March 24-25: This two-day workshop for ages 6-9 gives kids the chance to experience different art media, like painting, printmaking, clay and papier-mache. Students will also attend a matinee of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” $116 members, $145 non-members. Event time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event place: Arkansas Arts Center. Register by March 17. Visit www.arkarts.com for details.
February 26 – March 8: Check out some amazing works of art created solely from recycled materials made by elementary students, on display at the Museum of Discovery. This exhibit is sponsored by the Pulaski County Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District. All ages. General Admission: $10 adults; $8 ages 1-12; free under 1; members free. For more information, visit www.museumofdiscovery.org.
January 18: Enjoy art-making and activities inspired by Mark Rothko in the 1940s: The Decisive Decade, Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge and Face to Face: Artists’ Self-Portraits from the Collection of Jackye and Curtis Finch, Jr. Bring the family to enjoy, create, and learn! Location: Arkansas Arts Center. Event time: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free for members, $5 per non-member individual, $20 per non-member family. Visit www.arkarts.com for more details.
December 6: Set your alarm and rise early to get the best of ACCESS Ceramics! Platters, bowls, mugs, coasters and more colorful pieces created by ACCESS students are available at this once-a-year sale. The following ceramic lines are available: Santa Is Coming to Town, Monet’s Lilies, World of Color, and Shoot for the Stars. Also available are potted poinsettias, rosemary, ivy and Christmas cactus. Give your foyer, buffet or mantle a holiday boost with fresh greenery! Proceeds benefit ACCESS programs. These cute pieces and pretty plants FLY off the tables! Event time: 7:30 a.m. until sold out. Location: ACCESS Stella Boyle Smith Campus, 10618 Breckenridge Drive. For details, visit www.accessgroupinc.org.
October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 & 26-27: George Dombek, acclaimed artist, invites the public to his studio to view his latest project – “Arkansas Barns.” This series, using Dombek’s unique style and perspective, centers on watercolor paintings of barns from all over the state. The open studio will also feature many of his earlier works. Outside of the event hours, Dombek’s studio is open by appointment. Event time: 1 to 6 p.m. Location: 844 Blue Springs Road, Goshen.
August 1 thru 31: This exhibition features 48 works representing the greatest artists of their periods, including Rembrandt van Rijn, Thomas Gainsborough, Anthony van Dyck, Frans Hals, Joshua Reynolds, J.M.W. Turner and more. Most of these paintings have never traveled to the States before, and many of them have rarely been seen outside Kenwood House. Donated by Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh (1847-1927) and heir to the world’s most successful brewery, the collection features portraiture, landscape and 17th century Dutch and Flemish works. In addition to the masterworks from the Iveagh Bequest, the exhibition includes works acquired specifically for Kenwood. For more information call the Arkansas Arts Center at 501-372-4000.
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