Art. Function. Craft: The Life and Work of Arkansas Living Treasures

Art. Function. Craft: The Life and Work of Arkansas Living Treasures

July 10, 2015 - February 15, 2016

Dallas Bump, age 97, makes chairs at his woodshop in Bear, Arkansas, using techniques passed down from his French ancestors more than a century ago. Leon Niehues spends eight hours a day weaving his sculptural baskets from white oak he harvests from forest in the Ozarks. Violet Hensley, 98, who made her first fiddle at age 15, carves her nationally renowned fiddles using little more than a curved knife and a handheld saw. Through a premier collection of handcrafted works and a documentary film series, this exhibition showcases some of Arkansas's most talented and fascinating artists. 

From raw materials to finished piece, the film series and corresponding exhibit give viewers an opportunity to experience the transformative power of craft. Hear the artists share their design secrets, confess the ups and downs of life as a full-time artist, and see new works never before seen, created especially for this exhibition. 

The Arkansas Living Treasure exhibition and film series is a collaboration of Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas Arts Council, who gives the Arkansas Living Treasure Award to those who excel in the practice of a traditional craft. The exhibit continues in the Cabe Gallery through February 15, 2016.        


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Art. Function. Craft: The Life and Work of Arkansas Living Treasures