Greg Thompson Fine Art, 429 Main St., NLR, is open after hours tonight for Argenta ArtWalk, showing work by noted Arkansas fantasist Donald Roller Wilson, he of the chimpanzees and dressed up dogs. Other artist whose works are on exhibit tonight: Carroll Cloar, Walter Anderson, Thomas Hart Benton, William Dunlap, Glennray Tutor, Guy Bell ... not too shabby a lineup! "Donald Roller Wilson: Monkey Business and Other Strange Sights" runs through Dec. 7.
Argenta ArtWalk runs 5-8 p.m. There will be art exhibits up and down Main, including at the Paint Box Gallery, The Joint and Claytime Gallery, and at the Art Connection Gallery at 4th and Poplar streets.
"Power woodcarver" Hunt Clark is the Friends of Contemporary Crafts speaker on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Arkansas Arts Center; you can read more about his sculpture here.
Clark is an ArtWORKS visiting artist at UALR and is holding a sold-out workshop this weekend at its Applied Design studios in University Plaza; you can watch him demonstrate even if you're not a participant.
Also visiting UALR is sculptor and mixed media artist Deborah McClary; she'll give a lecture at 4 p.m. Monday at the Applied Design facility.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art's curator Manuela Well-Off-Man tells a great story today on the museum's blog: When the museum was unpacking the works in the Alfred Stieglitz Collection that went on exhibit last Friday, it found on the back of a painting by Marsden Hartley another Hartley. The style of the previously covered painting — dark and loosely brush-stroked — is evidence of the influence of Albert Pinkham Ryder on Hartley, Well-Off-Man concludes. Read Well-Off-Man's blog post, "Discoveries in the Stieglitz Collection: Part 1" here.
Work by Carly Dahl, in "The Picture Never Changes"
The Thea Foundation is putting the spotlight on young emerging artists with its Art Department series, and first up is "The Picture Never Changes," work by Dustyn Bork and Carly Dahl. It's the third Friday of the month, which means its Argenta ArtWalk night in downtown North Little Rock, and Thea is hosting a reception for the artists from 5-8 p.m. Thea's press release describes the collaborator's work thusly:
The Picture Never Changes” combines printmaking and painting and is a collaboration between Dustyn Bork, whose work “is deceptively simple with underlying motifs that explore cultural notions of pattern, color, and design,” and Carly Dahl, whose work “pictures psychological pressures and gender identities women deal with in society.”
Dahl and Bork, who are married, are at Lyon College in Batesville, where he is the director of the Kresge Gallery and she is an assistant professor of art. The exhibit runs through Nov. 22.
Here's the teaser from the Old State House Museum press office on its Civil War living history event for families tomorrow:
One Minnesotan described Little Rock as “one of the prettiest towns I have seen down South.” Olof Liljegren of the Third Minnesota reported, “This town is full of union people and . . . [a] good many deserted and took the oath of alleigeans,” which was confirmed by Iowan Edward Rolfe who wrote that “there is the Most union people here of any town . . . and hundreds are coming in to take the Oath every day.” Wisconsinite Edward Redington confided to his wife that “the inhabitants here seem more loyal than any that I have seen South. Many of them seem almost wild with joy,” a condition explained, perhaps, by Missourian F.M. Emmons, who explained that Little Rock “has always been called by the Rebs an Abolition hole.”
Little Rock's abolitionist tendencies are something to be proud of, and families can see them acted out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Old State House Museum.
One hundred fifty years ago in September, Frederick Steele's federal army took Little Rock. Portraying life after the retreat of the rebels will be more than 30 costumed interpreters, there on the lawn of what was the site of federal command headquarters. There will be firing demonstrations, programs on military justice, children's period games and portrayals of everyday life in Little Rock during the Civil War. The event is free; call 324-9685 for more information.
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosts "Celebrating the Life and Times of Bayard Rustin," a tribute to the late civil rights worker sponsored by the Center for Artistic Revolution, tonight at 7 p.m. Rustin (1912-1987) was a pacifist who worked for civil and gay rights and was the chief organizer for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, though his sexual orientation kept him from being given the credit he deserved. President Obama will present the Medal of Freedom Award to Rustin posthumously on Nov. 20.
