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WATER FAIRY: At Eureka Springs.
  • WATER FAIRY: At Eureka Springs.

The ARTERY, a collection of 4-by-8-foot tall panel murals in downtown Eureka Springs, will dedicate two new additions Saturday, March 17, after the town’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. The wearing of the green will be followed up by the ARTERY’s “The Spending of the Green,” which invites visitors to do just that at Chelsea’s Pub, where autographed prints of James Yale’s new panel, “Water Fairy,” will be for sale. (A free green beer will be served everyone who buys a print.)

A work by Chuck Chapin, “Fountain,” will join Yale’s at the ARTERY at the 3 p.m. installation. The panels serve as public art, but are also for sale. A portion of sales goes to the ARTERY trust, a non-profit organization.

The Skinny Gypsies will play at Chelsea’s.

The city of Little Rock is the subject of paintings by John Kushmaul that will go on exhibit Saturday, March 17, at Gallery 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.

The show includes recent designs on canvas by Adam Black, hand-tinted black and white photographs by David Rackley and sculptural mixed media pieces and altered books by Lee Ann Bell.

An artists’ reception is set for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call Renee Williams at 664-8996.

Tabriz, the biennial fund-raiser live and silent auctions for the Arkansas Arts Center, brought in a record $810,000 for art acquisition and education programs this year. Two Arkansas artists who contributed their work to the live auction can take credit for a chunk of that: George Dombek, whose watercolor sold for $8,500, and Jane Hankins, whose ceramic sculpture went for $6,900. Dombek and Hankins do not get a cut. They do get a notion of how valuable their work is to their fellow Arkansans.

Stephens Inc. COO Curt Bradbury also won the bidding to be guest curator for a day and will work with the Arts Center on a show, but Bradbury, hacked off at the Times for seeking the names of bidders on the top items, declined to tell us more. Had we paid the $350 ticket price and watched him bid, as did other media representatives, we would have been welcome to the information, he said. Unfortunately, that was a little steep for us to pay, and the Times does not take freebies from institutions it covers.

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