- 'TOPPLEY': Jane Hankins' new towers.
Blue Moon Gallery at 718 Central Ave. in Hot Springs will celebrate its 10th anniversary this month with the exhibit “10X10XALL,” works by original and current gallery artists. The gallery, owned by Pat Scavo and her daughter, Dishongh, will host an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, Gallery Walk night.
The show will feature 75 artworks measuring 10-by-10 inches (in diameter or two-dimensional) by Arkansas artists Kay Aclin, the late Wendy Belanger, Megan Chapman, Suzi Dennis, Kelly Edwards, DebiLynn Fendley, Thad Flenniken, John Foster, Marc Hatfield, Billy Hicks, Janice Higdon, Steve Lawnick, Matt McLeod, David Midkiff, Tom Richard, Ann Shedlebower, Katherine Strause and Wayne Summerhill; Texas artists Randall Good, James Hoff and Bart Soutendijk; Louisiana artists David Rackley and Jeanne Teague, and Wendeline Matson of Oklahoma. All works will be priced under $300.
Also featuring a special exhibit for May is the Linda Palmer Gallery, which will show watercolors of Delta scenes by Doyle Young through the month.
People who like to buy art have a big week coming up, starting with tonight’s (May 3) Expressions Art Show and Sale by the artists of Birch Tree Communities. The event was featured in last week’s column; the auction, which benefits the artist clients of the organization for the mentally ill, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
Also tonight, Mediums Gallery at 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. will be serving martinis to celebrate the opening of an exhibit of abstract expressionist paintings by Elizabeth Weber, “The Fragrance of Love: Poetry and Paintings from the Heart.” The opening, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., coincides with the neighborhood’s “Shop and Sip” event.
Cantrell Gallery opens a show of work by Junction City (Union County) artist Virginia Williamson, whose paintings of “visions” reflect aspects of her life. The reception is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 8206 Cantrell Road; the show runs through June. On the way there, stop at Palette Panache’s second annual “Evening of Art” show and sale of watercolors, pottery, jewelry and mixed media at Miss Selma’s School gymnasium at 7814 T St. Palette Panache participants are Selma Blackburn, Donna Connelly, Becky Cooper, Judy Henderson, Mary Nancy Henry, Annette Kagy, Carolyn Lawrence, Dottie Morrissey, Sandy Newberg, Daina Newcomb, Debbie Noland, Delia Prather, Susan Santa Cruz, Dixie Shelton, Cathy Slater and Julie West. The sale runs 5 p.m. to8:30 p.m. (cash or check only).
Sunday, May 5, is the first screening of the three-part PBS documentary series “Craft in America: Memories, Landscape, Community” at the Arkansas Arts Center. The free screenings are at 5 p.m. in the Lecture Hall and are being held in conjunction with the “Craft in America” exhibit in the Jeannette Rockefeller and Wolfe galleries. The screening follows artist demonstrations at 4 p.m. in the Museum School studios. Discussions will be held after the screenings, to continue May 13 and 20.
Celebrated Little Rock ceramist Jane Hankins will show new work at the Red Door Gallery, 3715 JFK Blvd., starting May 10. A reception is set for 5 p.m to 8 p.m. that evening. The show, “Toppley Tower Extravaganza,” features whimsical roly-poly creatures stacked like teacups, as well as Hankins’ famous ladies.
It’s not really about art, but artifacts: the Historic Arkansas Museum will host the Mosaic Templars Society’s presentation, “Historical Archeology and Arkansas’s African-American Past” at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Archeologist Jamie Brandon of Southern Arkansas University at Magnolia will talk about how archeology supplements family histories and genealogy.