June 10, 2009
Here’s Elena Petroukhina sculpture that will be part of her exhibit at The Arts Scene, 110 N. State St., that opens Friday.
Also coming up this weekend:
ACAC ARTS AND RESOURCE SPACE, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road: “Chaulk Legends,” work by boxcar artist Colossus of Roads and photographer Bill Daniel, screening of the film, “Who is Bozo Texino?” reception 6 p.m., film 8 p.m. June 11. 244-2979, info@acacarkansas.org.
ARKANSAS STUDIES INSTITUTE, 401 President Clinton Ave.: Work by John Kushmaul, Dennis McCann, Kathy Bay, Steven Wise, Kelly Edwards, Millers Mud Mill, Greg Thomas, Rick Cook, Charles and Michael Riley, Lori Taxer Lewis, Diana Taylor and Eleanor Lux, retail gallery; “Portraits from Prison: A Collection of Photographs from Cummins Prison,” photographs by Bruce Jackson, through June. Open 5-8 p.m. June 12, 2nd Friday Art Night. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 320-5792.
CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: Work by David Bell; reception 5-8 p.m. June 12. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 8 a.m.-noon Sun. 375-2342. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Custom by Design: Contemporary Furniture Made in Arkansas,” work by Tommy Farrell, Mia Hall, Keith Newton, Whitney Patterson, Treasure Doug Stowe and Lucas Strack, through Jan. 10, 2010; “Cosmic Interplay — Light and Darkness,” work by John Ellis and Don Shaw, through Aug. 16; “Guns in Arkansas History,” through January 2010; “John Bridges: Echoes,” photography, “The Art of Carl Hancock: From the Collections of Myrtie Engelkes and Historic Arkansas Museum,” through July 12. Open 5-8 p.m. June 12, 2nd Friday Art Night. 324-9351.
NORTON ARTS CONSERVATION STUDIO AND ARTISTS’ SHOWCASE, 1206 Main St.: Stephen Cefalo, figurative paintings, open 5-9 p.m. June 12, 2nd Friday Art Night, painting demonstration 1-3 p.m. June 13. 800-448-5725.
RIVER MARKET ARTSPACE, 301 President Clinton Ave.: “Woven Together: The Basketry of Ramona Buss and the Ceramics of Phil Mundt,” opens with reception 5 p.m. June 12, show through July 4; also work in all media by other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 324-2787.
STEPHANO’S FINE ART GALLERY, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Catherine Christie and Chris Runyan, new paintings. 1-8 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 563-4218.
THE ARTS SCENE, 110 N. State St.: Sculpture by Elena Petroukhina, open 5-8 p.m. June 12, 2nd Friday Art Night, or by appointment. 372-2130.
WILLIAM F. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St.: “A Common Light,” photography by Benjamin Krain, through July. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.–Thu., 9a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 758-1720.
Camden
SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY TECH: “Small Works on Paper: Retro Works,” through Aug. 21, reception 1 p.m. June 16. 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu.
Conway
AETN ATRIUM, 350 S. Donaghey: Contemporary Native American art from the collection of J.W. Wiggins, prehistoric artifacts from the University of Arkansas museum collection, through June; gallery talk and reception 2-4 p.m. June 13. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 682-4131.
Perryville
HIDDEN GALLERY, 102-A Pine St.: Alene Otts, paintings, jewelry bags, microwave bakers; drawing for watercolor by David Paul Cook. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wed.-Fri.
Rogers
JULIE WAIT DESIGNS, 318 S. First St.: Judy Maurer, paintings, June 12-July 31. Reception 6-8 p.m. June 19, Twilight Gallery Walk. 479-631-8706.
POOR RICHARD’S ART, 116 S. First St.: Woodwork by Kas Taylor, photographs by Silas Byers, through June, reception 6-8 p.m. June 19, Third Friday Twilight Walk. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
ROGERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 322 S. 2nd St.: “1968 in America,” Mid-America Arts Alliance exhibit on the eventful year, June 16-Aug. 8. 479-621-1154.

