2020 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame finalists announced

The 2020 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame finalists were announced today (January 27) at the Division of Arkansas Heritage headquarters.

This year, the Hall of Fame’s fourth, over 1,450 nominations were received in the five categories.  (The previous years nominations were 300 (2017), 450 (2018), and over 600 (2019).) The nominations came from Arkansans in each of the state’s 75 counties.

As Secretary of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism Stacy Hurst noted, “The number of nominations confirms that people are indeed opinionated about their food.”  She continued, “Food is woven into our culture and our heritage.”

The 2020 Arkansas Food of the Year is Rice. Not only is it a staple in many restaurants throughout the state, it is also a major contributor to the state’s economy.

The finalists in four of the five categories were announced. The fifth, the People’s Choice Award, goes to the entity that received the most nomination submissions. It will be announced, along with the winners in the other categories, at the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame ceremony on Monday, February 24 at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater.

The finalists in the other four categories are:

Food Hall of Fame
AQ Chicken House (Springdale)
Bruno’s Little Italy (Little Rock)
Cattleman’s Steak House (Texarkana)
Ed Walker’s Drive-In & Restaurant (Fort Smith)
Feltner’s Whatta-Burger (Russellville)
Kream Kastle (Blytheville)
Murry’s Restaurant (Hazen)
Neal’s Cafe (Springdale)
The Ohio Club (Hot Springs)
Star of India (Little Rock)

Proprietor of the Year
Capi Peck, Little Rock (Trio’s)
Matt McClure, Bentonville (The Hive)
Peter Brave, Little Rock (Brave New Restaurant)
Sami Lal, Little Rock (Star of India)
Scott McGehee, Little Rock (Yellow Rocket Concepts restaurants)

Food Themed Event
Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival (Warren)
International Greek Food Festival (Little Rock)
Our Lady of the Lake Annual Church Spaghetti Dinner (Lake Village)
Tontitown Grape Festival (Tontitown)

Gone But Not Forgotten
Habib’s Cafe (Helena)
Mary Maestri’s Italiano Grillroom (Springdale)
Shaddon’s BBQ (Marvell)

#2FAN at Old State House Museum – Brae Leni in concert tonight

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Join the Old State House Museum for another round of excitement at the monthly 2nd Friday Art Night!  2020 kicks off with a concert.

Inspired by Motown, Arkansas native Brae Leni will share his soul sound at the Old State House Museum for the first #2ndFridayLR of the year. For an extra special twist, Brae Leni and The Blackout is adding a horn section for the evening!

2nd Friday Art Night is downtown Little Rock’s monthly after-hours art and culture event. Attendance is free, and a trolley will take you between different participating venues for free. The museum also serves free snacks and beverages.

2FAN at HAM – Vice and Virtue tonight at Historic Arkansas Museum

Join Historic Arkansas Museum in 2020 for another great year of 2FAN!

For the first 2FAN of the year, they’ll hold the opening reception for Vice and Virtue, an exhibit by Melissa Wilkinson. Providing the musical entertainment for the evening is Little Rock’s The Cons of Formant.

Beverages and appetizers will be served in the Stella Boyle Smith Atrium including Arkansas-made beer from Stone’s Throw Brewing.

2nd Friday Art Night is sponsored by the Historic Arkansas Museum Foundation, with special thanks to 107 Liquor. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Vice and Virtue
Second Floor Gallery
January 10 – April 5, 2020

Melissa Wilkinson uses the traditional processes of painting to meditate on issues of gender, identity construction, and beauty by embracing the tactile in an increasingly technological and dehumanizing time. Her works embrace dichotomies, such as obscuring and revealing, attraction and repulsion, good and evil, the past and the present, and masculine and feminine. Vice and Virtue consists of appropriated images sourced from disco, private Tumblr accounts, and late 70’s/early 80’s “tomboys” who informed Wilkinson’s identity and sense of self as a queer person. Wilkinson’s meticulously crafted watercolor and ink wash paintings straddle the line between abstraction and representation and invite the viewer to consider how gender is perceived and displayed.

Melissa Wilkinson received her BFA in painting from Western Illinois University in 2002 and her MFA in painting from Southern Illinois University in 2006. She serves as Associate Professor of Art-Painting at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She lives in the Memphis, TN area.

