2017-05-12 2nd Friday Art Night, May 12, 5 - 8 pm

2017-05-12 2nd Friday Art Night, May 12, 5 - 8 pm

2nd Friday Art Night, May 12, 5 - 8 pm

May 12, 2017 5 PM to May 12, 2017 8PM

Historic Arkansas Museum - 200 E. Third St., Little Rock Arkansas

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Live music, Arkansas-Made beer by Superior Bathhouse Brewing of Hot Springs and an opening reception for two new exhibits:

Dawn Holder and Melissa Cowper-Smith: Traces Remain

Melissa Cowper-Smith is enamored with memory, with forgetting, with the fleeting nature of everything around us. Her 2D pieces begin as acrylic paintings digitally collaged with photographs and manipulated using specialized computer software. The resulting images are then pigment-printed onto paper made by hand from cotton and other plant fibers grown at Wildland Gardens, Melissa’s eco-farm. Each still image, each print, represents only a single moment in Cowper-Smith’s stop-action videos, multimedia projections that play with the representation of time’s passage.

If Death kept a formal garden, Dawn Holder’s ceramic sculptures might be his topiary. Carefully composed from discarded chunks of concrete and asphalt, adorned with blossoms and bits of plant matter dipped in slip and sheathed in pops of synthetic CMYK color, the objects preserved in this garden might seem to live (or die) forever, suspended in time like the victims of Pompeii encased in ash. Fired at high temperatures, each flower is a hollow clay shell, fragile and apt to crumble to dust. In Holder’s work, viewers confront an aesthetic of sickness — poisoned and barren.

Traces Remain continues in the TRINITY GALLERY FOR ARKANSAS ARTISTS through August 6, 2017.

Dani Ives: Portraits of Friends

Fiber artist Dani Ives has always loved animals; she studied Biology in college and planned to become a veterinarian. It was Dani’s background in the sciences that prepared her for the methodical observation work necessary to reproduce each of her subjects in amazing detail. Her latest body of work featuring animal portraits challenges viewers’ expectations of wool as an artistic medium, and showcases Dani’s mastery of her craft.

Portraits of Friends continues in the SECOND FLOOR GALLERY through August 6, 2017.

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