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

Holiday Open House and Sweet Potato Pie contest at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Celebrate the season with Mosaic Templars Cultural Center at the Holiday Open House!

The main attraction at Holiday Open House is the Say It Ain’t Say’s Sweet Potato Pie Contest. Both amateurs and professionals can compete to see whose pie is worthy to be in the same category as Robert “Say” McIntosh, a popular Little Rock restauranteur known for his generosity and his tasty sweet potato pie.

Those who can’t bake … eat! Guests get to sample the entries and vote for their favorites to win the People’s Choice Award.

There’s even more to enjoy at Holiday Open House, like musical performances and a family craft room!

Holiday Open House is free, but visitors are encouraged to bring a toy to donate to local children through Say’s Stop the Violence, a local nonprofit organization.

Hours are from 2pm to 5pm.

For more information, please call (501) 683-3593 or visit

(A free trolley can take you to the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Old State House Museum and the Arkansas Governors Mansion.)

Florence Price focus of Mosaic Templars “Lunch and Learn” program today at 12 noon

Take a break from your work day for a Midday Music Moment at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center!  The program begins at 12 noon today (November 7).

They are partnering with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to bring a special lunchtime presentation and performance by pianist/composer Karen Walwyn.

Karen will talk about one of Arkansas’s most renowned classical composers, Florence Price, and play snippets of her work. Karen will also lead discussion about the barriers that Price and other African American classical musicians have faced.

This is a free event.

Big Boo!-seum Bash tonight

Sponsored by the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB), Big Boo!-seum Bash will take place Thursday, October 24, 2019, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Hosted by the Greater Little Rock Museums and Attractions Consortium, the event will feature 14 partners at nine downtown attractions.

Big Boo!-seum Bash is a free, family-friendly event that provides people the opportunity to visit many of Little Rock’s museums and cultural attractions for a night of safe trick-or-treating and family fun and games. Visitors are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes.

“The Big Boo!-seum Bash was created to provide the public free access to our great local museums and cultural attractions. It’s a great family-oriented event in secure locations that people of all ages enjoy,” said Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO Gretchen Hall. “It’s a perfect time to visit an attraction possibly for the first time, or re-visit one that you haven’t been to in a while,” she added.

Prize Information:

Printed by Target Printing & Office Centre, game cards will be provided at each participating Boo!-seum location. Get your card stamped at each participating location to be eligible for prize drawings. Entry instructions are printed on the game cards. Prize entrants must be 18 years of age or younger. Prizes include:

  • Grand Prize – Electronic Tablet. Visitors must visit all nine locations to be eligible.
  • Second Prize – $100 gift card. Visitors must visit seven or more locations to be eligible.
  • Third Prize – Goody basket with items donated by LRCVB, NLRCVB and Boo!-seum Bash participants.
  • Social Media Prize – Special Boo!seum Goody basket. Entrants must tag #LRBooseum on Facebook and/or Instagram for drawing eligibility.

2019 Big Boo!-seum Participants Include:

  • Arkansas Arts CenterNEW location: Terry House Mansion, 411 E 7th St
    • Central Arkansas Library System will participate on-site
    • Central Arkansas Water will participate on-site
  • Heifer International – 1 World Ave
  • Historic Arkansas Museum – 200 E 3rd St
  • Little Rock Visitor Center at Historic Curran Hall – 615 E Capitol Ave
  • MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History – 503 E 9th St
    • Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum will participate on-site
  • Mosaic Templars Cultural Center – 9th St and Broadway
    • Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site will participate on-site
  • Museum of Discovery – 500 President Clinton Ave
    • Central Arkansas Library System will participate on-site
  • Old State House Museum – 300 W Markham St
    • Arkansas Secretary of State will participate on site
  • Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center – 602 President Clinton Ave