Here’s Elena Petroukhina sculpture that will be part of her exhibit at The Arts Scene, 110 N. State St., that opens Friday.

Also coming up this weekend:

ACAC ARTS AND RESOURCE SPACE, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road: “Chaulk Legends,” work by boxcar artist Colossus of Roads and photographer Bill Daniel, screening of the film, “Who is Bozo Texino?” reception 6 p.m., film 8 p.m. June 11. 244-2979, info@acacarkansas.org.

ARKANSAS STUDIES INSTITUTE, 401 President Clinton Ave.: Work by John Kushmaul, Dennis McCann, Kathy Bay, Steven Wise, Kelly Edwards, Millers Mud Mill, Greg Thomas, Rick Cook, Charles and Michael Riley, Lori Taxer Lewis, Diana Taylor and Eleanor Lux, retail gallery; “Portraits from Prison: A Collection of Photographs from Cummins Prison,” photographs by Bruce Jackson, through June. Open 5-8 p.m. June 12, 2nd Friday Art Night. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. 320-5792.

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 509 Scott St.: Work by David Bell; reception 5-8 p.m. June 12. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 8 a.m.-noon Sun. 375-2342. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “Custom by Design: Contemporary Furniture Made in Arkansas,” work by Tommy Farrell, Mia Hall, Keith Newton, Whitney Patterson, Treasure Doug Stowe and Lucas Strack, through Jan. 10, 2010; “Cosmic Interplay — Light and Darkness,” work by John Ellis and Don Shaw, through Aug. 16; “Guns in Arkansas History,” through January 2010; “John Bridges: Echoes,” photography, “The Art of Carl Hancock: From the Collections of Myrtie Engelkes and Historic Arkansas Museum,” through July 12. Open 5-8 p.m. June 12, 2nd Friday Art Night. 324-9351.

NORTON ARTS CONSERVATION STUDIO AND ARTISTS’ SHOWCASE, 1206 Main St.: Stephen Cefalo, figurative paintings, open 5-9 p.m. June 12, 2nd Friday Art Night, painting demonstration 1-3 p.m. June 13. 800-448-5725.

RIVER MARKET ARTSPACE, 301 President Clinton Ave.: “Woven Together: The Basketry of Ramona Buss and the Ceramics of Phil Mundt,” opens with reception 5 p.m. June 12, show through July 4; also work in all media by other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 324-2787.

STEPHANO’S FINE ART GALLERY, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Catherine Christie and Chris Runyan, new paintings. 1-8 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 563-4218.

THE ARTS SCENE, 110 N. State St.: Sculpture by Elena Petroukhina, open 5-8 p.m. June 12, 2nd Friday Art Night, or by appointment. 372-2130.

WILLIAM F. LAMAN LIBRARY, 2801 Orange St.: “A Common Light,” photography by Benjamin Krain, through July. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.–Thu., 9a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 758-1720.

Camden

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY TECH: “Small Works on Paper: Retro Works,” through Aug. 21, reception 1 p.m. June 16. 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu.

Conway

AETN ATRIUM, 350 S. Donaghey: Contemporary Native American art from the collection of J.W. Wiggins, prehistoric artifacts from the University of Arkansas museum collection, through June; gallery talk and reception 2-4 p.m. June 13. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 682-4131.

Perryville

HIDDEN GALLERY, 102-A Pine St.: Alene Otts, paintings, jewelry bags, microwave bakers; drawing for watercolor by David Paul Cook. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wed.-Fri.

Rogers

JULIE WAIT DESIGNS, 318 S. First St.: Judy Maurer, paintings, June 12-July 31. Reception 6-8 p.m. June 19, Twilight Gallery Walk. 479-631-8706.

POOR RICHARD’S ART, 116 S. First St.: Woodwork by Kas Taylor, photographs by Silas Byers, through June, reception 6-8 p.m. June 19, Third Friday Twilight Walk. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

ROGERS HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 322 S. 2nd St.: “1968 in America,” Mid-America Arts Alliance exhibit on the eventful year, June 16-Aug. 8. 479-621-1154.

