2nd Friday Art Night, the after-hours art stroll 5-8 p.m. tonight at multiple venues downtown, will feature quilts, live printmaking, collaborative music and art, fashion T-shirts, entertainment, craft beer and more.
Quilts are covered at both the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Old State House. HAM’s “Stitched Together: A Treasury of Arkansas Quilts” features 19th- and 20th-century quilts from the museum’s collection (through Oct. 20, Cabe Gallery). “A Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans” reprises a wonderful exhibition of quilts from the 1890s to the present day from that museum’s collection. Brae Leni and the Blackout will be playing at OSH.
Printmakers will want to see the opening of the Arkansas Society of Printmakers’ exhibition at the Butler Center’s West Gallery, featuring large-scale works, hence the name, “Big Impression.” Bantunauts Raydio will provide the music; works by Melissa Cowper-Smith and Patrick McFarlin are also on view. There will be live printing at the Sept. 13 2nd Friday event at Butler; there will be live printing tonight at the Yella Dog Press (917 W. Markham) with Perrion Hurd and Kate Askew, and visitors will get a ticket for a free drink at an after-party at Cache. Then, at Bella Vita Gallery, Justin Sharp of AR-T’s will have a selection of his screen-printed T-shirts.
The collaborative exhibition of Michael and Jessica Crenshaw, “Art Schmart,” works they define as “Mo’ Dada,” goes up at the Bookstore at Library Square; Sandy Duncan’s Gun provides the music.
Other venues open tonight: The Arkansas Repertory Theater, Mariposa Studio, Gallery 221, Nexus Coffee and Creative, the Little Rock Marriott and the Art Group Gallery at Pleasant Ridge.