If you’re in Pine Bluff in January, make sure to drop by the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas!
The arts center is hosting numerous events and exhibitions for all ages and interests. Kids can have fun during the Second Saturday FunDay, where they can enjoy the new Creative Construction Zone and create their own masterpieces with building blocks.
If you’re interested in art with a social message, be sure to check out the “Era of Activism,” an exhibit of works from the center’ s Permanent Collection that engages with the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s
No matter your age, there is something to do and see at the Arts & Science Center this month. The Arts & Science Center is an underseen Arkansas cultural treasure, so take advantage of its great offerings!
Second Saturday Family FunDay – Creative Construction Zone Opening – Jan. 12, 2018,
Celebrate the grand re-opening of the new and improved Creative Construction Zone! Grab a safety vest, get your hard hat, and start building with Imagination Playground’s Big Blue Blocks. Families can also construct their own mini art gallery to take home with them, inspired by the exhibition “Small Works on Paper.”
ASC’s Second Saturday Family FunDay program offers monthly hands-on arts and science activities in which visitors create art, complete science projects, or perform dance, music, or theater. Activities complement current art or science exhibitions. Activities are led by visiting artists, local art educators, and ASC staff. The event is FREE and everyone is invited to join the creativity.Second Saturday Family FunDay is sponsored by The Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, an affiliate office of the Arkansas Community Foundation, Inc., and the Pine Bluff Advertising & Promotion Commission.
“Era of Activism” features works from the Permanent Collection that speak to the social outcry of the 1960s and 1970s. Representing both national and international protest, they illustrate the use of art in social commentary. Some work is more radical while others playful. Whether Black Power, the Irish Republican Army, or Feminism, these artists are a testament to the impact of activism through art. This exhibition is sponsored by Simmons Bank.
Small Works on Paper – Saturday, Jan. 12 – Saturday, Jan 26, 2019
Opening reception: Jan 12, 1-3 pm.
“Small Works on Paper” is a traveling juried exhibition that has been going strong for more than three decades. Pine Bluff will hold the first of nine showing at the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas for two weeks, starting on January 12, when there will be a free reception at 1 – 3 p.m. Artist talks will be held during this time. This exhibition is sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Council.
“Small Works on Paper” exhibits artwork no larger than 18” by 24” inches from across the state. Up to forty pieces of art were selected by out of state juror Robin Dru Germany, professor of photography and associate director at the School of Art at Texas Tech University. Art featured in this show represents pieces by thirty-seven Arkansas artists who are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry which has free membership to all Arkansas Artists. Local artists Richard Davies of White Hall and Markeith Woods of Pine Bluff are featured in “Small Works on Paper.”
The Arts & Science Center, located at 701 S. Main St. in Pine Bluff, is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Sunday and Monday. Gallery admission is free. Support for ASC is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. ASC is a member of the Discovery Network, a statewide program of the Museum of Discovery. For additional information about the ASC and to sign up for upcoming event announcements, visit www.asc701.org.
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Images courtesy of Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas
Image 2: Nyla Lee, 8, enjoys the new and improved Creative Construction Zone in the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas’ Simmons Gallery.