Sandwich in History at Barton Coliseum today at 12 noon

Image may contain: sky and outdoorYou are invited to join the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s next “Sandwiching in History” tour, which will visit one of Little Rock’s most storied structures, T. H. Barton Coliseum beginning at noon on Friday, January 10, 2020.

Barton Coliseum is a 7000+ seat arena at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds which housed many concerts and sporting events over the years and continues to serve as a venue for the State Fair’s rodeo and various motor shows.

Learn more about this 1952 structure during our approximately one hour walking tour of Barton Coliseum. Tickets are NOT required for this event. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public.

Sandwiching in History tours are worth one hour of AIA continuing education credit. If you would like to receive email notifications of upcoming tours instead of postcards or need additional information, please contact Callie Williams, Education and Outreach Coordinator for AHPP, at 501-324-9880 or Callie.Williams@arkansas.gov.

Tonight – opening reception for Arkansas Arts Council’s Small Works on Paper exhibit at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Image result for arkansas arts council small works on paperThe Arkansas Arts Council, a division of Arkansas Heritage, is pleased to announce 35 Arkansas artists will be represented in the 2020 Small Works on Paper touring exhibition. The opening reception will take place tonight (January 9) at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Thirty-nine artworks will be on display in nine galleries statewide during the yearlong tour. Featured artists will speak during the opening reception. Both the exhibition and the reception are free. The exhibition will run through Jan. 25

The following artists’ work will be on display:

1. Oluwatobi K. Adewumi, of McNeil
2. John Ahlen, of Little Rock
3. Martin Balsam, of Little Rock
4. Ebony Blevins, of Little Rock
5. Win Bruhl, of Little Rock
6. Brian Cormack, of Little Rock
7. Anais Dasse, of Little Rock
8. Terra Fondriest, of St. Joe
9. B. Jeannie Fry, of Cabot
10. Catherine Goenner, of Bella Vista
11. Diane Harper, of Little Rock
12. Diana Michelle Hausam, of West Fork
13. Karlyn S. Holloway, of Austin
14. Jeff Horton, of Little Rock
15. Cary Jenkins, of Little Rock
16. Hannah Jeremiah, of Van Buren
17. Kimiara L. Johnson, of Pine Bluff
18. Kathleen Keefe, of Little Rock
19. John P. Lasater, IV, of Siloam Springs
20. Sigrid Lorfing, of Russellville
21. Lisa Martin, of Clarksville
22. Ray Ogar, of Little Rock
23. Karen Perry, of Hot Springs Village
24. Michael Preble, of Hot Springs
25. Lynn Reinbolt, of Searcy
26. Charlotte Bailey Rierson, of Fairfield Bay
27. Jane Rockwell, North Little Rock
28. Sabine Schmidt, of Fayetteville
29. Dominique Simmons, of Little Rock
30. Gary Simmons, of Hot Springs
31. Thomas Quinton Stanford, of Siloam Springs
32. Joe Stewart, of Bentonville
33. Brian Wolf, of North Little Rock
34. Terry Wright, of Little Rock
35. Anna Zusman, of Magnolia

Small Works on Paper is a juried visual art exhibition that showcases artwork no larger than 18-by-24 inches. The work is by Arkansas artists who are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry, an online gallery. The exhibition features new and established artists and offers those artists the opportunity to have their work seen by patrons all over the state.

This year’s entries were juried by Jamie Adams, associate professor of art at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Adams reviewed nearly 300 submitted artworks to pick the 39 works in the exhibit. He also selected the following works to receive purchase awards, which are cash prizes equivalent to the value of the artwork. Purchase award pieces become part of the Small Works on Paper permanent collection.

“Proud Tower,” acrylic and collage, by John Ahlen of Little Rock
“Self-Portrait,” charcoal, by Martin Balsam of Little Rock
“Ozark Gaming,” photograph, by Terra Fondriest of St. Joe
“Post,” photograph, by Cary Jenkins of Little Rock
“Reflections of Winter Series 1, Winter’s Kiss,” watercolor by Charlotte Bailey Rierson of Fairfield Bay
“Jonathan,” graphite, by Jane Rockwell, of North Little Rock
“Palm Hours,” acrylic on paper, by Brian Wolf of North Little Rock