9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. May 10-Aug. 23. Galleries at Library Square, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, 401 President Clinton Ave. Free.
Patrick McFarlin is an expat Arkansas artist whose travels took him west to New Mexico and California and whose talents took him farther, into pop sculpture; “manic- expressionist” painting; landscape; sometimes naive, sometimes neo-Munchean portraiture; surreal narrative. He’s back in Arkansas temporarily with a “lifetime of work,” as he puts it, on exhibit in Concordia Hall in the Butler Center. McFarlin, who now lives in Santa Fe, N.M., says in the artist’s statement he’s prepared for the exhibition that he’s “pulled a deep tangle of history and memory thick as Delta kudzu through New Mexico to the Bay Area, then back to New Mexico, juggling the light and dark along the way.” Also at the Butler Center is the volume “Picture It Painted — Fifty Years of McFarlin Oil,” 275 images of McFarlin’s work and essays by art writers. McFarlin will be at the 2nd Friday opening, 5-8 p.m. May 10. The show runs through Aug. 23.