Fans of Hot Springs’ Low Key Arts, founded by Bill Solleder and Shea Childs, will get a chance to meet the organization’s new executive director, Sonny Kay, at a pop-up meet-and-greet 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Render Creative Group’s office in Spencer’s Corner, 801 Central Ave.
If you don't know Kay, he's the sort of polymath whose breadth of expertise is bound to blend fruitfully with Low Key Arts' experiential focus; a graphic artist, illustrator and vocalist in some seminal experimental and punk rock outfits (Angel Hair, The VSS, Year Future). He also founded the bygone record label Gold Standard Laboratories, home to music from Out Hud, The Mars Volta and the debut record from !!!, the dance-punk band that Little Rock native John Pugh drummed for.
Kay will be displaying his artwork and selling his book, “Headspaces: Surrealistic Album Art & Collage,” as part of the monthly gallery walk along Central Avenue. He began his time with Low Key Arts November 1, and will be developing the programming for the upcoming Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival, to take place in March 2018, and will oversee all of Low Key Arts’ programming, including the Hot Water Hills Music & Arts Festival and Arkansas Shorts. He'll also be a radio host on KUHS-FM, 97.9, Hot Springs’ solar-powered community radio station.