Local Canvas: Arts Center Announces Delta Exhibition Artists, Weekend Happenings Include Sculpture In The River Market And Handmade In The Heights, Mark Your Calendar For Thea Presents 12th Art Department Show, and ArtWorks, Plus Local Music and Where To Find It

Start your weekend with sculpture. This Friday, April 22, don’t miss the 9th annual Sculpture at the River Market event. There is a ticketed Preview Party Friday at 6:30 p.m., in which you can view hundreds of sculptures from internationally recognized artists in the River Market Pavilions. The event features food, libations, live entertainment and more.

There will also be a vote for the 2016 Public Art Commission, and the winner will be placed on the grounds of Central High School.

If you can’t make Friday, don’t fret. On Saturday, there will be a 2 p.m. Docent Tour of the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden, which is free and open to the public. There will also be a tour at the same time on the following Sunday, as well as food trucks available.

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If music is more your speed, don’t miss out on the White Water Tavern’s Friday night (April 22) show – SeanFresh & The NastyFresh Crew with Collin vs. Adam and Rah hoWard. Get more details, here.

For more Friday night tunes, head to South on Main’s After-Hours show featuring John Burnette. If you can’t make that, then turn your eyes toward the Saturday After-Hours show featuring Humming House with A Rowdy Faith. Plus, don’t forget about the Wednesday series #SessionsAtSOM. See Jim Mize tonight, Wednesday April 20, and hear Nick Brumley next Wednesday, April 27.

Your weekend fun doesn’t stop there. Make your way to the Heights for a fun celebration of locally crafted items and businesses. Handmade in the Heights will be going on Saturday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Kavanaugh Boulevard. The event aims to celebrate crafters and creators of all kinds, and with over 120 vendors, there’s something for everyone. Bring the whole family as there will be a bounce house for kids, and the eateries in the neighborhood will be pulling out all the stops.

Next Thursday, April 28, Shoog Radio presents The Whole Famn Damily. Plan to be at the Joint Theatre and Coffeehouse in Argenta to catch the live recording of the band. Get more deets here.

Mark Friday May 6, as a date to head to Argenta for the Thea Foundation’s The Art Department 12th installment. Featured artist Michael Church will be at the unveiling of his exhibit – “Succinct.”

There will be a reception that evening from 6:30 to 9 p.m. to meet with the artist and view his work.  Tickets are required, but there will be heavy hors d’oeuvres with an open beer and wine bar, and a live musical performance by A Rowdy Faith, which you won’t want to miss.

Church’s thought-provoking collages have been featured nationally in publications including Satellite Magazine and Kolaj Magazine, and his most recent show, titled “A Murder of Crows: A Southern Retrospective,” was a joint exhibition with renowned artist V.L. Cox.

Speaking of V.L. Cox,  did you hear her recent announcement? Twenty-two pieces of the End Hate Collection from her “A Murder of Crows” exhibit have been acquired by a private collector. This includes the End Hate Doors which were displayed on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The collection will now stay together as a whole and will be a traveling exhibition launching this summer with Cox officially managing the series.

Stay tuned – a prospectus will be available soon with travel and rental prices, as well as an exhibition catalog.

On Saturday May 7, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre will host ArtWorks, an evening of live and silent auctions. The silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m. and features work by more than 90 of Central Arkansas’ most notable artists. The live auction begins at 7:30 p.m. The evening will include music, lite bites and an open bar. For ticket information, visit here.

This past week, the Arkansas Art Center released the list of artists to be featured in the 58th annual Delta Exhibition. The exhibit will run from June 10 – Aug. 28 this year.

The exhibition was founded in 1958 to feature contemporary work by artists born in or currently living in Arkansas and bordering states. Today, the 58th Annual Delta Exhibition has grown to encompass works in all media and is a showcase for the dynamic vision of the artists of the Mississippi Delta region.

Elizabeth K. Garvey is the juror for the 58th Annual Delta Exhibition. Garvey is the co-founder and owner of Garvey-Simon Art Access, Inc. She has been a fine art dealer and advisor in New York City for over 20 years. Garvey maintains a boutique gallery in Manhattan that is focused on drawing, works on paper, unusual materials and design; while also acting as curator and advisor to select private clients.

Garvey selected 52 artworks by 30 artists, representing nine states. They were chosen out of 1,038 entries by 457 artists.

Congratulations to the following artists:

  • David Bailin of Little Rock, Ark.
  • Dustyn Bork of Batesville, Ark.
  • Win Bruhl of Little Rock, Ark.
  • Anais Dasse of Little Rock, Ark.
  • Bryan Frazier of Little Rock, Ark.
  • John Green of Little Rock, Ark.
  • Anne Greenwood of Hot Springs, Ark.
  • Mia Hall of Little Rock, Ark.
  • Heidi Hogden of Little Rock, Ark.
  • Tim Hursley of Little Rock, Ark.
  • Joli Livaudais of Cammack Village, Ark.
  • Lawrence McElroy of Alexander, Ark.
  • Dusty Mitchell of Mountain View, Ark.
  • Laura Raborn of Little Rock, Ark.
  • Tom Richard of Monticello, Ark.
  • Nathaniel Roe of Little Rock, Ark.
  • Sabine Schmidt of Fayetteville, Ark.
  • Katherine Toler of Little Rock, Ark.
  • Cathy Wester of Conway, Ark.
  • Hunter Stamps of Lexington, Ky.
  • Michael Elliott-Smith of Alexandria, La.
  • Pokey Alrutz of Springfield, Mo.
  • Louis Watts of Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Mark Lewis of Tulsa, Okla.
  • Brooke Budy of Portland, Ore.
  • Paula Kovarik of Memphis, Tenn.
  • Jeanne Seagle of Memphis, Tenn.
  • Julie Brook Alexander of Houston, Texas
  • Steven Barker of Mt. Pleasant, Texas
  • Randall McCabe of Houston, Texas

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Local Canvas: Arts Center Announces Delta Exhibition Artists, Weekend Happenings Include Sculpture In The River Market And Handmade In The Heights, Mark Your Calendar For Thea Presents 12th Art Department Show, and ArtWorks, Plus Local Music and Where To Find It