This Friday’s 2nd Friday Art Night, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and later at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, is going to require some fancy footwork to see all the work on display. Here, in alpha order, the galleries and what’s up:
Arkansas Capital Corp. (200 River Market Ave.) continues “People, Places and Things,” which includes paintings by Kathy Strause and Taimur Cleary and jewelry by Christie Young. The artists will talk about their work at the event.
“Art in Extraordinary Places” is the name of independent artists who’ll be showing work along President Clinton Avenue and in the River Market. Bundle up!
“Of the Soil: Photography by Geoff Winningham,” pictures of vernacular architecture in Arkansas, some of it gone, is at the Butler Center, and ceramicist Celia Storey is the featured retail artist. Reed Balentine will offer up the music. Also at Butler galleries: “Johnny Cash: Arkansas Icon,” “Echoes of the Ancestors: Native American Objects from the University of Arkansas Museum,” and the Arkansas League of Artists exhibition.
“Who Lives-Who Dies-Who Decides: The Art Event on Capital Punishment” features work by Death Row inmate Kenneth Reams and Isabelle Watson. (Read about Reams here.)
Gallery 221 and Art Studios 221 will feature political satire by Charles Bragg, Mel Fowler and others.
The Greasy Greens will perform (a nod to the Clinton Center 10th anniversa
ry events) and a new show, “Under Pressure: The Arkansas Society of Printmakers Exhibition,” make a trip to the Historic Arkansas Museum a must. Also there: “40 Years of the Arkansas Times,” “The Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3,” and “A Beauty on It Sells: Advertising Art from the Collection of Marsha Stone.”
I’ve never been to the House of Art, but the venue at 2101 S. Main St. will feature work by Chris James.
“Freedom! Oh, Freedom! Arkansas’s People of African Descent and the Civil War: 1881-1886,” including artifacts about Arkansas slaveholding, opens at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center; the reception is from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with curator and Civil War writer Ronnie Nichols and music by Rodney Block & the Real Music Lovers and the Philander Smith College Choir. Note: This event runs later than regular 2nd Friday hours.
Nature photography by David Ankeny is at the Museum of Discovery. And last, but certainly not least: “Homebrew for the Holidays,” beer tasting sponsored by the Central Arkansas Fermenters Club. I’d love to hear from folks who attended any or all of these events.