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Tonight (Thursday, Jan. 26), the curator of African art at the New Orleans Museum of Art will talk and give a slide show to give visitors to the Arts Center’s current main exhibit some background in the masterworks and the cultures that created them.
William Fagaly — who is also a leading scholar on the works of self-taught artist Sister Gertrude Morgan — has been the Francois Billion Richardson curator of African art at NOMA since 1997; his career at NOMA began more than 35 years ago. A reception starts at 6 p.m., and the lecture at 6:30 p.m.
“African American Masterworks from the New Orleans Museum of Art” includes 100 works collected over the past 40 years by the museum. On exhibit are textiles, masks, ironworks, beadwork, reliquary figures and carved wood.
Three works by the late, great Carroll Cloar will be offered for sale Saturday, Jan. 28, at a Hurricane Katrina benefit in Memphis.
The Lisa Kurts Gallery, 766 South White Station Road, is holding the benefit from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Twenty percent of gallery sales Saturday, 50 percent of some works and 100 percent of two works will benefit the Rebuild the Gulf Coast Fund and the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs, Miss.
All proceeds from the sale of Cloar prints “Controversy under the Persimmon Tree” and “Pantherbourne” and 20 percent of the proceeds from the sale of a Cloar acrylic on panel, “Two Girls on a Log,” will be donated to the Katrina causes.
Back in Central Arkansas, two art sales will benefit CARTI and NOW. The CARTI benefit, “arte diem 2,” will open with a party at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 and continue from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday in space vacated by Back Stage on Kavanaugh Boulevard, near Cantrell Road. Like the Katrina benefit, “arte diem 2” is a sale, not an auction; among the contributors are Arden Boyce, J. O. Buckley, Kevin Cole, Jane Hankins, Pinkney Herbert, Robyn Horn, Henri Linton, Virginia McKimmey, Ashley Saer and Jack Slentz.
The Little Rock chapter of NOW will auction artworks donated by Liz Deering Morris, Kathy Strause, John Kushmaul, Laura Waters, Brandi Grooms, Jenny Sims and others at Oval Gallery from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. The auctions will be silent but the party won’t; two scenes from the play “Vagina Monologues” will be acted, musicians Stacy Mackey and Valarie Thrower will perform and artist Morris will speak. A donation of $8 to get in is suggested. For more information, call 843-324-8403. Oval Gallery is at 201 W. Capitol; owner Pepper Pepper will also auction photography sittings and a painting.
Heber Springs’ monthly Gallery Drive is set for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at 10 businesses and galleries (see calendar for complete list of addresses). Steve James will be the featured artist; Trademark Design Gallery, 222 W. Main St., is the featured gallery. Nearly 50 artists will show work, among them Ellen Hobgood, Charlotte Rierson, David and Becki Dahlstedt, Sandy Hubler and Richard Stephens. For more information, call 501-206-2233 or 870-251-1189. The next gallery drive is set for Feb. 25, and will for the first time have a theme: “The Month of Emotion.”