Judy Onofrio’s 7-foot-tall snake-wielding mermaid, encrusted with bits of glass, buttons, jewelry, seashells and other objects, has been installed in the lobby of the Arkansas Arts Center off and on since its acquisition in 1996. The exhibit “Come One, Come All,” 33 pieces with a circus theme by Onofrio, promises to feature more fantastic and sometimes dark whimsy when it opens Friday, Aug. 12, in the Wolfe Gallery.
Onofrio, of Rochester, Minn., who is represented in the collections of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City and the Minneapolis Museum of Art, to name just two institutions, combines male and female figures with fish, snakes, bird and other animals to make a comment on temptation, balance and the human condition. She says she is “ceaselessly stockpiling junk” for her creations.
The exhibit runs through Oct. 9.
Hearne Gallery at 500 President Clinton Ave. will open “Collage,” an exhibit of paintings and assemblages by three African American artists, on Friday, Aug. 12, for the 2nd Friday Art Night trolley tour. Featured artists are Alvin Roy of Houston, Dale Washington of Chicago and George Hunt of Memphis (an alumnus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff). The reception will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Other events on tap for 2nd Friday Art Night: A reception for “The Subject is Books,” conceptual books by eight Arkansas artists, and a demonstration by painter Jackie Fish at the Cox Creative Center, 120 Commerce. Maria Preston of New York will sing.
At Rivermarket Artspace, 301 President Clinton, Jim Mayfield’s photography will be the focus, in a show called “It’ll Shine When It Shines.” Patricia S. Keightley will demonstrate her technique of making jewelry from hand-blown beads and silver and copper wire at the Historic Arkansas Museum. At Oval Gallery, 201 W. Capitol, solo shows by Angela Green and Jim Berg are new; the exhibit “Mixing It Up,” featuring works by artists from five states, continues. At Amy Howard Richmond Fine Art, Steve Griffith will exhibit new work.
A shuttle will run between the galleries until 8:30 p.m.; all galleries except Hearne will shut things down at 8 p.m.
Charcoals, pencils and watercolors by New York artist Will Barnet and works by the 2005 Arkansas Arts Council fellowship winners are in the galleries at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Barnet is a nationally known artist whose flat, mostly figurative works are in the collections of The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art, both in Washington, D.C., and other venues. UALR is showing 15 pieces from the collection of the Arkansas Arts Center. The show runs through Sept. 11.
Work by the fellowship winners — two-dimensional artists Ken Addington, C. Victor Chalfant and Andrew P. Lane and photographer Benjamin Krain — will hang until Sept. 23.