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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The Historic Arkansas Museum has an ongoing project entitled, Arkansas Made, a statewide outreach effort, which seeks to document decorative, mechanical and fine art produced by Arkansas artisans. Exploring Arkansas’s creative legacy, this material evidece offers a window into Arkansas’s unique history.
To learn more about the diversity of Arkansas-made objects, the museum’s research team has been traveling across the state, seeking out works of art in all its forms including photography, firearms, quilts, pottery, furniture, handmade silver, and other artisan-made objects created in Arkansas prior to 1950 (and sometimes beyond).
These objects will eventually be published as the third and fourth volumes in the series – “Arkansas Made: A Survey of the Decorative, Mechanical and Fine Arts Produced in Arkansas”, to be published by the University of Arkansas Press.
Do you have an original family heirloom created in the state? If so contact the researchers at (501) 324-9376 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow along with their recent finds and check out daily “Arkansas Made Object of the Day photos at the Arkansas Made Facebook page.
The holiday season is just beginning and there’s plenty to do in the region. Check out our weekly list of family-friendly weekend events.
Big Jingle Jubilee and Parade: You don’t want to miss the annual Christmas Parade! The Parade will begin at 3:00 p.m. at 2nd and Broadway, follow Broadway to Capitol Avenue, then proceed down Capitol Avenue to the State Capitol. This event will include Santa and Mrs. Claus will be joined by various entries such as marching bands, floats, cars, animals and much more! Following the parade at dark (approximately 6pm), enjoy the Lighting of the State Capitol Ceremony (Sponsored by the Arkansas Secretary of State Office) with entertainment and fireworks.
Breakfast with Santa at Bravo Cucina Italiana : 9:00- 10:30 a.m. Bring your cameras and enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa! Bring an unwrapped package for charity and enter to win prizes. RSVP needed. For more information call 501-821-2485
Sherwood’s Enchanted Forest Trail of Holiday Lights. Beginning this weekend view over 92 lighted displays in this drive-thru trail over a mile long. Donations are welcome. Everyone receives a candy cane. For more information contact Amy Jackson at 501-833-3790 or send an email to email@example.com. Click here for address and driving directions.
Toys Designed by Artists Exhibit at the Arkansas Arts Center This event has been going since 1973 when the Arkansas Arts Center initiated an exhibition of toys designed by artists. Inspired by Alexander Calder’s circus figures of the late 1920s and early 1930s, this exhibit is geared toward stimulating the imagination of both children and adults, engaging them, as the Arts Center explains,”with toys of whimsy, delight and good craftsmanship.” According to the Arts Center, “the wildly inventive toys selected often hearken back to the days before plastic and mass production, when all toys were handmade and, whether simple or elaborate, engaged the imagination of both maker and users.” Admission is FREE. For more information call 501-372-4000 or click here.
Holidays on Ice: Get ready for the season at the annual ice skating rink in the River Market’s open air pavilion! This weekend is the perfect time to enjoy the ice. For a full schedule and more information check out www.holidaysinlittlerock.com. 9.00 per hour. Children age 4 and under free with paid adult admission.