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It's a long road from the Bluebird of Happiness to art glass, but Gary Carter traveled it as an artist at Terra Studios up in the Arkansas Ozarks. Participants in the 2nd Friday Art Night gallery stroll Dec. 12 will see how far the Northwest Arkansas artist has come in his exhibit, “Playing with Fire: The Blown and Sculpted Hot Glass of Gary Carter,” at River Market ArtSpace. The monthly gallery stroll runs 5-8 p.m.
Carter was commissioned by the Arkansas Arts Council to make the 2008 Governor's Arts Awards and his work is included in the 2009 Governor's Mansion Association Calendar. He shows in more than 30 galleries in the United States.
Also open for 2nd Friday: Hearne Fine Art Gallery, which has been celebrating its 20th birthday with work by artists who've shown at the gallery over the years. The current work in the exhibit “Collaborations: Two Decades of Excellence” is folk art, oils, sculpture and watercolors. On Saturday, Dec. 13, artists Larry Hampton and Ed Wade will give a talk on painting at 11 a.m. and artists Chukes and Susan Williams will talk about sculpting at 2 p.m.
The Historic Arkansas Museum marks 2nd Friday Art Night with a reception for its new exhibits, “A Double-Edged Weapon: The Sword as Icon and Artifact,” “Rene Hein, David Hoge and Michael Warrick: Form and Existence” and “The Art of Carl Hancock: From the Collections of Myrtie Engelkes and Historic Arkansas Museum.” The latter features the 22 drawings and etchings by a self-taught artist who moved to Arkansas in the early 1900s and sketched scenes of Little Rock.
Cox Creative Center's offerings are “Annual Holiday Market” and the “Pieces of Our Lives” quilt show.
Frank Warren filled the Butler Center lecture hall at the 2007 Arkansas Literary Festival when he talked about his community art project in which he distributed 3,000 postcards to strangers and asked them to send him a secret. Warren has written four books about what resulted — postcards revealing facts from the sweet to the shocking, most of them decorated by the sender. More than 400 of the 150,000 he's now received will go on exhibit Dec. 13 at Crystal Bridges at the Massey, just off the square in Bentonville. Warren's books will be on sale at the gallery when “PostSecret” opens Saturday.
In other Crystal Bridges news, another work in the collection of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art was revealed Friday when the museum — which will probably open in 2010 — posted its Christmas card on its website. Shown was “Winter Scene in Brooklyn,” an early 19th century cityscape by Francis Guy.