‘PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST’: Norton Fine Arts will feature the figurative paintings of Stephen Cefalo at this week’s 2nd Friday Art Night event, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 12. Cefalo will give a demonstration from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 13 at the gallery at 1206 Main St. Other 2nd Friday Art Night shows include sculpture by Elena Petroukhina at The Arts Scene, 110 N. State St.; furniture by Arkansas craftsmen at the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third; and paintings, ceramics, photos, fiber art and woodwork by Arkansas artists at the Arkansas Studies Institute’s retail gallery, 401 President Clinton Ave. Trolley transportation will be provided. Also open downtown Friday night: River Market Artspace (301 Clinton) and the gallery at Christ Church (509 Scott St.).

‘PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST’: Norton Fine Arts will feature the figurative paintings of Stephen Cefalo at this week’s 2nd Friday Art Night event, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 12. Cefalo will give a demonstration from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 13 at the gallery at 1206 Main St. Other 2nd Friday Art Night shows include sculpture by Elena Petroukhina at The Arts Scene, 110 N. State St.; furniture by Arkansas craftsmen at the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third; and paintings, ceramics, photos, fiber art and woodwork by Arkansas artists at the Arkansas Studies Institute’s retail gallery, 401 President Clinton Ave. Trolley transportation will be provided. Also open downtown Friday night: River Market Artspace (301 Clinton) and the gallery at Christ Church (509 Scott St.).

June 9, 2009

ESSA gets an url

Eleanor Lux, the great fiber and bead artists in Eureka, sends a notice that the Eureka Springs School of the Arts has started a blog. And there I found reference to one of my favorite ceramists, or ceramicists, whichever you prefer: Laurie Spencer. Spencer had a one-woman show years ago at the Decorative Arts Museum of her giant whistles, inspired by South American gourd and water whistles. The show included a giant ceramic tree and smaller plant-like vessels that when filled with water and rocked would make music. Turns out Spencer will be teaching at ESSA this summer — and did last summer as well! You have to see — and play — this work to really appreciate it. Link to class schedule is here.

p.s. the headline is a play on an old George Booth cartoon and i couldn’t resist. never mind.

My browser wouldn’t let me post the Burke in the previous item. Here it is.

My browser wouldn’t let me post the Burke in the previous item. Here it is.

Thinking about Crystal Bridges’ purchase of Rockwell’s “Rosie the Riveter” and wondered — in that vein, it may be a good guess that the museum also has in its collection Max Kalish’s “The Worker,” a bronze sold at auction in 2007 from the Reingold Collection. A battle over the bronze played out on the phone; the successful bidder paid $25,000 for the little (28 and a half inches high) sculpture.
From Lita Solis-Cohen of Maine Antiques Digest:
Two phone bidders battled for this Max Kalish (1891-1945) untitled bronze of a working man, 16” high, signed and dated “M. Kalish ’26” and with the foundry mark “Meroni Radice/ Cire/ Perdu/ Paris.” It was estimated at $8000/12,000 and sold for $25,200. Kalish’s last major commission was from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., for 48 bronze figures of noteworthy contributors to the war effort during World War II, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his cabinet. Soldiers and laborers were important subjects in Kalish’s public projects. 

Another piece in the Reingold sale, Selma Hortense Burke’s “Black Nude Reclining,” would be nice to see at Crystal Bridges. See below.

Burke’s background is fascinating. Again, from Maine Antiques Digest:
Selma Hortense Burke (1900-1995), Black Nude Reclining, 1950, bronze, 6¼” high, signed and dated “SeLMA burke/ 50” with a Roman Bronze Works foundry mark, sold on the phone for $8400 (est. $1200/1800). Burke was born in rural North Carolina and trained as a nurse. She attended Columbia University in the 1930’s and graduated with an MFA after studying in Vienna and in Paris under Aristide Maillol. A role model for aspiring African-American artists, she established art schools in New York and Pittsburgh and taught at Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges. In later life she settled in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where she taught at the Solebury School. Her portraits are well known. It is believed by many that her bronze of Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the inspiration for FDR’s image on the dime.

