'Part to Whole' works by (top row) Robyn Horn, Elizabeth Weber, Mia Hall and (bottom row) Barbara Satterfield, Dolores Justus and Sandra Sell.

Work inspired by the organic and by community by the artists of the Art Gap (Group of Artist Professionals) — Mia Hall, Robyn Horn, Dolores Justus, Barbara Satterfield, Sandra Sell and Elizabeth Weber — is going up Friday, March 8, at the Butler Center’s “Galleries at Library Square” in an exhibition titled “Part to Whole: The Making of Art, the Artist, and the Artist Group.”

An essay by art historian Rachel Golden in the catalog created for “Part to Whole” says the show “pays homage to the relationships formed through the group by considering how one member of the group contributes to the work of another, and how one part of a work inspires the whole, following the process of making art from inception to completion.”

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The group came together in 2016 after Horn urged her fellow wood artist Sell to assemble a group of artists who “welcomed critique and expressed a sense of urgency to create and exhibit work,” Golden writes. 

Hall is the executive director of the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina; she previously taught 3D art for 10 years at UA Little Rock. She and Conway ceramicist Satterfield, though working in different mediums, both reference such things as seed pods, sticks and succulents in their work. Weber, who has worked primarily as a painter, also has been experiencing with found objects in nature in her new 3D works, including a 5-foot-wide replica of a wasp’s nest.

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Horn, recognized in 2008 as an Arkansas Living Treasure by the Arkansas Arts Council, has been a mentor to Sell. Sell moved to Arkansas in 2005 after a 22-year stint in the Army; she also studied under Hall at UA Little Rock. Justus, who owns Justus Fine Art in Hot Springs, is an expressionist landscape painter.

The show runs through June 29; the opening reception will take place from 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 8; a gallery talk is set for 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

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