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Art auction to benefit Main.

MAIN-STREAM: Wittenberg's "Gaudi" will be auctioned at benefit.
  • MAIN-STREAM: Wittenberg's "Gaudi" will be auctioned at benefit.

Main Street south of Interstate 630 refuses to take a back seat to other downtown redevelopment. In fact, sidewalks between 12th and 17th streets will be dotted with 16 artist-created chairs next Sunday, the day after Southside Main Street’s “Places, Spaces and Chairs” art auction fund-raiser for the area’s revitalization.

The event will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 8 at Juanita’s Party Room at 13th and Main. Sketches by the artists creating the chairs will be auctioned silently. The $25 ticket includes hors d’oeuvres provided by Starving Artist Cafe, beer, wine and soft drinks, and there will be music by the Reverburritos. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.southsidemain.org or over the phone at 371-2005, ext. 12.

Artists invited to take part in the fund-raiser, a project of the non-profit Southside Main Street’s design committee, include Jeff Horton, George Wittenberg, Cici Davidson, Jeff Waddle/Leann Smoot, Dominique Simmons, Hamid Ebrahimifar, Nancy Nolan, Gabriel, Jennefer Hodges, Todd Crockett/Rob Wellborn, Stuart Schild, Carol Prins, Jon Rogers and Erin Lorenzen. Sponsors provided each artist with $200 to pay for materials. Some of the work is up now at Starving Artist Cafe, 316 W. Seventh St.

The chairs will be bolted to the street the following day, and will remain up through the year. Those still in good shape by then will be sold.

Southside is a pilot project of Arkansas Main Street to boost the image of the mixed commercial-residential neighborhood. Director is Judy Casavechia.

Atlanta artist Charly “Carlos” Palmer, who portrays scenes from the civil rights era with bold paint in boxy color fields, is showing paintings at Hearne Fine Arts starting Friday, Sept. 1. Palmer will be in town for a 2nd Friday Art Night reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 8 and will give a talk the following day at 2 p.m. at the gallery, 500 President Clinton Ave.

Palmer was educated at the Art Institute and the American Academy of Art in Chicago and has won commissions to create the posters for the 1996 and 1998 Olympic meets. He also won Miller Brewing Co.’s “Gallery of Greats” contest in 1990. He cites the work of Gustav Klimt, Basquiat and Paul Goodnight as his inspiration. The show will run through Oct. 2.

Arkansas State University opens its fall gallery season with “Made in New Orleans: A Survey of Contemporary Art from the Crescent City” in the Bradbury Gallery at the Fowler Center. The exhibition, which opened on Aug. 29, the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, includes work made before the hurricane hit. It includes 54 works by 31 artists. The show runs through Oct. 1.

Ceramics by Nancy White of Memphis are on exhibit in the Fine Arts Center Gallery at ASU. The show, “Picket Fence Borders,” is the artist’s “ongoing collection of reactions to or attempted escapes from the news,” she said in a press release.

Coming up: “Of Submarines and Arkansas: The Paintings of Submarine Veteran and Arkansas Landscape Painter Bill Garrison” at River Market Artspace. The exhibit is being held in conjunction with the U.S. Submarine Veterans National Convention; a special preview for vets will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, and the show opens officially with the 2nd Friday Art Night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. The gallery is at 301 President Clinton Ave.

Garrison is one of several sub veterans involved with the USS Razorback sub now open for tours in North Little Rock. A painting by Garrison of the Razorback will be auctioned at the convention. Garrison and his wife, Gloria, who is also a painter, live in Hot Springs.


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