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
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 >
An example of the rabbit shoulder mount.
Local artist Morgan Hill is calling for participants in a taxidermy workshop planned for Nov. 16 and 17. Classes will be taught by Mickey Alice Kwapis, founder of the Detroit Academy of Taxidermy, if there is enough interest in the workshop, says Hill. The workshop provides supplies and knowledge necessary to mount a small rabbit, either in a full-body mount in Saturday’s class or a shoulder mount in Sunday’s class. Classes start at 11 a.m. both days and last three to four hours. Cost is $175 each day or $300 for both days. Payment must be received by Oct. 31, and the weekend workshop must have 16 participants to take place. (Payment will be reimbursed if the workshop is cancelled.)… Read more >
What to do in Little Rock with a free weekend and awesome weather?
First up is the Head of the Class Bash at the Clinton Center. Now, if you have children, this might be enticing because it’s something to take the tots to for face painting, bounce houses and whatnot, but also free immunizations and haircuts. Wait. I could use a free haircut… I’ll get back to you on whether or not there’s an age max for those.… Read more >
Today I was excited to have lunch for the first time at Oxford American‘s new restaurant and performance venue, South on Main. While the restaurant is still in its soft opening phase (and will open for lunch Monday), the service and food were excellent and the space is really something to see. Sync will have plenty of time to talk about food and beverage there soon enough. Today what I wanted to share is the OA gallery and exhibition next door.… Read more >
A couple weeks ago when I was lucky enough to meet Anita Davis and get a tour of her magical museum of purses on South Main, I fell in love with the museum’s gift store. It’s a wacky, modern collection of purses, jewelry, cards and more, some made by local artists and designers.
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