The Arkansas Arts Center joins the 2nd Friday Art Night gallery lineup June 8, when its galleries will stay open until 8:30 p.m. to admit visitors to its high-profile exhibit, “Pursuing Picasso.” Three exhibits of Picasso’s work — paintings, drawings and ceramics — along with work by Picasso’s contemporaries opened last week.
Two rubber-wheeled trolleys will transport gallery-goers to the Arts Center and River Market venues. Admission to the Arts Center shows is $12 adults ($8 for seniors and children). At the Historic Arkansas Museum, photographs by the Arkansas Times’ own Brian Chilson (“Politicians, Rock Stars, Sports and Architecture”) and by Jessica Saley (“Portraits”) will be featured, along with an exhibit of John James Audubon prints of North American animals from the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Texas. Musicians Sean Rock and Roland Gladden will play for the reception.
Also, Austin Grimes’ paintings will be on exhibit in the Cox Creative Gallery at 120 Commerce St.; Hearne Fine Art, 500 President Clinton Ave., will feature works by Arkansas primitive painter Sylvester McKissick; and River Market Artspace, 301 Clinton Ave., will feature the slab-constructed pottery of Susy Siegele and Michael Haley, whose work is featured in the White House Collection of American Crafts. Ten Thousand Villages, 305 Clinton Ave., will be open for shopping.
McKissick will be at Hearne at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9, for a book signing. The exhibit, “Arkansas Sticks: Scenes from the Past,” runs through July 6.
Arkansas Art Gallery at Fifth and Main Streets in North Little Rock will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday for Argenta Art Walk. Melverue Abraham and Elizabeth Weber are the featured artists.
Kathy Bay of Sherwood won the Daler-Rowney Award (a gift certificate for $200) in the Watercolor U.S.A. exhibit for her work, “Gridlock.” The exhibit opens June 9 at the Springfield (Mo.) Art Museum with a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Juror was Daniel Piersol, deputy director of programs and curator of collections and art on paper at the Mississippi Museum of Art.
V.L. Cox, a painter of large abstract work who’s known for her generous donations of art to various charity functions, has announced that she will donate 5 percent of her personal sales of art over the next year to the Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute Foundation and 30 percent of sales at an exhibit to be announced later.
n Rick Chandler, a Lancaster, Texas, art instructor, has been chosen as artist in residence for the month of June at Hot Springs National Park. The graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville will donate one of the paintings he plans to make during the month to the National Park’s permanent art collection.
Conceptual artist Greely Myatt has a following in Arkansas, thanks in part to his appearance in several “Delta” exhibitions at the Arkansas Arts Center. David Lusk Gallery at 4540 Poplar Ave. in Memphis is showing work by Myatt, including stacked wooden pieces of cake and an installation of found objects that looks like a David Smith exploded, through the end of the month.