What's new in the galleries 

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Third Friday Artwalk in Argenta — 5-8 p.m. April 17, at Argenta Art Co. (7th and Main), Argenta Studios (401 Main St.), Thea Foundation (4th and Main) and other venues on and off Main Street in downtown Little Rock. Highlights: new work by Dan Thornhill at Argenta Art Co., work by V.L. Cox, Sherrie Sheppard, Doug Gorrell, Delita Martin at Argenta Studios, UCA Shakespeare Theater group readings at Thea Foundation.

Bruce Jackson's “Portraits from a Prison: A Collection of Photographs from Cummins Prison” opens April 16 at the Arkansas Studies Institute in time for the Arkansas Literary Festival.

V.L. Cox is the featured artist in “Origins,” to be held 6-9 p.m. April 17 at M2 Gallery in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center off Hwy. 10; Charles Henry James (that's his work at the top of this post), Jacey Dalton and Sean Fitzgibbon will have work there as well. A portion of sales goes to Altrusa International.

Michael Swade is showing new jewelry at River Market ArtSpace, 301 Clinton.

Stephano's Fine Art Gallery is hosting a reception 6-9 April 18 for an exhibit of new work by Ernest Nipper and Diana Baker Ashley.

Mostly they want you to buy plants, but White Wagon Farm and Sage House Gallery is (are?) having its (their?) “Art in the Garden Weekend” April 18 and 19.

If you're in Bentonville, check out the “Art Experience 2009” Montessori benefit auction of work by Lisa Bauer, Hank Kaminsky, Mark Rademacher and Zeek Taylor 6-9 p.m. April 18 at the Bentonville Plaza Building, 609 SW Eighth.

In Conway, check out the contemporary American Indian art from the collection of retired UALR professor J.W. Wiggins in the AETN atrium, 350 S. Donaghey.

Yes, there's a chainsaw carving contest (and sale) that organizers claim features great art, April 17 and 18 at the Old Hitchin' Post Campground outside Eureka Springs.

MFA graduate Kyle McKenzie is showing his thesis work, “Empty Walls,” at UA's Fine Art Gallery; reception is 2-4 p.m. April 25.

Rogers is having its gallery walk 6-8 p.m. April 17: At Julie Wait Designs, paintings by Charles Pearce; at Poor Richard's Art, Sally Bowen's pottery and John Murdoch's pottery; at Zephyr Blevins, work by Joann Lacey.

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