Kindler Priests From Egg to Water

  • Linda Kindler Priest’s “From Egg to Water”

One of two shows opening tomorrow at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Fine Arts Center is “Transformation 8: Contemporary Works in Small Metals,” from the Society of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Penn.


The show, the SCC’s biennial touring show, features sculptural objects and wearable art as well, such as rings, bracelets, pins and necklaces. It will be up until Oct. 2.

Stephen Yusko, Beacon, from the Blue Box Series

  • Stephen Yusko, “Beacon,” from the Blue Box Series

The gallery is now WILL BEGIN operating on winter hours AFTER LABOR DAY, so it’s when it will be open weekends, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Brad Cushman explains that the “Transformation 8” refers to the series of Transformation exhibits. From media on the show:


“Transformation 8: Contemporary Works in Small Metals” is the 2011 edition of the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize series, which recognizes excellence in the field of contemporary craft. It features the work of internationally recognized and emerging artists, and highlights outstanding examples of contemporary works in small metals and jewelry. As with the previous shows, this exhibition continues the theme of “Transformation,” an appropriate focus for an exhibition honoring Elizabeth Raphael, a woman who believed passionately in the transformative power of art to change lives.

The $5,000 Raphael Prize was awarded to Meghan Patrice Riley for her necklace “Interstitial.” The jurors also awarded a $1,000 second prize to Mari Ishikawa, a Japanese-born artist currently working in Germany, for her “Parallel World,” a deeply expressive brooch in silver and Japanese kozo paper. Honorable mentions were awarded to the seminal metals artist Bob Ebendorf and emerging artist Daniel DiCaprio.

Meghan Patrice Rileys Interstitial

  • Meghan Patrice Riley’s “Interstitial”