ACANSA 2019 Opening Reception features Ballet Arkansas and Open Studios preview

#ACANSA2019 Opening Reception

Featuring: Ballet Arkansas/Art with a Twist

Open Studios Artist Preview Exhibition as well as to more exhibits: Reflections (Carol Corning) and “Pass the Biscuits!”: The King Biscuit Blues Festival and Arkansas Blues 

Friday, September 13 – 5:00pm
Admission:  Free
CALS’ Roberts Library (formerly the Arkansas Studies Institute building)

The ACANSA Arts Festival of the South kicks off three weeks of performing arts, visual arts exhibitions and presentations during a free Opening Reception. Inside CALS’ Roberts Library in downtown Little Rock’s River Market, the ACANSA Festival Opening Reception includes an exhibit featuring artists participating in the Little Rock Arts + Culture Commission’s Open Studios.

Just outdoors, Ballet Arkansas brings even more levity to the Festival’s launch with an innovative cross-pollination between visual and performance art. Art with a Twist explores the motion behind the creation of modern art when Ballet Arkansas dancers use their bodies to create four unique outdoor pieces of visual art.Image may contain: 1 person, dancing

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.

#5WomenArtists – Reita Walker Miller

November Birds 
1980
22 x 29 1/2 in.
watercolor on paper
Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection:
Gift of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists Exhibition. 1980.008

Through their social media campaign #5WomenArtists, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) asks, “Can you name five women artists?

In response to that, this month five artists with Little Rock connections will be highlighted throughout March.  The final one for 2019 is Reita Walker Miller.

Reita mainly paints in watercolor. She has long been active in the Mid-Southern Watercolorists and held many leadership positions within the organization; she is currently serving as an at-large board member.

In addition to being a talented artist, she is known as an educator and encourager of others whether it is in watercolors or another artform.  She helped establish the art program at the Central Arkansas Library System during her tenure on staff there. She was also a founding member of Little Rock’s Arts+Culture Commission.

Her artwork is in numerous collections. The Arkansas Arts Center has three of her pieces in its permanent collection.

The Arkansas Arts Center’s Kelly Fleming honored as Fundraising Professional of the Year

At the 2018 AFP National Philanthropy Day, Kelly Kinard Fleming of the Arkansas Arts Center was honored by the Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals as the Fundraising Professional of the Year!

(This honor also garnered her the front cover of this month’s INVITING ARKANSAS – featured with this entry.)

As the AAC’s Director of Development, Kelly is a proven fundraising professional with a commitment to philanthropy.  She leads a staff which continues to surpass annual goals of approximately $2 million, as well as surpassing special event goals, and founded the Townsend Wolfe Society, a planned giving program.

Kelly is an integral part of the AAC’s recent completion of its strategic plan, its re-accreditation, and its aggressive building project and capital campaign.

Prior to coming to the Arkansas Arts Center, Kelly served in fundraising at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and Heifer Foundation. She is a member of the Little Rock Arts+Culture Commission, and has been an active supporter of many Little Rock arts organizations.