Several college art galleries have fall exhibitions

Elsewhere in entertainment, events and arts this weekend:

ART: Large format photos

“Cig Harvey: From Red to Purple”, large-format color photography by Harvey, is on view through October 13 at the Baum Gallery in the West Wing of McCastlain Hall at the University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. The opening hours of the gallery are Monday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Visit uca.edu/art/baum.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Harvey’s work will be projected onto the southwest exterior wall of UCA’s Windgate Center for Fine and Performing Arts on September 21-23 and October 11-13 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Harvey will give a public lecture at Baum Gallery on October 11 from 1:40-2:30 p.m. and a public lecture at McCastlain’s Art Lecture Hall 143 on October 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Conway Art Walk

The Conway Art Walk returns on Friday, along Oak Street from Chestnut Street to Front Street, and moves to the first Friday of each month. In addition to artist booths and downtown shopping, attractions include art installations, musical performances (7-8pm on the Kris Allen stage) and new gallery spaces, and extend to Conway’s Simon Park. The park will also house a pop-up family maker space sponsored by the Conway Downtown Partnership and a food truck. Visit www.conwayartwalk.com.

Gallery of the spa town

photo Mark Blaney’s Wildflowers is on view at Justus Fine Art in Hot Springs through September. (Special issue of the Democrat Gazette)
Paintings by Mark Blaney, paintings and sculptures by Robyn Horn and work by painter, illustrator and graphic designer Steven Schneider are the focus of September’s exhibition Justus art gallery, 827A Central Ave., Hot Springs Opening with a Gallery Walk reception, Friday 5-9 p.m. The exhibition will be on view until September 31st; Blaney and Schneider will participate in an informal tea talk at the gallery on Saturday at 10:00 am. Admission to the reception, tea talk and gallery is free; The opening hours of the gallery are from Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Call (501) 321-2335 or visit justusfineart.com.

“Near Home”

“close to home” Artworks honoring the legacy of Fred Danzig (1920–2015), including Danzig’s sculptures and sketches, as well as works by sisters Rose Schwartz (1922–2017) and Edith Grossman (1924–2021), his niece Lari Schwartz (born 1952) and his grandmother-niece Abigail Smithson (born 1988) is on view at the Kresge Gallery, Alphin Building, Lyon College, 2300 Highland Road, Batesville until September 9. The opening hours of the gallery are Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call (870) 307-7336 or email [email protected].

“Couples Who Create”

“Couples Who Create: Carly Dahl & Dustyn Bork”, Paintings with hand-drawn details by Dahl and prints and paintings by Bork, is on view at the England Center Art Gallery at Arkansas State University-Beebe, 201 N. Orange St., Beebe, through September. Admission is free. The opening hours of the gallery are Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call (501) 882-8913 or (501) 882-4495.

MUSIC: Hispanic heritage

La Original Banda El Limon, known for its banda playing style with an emphasis on brass and percussion instruments, will help visitors to Magic Springs Theme and Water Park, East Grand Avenue (US 70 East), Hot Springs embrace Hispanic culture for the park to celebrate annually Hispanic Heritage Day, Sunday 7 p.m. Mexican singer-songwriter Galito de la Salsa opens the show. Concerts are included with daily park admission—$39.99 plus tax for those ages 4 and older—or with a season pass. Take blankets and chairs; Sunday is also the park’s last cooler Sunday for the season; Guests can also bring coolers with food and beverages, but no alcoholic beverages or glass containers. Visit bit.ly/MAGNewsR.

MOVIE: Professionals and “Khans”

A special Director’s Cut by “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” is heading to the big screen via Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Paramount Pictures to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film’s initial release:

◼️ Sunday: In Little Rock, 4 p.m. in Breckenridge 12 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Colonel Glenn 6 p.m., 7 p.m. at the Movie Tavern; in Fayetteville, 4 p.m. at the Razorback Cinema; and at Fort Smith, 4 p.m. at Malco Ft. Smith cinema.

◼️ Monday & September 8th: 7pm Breckenridge 12, Colonel Glenn 18 and Movie Tavern in Little Rock, Razorback Cinema in Fayetteville and Malco Ft. Smith Movie Theater in Fort Smith.

Ticket information is available at FathomEvents.com.

DANCE: Tap for youth

The untamed youth ensemble is hosting free masterclasses for dancers ages 10-17, 7:30-8:30pm, Thursdays 15 Sept-15 Dec 15, at Shuffles & Ballet II, 1521 Merrill Drive, Little Rock. The trainers are company members of the professional tap dance company Untapped; Participants perform at Untapped events and help out in our community workshops. Sign up at unappedlittlerock.org/youthensemble.

