Monthly Archives: August 2014

A gift in the garden: A conversation with artist Katherine Rutter

This Q&A was originally published in the Aug. 20, 2014, issue of Sync.

One hundred twenty hours. That’s how long Katherine Rutter spent on the mural in The Bernice Garden that she finished in early August before leaving Little Rock to see what opportunities await in California. When the Ferndale native decided to move west, she realized she couldn’t go without leaving some sort of gift for the city. Rutter, 29, took a break from finishing her oversized piece to talk with us about her artistic process and the importance of public art to the culture of a city.

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Creative use of space: Art Studios 221 at Pyramid Place

This Scoop was originally published in the Aug. 20, 2014, issue of Sync

While some downtown workers use their lunch breaks to catch up on personal emails, take a walk or actually grab a quick bite, others use the hour a little more creatively. You’ll find people doing just that on the second floor of the Pyramid Place, the mixed-use building in redevelopment at the corner of Center and Second streets that, when built in 1907, was called the city’s first skyscraper.

Art Studios 221, open since March 2012, is home to a range of artists getting inspired in the downtown office space. The studios mostly house artists working in 2-D. “Since we can’t have a kiln up here, we don’t have any potters,” says Amanda Judd, building manager at Pyramid Place. “But it’s a real versatile group up here.”… Read more >

August artists news roundup

John Harlan Norris featured at Thea Foundation’s quarterly Art Department

A piece in John Harlan Norris' exhibition "Cast" opening Aug. 8 at Thea Foundation.

A piece in John Harlan Norris’ exhibition “Cast” opening Aug. 8 at Thea Foundation.

Thea Foundation‘s Art Department, a quarterly exhibition meant to get the young professional crowd in central Arkansas involved in the local arts community, hosts its fourth installment Aug. 8. Jonesboro artists John Harlan Norris shows an exhibit called “Cast: John Harlan Norris” which explores the different roles people play in their everyday life.

The Aug. 8 opening reception is 6:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door, or $7 with a special event password to be revealed on the foundation’s social media outlets at 5 p.m.

The reception also offers an open bar (!), heavy hors d’oeuvres, music by the Funkanites and a drawing for a painting by Norris. “Cast” will remain on display at the Thea Foundation through the end of August.… Read more >

Curtain rises for Fiddler in Argenta

This Scene was originally published in the July 23, 2014, issue of Sync.

Submitted photo

Submitted photo

Since opening in 2011, Argenta Community Theater’s multipurpose facility has served as a venue for concerts, film screenings, special events and more. But once a year, in July, the theater shines as home to an all-local musical production. This year, that musical is Fiddler on the Roof.

“We’re trying to rebuild the great summer musical that was alive in the ’50s and ’60s,” says Vincent Insalaco, co-founder and artistic director at Argenta Community Theater. “We do one every year, and they’re all shows with really strong messages.”

The 2013 summer musical was Jesus Christ Superstar, and while Insalaco didn’t reveal the 2015 musical, he says it will be a world premiere.… Read more >

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