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.
They'll be sketching in the streets May 8, when the multi-venue, twin-city art event Artweek 09 kicks off.
Norton Arts and Community Bakery will host host Main Street Sketch Fest, an afternoon event in which a model (fully dressed) will be posed in front of the businesses in the 1200 block of Main Street for the artistically inclined of all ages to draw. Norton Arts will provide paper and drawing materials and Stephen Cephalo, visiting artist at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will draw and instruct. Sales of the work, to be hung in a clothesline show with work by other artists, will benefit the Southside Main Street Association (SOMA). Sketch Fest runs 1-4 p.m., as a runner-up to 2nd Friday Art Night. (Event will be held inside Community Bakery in case of rain.)
The 10-day Artweek 09 events include exhibits, art workshops, poetry readings, films (the Little Rock Film Festival), theater and music in Little Rock and Argenta. More to come about Artweek in next week's paper; also check arkansasartnotes.tumblr.com, the Arkansas Times' art blog, for news.
? The city of Hot Springs unveils five sculptures that will line the path from the Exchange Street parking deck to Central Avenue at 4 p.m. Friday, May 1, a prelude to that city's monthly Gallery Walk.
The pieces, in stainless steel, bronze, fiberglass and ferrous concrete, will be on display for six months; one will be chosen for purchase for the city's public sculpture collection.
Three Arkansans were chosen to exhibit: Ryan Schmidt of Little Rock, Mac Hornecker of Arkadelphia and Wayne Summerhill of Hot Springs. Work by Eric Troffkin of St. Louis and Susan Farricielli of Branford, Conn., completes the selection.
Taylor's Contemporanea Fine Arts will host a reception for the artists after the unveiling.
Blue Moon Gallery will celebrate its 12th anniversary at Gallery Walk with an exhibit of new works by its gallery artists and a demonstration by sculptor and new gallery member Diana B. Ashley, whose work in clay, resin and bronze sculptures will be on exhibit as well. Among the gallery artists: Suzi Dennis, Bart Soutendijk, David Rackley, Tom Richard, Marc Hatfield, David Midkiff, Megan Chapman, Thad Flenniken, Nancy Nolan, Wayne Summerhill, Ann Laser and Randall Good.
At Mountain Valley Water, 150 Central Ave., CHOICE, a new education committee of the Planned Parenthood Board of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma, will hold “Celebrating Women,” an art show and sale of work by Gary Simmons, Richard Stephens, Barbara Cade, Thad Flenniken, Carole Katchen, Alison Parsons, Terri Menefee and Norma Griffin. A portion of proceeds will benefit the group.
Other Gallery Walk events: Low Key Arts is throwing a fund-raiser for the Itinerant Locals' float trip down the Ouachita to draw attention to environmental concerns. On the walls there: Nathan Jacobs' offbeat and subtly hued figurative paintings. Artists' Workshop Gallery opens an exhibit of watercolors by Jim Oberst and Marlene Gremillion. Artchurch Studio will launch a silent auction of birdhouses built by members of the Hot Springs Village Wood Workers based on drawings by children. The auction ends May 30.
The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute opens its annual Arts in the Air Professional Art Exhibit and Sale on Saturday, May 2. The juried show and sale features the works of 20 artists. Award winners will be announced at a brunch at 11 a.m. ($50); a reception starts at 4 p.m. ($10). The opening events are a fund-raiser for WRI's student art education programs.
On Sunday, WRI follows up with a panel discussion, “WR: The Rockefeller Brand on the Arts in Arkansas,” at 2 pm. Former Arts Center director Townsend Wolfe, Rockefeller's step-daughter Anne Bartley and Ken Rose of the Rockefeller Archive Center will speak. Anne Nicholson will moderate. The event is free, but reservations should be made at www.uawri or 501-727-5435.