9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays Aug. 29-Sept. 25, artist's reception 6-7 p.m. Aug. 29.
Vessels and other works by Pine Bluff glass artist James Hayes, Arkansas’s own Chihuly, is in the Merkle and Price Galleries of the South Arkansas Arts Center.
Hayes, the owner of Hayes Art Glass Co., has studied glassblowing in Murano, Italy; Paris; the Glass Furnace in Istanbul; the Pilchuk Glass School in near Seattle and other places. Hayes says he uses “nature, chance and my experiences as inspiration for my art glass. …
“My art is playful, adventurous, colorful and distinctive. When I make something I always begin with the end in mind. However, during the glassmaking process the design can easily be changed. Inspiration is also drawn from color combinations in fashion, interior design and art.”