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Shanghai and snapshots

Katchen, Strause and watercolorists open shows.

WATERCOLORS: At Terry House.
  • WATERCOLORS: At Terry House.

Women artists take center stage this week as shows of mostly representational works in paint and pastel open in various galleries in Greater Little Rock.

Hot Springs artist Carole Katchen is exhibiting expressionist pastels in a show called “Far East Portraits” at Argenta Art Gallery, 401 Main St. The show opens with a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.

Katchen spent a month in Asia in September, visiting Taiwan, where she was invited to paint the National Opera, and China, where she lectured at the University of Shanghai. The show is a selection of work she did overseas, and runs through March 23.

At the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, artist-in-residence Katherine Strause will show paintings she says are “about people, our attachment to the external surface we call the figure and what we recognize about ourselves in each other.”

Old photographs and her own snapshots have found their way into the colorist’s work for some time now, replacing the large flowers and fruit of the 1990s.

The show, “Capitol View,” opens Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Gallery II of the Fine Arts Building and runs through April 7. A reception is set for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 21.

The 36th annual Mid-Southern Watercolorists Annual Juried Show, which debuts Thursday, March 2, at the Terry House Community Gallery at Seventh and Rock streets, will feature work by guys, too, but the association’s membership is largely female and includes some of Arkansas’s best known artists — Selma Blackburn, Jackie Fish, Gloria Garrison, Sue Harvey, Judy Shantz Honey, Amy Hill-Imler, Dolores Justus, Jaqueline Kaucher, Betty McMath … and that’s just half-way through the alphabet.

Linda Moyer was the judge for this year’s show, which runs through April 28. An awards presentation and reception is set for April 1 at the Terry House.

(To be fair, we should mention some of the male members of the association: John Blackwood, Bill Burgin, John Honey, Barry Lindley, George Wittenberg ...)

An art party is set for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at Mediums Art Gallery, 3000 Kavanaugh. Work by Elizabeth Weber and Joshua Williams will be featured. An auction of artwork is set for 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Mediums the day this newspaper hits the stands, Feb. 23. The auction will benefit the orphans of Burkina Faso in Africa.

Abstract artist Todd Crockett is hosting a benefit sale of his work from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 210 Eastside Lofts, 1401 Scott St.

Thirty percent of the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to find a cure for breast cancer. For more information, call 588-4132.

Heber Springs is holding its monthly gallery drive Saturday, Feb. 25 (see calendar for venues). Some of the artists who’ll be exhibiting: Terry Riciano, Lee Halbrook, Ellen Hobgood, Steve James, Charlotte Rierson, David and Becki Dahlstedt, Richard Stephens and Sandy Hubler. For more information, call 501-206-2233 or 870-251-1189.


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