Arkansas’s first environmental education state park interprets the importance of the natural world and our place within it.
Two gallery events and two shows at non-traditional exhibit spaces — the River Market East Pavilion and I.O. Metro — are the weekend’s art offerings.
A silent auction to benefit the National Organization of Women is set for 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Gallery 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.
Artwork and gift certificates will be sold to raise funds to send members to training workshops. Music will be provided by Dennis Ouellette and Liz Carol, and state Rep. Kathy Webb will speak. For more information, call 661-0777.
The 37th annual Mid-Southern Watercolorists “Annual Juried Competition” is on exhibit on the second floor of the Cox Creative Center, 120 Commerce. Juror was painter Kathy Miller Stone of Baton Rouge. A reception is set for 6:30 p.m. April 13; the show runs through May 19. Winner of this year’s show was Jim Hardin.
At I.O. Metro, an exhibit of prints made from family photographs inundated by water and sludge in the Katrina disaster will benefit the American Red Cross. Nancy Bounds, a New Orleans native who fled to Little Rock with her husband, Terry, after the 2005 hurricane, recovered the album from the ruins of her home; the damage had transformed the pictures into abstract art. She is calling the work the Spirit of New Orleans Art Collection; 10 percent of sales and all money donated at the event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 5 (a $10 donation is suggested) will go to the Red Cross.
At the River Market, the Arkansas Sculptors Guild will hold its second annual “Arkansas Sculpture Invitational Show and Sale” from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Admission is $3 (under 14 free). Call Eduardo Gomez at 765-2609 for more information.
Architect Randall Stout, who worked with Frank Gehry and Associates and is known for his free-form designs, will give a talk, “Environmental Alchemy,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the Arkansas Arts Center. Stout is currently a visiting professor and the E. Fay Jones Chair at the UA School of Architecture. He’ll talk about his own design philosophy and give an overview of buildings he’s worked on. The talk, part of the Art of Architecture Series, is in the Arts Center lecture hall and is free.