A double anniversary celebration at Mosaic Templars heralds 50 years of image-making for The African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists, founded by Pine Bluff native Jeff Donaldson.
Twenty-five years ago, first lady Hillary Clinton and Smithsonian curator Michael Monroe chose 73 works by top America artisans for exhibition in the White House. Congress and the George H.W. Bush administration had proclaimed 1993 as “The Year of American Craft: A Celebration of the Creative Works of the Hand.”
We don't get to post all the jpegs of artwork on exhibit that come into the office, but they have more allure and tell you more about the work than what I can write about them. Hence this slideshow of work from shows opening tonight (Aug. 10) for 2nd Friday Art Night, 5-8 p.m. (see the To Do list for more information), and other openings and shows this weekend and in the days ahead.
We must not allow state Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) to frame the lawsuits generated against his placement of a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds as an assault upon Christianity itself — or, as he does when he's pretending that the monument serves a secular function, an assault upon American "heritage and history."
Saturday night's alright for driving.
Thank the gods it was a living legend following up Sturgill Simpson's set last night at Verizon Arena; anybody but Willie might have broken the spell.
Dine on grilled brats, throw back a bloody Mary and make the rounds tomorrow at the second annual Arkansas Made-Arkansas Proud Market at War Memorial Stadium.
The Citizens First Congress, a coalition of Arkansas community organizations, hosted a rally against the GOP tax bill at the state capitol in Little Rock. Times photographer Brian Chilson was on the scene.
Don't get me wrong: Chris Stapleton is wildly accomplished and in complete command of his voice. He’s probably the closest thing, vocally, that we have to Chris Cornell on this earth, but somewhere there must be an unwritten rule that the headliner is to be afforded the luxury of a superboosted presence; something that lets the audience know, as I knew when my entire body began to rumble seismically upon his grand entrance, that things were cranking up to eleven, that we were “really gonna party now.”
The juror for the Arkansas Pastel Society's 7th National Exhibition told viewers assembled at the Butler Center Galleries during 2nd Friday Art Night for the awards presentation said pastels were considered second to paintings and other fine art, and the artists in the crowd nodded their exasperation.
Just for fun, I pulled together images of some of the works now on exhibit in various Arkansas galleries, including Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, Justus Fine Art in Hot Springs, the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff, the Argenta Gallery and Little Rock venues. It's a diverse grouping, a tiny example of the reach of art.
The night was all wide fifths and aching minor thirds the likes of which would have made the Everly Brothers proud, paired with softshoe melodies that wielded dark bits and daggers.
Her dance abilities had clearly diminished, as they naturally would over two decades. I mean, she's 50. And has a newborn. I get it, but it's like they're grasping at recreating 20 year-old Janet instead of focusing on what makes 50 year-old Janet amazing, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t terribly disappointed.
The Bradbury Art Museum at Arkansas State University's fall exhibition season that opens Aug. 30 includes "Vivid Life," an exhibition of works by the late Roger Carlisle, a member of the university's art faculty for 40 years. Carlisle, the recipient of several awards, is known for his colorful landscapes; "Vivid Life" covers several decades of his work.
Saturday, August 5th, 2017. “Guns N’ Roses Day” in Little Rock. The entire show was completely gold.
The 48th "Collectors Show and Sale" opens tomorrow (Nov. 11) at the Arkansas Arts Center with about 150 works from New York galleries, all selected by the arts center's Collectors Group in its September trip to the Big Apple.
Few details yet, but the photo we've received suggests some damage to Midtown Billiards, the popular after-hours tavern on Main Street.
Van Gogh, Picasso, Kahlo, Rousseau, Modligliani, Dali, Motherwell, Pollock, Lichtenstein, Rothko: Works by these and other masters in the collection of the Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo, N.Y., will come to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on Saturday as part of a national tour. The exhibition includes more than 70 masterworks, including paintings and sculpture.
Mugs Cafe in Argenta is hosting an exhibition of Instagram photographs made by the members of @ArkMoPhs through July 17; catch them during regular cafe hours or at Argenta ArtWalk, 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 20.
Miss Kitty's Saloon closed recently after its landlord opted not to renew the lease. Times photo intern Matt Amaro was on hand the final weekend to capture photos of the last drag performances. See his photo slideshow below. Longtime performer and advocate Sandy Sarlo (Justin Case) was also there. He offers a behind-the-scenes look at what its like to perform.
William S. Paley's collection includes more than 60 works; the exhibition opens March 15.
Check out photos from the second annual Root Cafe/Arkansas Times Beard Growing Contest, including several of KUAR's Nathan Vandiver and a man whose beard touches the ground.
As part of Ball State University's BSU at the Games, Arkansas Times photo intern Matt Amaro covered the culture of Sochi during the Winter Olympics. Along the way, he became part of the news in a Sochi gay bar.
An exhibition of work by six artists opens July 31 at "South on Main."