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Art Notes

Stark inspirational works, vibrant paintings meet up at Hearne

Black and white scratchboard drawings by Perrion Hurd and vibrant, hyper-saturated with color paintings by Kennith Humphrey create an excellent juxtaposition at Hearne Fine Art.
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Prison Portrait Project at New Deal Salon Nov. 18-19

Portraits will be displayed at New Deal Gallery in Little Rock (2003 S. Louisiana St.) Friday, Nov. 18, 6-9 p.m., with fare from Lili's Mexican Street Food. On Saturday, Nov. 19, the gallery opens at 1 p.m., and CWFA hosts a live storytelling event at 2 p.m. featuring stories from people who have been incarcerated in Arkansas.
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Firelei Baez exhibit opening at the Momentary

Of her painterly and vivid works, the artist has said she doesn’t want to create “narratives of victimhood,” but rather flip the script to include beautifully subversive images of freedom. 

Opening exhibitions at Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts to include work by Anne Lindberg, Natasha Bowdoin, Chakaia Booker, Sun Xun

In addition to works from the permanent collection by Diego Rivera, Georgia O'Keefe, Elaine de Kooning, modernist John Marin, impressionist painter Paul Signac, as well as loans from artists Elias Sime, Ryan RedCorn, LaToya Hobbs, and Oliver Lee Jackson.
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Here's your Second Friday Art Night roundup

Music from Emily Fenton and Zakk & Big Papa Binns, plus art from Mid Mod Mike at Bella Vita, photography from Ray Scott at Christ Church Episcopal and new work from Liz Sanders and Lauren Wilcox Puchowski at Historic Arkansas Museum.

Check out these images of the Arkansas Delta from photographer Brian Cormack

We blinked and missed photographer Brian Cormack's exhibit of photographs in "Intruders In The Dirt: The Architecture and Landscape of the Arkansas Delta" while it was up at the Laman Library in September, but they're still up in a portfolio online.
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Slugs and Jell-O with a cherry on top: Meet Little Rock artist Slugknives

If you’ve strolled through the St. Joseph Farm Stand or a pop-up market in Central Arkansas in recent months, you may have seen colorful displays of stickers, prints, and wood carvings paying tribute to all things squishy, squirmy and sweet under the banner of SLUGKNIVES.

Dominique Simmons' 'Material Evidence II' opens in Argenta Friday night

With "physicality and aggressiveness." That's how artist Dominique Simmons describes her pastel technique. Feels about right for the times we're livin' in. Simmons' new exhibit opens at the ACANSA Gallery in conjunction with Third Friday Argenta Art Walk. Grab a snack from Brood & Barley or a drink from Flyway and check out work from Sherry J. Williamson at Bang Up Betty while you're down there; Williamson is donating 20% of her sales to the vital work that Arkansas Abortion Support Network does. 
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Look at this incredible quilted Buffalo River scene from a Fayetteville fiber arts studio

The cliffs of the mighty Buffalo, rendered in dye and cloth.

James 'Kimbo' Dryden named Arkansas Living Treasure

This year, that award goes to James "Kimbo" Dryden, known for his family's longstanding work in the field of pottery, work that's been done in a quirky building in Hot Springs' Whittington Park area since 1956.
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UPDATE: CANCELED Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosts opening reception for 2022 'Small Works on Paper'

The 35th annual "Small Works on Paper" exhibit begins its tour around various galleries in the state with an opening reception Thursday, Jan. 6, at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

Work by Crawford and Louise Mandumbwa up at Hearne Fine Art

Depicting subjects local to Arkansas as well as Nigeria, Botswana and Zambia, this father-daughter exhibit examines the idea of home.

Work by Timothy Hursley, James Matthews, Peter Scheidt up at Historic Arkansas Museum

This collection of three Arkansas artists — photographer Timothy Hursley, sculptor/woodworker Peter Scheidt and documentarian/textile artist James Matthews — is up through January at the Historic Arkansas Museum.

New mural in De Queen welcomes visitors in English, Spanish, Choctaw and Marshallese

The Minority Affairs Council of Southwest Arkansas commissions a mural and a message.

Artist V.L. Cox on 'escape velocity' and keeping an eye on home from her perch in Peekskill, New York

"I’ve had CEOs of billion-dollar international companies come up to me at events and art openings over the past few years and say, 'I’m very concerned about what’s going on down there.' They don’t care if Arkansas is a beautiful state. They don’t care about sports. They care about how people are treated and where to put their next multi-million-dollar business expansion. They care about their investments and their reputation."

Arkansas Made: Humor, surrealism and ingenuity in our state’s material history

With vivid photography from Rett Peek and devoted attention paid to the makers’ techniques, and to the economic and cultural circumstances that framed their varied work, the books make Arkansas’s material history feel exactly as it should: textured and lively and tangible.

The post-pandemic art world in Arkansas

More gallery space, more programming, more culture on tap.

UA Little Rock alum's "Sompasauna" features photography of egalitarian bathing spaces

Up at the the Windgate Center of Art and Design at UA Little Rock from Feb. 22-March 19 is "Sompasauna," an exhibit from UA Little Rock alum and adjunct photography professor Dylan Yarbrough.

Arkansas Arts Center rebranded as Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts; fundraising goal surpassed by $8 million

The Arkansas Arts Center has a new name: the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. Leaders gathered at a press conference today to announce the new name and provide an update on its facility, which is being renovated and expanded. 

Arkansas Craft Guild Showcase goes up this weekend at the state fairgrounds

Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
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