Where is the culture in Central Arkansas? 

Museums and galleries.

'EDEN' AT THE ARTS CENTER: An exhibition of photographs mounted to glass by Nathalia Edenmont comes to the Arkansas Arts Center on Jan. 19.
  • 'EDEN' AT THE ARTS CENTER: An exhibition of photographs mounted to glass by Nathalia Edenmont comes to the Arkansas Arts Center on Jan. 19.

Despite rumors to the contrary, Bentonville is not the only place in Arkansas where fine art can be found. Museums and galleries in Pulaski County offer both fine art and exhibits of historical interest, thus feeding the soul and the mind, and you don't have to feel guilty about enjoying something sponsored by Walmart when you visit them.


ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: The Arkansas Arts Center has several galleries and offers classes in both the visual and performing arts. Its permanent collection focuses on works on paper, from Old Master drawings to contemporary works. It also collects contemporary craft. The 2016 exhibition lineup includes special exhibits of photographs by Nathalia Edenmont (Jan. 19-May 1); loans of paintings by William Adolphe Bougereau (Feb. 16-May 15) and Renoir (May 24-Sept. 11); photographs by Dorothea Lange (Feb. 26-May 8); sketches by Charles Burchfield (Feb. 26-May 8); paintings by Jon Schueler (Aug. 5-Oct. 16); and enamels from the Enamel Arts Foundation (Oct. 7-Jan. 1, 2017); as well as its annual exhibitions. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Most exhibitions free. 372-4000. arkansasartscenter.org.

ARKANSAS INLAND MARITIME MUSEUM, North Little Rock: The USS Razorback submarine tours, the USS Hoga tug from Pearl Harbor. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7.50 adults, $5 children under 12, seniors 62 and military. 371-8320.

ARKANSAS NATIONAL GUARD MUSEUM, Camp Robinson: Artifacts on military history, Camp Robinson and its predecessor, Camp Pike, also a gift shop. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri., audio tour available at no cost. 212-5215. arngmuseum.com.

ARKANSAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME MUSEUM, Verizon Arena, NLR: Honors athletes and awards scholarships. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. $6 adults, $4 ages 62 and up, $3 ages 6-17, ages 6 and under free. 663-4328.

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM VISITOR CENTER, Daisy L. Gatson Bates and Park streets: Exhibits on the 1957 desegregation of Central and the civil rights movement. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. 374-1957. nps.gov/chsc/index.htm.

CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: Permanent exhibits on the Clinton administration and changing exhibits. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $10 adults; $8 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. clintonfoundation.org/clinton-presidential-center.

ESSE PURSE MUSEUM & STORE, 1510 S. Main St.: Vintage purses from the collection of Anita Davis and special exhibitions on vintage items, gift store. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sun., $8-$10. 916-9022. essepursemuseum.com.

HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E.Third St.: Art galleries featuring work by Arkansas artists, the HAM's collection of Arkansas-made objects, Bowie Knife collection, "We Walk in Two Worlds" exhibition on Arkansas's Native Americans as well as refurbished antebellum houses and a tavern from the original city and log cabins. House tours $2.50 adults, $1 under 18, free to 65 and over. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9351. historicarkansas.org.

JACKSONVILLE MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY, 100 Veterans Circle: Exhibits on D-Day; the Vietnam era F-105 plane ("The Thud"); the Civil War Battle of Reed's Bridge; Arkansas Ordnance Plant (AOP), and other military history. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $3 adults; $2 seniors, military; $1 students. 501-241-1943. jaxmilitarymuseum.org.

MACARTHUR MUSEUM OF ARKANSAS MILITARY HISTORY, 503 E. Ninth St. (MacArthur Park): Permanent and temporary exhibitions on Arkansas's involvement in the Civil War and WWI and WWII, monthly film series and other special events. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-4 p.m. Sun. Free. 376-4602. littlerock.org/parksrecreation/arkmilitaryheritage.

MOSAIC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER, Ninth Street and Broadway: Permanent and temporary exhibits on African-American entrepreneurship in Arkansas, collection of work by contemporary African-American artists from Arkansas. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. Free. 683-3610. mosaictemplarscenter.com.

MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY, Donald W. Reynolds Science Center, 500 President Clinton Ave.: Hands-on science exhibits for toddlers to teenagers, maker space, Tinkerfest sponsor, musical bipolar Tesla coil, monthly "Science After Dark" event for adults. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., $10 ages 13 and older, $8 ages 1-12, free to members and children under 1. 396-7050. museumofdiscovery.org.

OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM, 300 W. Markham: Permanent and changing exhibits about Arkansas, gift shop. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 324-9685. oldstatehouse.com.

WITT STEPHENS JR. CENTRAL ARKANSAS NATURE CENTER, Riverfront Park: Exhibits on fishing and hunting, daily programs. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 907-0636. centralarkansasnaturecenter.com.

AT UALR: Douglas Bourgeois' "Candy" and other paintings by the New Orleans artist are part of the "Awakened by the These Dreams" exhibition coming Jan. 7 to the Maners/Pappas Gallery at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
  • AT UALR: Douglas Bourgeois' "Candy" and other paintings by the New Orleans artist are part of the "Awakened by the These Dreams" exhibition coming Jan. 7 to the Maners/Pappas Gallery at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


ARGENTA GALLERY, 413 Main St., NLR: Changing exhibitions of work by Arkansas artists. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tue.-Sat. during exhibitions. 912-6567. argentagallery.com.

ARKANSAS CAPITAL CORP., 200 River Market Ave., Suite 400: Arkansas artists, fourth floor offices of Capital Corp. Group. arcapital.com.

ART GROUP GALLERY, Pleasant Ridge Town Center: Works by artists in collective. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-6 p.m. Sun. 690-2193. artgrouparkansas.com.

BOSWELL MOUROT FINE ART, 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by local, national, international artists. 664-0030. boswellmourot.com.

BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: Work by Arkansas artists. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5790. butlercenter.org/art.

CHRIST CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: Arkansas artists. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-noon Fri. 374-9247. christchurchlr.org.

CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Arkansas artists, framing. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 664-0880. On Facebook.

DRAWL SOUTHERN CONTEMPORARY ART, 5208 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by regional artists. 1-5 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 240-7446. drawlgallery.com.

GALLERY 221, Second and Center streets: Arkansas artists. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 801-0211. On Facebook.

GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Arkansas artists, framing. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. gallery26.com.

GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: Works by regional Southern artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 664-2787. gregthompsonfineart.com.

HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: Work by nationally known African-American artists, framing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 372-6822. hearnefineart.com.

L&L BECK ART GALLERY, 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Exhibits by Louis Beck. 660-4006.

LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St., NLR: Galleries in main branch and Argenta branch (420 Main St.). 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 372-6933. laman.net.

LAMAN LIBRARY ARGENTA BRANCH, 420 Main St.: Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 687-1061. laman.net.

LOCAL COLOUR, 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Rotating work by 27 artists in collective. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 265-0422. On Facebook.

LOUIE'S UNIQUE FRAMING AND GALLERY, 1509 A Mart Drive: Fine art, framing. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.

M2GALLERY, Pleasant Ridge Town Center, 11525 Cantrell Road: Arkansas and the regional artists. 225-6271. m2lr.com.

MATT MCLEOD FINE ART, 108 W. Sixth St.: Work by Arkansas artists. 725-8508. mattmcleod.com.

RED DOOR GALLERY, 3715 JFK Blvd., NLR: Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 753-5227. reddoorgalleryonline.com.

STEPHANO AND GAINES FINE ART, 1916 N. Fillmore St.: Arkansas artists. 563-4218. stephanostudios.com.

THEA FOUNDATION, 401 Main St., NLR: Works by emerging Arkansas artists and students. Open weekdays. 379-9512.

THE SHOWROOM, 2313 Cantrell Road: Fine art, framing. 7:30-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 372-7373. theshowroom.us.com.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK, 2801 S. University Ave.: Three galleries featuring student and national exhibitions. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun. (weekends only in summer). 569-3182. ualr.edu/art/galleries.



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