour and Leslie Schoultz will give a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. A trolley provides free transportation to the galleries.
Also Friday, Christ Episcopal Church at 509 Scott St. will hold a reception for its new exhibit, “Sacred Images and Sacred Spaces.” The reception is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; the work is by parishioners and friends and some pieces are for sale.
And about the Peay nog: Worthen said it has a “delightful consistency” but does tend to separate. A of people like it that way, he said. “Serve me from the bottom,” they ask.
The Arkansas Arts Center’s Collectors Show and Sale, 250 drawings in all media from 27 New York galleries, is now up. The work ranges from old masters to modern pieces; this 42nd annual show typically features work by some of the best-known names in art. The work was selected by director Ellen Plummer, deputy director Joseph Lampo and contemporary art curator Anne Gochenour. Participating galleries include George Adams; Conner-Rosenkranz American Sculpture and Works on Paper; Forum Gallery; C & J Goodfriend Drawings and Prints; Nancy Hoffman Gallery; Kraushaar Galleries Inc. The work will hang through December.
New gallery FACTS (fine art, craft and tempting stones) opens with a reception from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today (Thursday, Dec. 7) at 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., between Colaianni Piano and Trianon Antiques. Woodworker Jack Slentz, photographer Carey Roberson and painter Mary Hearne are perhaps the best-known artists who’ll be showing at the debut; others are Jere Allen, Morgan Coven, Missy McCormick, Rod Moorhead, Stan O’Dell, Lou Ross, Robert Andes, Lauren Burger, Olivia Cornwell, Golsa Yaghoobi and Sam King.
A drawing for $1,000 in jewelry by Olivia Cornwell will be held.
Hot Springs artist Carole Katchen has dropped the Times a note saying she will present a paper, “Hot Springs, AR: How a Small American Town Became a City of the Arts,” at an international conference on public art in Taiwan Dec. 15-16.