History of the Bowie Knife • Knife Gallery
Learn about the 175-year history of the bowie knife or Arkansas Toothpick, Arkansas’s most famous weapon. The story of Jim Bowie, as well as the history and art of bladesmithing are told in the museum’s Knife Gallery. The exhibit includes more than 100 historical and modern knives and is the official exhibit for the American Bladesmith Society Hall of Fame.
We Walk in Two Worlds: The Caddo, Osage and Quapaw in Arkansas
Learn the story of Arkansas's first people, in their own words. Those words and more than 150 objects tell teh history of the Caddo, Osage and Quapaw--their arrival, their lives here, their forced removal and how their traditions continue today.
Arkansas Made: Arkansas Made Gallery
For nearly 30 years, Historic Arkansas Museum has collected Arkansas Made. Now we are premiering an Arkansas Made gallery that will showcase those decades of researching and seeking out the art and everyday objects, made in Arkansas, that tell of our state’s creativity, artistry, craftsmanship and aesthetic sensibilities.
From a wardrobe made in 1850 by Izard County cabinetmaker John Lancaster to the late 20th century craft revival art baskets of Arkansas Living Treasure Leon Niehaus, this gallery will reflect the rich cultural heritage of Arkansas and its people.
"So What!" It's The Least I Can Do… new paintings by Ray Wittenberg
June 13, 2014—Sept. 7, 2014
Little Rock artist Ray Wittenberg’s large-scale paintings explore a turn away from the conjuring marks of expression toward a search for pictorial simplicity. These whimsical paintings explore nothing more than the relationship between the elements of line and color with the goal to strip everything down to the essentials and achieve simplicity. The pared-down design elements, along with repetition, “desirably get the painter out of the equation,” states Wittenberg.
Kateri Joe: Thank Your Lucky Stars
July 11, 2014—Sept. 7, 2014
Kateri Joe is a painter living just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. Self-taught in art, but academically trained in psychology, her two passions converge in her mixed media pieces. Her pieces are often reflective, eccentric and made with unconventional media—such as dirt, gold leaf and fingerprints. This is her first full exhibition and is based on the universal relationship of humanity and the Cosmos.
The Thirteenth Annual Eclectic Collector Series: A Beauty on It Sells Advertising– Art from the collection of Marsha Stone
July 11, 2014—Jan. 5, 2015
Women have been used in modern advertising since its inception. Marsha Stone’s vintage collection of advertising materials from the late 19th and early 20th century showcases a rare glimpse into the world of advertising in days gone by.
2nd Friday Art Night
August 8, 2014
5 pm - 8 pm
Join us for an evening of art, history and live music.
Inspired to Stitch (Lecture)
Friday, August 8
How do you take a photo to use for quilting? Which images are suited for textile art? Join Pam Holland on a visual journey inspired by photographs from her world travels; together you will construct quilts from the images she shares.
Pam Holland, the featured instructor and judge for the Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3, is an Australian native who has worked in the quilting industry for over 25 years. Her quilting designs are inspired by drawings, writings, photographs, and films created during her international travels. Pam is a winner of the Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship for International Quilt Teachers, and her quilts have received Best of Show awards at many prestigious quilt shows. * NO COST. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
The Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3
Friday, Aug. 8, 2014
From appliquéd to pieced, from abstract to pattern and from traditional to modern—this exhibit has it all.
The Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3 is a juried quilt show that celebrates contemporary Arkansas quilters and features more than 30 quilts from across the state. You'll be surprised by the variety in size, technique and composition. These quilts are works of art.
Prizes will be awarded opening night for Best of Show, Best Hand Quilting and Best Machine Quilting, as well as awards in the following categories: Pieced, Appliqué, Mixed and Group.
Drapplique, Illustrative Quilting
Saturday, August 9, 2014
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Learn to draw on fabric with specialized pens and a sewing machine! Pam Holland will guide you through Drapplique, a drawing/ applique process; you’ll learn new techniques and go home with a wonderful small quilt. Kit fee of $20.00 consists of 3 Tsukinedo pens: #152 Sand, #165 Pine, and #114 Poppy. Please indicate if you already own these pens and will not need the kit.
* $50 REGISTRATION FORM AVAILABLE ONLINE AT HISTORICARKANSAS.ORG