How do you properly 2FAN? With good friends, great art, and a libation or two. Hop on a trolley and get going – we’ve mapped out all the stops.
The Arkansas Capitol Corporation Group plays host to a live show tonight in the River Market, starting at 6:30 p.m. The presentation complements the current alternative photography exhibit, “All I Can See.” Organizer Robert Bean says, “We’ve got an artist doing a demo of the photo transfer process. […] Should be cool to see – Margo Duvall is the artist.”
Over on 523 Louisiana Street, Bella Vita Jewelry celebrates summer’s end with a bang. Patrons can take part in the shindig starting at 5 p.m. Guests can shop charms and jewelry, enjoy delicious treats from Loblolly Creamery, have a pint or two from Lost Forty Brewing and give back as The Van will be also be on site.
Brandy McNair, the creative force behind the jewelry line, wanted to throw a party. When she got to planning, she realized she wanted to focus heavily on creating community. She says, “I am always trying to think of creative ways to get people out and about in this part of downtown. So, Second Friday Art Night seemed like the best day to organize our Summer Party.”
Delicious treats and fantastic brews aside, a 20 percent discount will be extended to the Bella Vita Shop if you bring a donation to The Van. McNair continues, “Since opening my shop and moving to a downtown home 2 years ago, I see homelessness like I never did before. […] Our hope is to get tons of donations and to educate people that aren’t aware of the homeless problems we have in Little Rock. […] I am really hoping people will spend a few minutes to clean out their closets and bring what they can. It’s not hard! We all have “stuff” we don’t wear or use!”
Trust us, you won’t want to miss out.
Catch The Human Experience-An Artistic Expression of Human Existence across the way at Matt McLeod Fine Art. The exhibit acts a soft opening of sorts, ahead of a reception next week for collectors and guests. Owner Matt McLeod is particularly excited for the evening. He says, “We wanted to have a group show at this point in the summer. … All artists are interpreting the world through their experience, and the more I looked at the work we represent, the more I realized there was a common thread there.” McLeod hopes to open up a conversation surrounding good art and he couldn’t see a better way to do that than through 2FAN. He says, “We want to contribute to that, and get the 2FAN crowd more excited about seeing great artwork and buying it.”
The nearby Historic Arkansas Museum is taking part tonight by opening two new exhibits –Walter Arnold & David Malcolm Rose: Modern Ruins, and Tiny Treasures: Miniatures from the Permanent Collection. Grab yourself one of Lost 40’s Hunter Oktoberfest and get ready to hear live music by HeatherSmith & Friends while checking out sculptures, photography, and a bit of Arkansas’ past.
Modern Ruins includes intricate, obsessively detailed sculptures of roadside attractions by David Malcolm Rose alongside dreamy, almost surreal images by Walter Arnold. Tiny Treasures celebrates an array of diminutive objects dating from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries, including miniature portraits, furniture, tea sets, and more.
Gallery 221 will be open late tonight, as well, and continues their collaborative show with artist David Bailin and his advanced drawing students at UALR. “I chose the title ‘Drawing on the Edge’ to reflect the spirit of exploration and experimentation of the students participating in this year’s show,” says Bailin.
Relatively new kids on the block – Matthews Fine Art Gallery will also be open. We’ve got their full story here.
Don’t forget to stop by the Butler Center Galleries, which will have live music and a smattering of exhibits open. Plus, the Old State House Museum presents We Make Our Own Choices: Staff Favorites from the Collection. There will be jazz, hors d’oeuvres, and libations by Stone’s Throw.
What’s not to love – we’ll see you tonight.
(Top image via Matt McLeod Fine Art)