10th Anniversary of 2nd Friday Art Night in March

Historic Arkansas Museum - Friday, March 13, 2015

Join us for the free opening reception of Recent Acquisitions in conjunction with the 10th Anniversary of 2nd Friday Art Night on March 13, 5-8 pm. Live music will be provided by The John Burnette Band and tulips have been donated for the anniversary celebration by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership and P. Allen Smith.

The Recent Acquisitions exhibition will feature objects acquired for the museum’s permanent collection from 2012 to late 2014. The exhibition includes both 2-D and 3-D historical artifacts as well as contemporary pieces relevant to Arkansas history and heritage. Highlights of the exhibit include: a rare pre-1940 Niloak mission swirl pattern punch bowl and cup set, an 1890 portrait of Sitting Bull, two circa 1860 Arkansas-made derringer pistols made by gunsmiths L.F. Trumpler and A.R. Mendenhall, and a 2009 painting by Arkansas artist John Kushmaul featuring a scene of the Arkansas State Capitol and downtown Little Rock.

The Year of Arkansas Beer, sponsored by Historic Arkansas Museum Foundation and presented by Arkansas Brewers Guild, continues with Ozark Beer Co.’s American Pale Ale, recently named “Best Beer in Arkansas” by MSN Food & Drink. Ozark Beer Co.’s Belgian Style Golden Strong will also be available. A different Arkansas beer will be featured at Historic Arkansas Museum’s 2nd Friday Art Nights throughout 2015.

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of 2nd Friday Art Night, Historic Arkansas Museum, Arkansas Timesand other venues are partnering to host the “Art Can” food drive benefitting the Arkansas Food Bank. Guests are encouraged to donate canned

goods, canned/packaged meals, soup, peanut butter, cereal, 100% juice, pasta & pasta sauce, powdered milk, diapers and bath tissue at 2nd Friday Art Night venues on March 13 from 5 to 8 pm.

2nd Friday Art Night began in March of 2005 to bring attention to downtown Little Rock as a growing arts and cultural destination with several galleries and museums within strolling distance of each other. In addition to highlighting existing art venues 2nd Friday Art Night has, over the past decade, contributed to the development of a vibrant nightlife rich with art, history, live music and shopping. By encouraging galleries, museums and cultural institutions to keep their doors open late one evening each month, the event has contributed to the thriving business environment of downtown Little Rock, improved the quality of life of those who work, live and play downtown and welcomed travelers to experience Little Rock in a fun way.