Facing life well 

Higgins' portraits at UAMS.

Portrait by Higgins.
  • Portrait by Higgins.

What is the face of a life lived well? Find out when “Elder Grace,” an exhibit of black and white portraits by New York Times photographer Chester Higgins Jr., opens at 5:30 p.m. April 20 at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Higgins photographed 80 African-American men and women for his book, “Elder Grace: The Nobility of Aging,” a celebration of black American culture, identity and energy. The exhibit, drawn from the book, has traveled to cities across the country, and will move to its permanent home at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama after it leaves UAMS on Sept. 1.

Higgins, who has been with the New York Times since 1975 and who was profiled in a PBS film for his work in such prestigious national magazines as Art News, Ebony, Time and Newsweek, will lecture at 6:45 p.m. and autograph copies of his books.

The event is free. Lead sponsors are ReCenter, a program of the Institute on Aging, and the Philip Jonsson Foundation.

Art All Day is what you’ll get at the River Market’s open air pavilions when the Department of Arkansas Heritage kicks off Arkansas Heritage Month four days early on Wednesday, April 26.

The annual heritage celebration, which includes exhibits and talks all over the state, observes its 25th year in May. This year’s theme is “Arkansas Arts: Discover Our Treasures.”

Art All Day will feature demonstrations by Arkansas performance and visual artists from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Grab some free sidewalk chalk at the event and make your own art, and then get a free copy of this year’s Heritage Month poster, which features a Nancy Nolan photograph of Arkansas dancers.

Upcoming exhibits celebrating Heritage Month around the state include “Faulkner County: Its Art and Artists,” featuring work by Louis Freund, Gene Hatfield, Tim Morris and Sheila Parsons at the Faulkner County Museum in Conway; paintings, photos and prints by Carroll Cloar and others at the Arkansas Railroad Museum in Pine Bluff; “My Spirit is Free,” on the life and work of Fayetteville artist and polio sufferer Peggy McCormick at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale; and work by Faye Robertson at the Ozark Area Museum in Ozark. Eureka Springs will host its annual Festival of the Arts during May; the Winthrop Rockefeller Center atop Petit Jean Mountain will hold a three-day festival, “Arts in the Air”; and the 43rd annual Quapaw Quarter Spring Tour of Historic Homes is also scheduled.

More events and activities celebrating Heritage Month can be found on the DAH website at www.ArkansasHeritage.com.

Mediums Gallery will raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life with a night of art and poetry Saturday, April 22. The event, at 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd., runs from 6-9 p.m.




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