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UP WITH ART SALE: Includes pot by Don Nibert.
  • UP WITH ART SALE: Includes pot by Don Nibert.
A one-time car showroom at 301 Main St., North Little Rock, will be the setting for the Up With Art IV art festival Saturday, Nov. 27. John Gaudin, organizer of Up With Art, will raze the showroom at the corner of Main and Broadway sometime next year for his six-story condo/retail development, Argenta Place. Up With Art will find a permanent home there when the building is complete. The 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. event will offer for sale the work of 16 Arkansas artists. There will also be artist demonstrations at the “Creation Station,” with ceramist Larry Pennington, mosaic-maker Christine Slocomb and bead jeweler Ellie Roy, and festival-goers may create self portraits there for the Argenta CDC’s “Faces of Argenta” and “Friends of Argenta” picture wall. Food, drink and live entertainment will be provided at the free event. Other exhibiting artists are Carole Katchen, John Deering, Don Nibert, Bill and Gloria Garrison, Kevin Kresse, Annette Kagy, Suzi Dennis, Mary Ann Stafford, V.L. Cox, Nancy Baptiste, Mark Rademacher and Terry Bean. Artists will keep 100 percent of their sales. Event sponsorships benefit the Argenta Community Development Corp. and the AIDS/HIV nonprofit Positive Voices. Gallery 26 at 2611 Kavanaugh Blvd. is offering works by 60 Arkansas artists at its 10th annual Holiday Art Show and Sale. On sale will be paintings by Kevin Kresse; photographs by Ben Krain, Rita Henry and David Rackley; metal and clay sculpture by Conway artist Finton Shaw; abstract paintings by Jeff Horton and Diane Page; collages by Amy Edgington; hand-made books by Patricia Singh; jewelry by Jann Greenland of Indigo Studios and Dana Rogers; paintings and drawings by Kathy Strause, and etchings by David Warren and more. Some of the work will be sold at bargain prices by artists who are clearing out their studios. The show and sale runs through Jan. 18. An exhibit of works by the late superrealist still life artist Mary Sims opens with a party from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at David Lusk Gallery in Memphis. “¡last hoo-rah!” features final paintings by the Eureka Springs artist, who died in May after long battle with cancer, leaving behind works designated for the Lusk exhibition. Sims, who taught at Southwestern before moving to Arkansas, exhibited her work nationally. Lusk Gallery said three paintings dominate the show, including “That’s All Folks,” a pewter vase filled with flowers set against a kimono. The show runs through Dec. 23. Lusk is at 4540 Poplar Ave. Looking ahead: Art After Hours will hold a one-evening show and sale from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the gallery at Third and Spring. Works by several Arkansas artists will be featured.
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