Speakers will be Mandy Carter of the National Black Justice Coalition and Ernest Green of the Little Rock Nine. Sabrina Zarco will exhibit her "Social Justice" art series, including a tapestry portrait of Rustin.
CAR partners in the even are the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and Philander Smith College. Other sponsors include the National Black Justice Coalition's Bayard Rustin Commemoration Project; National Association of Black & White Men Together; Just Communities of Arkansas; the Arkansas Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice; Jay & Brett Miracle-Huie; Kyle Boswell and Jon Mourot; Catherine Crisp and Kaye McKinzie; Rev. Howard H. Gordon and Roberta A. Saxon; The Living Affected Corporation; Jay Barth and Chuck Cliett; Green Cuisine; ACLU of Arkansas; Human Rights Campaign; Barb Kampbell Photography
and Allen Loibner-Waitkus.
A group art show tonight in the lobby of Lafayette Square (523 S. Louisiana) will feature the work of Matt McLeod, Dominique Simmons, Tod Swiecichowski, Barbara Satterfield, James Hayes and Shannon Rogers. The event, 5:30-8:30 p.m., is a benefit for the Tim Mathis Memorial Scholarship Fund and is co-hosted by Rusty Mathis and his wife, Stacy, in honor of their son. Kelley Bass and his wife, Ashli Ahrens, are also co-hosts.
McLeod will open a gallery in the Arkansas building at 6th and Main Streets
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"Growth," by Tod Swiecichowksi
n February, joining Ballet Arkansas, The Rep and other businesses in the building now undergoing renovation. The gallery will initially carry McLeod's work; he expects he'll show the work of other artists later.
Tonight's exhibit features paintings, pastels, photogravure prints, sculpture and glasswork. The event is free and prices on the art work are "accessible," according to McLeod.
UALR's video team has produced this video of Marjorie Williams-Smith talking about her exhibition of silverpoint drawings, "Nocturne," in Gallery II in the Fine Arts Building on campus. There will be a reception for Williams-Smith with music by UALR composer Dr. Robert Boury on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 5-7 p.m.
Work by Betsy Davis at M2 Gallery starting Friday.
M2 Gallery in the Pleasant Ridge Town Centre will open a mother-daughter show on Friday: Anita Davis, who everyone knows as the Fairy Godmother of SoMa, where her Esse Museum and the Bernice Garden are located, and her daughter, Betsy Davis, are the featured artists. Anita Davis does found-object sculpture; Betsy Davis will show works on paper in a series that honors Ghana artist El Anatsui, the subject of this fascinating New York Times review. The pairing of Anita's found-art objects with her daughter's homage is fitting; El Anatsui also fabricates art from found objects, chosen for their meaning.
There will be a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; the show will be up through December.
Kathleen Kennally piece in "Boots, Bourbon and Baseball" fundraiser tonight.
Stephano's Fine Art's annual "100 for under $100 Art Show" opens tonight with the "Boots, Bourbon, & Baseball" fundraiser for the Miracle League of Arkansas, an organization that gives disabled kids an opportunity to play baseball. The event runs 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and admission is $10.
The "100 for under $100" show, which continues through Nov. 26, includes work by more than 20 artists in a variety of mediums: paintings, photography, jewelry, glass, raku, sculpture, vintage ornaments and more.
Stephano's is now located at 1813 N. Grant in BA Framer's showroom (between Tipton & Hurst & Sissy's Log Cabin and next to Go! Running!). Tonight's event includes music by Untitled(Mica Turner, Steve Mangan and Brian Cato) and a raffle.
"Fisherman's Lunch," an ink, wash and tempera drawings on paper by Thomas Hart Benton, is this week's work in the "50 Works 50 Weeks 50 Years" anniversary exhibition in the atrium of the Arkansas Arts Center.
