Art

With coffee cup in hand, Brandon Markin sits thoughtfully at Mugs Café, a film camera to his left and small notebook to his right. The Arkadelphia native is likely to engage you in a philosophical conversation about film, aesthetics, and story telling, if you let him. Throughout his life, Markin …

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is next in line to host the Kinsey Collection, an enormous display of art made by black Americans during key points in this country’s history, which has been on tour since 2007 and was curated by Bernard and Shirley Kinsey. The opening reception will be …

Local artist Robert Bean can’t particularly pinpoint when he first started exploring his creativity, but he has plenty of quirky anecdotes. For instance, he says, “When I was pretty young, [my parents] were painting the house and I had a little pedal car that I was in. I decided, well, …

This proves to be a busy weekend for art happenings with a call for artist submissions and a fair few shows opening. Mark your calendar and mix and match your favorites. Ongoing at the Arkansas Art Center include “Industrial Beauty: Charles Burchfield’s Black Iron,” “Dorothea Lange’s America,” “Nathalia Edenmont: Force …

It is always satisfying watching two organizations we respect deeply team up on an amazing project. For the past several years Thea Foundation and the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commision have teamed up to showcase youth artwork. If you are not familiar with the two organizations, Thea Foundation works as an …

Likely, you’ve been in the Pyramid Building downtown without even knowing it, especially if you frequent Three Fold Noodle & Dumpling Co. What you may have missed is the seemingly small gallery around the corner – Gallery 221 located on 221 West 2nd Street. If you happen to enter the …

Earlier this week we were invited in for a unique look behind the scenes at the food preparation of the Cirque du Soleil traveling performances. We typically save the space in our Rock City publications for all things local, we found the the food to be surprisingly local sourced. After spending …

If you ask Joshua Asante about his photography, you’re likely to participate in a part-philosophical, part-autobiographical discussion. No doubt you’ll learn things along the way, not only about Asante’s photographs, but also about yourself. “I feel my greatest skill as a photographer is my empathy,” says Asante, perched beside crackling, …

“When we first moved here, we both were wondering why,” says Sofia Gonzalez from the desk of her home studio. After growing up 20 minutes north of San Francisco, the move she and her fiancé made a over a year ago to the Natural State definitely caused a shock. Now, …

No one knows culture shock better than Michael Shaeffer, who, at the tender age of 13, moved with his family from Long Island, New York, to Hot Springs, Arkansas. “I was starting high school and I really didn’t want to be here at first,” he laughs. Luckily for Shaeffer, however, …

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