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Two Exhibits Open on Sept. 12, 5 – 8 pm, with Live Music by Finger Food

Historic Arkansas Museum - Thursday, August 21, 2014

LITTLE ROCK (August 21, 2014) – Historic Arkansas Museum is proud to present two new exhibits opening on September 12, 2014. Disciplined Inspiration: Jack Kenner and Ed Pennebaker will be on exhibit in the Trinity Gallery for Arkansas Artists through November 9, 2014. In the Second Floor Gallery, 40 years of the Arkansas Times will be on exhibit through December 9, 2014. There will be a free opening reception for both exhibits on September 12, 5 – 8 p.m., in conjunction with downtown Little Rock’s 2nd Friday Art Night. Live music will be provided by Finger Food. The exhibiting artists’ works will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. As part of 2nd Friday Art Night, a free shuttle is available to transport visitors to other Art Night venues. Shuttle service ends at 8:30 p.m.

Disciplined Inspiration features the photography of Jack Kenner of Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas, and art glass by Ed Pennebaker who resides near Osage, Arkansas. Kenner spent much of his professional life traveling the world as an accomplished commercial and art photographer, but it was the Horseshoe Lake landscapes of the Arkansas Delta that inspired the body of work he will exhibit at the Historic Arkansas Museum. “While traveling the 30 miles back and forth to my studio in Memphis, I found I could not pass by the beautiful scenes of the farmlands and lake without seeing it through my camera lens.” Pennebaker makes illuminated art glass and sculpture using traditional offhand glassblowing techniques, and he believes in “working incessantly—cultivating concepts, discrimination and technique.” Pennebaker works with the glass to show its fluid qualities and its interaction with light. “I derive much of my inspiration from the garden and the woods surrounding my home and studio.” Pennebaker has worked from his woodland studio, Red Fern Glass, near Osage for more than 20 years.

40 years of the Arkansas Times celebrates the anniversary of this Arkansas news staple. From a spunky monthly launched with $200 in the bank to one of the earliest alternative weeklies, the Arkansas Times has been an essential voice in Arkansas news and culture since 1974. This exhibit looks back at the last 40 years of Arkansas history through the often-irreverent lens of the Times in a collection of archival covers, photos, art and memorabilia.

Finger Food is American fingerstyle guitar at its best featuring three of Arkansas’s finest guitarists: Danny Dozier from Batesville and Steve Davison and Micky Rigby from Little Rock. Their performances are an eclectic mix from Chet Atkins to Merle Travis to original compositions. They perform in the round playing solo, duets and trio work featuring the many voices of the guitar, and showcasing the many styles that make the guitar the world’s most popular instrument.

Also on exhibit:

The Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3

Arkansas Made Gallery

A Beauty on It Sells: Advertising Art from the Collection of Marsha Stone

We Walk in Two Worlds: The Caddo, Osage and Quapaw in Arkansas (permanent)

The Knife Gallery (permanent)

Historic Arkansas Museum is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the galleries and parking are free; admission to the historic grounds is $2.50 for adults, $1 for children under 18, $1.50 for senior citizens. The Historic Arkansas Museum Store is open 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Historic Arkansas Museum is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, which was created in 1975 to preserve and enhance the heritage of the state of Arkansas. Other agencies of the department are Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Old State House Museum.

Editors:

Digital images are available to accompany coverage this exhibit. Please call Ellen Korenblat at

(501) 324-9304 or email [email protected]