The drawing, selected by development coordinator Alysia Carter, was a gift of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co. in 1986. It is one of several works by Benton in the Arts Center's permanent collection. A brief bio from Absolute Arts:
American painter, Thomas Hart Painter studied at the Academie Julien in Paris from 1908 to 1911. He then settled in New York and painted in the Synchromist style of his schoolmate, Stanton Macdonald-Wright. In 1920, Benton switched to the Regionalist style, depicting scenes of American life. He became the director of the City Art Institute and School of Design in Kansas City, Missouri in 1935 and remained there for the rest of his life. After the decline of Regionalism, Benton began painting scenes of American history. He also wrote two autobiographies titled “An Artist in America” and “An American in Art.”
Eric Howeler, an architect whose firm, Howeler and Yoon, in Boston is known for its "expanded practice," will give a talk at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, titled "Fail Fast," at the Arkansas Arts Center.
The Architecture and Design Network lecture is sponsored by the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture, the Central Arkansas Chapter of the american Institute of Architects and the Arts Center.
Howeler, who is also an assistant professor at Harvard, said the title derives from "Launch early, fail fast, iterate." His firm provides architecture, art (such as the White Noise White Light sculpture at the 2004 Olympics) and media services. Read more about the "10 Degree House" (above) here.
ON THE HUNT FOR GREAT ART: Alligood and Bacigalupi, shown here in St. Louis.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art president Don Bacigalupi has the greatest job on earth. So does the Bentonville museum's assistant curator for special projects, Chad Alligood. Crystal Bridges announced today that the two are traveling all over the United States visiting artists studios to select works by 100-plus working artists to show in an exhibition, "State of the Art," that will open on Sept. 13 next year. From the press release:
The pair began their research by reaching out to curators, gallerists and thought leaders in each region, who helped identify some 10,000 promising artists across the United States. From that group, Bacigalupi and Alligood developed a priority list of more than a thousand artists to visit, logging hundreds of hours of studio conversations before establishing the final checklist. “We’ve come to recognize that many extraordinary artists may be known in their own locales, but have yet to emerge on the national stage. Their work, however, deserves consideration from a national audience,” said Alligood.
I'm not sure what a "thought leader" is — a critic? a guru? — but my thoughts are that this is a great idea for an exhibition. Bacigalupi and Alligood have been to 400 studios so far and expect to visit 600 or so more by the end of February. That's a lot of art to think about. I'm volunteering if they want my help in the selection process!
The works will be hung throughout the museum, so that the contemporary American vision can be viewed next to the historic. The exhibition will run through Jan. 5, 2015. Admission will be free, thanks, the press release says, to a grant by Walmart and Sam’s Club. The exhibit will be available on Crystal Bridges’ iTunes app, which will include artist and curator commentary.
The Arkansas State Hospital's Creative Expressions program for patients with mental illnesses hosts its 5th annual exhibition — also named "Creative Expressions" — tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the hospital lobby.
The artists in the Creative Expressions program benefit from proceeds from the sales of works, which, like outsider art, have a fresh and not self-conscious appeal. There will be refreshments, music and a chance to meet the artists who direct the program as well as some of the artists.
The hospital is on Markham just west of UAMS; its address is 301 N. Palm.
"Hail, Hail," a multimedia piece by Texas artist Bert L. Long is this week's "50 Works 50 Weeks 50 Years" selection in the atrium of the Arkansas Arts Center. The show is celebrating the Arts Center's 50th anniversary with week-long exhibitions of works from the Arts Center's collection.
Kim White, the museum shop manager, chose the piece, done in crayon, pastel, acrylic and enamel on paper. The 1989 work was purchased in 1990 with funds from the Tabriz Fund and the Museum Purchase Plan of the National Endowment of the Arts.
Juanita's, the venerable Tex-Mex restaurant and music venue, is leaving the South Main Street location it's called home since 1986 for the River Market and the former home of Bill St., 614 President Clinton Ave.
Severe winter weather forced the cancellation of 32 Red Cross blood drives in Arkansas, southwest Missouri and the Memphis, Tenn., area, which resulted in a shortfall of about 1,000 expected blood and platelet donations over the past five days.