We don’t get to post all the jpegs of artwork on exhibit that come into the office, but they have more allure and tell you more about the work than what I can write about them. Hence this slideshow of works (and just a few words about them) from shows opening tonight (Aug. 10) for 2nd Friday Art Night, 5-8 p.m. (see the To Do list for more information) and in the days ahead. The next week provides an opportunity to see an enormous diversity of work — contemporary ceramics and paintings, op art, work by WWII internees, 19th century landscapes, installation art, midcentury paintings, pastels and photographs. You’d never know it was August, usually a sleepy time in the galleries.

One of the shows on tap tonight for 2nd Friday is the opening of “Space Between Teeth: Linda Lopez + Marc Mitchell” at the Historic Arkansas Museum. You may have seen Lopez’ ceramic work in the contemporary survey exhibition “State of the Art” at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; both she and Mitchell, whose career includes curation as well as art-making, are at the University of Arkansas, she as an instructor and he as an assistant professor.


“A Matter of Mind and Heart: Portraits of Japanese American Identity” opens at the Galleries at Library Square (aka the Butler Center galleries) tonight and will feature Henry Sugimoto’s painting “Arrival at Camp Jerome” on loan from Hendrix College, where the exhibition of the Brewer art dynasty (Nicholas, Adrian and Edwin) continues.

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday night, Aug. 11, Boswell Mourot hosts a reception for MADE, named for the first name of the four very fine artists showing: Matthew Lopas (professor at Hendrix), Alice Andrews, Dennis McCann and Eleanor Dickinson (also a To Do).


On Monday, Aug. 13, UA Pulaski Tech opens the exhibition, “American Perspectives on Modernism,” on loan from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, a show that features work by lead midcentury artists, including Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Charles Sheeler, Max Weber and others. A reception with music by Dr. Barry McVinney and Tom Cox is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17.

The campus of UA Little Rock is covered up in great things to see: The Windgate Center for Art + Design features “Memory / Commitment / Inspiration,” a group show of social justice pieces in the Cushman Gallery about oppression in Southeast Asia and India, and Jowita Wyszomirska’s installation “Water Memory” in the first-floor gallery. Starting Wednesday, Aug. 15, over in the Fine Arts Building is an exhibition of underwater photographs by Mauricio Silerio: “Los Demonios de mi Terra.”

Up in Northwest Arkansas, a show of Arkansas’s leading photographers enters its last week at the Arts Center of the Ozarks (Springdale). It hardly gets better than this lineup: Gary Cawood, Beverly Conley, Mike Disfarmer, Jim Dow, Rebecca Drolen, Ron Evans, Matthew Genitempo, Don House, Tim Hursley, Kris Johnson, Margaret LeJeune, Maxine Payne, Donna Pinckley, Sabine Schmidt, Jim Simmons, Alec Soth and Geoff Winningham. 

“Small Works on Paper,” the traveling exhibition sponsored yearly by the Arkansas Arts Council, lands in El Dorado on Aug. 13, at the South Arkansas Arts Center. Juror was James Phillips, an associate professor in the Department of Arts at Howard University in Washington, D.C.