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Art chairs to return starting next week.

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Starting Sunday, April 13, Southside Main Street (SoMa) will begin installing chairs made by artists along three blocks of Main Street.

The event is a repeat of SoMa's public art project in 2006. This time, chairs will be concentrated over a shorter distance — between 12th and 15th — and will be a minimum of 10 feet high.

Chair-crafters include Michael Warrick, Mia Hall and David Clemmons, Eric Freeman, Jeff Horton, George Wittenberg and Peter Calloway, Mark Alderfer, Jeremy Estill and Whitney Patterson, and Kwendeche.

The artists' drawings and paintings made in preparation for building the chairs will be auctioned silently at a party from 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 18, in Juanita's party room; proceeds will support SoMa, a neighborhood development organization. Tickets to the party are $30 for members, $35 for non-members.

Gallery-goers will see several new exhibits during this Friday's 2nd Friday Art Night downtown.

River Market ArtSpace opens “Pulse: The Paintings of John Foster,” work by a Maumelle artist. At Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock artists Susan Williams and Marjorie Williams-Smith will attend the reception for “Daughters of the Diaspora,” an exhibit of work by African-American women that includes nationally known artists as well. The Historic Arkansas Museum opens an exhibit of paintings in its Second Floor Gallery, “Wilnita Holland: Varied Vision.” The Cox Creative Gallery, on the third floor of the Cox Creative Center at 120 Commerce, is highlighting work by Angela Anderson and Karen Foster.

Also Friday between 5 and 8 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church at 509 Scott St. will host a reception for Mary Shelton, whose paintings are on exhibit there in a show called “Spiraling.” The show runs through May 9.

Given the hit Little Rock and North Little Rock took last week from tornados, there should be interest in an art event that will benefit even-harder-hit Atkins: Jewelry artist Lorna Ferchalk will donate all proceeds from the sale of her creations at the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center's pARTy in the Park on April 26 at Russellville. Ferchalk is willing to share her tent space with other artists who want to help out the 120 folks in Atkins who lost their homes. Call 479-968-2452 if you can help.

Pat Scavo of Blue Moon Gallery in Hot Springs sent a note to say that Randall Good's exhibition “Way of the Cross: The Passion of the Christ in Art” premieres in New York City April 10 at Manhattan College.

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