CALS Announces Organizational Changes at Roberts Library

This spring, the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) unveiled a new strategic plan effective through 2022. The CALS strategic plan describes the library system’s mission, core values, and vision while also identifying goal areas where CALS will direct its energy and resources over the next several years.

The Roberts Library is CALS special collections branch composed of the Encyclopedia of Arkansas, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Genealogy Department, and the Galleries at Library Square.

Beginning October 1, two key changes took place at Roberts Library in alignment with the strategic plan: Director of the Roberts Library David Stricklin will become Director of Strategic Partnerships & Community Engagement for the CALS system as a whole, where he will help guide the implementation of the Strategic Plan and strengthen relationships with governments, elected officials, community leaders and centers of influence; and Glenn Whaley will serve as Manager of the Roberts Library, expanding her role as operational leader for the past five years.

“The staffing changes will allow the library to benefit more from the unique gifts of two talented leaders,” said CALS Executive Director Nate Coulter. “David will be invaluable in driving the strategic evolution of our organization, and Glenn has already demonstrated her organizational and management skills as second-in-command of the Roberts Library. She’ll be an excellent leader to continue the vital and important work being done by the Roberts Library team.”

The CALS strategic plan is the result of broad-based community input, executive team engagement, consultation from national library planning experts, and board review and approval. The plan outlines seven organizational goals in the areas of (1) Extending Community Connections, (2) Services and Collections, (3) Facilities and Spaces, (4) Resource Allocation and Integration, (5) Public Awareness and Marketing, (6) Resource Development, and (7) Organizational Culture.

September 2FAN at CALS Library Square tonight

Image may contain: indoorIn addition to the ACANSA opening events, CALS Library Square will be hosting its own 2nd Friday Art Night events.

Opening in the Underground Gallery – Carol Corning: Reflections
Artist Carol Corning’s works seek to recreate shared memories of a simpler time when everything important seemed to happen around the kitchen table. The fused glass and textile artworks in this exhibition are reminiscent of the quilts Corning’s mother made for her family and friends, evoking the lives of the women she grew up with in the country.

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Opening in Concordia Hall – “Pass the Biscuits!”: The King Biscuit Blues Festival and Arkansas Blues
Since 1986, the annual King Biscuit Blues Festival has assembled the world’s best blues artists to perform in historic downtown Helena-West Helena, Arkansas. For this exhibition, King Biscuit Blues Festival posters and other musical artifacts provide a visual timeline to tell the festival’s story and to celebrate the past, present, and future of the blues in Arkansas.

Musical Guest: Fonky Donkey Duo (slide blues guitar & percussion vocal duo)

West Gallery: Arkansas Society of Printmakers: Big Impression Prints

Loft Gallery: Melissa Cowper-Smith – Natural Treatment, 2018–2019

The Bookstore at Library Square is proud to present new works from Arkansas Artist Carly Dahl in her show “Making Appearances” for sale at the monthly event, 2nd Friday Art Night.

Join us on the second Friday of every month for #2FAN, a free downtown art gallery walkabout from 5pm-8pm with light refreshments, art show, and late bookstore shopping.

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.

August 2nd Friday Art Night – CALS Library Square

The Galleries at Library Square and The Bookstore at Library Square participate in 2nd Friday Art Night (2FAN)

On the second Friday of each month, The Galleries at Library Square and The Bookstore at Library Square participate in 2nd Friday Art Night (2FAN), a time, once-a-month, when the galleries, museums and businesses in downtown Little Rock, are open from 5-8 p.m. for an after-hours gallery walk. This event is FREE and open to the public.

The Bookstore at Library Square exhibition:

Milkdadd: Eager, Young, and Qualified

The Galleries at Library Square exhibitions and music:

  • West Gallery: Arkansas Society of Printmakers: Big Impression Prints
  • Loft Gallery: Melissa Cowper-Smith: Natural Treatment, 2018–2019
  • Concordia Hall: Patrick McFarlin –  Fifty Years of McFarlin Oil

Musical Guest: Jazz ‘R’ Us (jazz-pop trio)

Additionally, in Room 124, the Friends of Fourche Creek will be available to talk to the public about the Drain Smart program. On view will be 18 paintings that were replicated on drains around the city.

