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Re: “Sculpture chosen for Southwest Community Center

I agree with hotglass85. I don't understand these never ending Colorado purchases either while extremely talented Arkansas artists are left in the dust. My favorite statement in the art world? All the animals gotta eat and drink. Arkansas should make a little more room at the watering hole.

Posted by theartist12 on 04/25/2017 at 11:11 PM

Re: “Watch 'Peace in the Valley,' a new documentary about the Eureka Springs civil rights ordinance

I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Mike and Donal in Eureka during this filming, and they (as well as Nathan) are not only incredible documentary filmmakers, but really great guys. I enjoyed listening to their honest conversation on social matters, their direction, and their careers. What I respected the most though is that they are not afraid to address social issues with work that is raw, powerfully refreshing and to the point. Keep an eye on these talented men because you haven't seen the last of them, and I am proud to call them my friends.

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Posted by theartist12 on 10/30/2015 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Jeremy Hutchinson on HB 1228 vote: 'I honestly was a coward and voted party line.'

It takes a big person to admit their mistakes. Due to his level of honesty and integrity, I have recently gained a great deal of respect for Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson and have never even met him.

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Posted by theartist12 on 04/04/2015 at 8:28 PM

Re: “End Hate, Pt. 1 tonight at Arts Center

One of the most powerful "Tales" ever recorded. Damn shame the Governor didn't accept his invitation to attend.

Posted by theartist12 on 03/03/2015 at 10:07 PM

Re: “What to see in "Van Gogh to Rothko" at Crystal Bridges

Now we're talking. You can never get enough Van Gogh.

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Posted by theartist12 on 10/30/2014 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Arkansas Food and Farm launches new blog

Barbara Armstrong is a force of nature. She has overcome challenges that most wouldn't survive, to come back a winner and to single handedly change the face of local farm & food popularity in Central Arkansas. I applaud her and all her success.

Posted by theartist12 on 10/07/2014 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Texas blog Glasstire reviews "State of the Art"

I was personally offended by the Glasstire review as well as many other artists here in the Natural State. In the words of another fellow Arkansas artist, is was "Such a sad, pathetic attempt on the critic's part to appear sophisticated and urban-savvy." I agree. Guy Bell, one of the featured artists in the Crystal Bridges exhibit posted the perfect response:

GLASSTIRE.COM presented a review of the recent exhibition geared toward a Texas audience. It was favorable overall, but lamented a lack of “Folk Art” in the show. Ok, that is fair. However the following did not sit well with me as evidenced by my last paragraph:

Excerpt from Glasstire:

“The museum’s home of Bentonville, high in the Ozarks (the region is undeniably beautiful), is also home to the Wal-Mart Corporation, and it’s a semi-charming town, but the region feels a little spooky. Its stubborn ruralness has a whiff of meth hillbilly. As I walked and drove around town and dealt with my hotel’s front-desk people and gas-station cashiers and the like, I could sometimes hear the sinister banjo playing in my head.”

My reply:

"Thanks for the review! Living in Arkansas, self-taught, and one of the artists in the exhibition I contend that folk art in my area is may look less “folksy” than it was in the past.
The rules of perspective are taught in secondary school classrooms across the country. Coffee tins have been replaced by Starbucks cups. Corn cobs by microwave steamer bags. With the internet, social media, and ubiquitous advertisements, one would have to make a conscious effort to not be exposed to cultural influences from all over the globe.
Conversely, many established artists in the United States have long used folk influences to inform their own work. Found objects and rude forms are displayed in many of the major US art hubs. Just food for thought.
As an Arkansan who briefly lived in Texas, I would like to address the “meth hillbilly” comment. As I understand it, Arkansas gets most of its methamphetamine from Mexico…via Texas. And what you thought was a banjo playing in your head was because someone, in haste, neglected to fully turn off the radio when Jeff Strahan’s “Take me to Texas” began to play. Go Hogs."

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Posted by theartist12 on 09/17/2014 at 9:25 AM

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