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Oval show to benefit Dress for Success.

COLLECTIBLE: Among paintings "About Women" at Oval Gallery benefit.
  • COLLECTIBLE: Among paintings "About Women" at Oval Gallery benefit.
Dress for Success Little Rock, a not-for-profit organization that provides business suits to low-income women to interview for jobs or who are recently employed, will receive part of the proceeds from sales of works in Oval Gallery’s “About Women” exhibit opening Friday, Dec. 17. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the gallery at 201 W. Capitol Ave. Donations of pairs of new business shoes would be welcome at the reception. The show runs through Jan. 28. Included in the exhibit will be works in a variety of media by artists from Arkansas and beyond. Participating artists are Lyuba Bogan, Linda Butler, Teresa Cates, Pooi Yin Chong, Amy Edgington, Abby Gilitz, Angela Green, Nahir Guerrero, Paula Guajardo, Karlyn Holloway, Catherine Johnson, Diane M.T. Jones, Carla Koen, Sister Maria Liebeck, Kathy Lindsey, Barbara Miles, Kendra Price, Leandra Spangler and Yuki. Raku artist Kelly Edwards will have a one-woman show in the “Viewing Room” off the main gallery. The east gallery will feature work by artists represented by Oval. Dress for Success has chapters in 73 cities. Clothing and other donations may be dropped off at the organization’s office in the Lakeshore Drive Baptist Church, 21 Lakeshore Drive. For more information, go to littlerock@dressforsuccess.org. The Arkansas Arts Center’s Collectors Show and Sale features works on paper by American masters and contemporary artists from the world over. Because the work, from East Coast galleries, is top-notch, the prices rarely dip below $1,000, and several are five digits. But don’t let that deter you from heading over to see the work, in the Strauss Gallery and the outer hall where new acquisitions are usually displayed. If early- to mid-20th century art is your thing, there’s a pencil drawing of a nude by Robert Henri that will send you. It’s drawn with a flattened pencil, a calligraphic outline of a woman’s form. “Sunset on the Marsh,” attributed to Martin Johnson Heade, is a watercolor in ancient oranges and browns, a landscape of palm trees and water and a primitive hut. There are more beautiful pieces of the era by Reginald Marsh, John Marin (see “Movement Fantasy,” a happy little pencil drawing), Elie Nadelman, Rockwell Kent, and their ilk. Minimalists will enjoy Marietta Hoferer’s 2004 white-on-white paper pieces that combine strapping tape with the narrowest of pencil strokes. Some work is not so fine — a $26,000 watercolor of a peony, outlined in a cute blue border, caused not a flutter of the ticker. Now, Alfred Maurer — that’s different. His 1928 “Still Life with Flowers,” its light and space and fine gestural line making an image that grabs your chest, is a better buy, even at $35,000. There are some truly wonderful works priced below $500 (though they may be snapped up by the time this sees print). A tiny, busy etching of socializing 17th century Parisians by Louis-Joseph Trimolet; a lovely drawing, “Fruit Tree With Birds,” by Alfred Alexander Delauney (though mounted so high we could not see it as well as we would have liked) and a terrific charcoal of an infant’s open-mouthed face, achieved with the sparest of strokes by Henri de Waroquier, are among them. The show will be up until Feb. 6. Also at the Arts Center is the “Art and the White House: Presidential Selections 1960-2000” exhibit. You don’t need this writer to tell you to go see paintings by Monet, John Singer Sargent, Berthe Morisot, Childe Hassam and George Catlin and sculpture by Rodin, much less her opinion of them.

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