Monthly Archives: July 2014

Simply abstract: A conversation with artist Ray Wittenberg

A shorter version of this interview was originally published in the July 16, 2014, edition of Sync. 


In between his time spent working at Oxford American and playing in a couple of local bands, Ray Wittenberg finds time to paint. His career as an artist dates back to 2000 when he and his wife, Tina Turner, moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Stuck with a case of writer’s block, Turner suggested Wittenberg take a drawing class to clear his mind. At the recommendation of a mentor in Santa Fe, Wittenberg headed to New York City in 2002 for a year of intense training in drawing and painting at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. Counting music, minimalism and his time in New York as major influences, Wittenberg has been painting more than ever lately. His first exhibit, “So What!” It’s the Least I Can Do …, is currently on display at the Historic Arkansas Museum.… Read more >

Cyndi Minister, the woman behind The Twisted Purl

The print version of our interview with Cydni ran in the July 16, 2014, issue of Sync in a story called “Handmade heroes.”

Cyndi Minister, owner of The Twisted Purl and yarn addict.

Cyndi Minister, owner of The Twisted Purl and yarn addict.

Cyndi Minister admits to an addiction: yarn. Having picked up knitting after having kids, Minister realized she could never find the colors and textures she was looking for in yarn. “When it’s commercially made, a machine makes it, so there’s not personality in it,” she says. After a couple years of sticking eight or nine yarns in one knitted piece to get the effect she wanted, she decided to try her hand at making her own yarn. “The yarn I make is really different. It’s got textures, and it’s full of stuff, thick and thin. It’s an art yarn.”… Read more >

Beat the heat in July with 8 cool art experiences

July is here and it’s hot. Surprise! Looking for a way to cool off that doesn’t involve the mall, the movie theater or a crowded pool?  Retreat to one of these galleries (or art-based events) for a shot of culture instead.


Clinton Presidential Center: May 17 to Jan. 5

See stunning works by world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. Chihuly is credited with elevating glass blowing from a craft to a fine art, and he’s know for his huge chandelier installations as well as his standing reeds, both of which can be seen in this temporary exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Chihuly at the Clinton Presidential Center. Photo by Stephanie Maxwell

Chihuly at the Clinton Presidential Center. Photo by Stephanie Maxwell

56th annual Delta Exhibition

Arkansas Arts Center: June 27 to Sept. 28

The Delta Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture features contemporary work by artists from Arkansas and its bordering states. Works in the exhibition were chosen from more than 1,300 images from 468 artists. See pieces of art that represent the region and its spirit from some of the areas most accomplished and up-and-coming artists in the South and Midwest.… Read more >

Syd Hayman is a beauty, entertainment and pop culture fanatic who enjoys trying different metro restaurants that satisfy picky eaters. Tweet her at @TheSydRichi.