Thinking about Crystal Bridges’ purchase of Rockwell’s “Rosie the Riveter” and wondered — in that vein, it may be a good guess that the museum also has in its collection Max Kalish’s “The Worker,” a bronze sold at auction in 2007 from the Reingold Collection. A battle over the bronze played out on the phone; the successful bidder paid $25,000 for the little (28 and a half inches high) sculpture.

From Lita Solis-Cohen of Maine Antiques Digest:

Two phone bidders battled for this Max Kalish (1891-1945) untitled bronze of a working man, 16” high, signed and dated “M. Kalish ’26” and with the foundry mark “Meroni Radice/ Cire/ Perdu/ Paris.” It was estimated at $8000/12,000 and sold for $25,200. Kalish’s last major commission was from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., for 48 bronze figures of noteworthy contributors to the war effort during World War II, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his cabinet. Soldiers and laborers were important subjects in Kalish’s public projects.


Another piece in the Reingold sale, Selma Hortense Burke’s “Black Nude Reclining,” would be nice to see at Crystal Bridges. See below.

Burke’s background is fascinating. Again, from Maine Antiques Digest:

Selma Hortense Burke (1900-1995), Black Nude Reclining, 1950, bronze, 6¼” high, signed and dated “SeLMA burke/ 50” with a Roman Bronze Works foundry mark, sold on the phone for $8400 (est. $1200/1800). Burke was born in rural North Carolina and trained as a nurse. She attended Columbia University in the 1930’s and graduated with an MFA after studying in Vienna and in Paris under Aristide Maillol. A role model for aspiring African-American artists, she established art schools in New York and Pittsburgh and taught at Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges. In later life she settled in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where she taught at the Solebury School. Her portraits are well known. It is believed by many that her bronze of Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the inspiration for FDR’s image on the dime.

June 4, 2009

What’s coming up, around Arkansas

An exhibit of pastels by Shirley Anderson at Arkansas Artists Workhop Gallery in Hot Springs opens Friday for the Spa City’s Gallery Walk. Other new shows around the state:

Camden

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY TECH: “Small Works on Paper: Retro Works,” June 8-Aug. 21, reception 1 p.m. June 16. 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu.

El Dorado

SOUTH ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, 110 E. 5th St.: “A Journey Back, paintings by Matthew McLeod, through June 26, reception 6-8 p.m. June 6. 870-862-5474.

Heber Springs

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY HEBER SPRINGS: “Small Works on Paper,” through June 25.

Hot Springs

Galleries on Central Avenue will be open 5-8 p.m. June 5 for the monthly Gallery Walk.

AMERICAN ART GALLERY, 724 Central Ave.: Work by Hot Springs artists. 501-624-0550.

ARTISTS WORKSHOP GALLERY, 810 Central Ave.: Shirley Anderson, pastels; Caryl Joy Young, paintings, through June. 501-623-6401.

BLUE MOON GALLERY, 718 Central Ave.: “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” paintings by Suzi Dennis, through July. 501-318-2787.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Ozark Bathhouse: “Grenade,” sculpture by Martin Cary Horowitz; “Disfarmer: Vintage Photographs,” through June 25; “The War Series” by Martin Horowitz, through August; “The Veterans,” photos by Jonathan Alpeyrie. $5, $4 for seniors.

Rogers

POOR RICHARD’S ART, 116 S. First St.: Woodwork by Kas Taylor, photographs by Silas Byers, through June, reception 6-8 p.m. June 19, Third Friday Twilight Walk. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

What’s coming up in the galleries

Henry Daniel Gatlin’s sculpture will be on exhibit at Stephano’s Fine Art Gallery, along with paintings by Leslie Baldwin. From the Arkansas Times art calendar, other new exhibits:

ACAC ARTS AND RESOURCE SPACE, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road: “Chaulk Legends,” work by boxcar artist Colossus of Roads and photographer Bill Daniel, screening of the film, “Who is Bozo Texino?” reception 6 p.m., film 8 p.m. June 11. 244-2979, info@acacarkansas.org.

