With news of Jonathan Demme's passing, Arkansas Times movie reviewer Guy Lancaster noted the acclaimed director's work on a film called "Fighting Mad," which was filmed in parts of rural Washington County, with scenes shot in Fort Smith, Clarksville and Fayetteville.
I talked with Marita Golden – teacher, lecturer, author, literary activist and co-founder/President Emeritus of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation – ahead of her appearance Thursday, April 27 at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 6:30 p.m. as part of the Arkansas Literary Festival.
Stephen Shachtman's proposed sculpture "A," a 16-foot-high steel and bronze work, won the $60,000 commission awarded at the weekend's Sculpture in the River Market event. (See full news release on jump.) Best in Show went to Ted Schaal for his work "Shard."
In amber Aviators and varying stages of radiant purple formal attire, Tom Petty proved last night that it wasn't too soon, after all, to return to Little Rock and, as he put it, to "thank our friends for showing up for forty years." 13,551 friends, in this case.
Neal Harrington, Tammy Harrington, Jed Jackson, Alan Gerson, Dolores Justus, Stephano Sutherlin: Those are six reasons — and there are many more — to head over to Argenta tonight for the monthly ArtWalk, 5-8 p.m.
Weaver Louise Halsey of Oark, who creates fine art, rugs and dolls, and whose weavings of houses on fire ignited such admiration that she was included in the 2012 Women to Watch exhibition at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., has been named by the Arkansas Arts Council as the 2017 Arkansas Living Treasure. The annual award goes to a dedicated craftsperson who has helped preserve the craft by teaching to others.
The 59th Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center, to open June 9, will feature 73 works by 57 artists from seven states, the Arts Center announced today. Read the news release here. Of the 57 artists, 41 are from Arkansas.
Pleased as punch artists have been posting on Facebook the good news that their artworks have been accepted into the 59th annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center. Here's a slideshow of works posted by accepted artists.
Fabric artist Bisa Butler, collage artist Phoebe Beasley and metalpoint artist Marjorie Williams-Smith will be at a reception at Hearne Fine Art tonight in conjunction with the
exhibition, "Beyond Magic," reviewed here. The reception is from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; tomorrow, at 2 p.m., the artists will gather for a panel discussion on the show, which features women artists working in non-traditional mediums, including the glass and found art works by Lillian Blades (see image above) and the wire mesh sculptures of Anyta Thomas.
The Fayetteville Flyer reports that TheatreSquared Artistic Director Bob Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller met with the Fayetteville Advertising & Promotion Committee Monday morning, asking for a $3.1 million match to the city's pledged funding in the same amount as part of a five-year economic development plan, Fayetteville First.
Ledbetter, the former state Board of Education chair who cast the decisive vote in 2015 to take over the LRSD, writes that Education Commissioner Johnny Key "has shown time and again that he is out of touch with our community and the needs of the district." However, Ledbetter supports the May 9 vote as a positive for the district's students and staff.