Tonight’s 2nd Friday ArtNight activities include partying like it’s 1836 over at the Old 
State House, a new exhibition of illustrations by Sally Nixon at the Historic Arkansas Museum, contemporary crafts at Matt McLeod Fine Art, student work curated by Arkansas art educators at the Butler Center and a continuation of the exhibition “Naturals” at Arkansas Capital Corp. Galleries will be open late, 5-8 p.m.

The Old State House celebration brings some 19th century folk back to life to illustrate Arkansas at the beginning of its statehood; visitors will get some 21st century native entertainment and refreshments from musicians The Creek Rocks with Cindy Woolf, cold beer from Stone’s Throw Brewing, fine food from Southern Gourmasian and ice cream from Loblolly Creamery (food and drink available for purchase).


Illustrator Nixon focuses on women as her subject matter and recently completed a project in which she created an original illustration each day for 365 consecutive days. You can see her work at HAM tonight in between enjoying libations from Rebel Kettle Brewing Co. and music by Randall Shreve. Also at HAM: “Fucoid Arrangements,” by sculpture by Robert Lemming and abstract drawings by Louis Watts, and “Hugo and Gayne Preller’s House of Light,” historic photographs.

“School’s Out: An Exhibition of Student Work” is new at the Butler Center Galleries; Das Loop will play experimental music. “Culture Shock: Shine Your Rubies, Hide Your Diamonds” is not to be missed in Concordia Hall and “Jeanfo: We Belong to Nature,” large scale sculpture, is in the main gallery.


Capital Corp’s exhibition includes work by Virmarie DePoyster, Heidi Hogden, Logan Hunter and Anna Sheals. At McLeod, you’ll see jewelry, tapestries, felt, ceramic, glass, paper, metal and mixed media sculpture by James Hayes, David Clemons, Sage Holland, Tom Holland, Lucas Strack, Beau Anderson, Louise Halsey, Barbara Cade, McLees Baldwin, David Scott Smith, Susan Campbell, Leandra Spangler and Carrie Crocker.