Marching to 2nd Friday Art Night

2FAN logo Font sm2March’s 2nd Friday Art Night features host of outstanding art exhibits and music performances throughout Downtown Little Rock tonight from 5pm to 8pm.

Among the highlights this month are:

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

  • No I’m Not, He Is: A Flying Snake and Oyyo Comic Retrospective – Created by artist and musician Michael Jukes, the popular Flying Snake and Oyyo cartoon strip was featured in Little Rock’s alternative newspapers during the eighties. This exhibition gathers the cream of the corniest Flying Snake cartoons and other artworks for your viewing pleasure. Through May 25.
    • From the Vault: Works from the CALS Permanent Collection – Managed by CALS’s Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, the library’s art program also collects and supports artists working and living in Arkansas. This exhibition features historical and contemporary artwork that shows the breadth and quality of art being created in Arkansas. On display in the exhibition will be historical paintings by Donald Draper, small works on paper by Little Rock’s own visionary artist Arthur Grain, a spectacular sculpture by Mary Cockrill, and much more. Through April 27
    • Clinton for Arkansas – Selected materials from the Bill Clinton State Government Project depict Clinton’s political career in Arkansas and its impact on the state. Items representing both politics and policy are featured, including materials from his run for Congress in 1974 and his term as attorney general, as well as from his twelve years as governor. In addition, the exhibition highlights campaign memorabilia from 1974 through his second presidential bid in 1996. Through April 27.


Old State House Museum

  • Fourte in Concert – Fourte, the Youth String Quartet of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, will perform in the 1885 House of Representatives Chamber.
  • Things You Need to Hear: Memories of Growing Up in Arkansas – Just how different was life in Arkansas 50 or 100 years ago?  This exhibit explores the histories of regular folk from 1890 to 1980.  The exhibit is developed from years of oral histories compiled by special guest curator Margaret Jones Bolsterli.


Historic Arkansas Museum

  • Hidden Arkansas is an assortment of visual impressions by a group of creative art photographers from the Blue-Eyed Knocker Photo Club, begun in 2008. The assignment challenged the artists to capture in print form what each feels is “hidden” in Arkansas. Some found memories in the closets of an older building, hidden completely until hit just right by sunlight. Artists exhibiting are: Cindy Adams, Darrell Adams, Gail Arnold, James Allen, Ann Ballard Bryan, Mary Chamberlain, Ray Chanslor, Susan Crisp, Susan Ebel, Rachel Green and Rachel Louisa Worthen.
  • Opening reception with live music by Peg Roach Loyd on May 8, 5 – 8 pm, in conjunction with downtown Little Rock’s 2nd Friday Art Night

FOURTE – Youth Quartet of Arkansas Symphony performs tonight

Fourté, the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra’s String Quartet, will perform a free recital on Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m. in Byrne Hall on the campus of St. John’s Catholic Center in the Heights. Fourté is comprised of violinist Abby Gschwend, violinist Kevin Li, violist Olivia Richardson, and cellist Michael Warrick. These high school students are coached by Arkansas Symphony violinist Eric Hayward.


Giacomo Puccini – Crisantemi; Karl Stamitz – String Quartet No. 2, Allegro con spirito; Brian Crain, arr. Eric Hayward –      Song for Rome; Rolf Lowland and Brendan Graham, arr. Eric Hayward – You Raise Me Up; Ed Roland – Tremble for My Beloved from “Twilight”; Antonin Dvorák – Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 “The American”, Lent, Allegro ma non troppo.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 46th season in 2011-2012 under the leadership of Music Director Philip Mann. ASO is the resident orchestra of Robinson Center Music Hall, and performs more than thirty concerts each year through its Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Series, ACXIOM Pops LIVE! Series and River Rhapsodies Chamber Series, in addition to serving central Arkansas through numerous community outreach programs and bringing live symphonic music education to over 20,000 school children and over 200 schools.