ARKANSAS ART GALLERY, 500 Main St. Ste. B: “Facebook Art Show and Sale,” work by V.L. Cox, Doug Gorrell and Sherrie Shepherd, 3-6 p.m. June 6, 10 percent discount for Facebook fans. 786-1382.ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “Jun Kaneko,” ceramic sculpture, drawings and paintings, June 5-Aug. 2; “Ben Whitehouse: Observation,” paintings and 24-hour, real-time digital video landscapes, June 5-Aug. 2, lecture by Whitehouse 6 p.m. June 4; “Focus on the Collection: Arthur Dove,” through July 5. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000.

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Work by Bud Bell. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 8 a.m.-noon Sun. 375-2342.

My Art Notes column in the Arkansas Times (www.arktimes.com) this week reports on a sculpture garden to be built in Riverfront Park and the work to be included in it, including Lorri Alcott Fowler’s “Conversation with Myself” (above). The small-scale pieces were selected by a committee (see previous post) from sculpture exhibited last year in the Sculpture at the River Market show, where members of the National Sculptors Guild and certain Arkansas artists had work.
UPDATE: Ren Burke, the public art consultant for the National Sculptors Guild, e-mailed me this week (June 22) to say that only Chapel and Haskew are members of the National Sculptors Guild. Michael Warrick, also member of the guild and on the faculty at UALR, won a purchase award in 2008 for his pieces “Coral 7” and “Coral 8,” but I haven’t received any information about where and when his piece will be on display. Will update when I do.

My Art Notes column in the Arkansas Times (www.arktimes.com) this week reports on a sculpture garden to be built in Riverfront Park and the work to be included in it, including Lorri Alcott Fowler’s “Conversation with Myself” (above). The small-scale pieces were selected by a committee (see previous post) from sculpture exhibited last year in the Sculpture at the River Market show, where members of the National Sculptors Guild and certain Arkansas artists had work.

UPDATE: Ren Burke, the public art consultant for the National Sculptors Guild, e-mailed me this week (June 22) to say that only Chapel and Haskew are members of the National Sculptors Guild. Michael Warrick, also member of the guild and on the faculty at UALR, won a purchase award in 2008 for his pieces “Coral 7” and “Coral 8,” but I haven’t received any information about where and when his piece will be on display. Will update when I do.

Fox reports on The Artery

The Eureka Springs’ City Council’s decision to take over The Artery public art project draws the attention of Fox News.

Here’s the question: Is there any good “public art,” that is art chosen by committee that thinks it knows what’s best for the public to see?

Giant clothespins and shuttlecocks work for me. The sphincter that once stood at the corner of Markham and Scott did not. Standing Knife Edge is OK. The fading Jeanfos in front of Robinson Auditorium and the State House Convention Center wouldn’t be missed. And so forth.

June 2, 2009
A bronze duck sculpted by Colorado artist Sandy Scott flaps its wings next to the water feature in Peabody Park. The Peabody Hotel donated the sculpture, valued at $12,500, to Riverfront Park. Scott, of Fort Collins, is a member of the National Sculptors Guild that has produced so much of Little Rock’s public art. My artnotes column in the Arkansas Times focuses on public art in the park; it will be published online tomorrow at www.arktimes.com.

A bronze duck sculpted by Colorado artist Sandy Scott flaps its wings next to the water feature in Peabody Park. The Peabody Hotel donated the sculpture, valued at $12,500, to Riverfront Park. Scott, of Fort Collins, is a member of the National Sculptors Guild that has produced so much of Little Rock’s public art. My artnotes column in the Arkansas Times focuses on public art in the park; it will be published online tomorrow at www.arktimes.com.