ETC.: Banned Books Week

The Library System of Central Arkansas Banned Books Week, September 18-24, will include a writing contest, book giveaways and film screenings, with a focus on the book ‘Melissa’ by Alex Gino. Previously published as “George,” the story of self-acceptance and friendship that weaves in EB White’s classic “Charlotte’s Web” topped the American Library Association’s list of Most Challenged Books for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

September 1-14, send your entries for the ninth annual Banned Books Writing Contest – 250-1,000 words, typed – by mail (CALS Banned Books Writing Contest, c/o Six Bridges, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, Ark. 72201) or email: [email protected]. Participants must be at least 16 years old. The winner receives $400; There will also be a $100 honorable mention award.

Gino will be discussing the book, the renaming, and the censorship virtually on September 22 at 6:30 p.m. with Luanne Racher, a Transgender Health Area Champion, who will be performing onstage at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock will stand. The discussion will precede the screening of the film “Transhood” at 7:45 p.m. and the announcement of the writing contest winners. The animated film version of Charlotte’s Web will be shown in the theater on September 24th at 2pm.

Other Banned Book Week events include a Gender Euphoria: Self Portraiture workshop on September 22 at 4:00 p.m. at the CALS Main Library, 100 Rock St. and a Melissa Read-A-Thon on September 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the alley between the theater and the Roberts Library.

The library system is giving away 50 copies each of “Melissa” and “Charlotte’s Web” on a first-come, first-served basis starting today – request a copy of either book by emailing [email protected]. org with “Crazy Free Books” in the subject line and include a mailing address. Visit cals.org/banned-books-week-2022, call (501) 918-3098, or email [email protected].

Massive melons

The Old Washington Farmers Market will be hosting official weigh-in of the watermelon for the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth of Washington, Ark., Saturday approximately 11:00 a.m. behind Washington City Hall, across from the Williams’ Tavern Restaurant in Historic Washington State Park, on US 278 West, eight miles north of the Hope exit (exit 30) off Interstate 30. Prizes go to the top three watermelons – $500 for first place, $300 for second, $200 for third. In a youth category for producers 14 and under, first place will receive $75, second place will receive $50 and third place will receive $25. Only one official entry will be considered per farmer or team. Call (870) 703-8256 or email [email protected].

Arts Council grants

The Arkansas Arts Council and the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, in partnership with the Windgate Foundation, are awarding 18 $5,000 Individual Artist Fellowship Awards in six categories:

◼️ Multisensory Art: Emmy-nominated composer, musician and sound artist Amos Cochran of Van Buren; sound and light artist Craig Colorusso from Rogers; Austin abstract artist Brande Wilkerson

◼️ Community Engagement Art: Fayetteville-based Lakisha Bradley, social artist and founder of MY-T-BY-DESIGN Therapeutic Art Studios; Little Rock’s Tanya Hollifield, creator of expressive, figurative drawings and art projects for public engagement; Director, Actor, Producer and Writer Laura Shatkus of Fayetteville

◼️ Contemporary Crafts: furniture/woodworker Liz Koerner of Little Rock; quiltmaker James Matthews of Little Rock; Fiber artist Dani Ives from Rogers

◼️ Performance Art: Mississippi Delta Blues Contemporary Songwriting or Score: Jacksonville singer-songwriter Charlotte Taylor; singer Crystina Smart; Little Rock singer-songwriter Benjamin Brenner

◼️ Visual arts: Graphic Novel or Narrative: Sean Fitzgibbon of Fayetteville; Robert Bean and Case Searles from Little Rock

◼️ Literary Art: Flash Fiction or Flash Creative Nonfiction: Hot Springs’ Leah Harris; Joy Clark of Fayetteville; Lily Buday from Fayetteville

Recipients will be honored at a reception on September 30 from 5-7 p.m. at Little Rock’s Historic Arkansas Museum. Admission is free and open to the public.

TICKETS: Elmo makes magic

Elmo discovers the “Power of Still” in “Sesame Street Live! do your magic” 4:00 p.m. on November 4 and 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on November 5 at the [email protected] Bank Arena in North Little Rock, the arena’s smaller audience theater. Tickets — $17-$57 plus service charges — go on sale Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the arena box office and via Ticketmaster.com.

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