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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 >

Weekend full of festivals: Books, art, food and more

A version of this Scene originally ran in the April 23, 2014, issue of Sync

Everyone’s talking about the Arkansas Literary Festival, which takes place at various venues in downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock from Thursday to Sunday. In this week’s issue of Sync, we highlight some special events you won’t want to miss and talk to four presenting authors in town for the weekend.

But if you’re not a literary nut, fear not. There’s plenty more going on this weekend to keep you busy.… Read more >

50 years after the Fab Four

This Scene originally appeared in the April 9, 2014 issue of Sync.


Beatlemania sweeps Argenta half a century after the first British Invasion when a special exhibition of Beatles photos opens Friday.

The British Invasion 50 Years Later, presented by the Argenta Arts District and Retro Images Archive, is a celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance onThe Ed Sullivan Show. Two hundred archival images will be spread over seven locations throughout Argenta, including Greg Thompson Fine Art, Pennington Studios, The Joint, THEA Foundation, Art Connection, the William F. Laman Public Library and Galaxy Furniture. The exhibition runs through April 19.

Retro Images Archive supplied the images, just as it did for the JFK 50 Years Later exhibit in 2013, and all images have been framed and prepared by Bryan & Devan Conservation in Little Rock.… Read more >

5 more days to vote for Tales from the South

Paula Morell of Tales from the South. Arkansas Democrat Gazette/CARY JENKINS

Paula Morell of Tales from the South. Arkansas Democrat Gazette/CARY JENKINS

Late in December, Tales from the South announced it had made the final top five programs in the storytelling category of Internet radio service Stitcher Radio’s annual awards for radio and podcast programs. Tales from the South is up against This American Life, Snap Judgement, RISK!, The Moth and StoryCorp for recognition as Best Storytelling program.

You can vote for Tales from the South — in addition to programs in various other categories, including Most Original Show, Best Interview of the Year, Best Investigative Reporting and more — on Voting is allowed once a day and continues through Jan. 13.… Read more >

Thea Foundation calls for featured festival artists

Matt McLeod's featured painting for the 2013 Thea Arts Festival.

Matt McLeod’s featured painting for the 2013 Thea Arts Festival.

Thea Arts Festival posted on Facebook this morning that the Thea Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2014 festival. The third annual festival is scheduled for April 26 and, like in past years, will include live music, art and dance demonstrations, food from local restaurants and hands-on activities in addition to displays of works from a couple dozen of  the region’s finest artists.… 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.