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‘Expressions’ at mansion 

Annual Birch Tree art auction is set.

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The annual show and sale of the artwork by members of Birch Tree Communities will be held this year at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion at 1800 Center St.

“Expressions,” now in its sixth year, begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1. All proceeds go to the artists, who suffer from severe mental illness. The sale will include 300 paintings, some of which will be auctioned live starting at 6:45 p.m. with host Pamela Smith of KATV, Channel 7. The band Wine and Roses will perform and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $20; purchase by calling 303-3202. 

Birch Tree's Rehabilitative Day Program involves members in painting, sculpting, photography, poetry, filmmaking, acting and music to help them reintegrate into the community. It operates in 11 cities across the state serving more than 300 adults. For more information, go to www.birchtree.org. 

The Arts Space gallery in North Little Rock dropped its Friday Night Art Parties in recent months, apparently after a complaint that folks were having too much fun (no one involved in the decision is saying). But the Art Parties are back, every second Friday at Market Street Cinema.

The revival debuted April 11 with models in the lobby and electronic music in one of the theaters, where tarps are put down in front of the seats to create a studio. The event does not interrupt the movie showings.

The theater is displaying work made at the event; all sale proceeds will go to the artists. 

Anyone interested in making art is invited; families are welcome. Hours are 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. It costs $5 to get in and $5 for art supplies (you may bring your own). Beer and wine are sold. May's event is expected to expand into a second theater. Artists and musicians who wish to be a part of the party can contact Candace House at 838-6789 or Megan Witzke at 398-1863. Witzke said she'd like to see a mime or a magician sign up.

 

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