Here’s another near-monthly roundup of art shows across the state. The assembly and delivery delays are due to a combination of delays in press release information, the havoc that comes with the end of one year and the start of another and the recent spike in coronavirus cases. in the state, which has put a damper on many of the receptions that usually accompany the unveiling of new exhibits.
But as many know, chaos and havoc inspire art as much as they hinder it, and so art continues in museums and sales galleries across the state:
Cantrell Gallery (8208 Cantrell Road, Little Rock) is home to “Into the Woods”, a collection of recent watercolors by Washington artist Barry D. Lindley. This collection showcases his fascination with natural subjects – forests, streams and fields – painted mostly from memory (with occasional photo references, he admits) to evoke the feelings aroused by the view he depicts.
The heart of the exhibition is “Tree Cadenzas”, which Lindley describes as a series of works emphasizing the partnership between artist and medium, showcasing tree spirits in a deliberately limited number of paintings. .
“Into the Woods” will be on view until March 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Visit cantrellgallery.com; the gallery has a Youtube channel which features highlights from current and past exhibitions.
Christ Episcopal Church (509 Scott St., Little Rock) hosts the works of Linda Mellberg in “Anticipating Spring.” The collection is mainly made up of acrylics or mixed media, but the artist experiments with charcoals, oil pastels and collages, exhibited at the Parish House Gallery during office hours (9am-4pm Monday to Thursday , 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday and Sunday) until the end of March. Contact Winston Brown for more information: w[email protected]
University of Arkansas at the Windgate Center of Art + Design in Little Rock (2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock) recently opened an exhibition of works by Trinity Kai in the Focus Gallery. Kai recently graduated with an MFA from the University of Arkansas School of Art and received a BFA from UALR. The exhibition consists of pieces of fabric made through the photographic process of cyanotype, which the artist uses to explore his experiences as a person with albinism. She describes the pieces as illustrating the vulnerability brought about by change and the strength gained through self-acceptance. It is on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until February 25.
The Windgate Center also hosts “Arte Cubano”, a traveling collection of drawings, paintings and sculptures by more than 25 Cuban artists that explores reflections on daily life, culture and politics on and around the island nation, in the Brad Cushman and Maners / Pappas Galleries until March 8.
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arts community and future generations, for their show how it was, back in my day.” Free entry; the exhibition is on display weekdays until February 10.Laman Library Branch Main Gallery (2801 Orange St.) hosts “A Shifting Perspective: Photographs from the Midway,” a collection of black-and-white photographs and large-scale prints by Katie Adkins. the Argenta Branch (420 Main St.) just opened Glenda McCune’s “Southern Culture” exhibit, paintings exploring McCune’s memory of life in the South “to leave an imprint on the
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (600 Museum Way) is closing “In American Waters” on Monday but continues to host:
◼️ “Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment” (until March 21), an interdisciplinary collection of approximately 80 paintings, photographs, and natural history specimens with the aim of “exploring pollination in nature and ecology, cultural and artistic influence and exchange, and the interconnection between art and science.”
◼️ “Altars, Keepsakes, Squiggles, and Bows” by Julie Alpert (on view through May 16), a site-specific installation transforming the museum’s contemporary art gallery into “a spectacle of patterns, colors and shapes “linked to the themes of nostalgia and youth, memories and staging. The focus is on the objects we collect and attribute meaning to them and how we nurture ourselves and our spaces.
Gallery 211 South (located within Engel & Volkers, 211 S. Main St.) hosts “FACE TO FACE: NWA/LR”, curated by Kellie Lehr – Ray Allen Parker’s larger-than-life oil portraits of residents of the Northwest Arkansas and Jason McCann’s watercolor and pastel portraits of students from Little Rock’s Central High School, all completed within the past year. The exhibition is free and open to the public from February 4 to April 23.
Baum Gallery at the University of Central Arkansas (201 Donaghey Ave.) hosts “Painting,” curated by gallery director Brian Young and associate professor Sandra Luckett, exploring the expressive possibilities afforded by “this most traditional medium” through works by artists working in realistic and abstract styles. It is open to the public until February 17.
At Southern Arkansas Arts Center (110 E. Fifth St.):
◼️ “One Foot in Reality”, in the lobby gallery, large graphite and ink drawings and sculptures in wire, wood and bone by Bill Myers and large-scale “collages” by Diane Stevenson, until to February 25.
◼️ “Richard Stephens Watercolors”, in the Price Gallery, ends February 2, coinciding with a workshop by Stephens on “Watercolor Painting and Design”, February 1-3. Register on saac-arts.org; the cost is $175.
The center’s 2022 photography competition, “The Viewfinder,” will be presented at the Merkle and Price Galleries from February 8-25. The deadline to participate is February 4; find a complete list of rules and eligibility for saac-arts.org.
Joy Pratt Markham Gallery at the Walton Arts Center (495 W. Dickson St.) is hosting “Yesterday Once More,” an exhibit by Arkansas photographer and educator Aaron R. Turner, through April 3. Turner, an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas School of Art, describes the exhibit as emphasizing “the physical return to previously inhabited people and spaces.” Exploring the ideas of home and resilience, the exhibit includes books on the subject and a reading list that attendees can access and listen to via smartphone. See waltonartscenter.org for more information.
The Southeast Arkansas Arts and Science Center (701 S. Main St.) will be closing “Beyond Labels” on Saturday, but has two other shows going:
◼️ “Deeply Rooted: A Glimpse into Southern Lifestyle”, through February 26, attempts to capture the narrative of Southern culture and traditions.
◼️ “Tension and Protection: Textile Work by Suzannah Schreckhise,” through March 5, features hybrids of sculpture and painting, including “Breath,” Schreckhise’s continuing series of masks made from fabrics important to the artist, pointing out how the simplistic shapes have “already absorbed our memories of that moment in history.”
More information and virtual tours are available at asc701.org.