is an Arkansas talent whose work, which focuses on Arkansas's rural past, deserves wide recognition. Fortunately, thanks in part to exhibits at Hearne Fine Art and now at the Arts and Science Center of Southeast Arkansas, the Helena-area artist is becoming better known to those of us in Central Arkansas.
"Familiar Figures: Drawings by Alonzo Ford" features the self-taught artist's stylized drawings of African American men and women, figures in black, white and intermediate grays made by hundreds of tiny pencil strokes. They are drawn from memory of his childhood in Lexa.
The Arts and Science Center will exhibit the works through May 16. Ford will give a demonstration and give a lesson in graphite drawing on March 5 at the center, where he'll be from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. The lesson is free but reservations should be made at 870-536-3375.