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Unlimber the wallet; May’s merry offerings of art shows and sales continue this week and weekend with events in the Heights neighborhood and downtown, a Mother’s Day weekend art sale in Hot Springs and the second of a month of special Saturday exhibits in Eureka Springs.
Before heading out, though, note: It’s now possible to do a little homework before cruising the shows by checking out the artists on the Arkansas Arts Council newly enhanced website for its Arkansas Artists Registry. Nearly 400 artists are registered at the nifty www.arkansasarts.com/programs/registry/, which offers up to 10 works by each artist. You can search by medium, artist or just get the complete list on one page and click on the names. I clicked on names I didn’t know and found photographs, jewelry, paintings and more that I’d like to see more of; searching by medium I found five artists listed as folk and traditional and more than 200 under painting.
Tonight (May 10), Local Colour Gallery at 5813 Kavanaugh Blvd. will present its annual spring show, “Exploding with Color,” from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Twenty artists, among them Boots Barnett Warrick, Heather Mainord, Ed McClain, Patty Criner, Cappy Whiteside, Austin Grimes and Pat Matthews, will show and sell new work at the show, and patrons will be treated to wine and hors d’oeuvres.
Friday is 2nd Friday Art Night, and participating galleries (Cox Creative Center’s 2nd and 3rd floors, River Market Artspace, Hearne Fine Art, Historic Arkansas Museum, the Arkansas Arts Center and Ten Thousand Villages) will be open 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 11; exhibits are listed in the calendar. Trolleys will be available to give free transport to gallery-goers, who will find refreshment and hors d’oeuvres along the way. Christ Church at 509 Scott St. will also be open 5-8 p.m. Friday evening for a reception for its show of work by students at Episcopal Collegiate School.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, May 12, Art After Hours will put on an exhibit and sale at the Arkansas Sustainability Network office at 209 S. Victory. Tanya Hollifield, Finton Shaw, Rob Wellborn, Erin Lorenzen and Alice Parr will donate 25 percent of proceeds to the ASN, a non-profit. Hollifield’s installation piece, “Wake Up and Strip the Bed,” will be on display and music will be provided by Stacey Mackey and friends. For more information, call 372-6996 or 374-5824.
Hot Springs Parks and Recreation is hosting its 5th annual Art in the Park event in Hollywood Park Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13. The outdoor art show and sale will feature the Discard D’arte recycled sculpture competition as well as artwork in all media, crafts, jewelry and musical instruments. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Among the 40 exhibitors are Earnest Davidson, Gap Creek Pottery, Judd Mann, Elena Petroukhina, Carrie Ballinger Porter, Bryan Sink, Bill Wells and Kerry Young. David Milam, Roy Rivers and William Worden will provide musical entertainment.
Galleries along Spring Street in Eureka Springs, which is celebrating its May Festival of the Arts, will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Saturday in the month. This weekend’s featured artists are listed in the calendar.