Still time for artists to register for 2019 Open Studios Little Rock

The Little Rock Arts+Culture Commission is proud that Open Studios Little Rock is going to take place during 2019 ACANSA Arts Festival.  It will be on Saturday, September 14.

Open Studios Little Rock is an event that gives the public an opportunity to meet Little Rock artists, see the spaces where they work, and see their creative processes first-hand.

Open Studios LR is open to all artists – visual and performing – working with the Little Rock city limits. Open Studios LR gives artists the opportunity to develop face-to-face relationships with potential buyers, gain public recognition, and be represented by the City of Little Rock’s Arts and Culture Commission.

New this year:  because Open Studios Little Rock is partnering with ACANSA, participating artists will be given the opportunity to participate in the ACANSA Opening Night Party on Friday, September 13.  It will be in the CALS Bobby Roberts Library at Library Square in downtown Little Rock.  Each Open Studios Little Rock artist will be able to showcase one piece of art that evening.  Maps and information about Open Studios Little Rock will also be available.  In addition, this is a 2nd Friday Art Night, so the preview party/Open Studios showcase will be on the 2nd Friday Art Night route. 

The public can participate in FREE, self-guided tours of art-related studios, live-in/work studios and homes, galleries, schools, and other creative spaces

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 – 10am until 4pm.

ALTERNATIVE SPACE
If you are unable to welcome the public into your studio, you may participate by showing your art at the alternative space, inside Cranford Co., 512 Main Street.

SALES
Sales are handled by each artist and we do not take a percentage. You may sell prints, other artistic projects and commission customized work for the future. It is suggested that you should be equipped to accept credit cards.

ARTISTS – HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Join by opening your own studio or location.

Register for 2019 Open Studios Little Rock at this link.   

Please also email a photo for publicity purposes to artsandculturelr@gmail.com
-Visual artists, please submit a photo of a representative piece of your art
-Other artists, please submit a photo that represents you and/or your artform.

Hear Jay Jennings discuss nonfiction writings of Charles Portis today at noon as part of CALS Legacies & Lunch series

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Jay Jennings is the foremost expert on the writings of Charles Portis. (And a very talented writer himself!)  Today (July 3) at noon, he will speak about Portis at the CALS Butler Center Legacies & Lunch series.

Charles Portis is well known for his novels, such as the classic True Grit, but his journalism, travel writing, and other short works—many of them touching on his Arkansas roots—remained largely unknown until the collection Escape Velocity was published by Butler Center Books in 2013. Author/editor Jay Jennings, editor of that tome, will discuss the process of bringing together this miscellany and how it relates to Portis’ career.

The program starts at 12 noon in the Darragh Center of the CALS Main Library Branch.

Legacies & Lunch is a free monthly program of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies about Arkansas related topics. Program are held from noon to 1 pm on the first Wednesday of the month. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch; drinks and dessert are provided. A library parking discount is available for attendees.

June 2nd Friday Art Night on CALS Library Square

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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 – opening tonight in the Loft Gallery is Melissa Cowper-Smith: Natural Treatment, 2018–2019

Musical Guest: Southern Frayed (country-pop trio)

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.

Two other continuing exhibitions include “EMBRAID—Three Northwest Arkansas Strands” in the Underground Gallery, “Part to Whole: The Making of Art, the Artist, and the Artists’ Artist Group” in the West Gallery,

Image may contain: tree and outdoorAlso on the CALS Library Square campus, The Bookstore at Library Square is proud to present 50 works from the Arkansas League of Artists “Members Show” at the monthly event, 2nd Friday Art Night.

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.