Gallery-goers at 2nd Friday Art Night, 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 14, are in for a full night of activities, including at a couple of new venues. The Galleries at Library Square, a.k.a. the Butler Center Galleries, opens “Melissa Cowper-Smith: Natural Treatment, 2018-2019.” (Cowper-Smith’s work was in the 2018 Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center and she is one of seven subjects of “DELTA 60,” to be shown at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 28.) Also at the Butler Center: “Fifty Years of McFarlin Oil: Paintings and Sculpture by an Arkansas Traveler” in Concordia Hall, “Part to Whole: The Making of Art, the Artist, and the Artist Group” in the West Gallery and “Embraid — Three Northwest Arkansas Strands” in the Underground Gallery.
Over at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Bookstore at Library Square, the Arkansas League of Artists will open a show of work by members.
New venue UA Little Rock Downtown joins the fun with work by Mariah Hatta, Meagan Davis and TK Moore-Garrick. Yella Dog Press at 917 W. Markham St., which features handset letterpress posters, cards and such, will also be part of 2nd Friday.
The Historic Arkansas Museum will feature music by Jacob Flores and craft beer from Flyway Brewing. On exhibit there: “History in Color: The Spectrum of Daily Life in Early America,” “Life in the Western Country: Arkansaw Territory from 1819-1836,” and “Acansa to Arkansas: Maps of the Land.” The Old State House Museum will celebrate the state’s 183rd birthday with living history: interpreters portraying artisans, militia, shop owners, tavern workers, gamblers and all the other denizens of early Arkansas.
Two artists will be painting live for 2nd Friday strollers: Mike Gaines will paint at Gallery 221 in the Pyramid Place building and Barry Thomas will paint at the Capital Hotel, where Ted Ludwig will provide the jazz.
Bella Vita Jewelry will feature Erin Wood of Et Alia Press. That’s a full night; there are participating restaurants to fortify you for gallery going.