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The Delta arrives

So does 2nd Friday Art Night

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IN DELTA SHOW: Tom Chaffee's 'Toscana.'
  • IN DELTA SHOW: Tom Chaffee's 'Toscana.'
The Arkansas Arts Center’s venerable competitive show, the Delta Exhibition, opens the 48th show on Friday, May 13, featuring the work of 45 artists from artists in Arkansas and its six border states. Tim Crowder, from Cordova, Tenn., won the Grand Award for his work “Two ½ Pails.” David Anderson of Little Rock and Jeff Mickey of Memphis were Delta Award winners, Anderson for his silver gelatin photograph “Flights” and Mickey for a mixed-media sculpture, “Spirit Boat.” Hugo Berumen of Pine Bluff (“Skinned: God’s Lonely Man and Maize as Alka-Seltzer,” acrylic on paper), Niles Wallace of Memphis (“Temple,” recycled wood, metal and wire), and Kat Wilson of Little Rock (“Households: 1411 Towson Ave., Fort Smith,” photograph) won honorable mentions. Arkansas artists included in the show, which was judged by University of Kansas professor Roger Shimomura, are Maribeth Anders, John Bridges, Cathy Burns, Sheila Cantrell, David Carpenter, Rachel Carroccio, Tom Chaffee, Casey Crocker, Sandy Freshour, Jacqueline Golden, Mariah Anne Johnson, Joanne Jones, Benjamin Krain, Cynthia Kresse, Matthew Lopas, Erin Lorenzen, Glenda Lewis McCune, Dawn Meyer, Alice A. Parr, Patricia Singh, Lauren Wilcox and Jana Young. The Delta, which historically runs the gamut from outlandish to quaint with some gems in between, is as comfortable to its Arkansas audience as a Razorback game, and gets just as much commentary. Tune in next week for the post-game analysis. It’s 2nd Friday Art Night downtown May 13, and new exhibits and special events are planned at several of the seven participating venues. Hearne Fine Art will host Jamaican bronze sculptor Basil Watson, whose show “Body of Spring” is on exhibit. Watson will talk about his work at 6:30 p.m. At the Cox Creative Center, 120 Commerce St., “soft realist” Jane Lovett Holt will be the featured artist in the Cox Creative Gallery at a reception during the 5-8 p.m. gallery walk. The center’s Showcase Arkansas Gallery will preview its exhibit, “Arkansas Women Artists,” which officially opens Saturday. Oval Gallery, 201 W. Capitol Ave., opens four new exhibits: “Uncovered,” nudes by several area artists, solo shows of paintings by Tanya Fitzgerald and Seth Bailey, and new works by Oval artists. At River Market Artspace, 301 President Clinton Ave., a percentage of proceeds from sales will go to the Susan M. Pfeifer Horizons Fund for emerging artists. Other 2nd Friday Art Night participants are Amy Howard Richmond Fine Art, the Clinton Museum Store and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

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