Here’s a tour of some of the work you can see in galleries around Arkansas, starting with the newest, “Cast of Blues” at the William F. Laman Public Library, which opened today:
“CAST OF BLUES” includes 15 resin-cast masks of blues legends (see above) by vision-impaired artist Sharon McConnell-Dickerson, who says the work “captures the flesh, muscle, bone, hair, and subtle expressions of emotion. I wanted to discover the faces behind the music I love, so I went to Mississippi to map out the visages of the real Delta blues men and women.”
Also on exhibit will be photographs by Ken Murphy from the book “Mississippi: State of Blues.”
The exhibit runs through March 11.
AT UALR, the Fine Arts Building galleries hold three exhibits: “Jobbers, Heels and Faces — Robert McCann,” monumental paintings featuring pro-wrestlers as the central motif, in Gallery I through March 3, “Awakened by These Dreams,” paintings by Douglas Bourgeois, through Feb. 26 in the Maners/Pappas Gallery; and “Works from the Permanent Collection,” works exploring the human form by Jason Almand, Trevor Bennett, Cathy Burns, Leon Golub, Kathe Kollwitz, Komar & Melamid, Yao-Ping Liang, Henry Moore, David O’Brien, Jack Radcliffe, Kimberly Rengel, Jan Saudek, Winston Taylor and Sally A. Williams, through Feb. 26 in Gallery III.
AT UCA, the Baum Gallery’s spring exhibits include “Finding Shelter: An Exhibition of Contemporary Fiber Art,” curated by Deborah Kuster; “Maggie Steber: ‘Madje Has Dementia,’ ‘Rite of Passage’ ”; and “Mike Jabbur: Point/Counterpoint.” The shows go down Feb. 18.
More on the jump.
SPEAKING OF FIBER ART, the Argenta branch of the Laman Public Library is featuring work by Arkansas fiber artists by Barbara Cade, Jane Hartfield, Marianne Nolley, Sofia Gonzalez, Deborah Kuster, Lilia Hernandez, Louise Halsey, Randi Curtis and Amanda Linn. The show, “Form in Fiber,” goes down next week, on Feb. 5.
ALSO IN NORTH LITTLE ROCK, at Mugs Cafe, is the show “The Art of Gum Bichromate,” photographs by UALR professor Joli Livaudais and students, including David Noah, whose work “Red” appears above.