July 2FAN – Old State House presents “A Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans”

Join the Old State House Museum for Second Friday Art Night, Friday, July 12, from 5 to 8 p.m., as they showcase and celebrate their current exhibit, A Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans.

They will have live music by Brae Leni and the Blackout, refreshments, and fun activities, including quilting crafts, and as always the museum will be open to view all exhibits!

A Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans, is a curated selection of the museum’s collection of more than 200 quilts from the post-Reconstruction era to the present, representing a variety of different types of quilts many of which were created by multi-generational families.

These quilts are a profoundly important part of Arkansas’s history — through their patterns, material, stitching, and family oral histories, these special bedcovers reveal the lives of late 19th and early 20th century Arkansas families

July 2FAN – Christ Church features art by John Kushmaul and Patricia Palmer

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Little Rock’s Christ Episcopal Church is participating in 2nd Friday Art Night this month.

Tonight from 5pm to 8pm, works by local artists John Kushmaul and Patricia Palmer will be featured.

Local artist John Kushmaul will exhibit paintings in the Parish Gallery. His exhibit, entitled “Scenes from Christ Church,” features 22 recent paintings of the church and its surroundings. These paintings showcase his trademark style of saturated colors and blurry details.

Little Rock artist Patricia Palmer, a member of Christ Church, will exhibit her works in The Parlor. Her exhibit, which is entitled “Inside Out,” displays her new experimental ways of expressing her ideas and vision. The exhibit will run from July 12 ­— September 30. All art is available for purchase.

July 2FAN – UA Little Rock Downtown spotlights three artists

No photo description available.UA Little Rock Downtown is proud to host artists Sherry Williamson, Mariah Hatta, and Sergio Valdivia.

Sherry Williamson loves painting pets and everyday places and things with a “quirky twist and brightly saturated colors.” She began painting in 2008 when she was inspired by her 20 pound pet cat, and then went on to paint over 200 pet portraits.

Mariah Hatta, a local ceramics artist and owner of House Of Terriers, a creative ceramics company, will join us again in July and will be bringing her beautiful heart pieces. Grab them while you can because they will not last long!

Sergio Valdivia is a vibrant artist and dance instructor who we are so excited to have join us this July! Of his work, Sergio says, “If you meet me one day and see that my hands, arms, etc are covered with paints forgive me but I tend to get very ‘involved’ in my artwork and having paint on me expresses the person I am.”

UA Little Rock also have free snacks and drinks.

July 2FAN – CALS Library Square

The Central Arkansas Library System’s Library Square plays host to TWO different 2nd Friday Art Night locations.

In the Bobby Roberts Library of Arkansas History and Art – the Loft Gallery features s Melissa Cowper-Smith: Natural Treatment, 2018–2019.  The Galleries at Library Square – Concordia Hall Gallery presents “Fifty Years of McFarlin Oil: Paintings and Sculpture by an Arkansas Traveler”  He has been making art under the moniker of McFarlin Oil for more than fifty years. Another continuing exhibition is “EMBRAID—Three Northwest Arkansas Strands” in the Underground Gallery.

No photo description available.Also on the CALS Library Square campus, The Bookstore at Library Square is proud to present the new show, “Art Schmart” from Arkansas artists Michael & Jessica Crenshaw featuring live music by Sandy Duncan’s Gun at the monthly event, 2nd Friday Art Night.

Partners in crime for 18 years, Michael and Jessica Crenshaw are lifelong Arkansans and multi-disciplined artists. While their collaborative efforts began with music, the two now venture into collaborative visual arts with this exhibit, the first featuring both artists in one show. Influenced by Dada and Bauhaus, this collection brings together their differing medias for an interesting and textural exploration of color through Arkansas-based themes. Michael calls it “Maximalism” while Jessica likes “Mo’Dada.” Whatever you call it, it’s fun. It’s bright. It’s happy.

Visit The Bookstore six days a week. Three floors of books, gifts, locally made art & jewelry, plus an art gallery. By far the best place to buy used books in central Arkansas. Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm. Gallery open during regular bookstore hours.

New sculpture dedicated in MacArthur Park

BLOOMING, a new sculpture, was dedicated in MacArthur Park today (July 11).  It is a gift from Hanam, South Korea, one of Little Rock’s Sister Cities.

In 2017, Little Rock sculptor Michael Warrick traveled to Hanam and installed a sculpture in a park there in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Sister City relationship between the two cities.  This new sculpture, which represents a ginkgo tree, is a reciprocal gift.

At the dedication ceremony, in addition to remarks by Mayor Frank Scott Jr., and Hanam May Kim Sang Ho, comments were given by former Little Rock mayors Sharon Priest, Jim Dailey, and Mark Stodola.  In addition, Mrs. Sun Cha Lee, chair of ATA International spoke.  Mrs. Lee and her late husband, Eternal Grand Master H. U. Lee, first suggested to Sharon Priest the possibility of a Sister City relationship between Little Rock and Hanam.

Planning to create Arkansas Arts Center authorized by City of Little Rock

Twenty-two years after authorizing the creation of the Museum of Fine Arts in City Park, the Little Rock City Council was asked to consider expanding the facility.

By 1957, the existing structure was felt to be inadequate.   There was a desire for more gallery space as well as for more space for educational programming.

On July 8, 1957, the Little Rock City Council passed an ordinance authorizing the Board of the Museum of Fine Arts to be able to raise the funds for an expansion.  This was merely the start of the process which would eventually lead to the creation of the Arkansas Arts Center.

The ordinance allowed for the expansion or extension of the building. It also authorized the museum’s board to accept gifts for the project and to invest those gifts for the purpose of the museum.  Since the museum only received City funds for maintenance and salary, the ability to raise funds for the expansion was key to the future of the institution.

Lastly, the ordinance gave the museum’s board the ability to increase its membership by up to six positions without having to get additional approval by the City Council.  With a fundraising drive underway and a larger facility planned, these additional board members could certainly prove to be key.

The ordinance passed with nine Ayes, zero Noes, and one absent.