Friday, November 27, 2015

Welcome Brandon Bullette

Focus on Local:

Exciting Contemporary Work by Fayettevillain Brandon Bullette will grace the gallery walls in December.

Emily Chase is back with a selection of paintings.


Adventure Hat 2

Look for the Eminent Return of Jan Gosnell:

And held over by popular demand:

Jason R. Davis's Vernacular Stone

Monday, October 26, 2015

Well, It's about time I wrote again. There have been a lot of things going on in the Underground World. This week a young visitor in the gallery asked, "Is this like a foster home for Art? "Hank Kaminsky was in the lobby of the Underground. He replied, "It's more like an adoption agency."

 I think I must have said something about finding a home for the dinosaurs. After all, it is their swan song at the Underground this week. I'll be sad to see them go. Thanks, Brenton.

We have certainly adopted a new Executive Director here at Fayetteville Underground, the inimitable J Aleczander. It's been fun working with him the past week as he gets oriented. I'm looking for great things happening in the near future.
Also, I'm looking for his photo.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Yesterday making final preparations in the Underground Galleries for tonight's First Thursday Exhibition opening, I was overwhelmed with the impact of the work we are showing this month. 

Featuring Hank Kaminsky:

These are commemorations, nautilus, dreadnaught, signs of an artist’s presence. “I have been here.” Like a heart carved in the skin of a beech on the trail, Kaminsky has left his mark. 

Rockstars of Fayetteville:
On that same artistic trail we might find Kai in the back studio stacking stones, “building a relationship between the art and the observer.” How did he do that?

On View Now at Fayetteville Underground

Ed Pennebaker, glass master:
Ozark Topography has erupted within a gallery space, interrupted that space and re-defined it, re-arranging nature in a distilled form. Pennebaker has placed luminous and lithic monuments among us.

Brenton Smith's Mesozoic Mahogany:
Continuing the theme of timeless space, Brenton Smith’s opii in mahogany brings the delicacy of a paleo cuisine to heroic scale for our artistic nourishment.

All this surrounded on gallery walls by pre-literate runic glyphs of colored porcelain made by Siegele and Haley, intimate and cool forest pastels by Judy Maurer, elemental acrylic studies by Steven Schneider, and the layers and scratches  in paint that constitute Douglas Randall’s investigations into the ultimate truth of landscape.

Around the corner you can go sailing with Cheri Bohn's latest creation:

Bohn Voyager

. . . or continue and find some new directions in wood by John Sewell:

Jungle Sunrise

Why do we artists make these marks and stack these stones?


A leaner,
old and bleached and bare,
presiding where
the young and grey-bright shafts
are rooted in the bank,
watches over all the
winter water conversations:
rocks alive with light rippling
and soothing lyric,
sounding questions, “who was here?
to find this shale and sandstone carpet
worn by time and friction,
hear the blue silt-prompted teal
and lucent liquid chuckle,
dropping gently in between colossal chunks
of  fallen mountain piece;
here to lose the shoulder bag and sense of purpose
lying prone and prone to dally,
belly cool on rock and gravel,”
while the sun burns through
to heat the near side skin.

And who would place
one stone upon another? useless act,
no reason – leaving cairns and towers,
six foot stacks of bold and fragile stones,
these urgent sculptures, positively offered
signs along the trail.

Were their hands aware
how temporal the task, like thatching roofs
or beating gathered stalks of grain?

MM Kent

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

August First Thursday

August First Thursday opening of the exhibition "Ozark Artistry" was  popular among art enthusiasts and revelers.
A Friend of Tim West looks at artwork with a 101 Club member

Executive Director Samantha Sigmon and her Mom with Ralph Nesson

Underground friends Arbor and Becky inspect one of the 'buried' etchings by Tim West.

Willi Goehring explains his role in the curation of the Tim West Retrospective Exhibition

Look for more from Willi as we move into the last half of August and Fayetteville's Roots Festival. Find Fayetteville Underground on Facebook for the latest information.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Talking with CSA artists exhibiting last night and today at the Underground was inspiring for an old guy like me. Owen and Gustav, Elizabeth Arnold, Jack and Jessie and Adrian all have unique points-of -view about their art and ways of communicating.
There is plenty to see in the Gallery with tables full of artwork through the end of the month.
Quick Draw continues on Saturdays with new artist Caryl participating today and plenty of volunteers for modeling.

Friday, June 5, 2015

A thirsty crowd welcomed Summer last night at the Underground. Thirsty for refreshment in the form of libations and chile relleno snacks made by our most special volunteer Karen Scott. Also thirsty for art and talk of art.
The gallery was abuzz with comments on the new exhibit, from Steven Schneider's sculpture to Ken Kvamme's autumn scene of Mt. Sequoia. Music of the harp provided a relaxed atmosphere at First Thursday in the Underground.
Looking ahead, Quick Draws continue on Saturdays and we have an experiment coming up on the 19th of June. CSA Fayetteville (Community Supported Art). Look at's calendar for details.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Summer Art Camps for Teens

Art Explorations
Summer Art Camp for Teens and Pre-Teens

June 15 - 19,  10am-noon -Session 1   Extended Canvas mixed media pet portraits

June 22 - 26, 10am-noon -Session 2   3-D Farmer's Market still life with oil pastel

Cost:  $85 per session per student, pre-registration required. Call the gallery at 871-2722 or instructor at 530-6023 for more information or to register.


 Classes at the Fayetteville Underground, 101 W. Mountain.

Instructor:          Laurie Foster
                             BFA University of North Texas
                        Arkansas K-12 art certified
                        Former Springdale High and Central Jr High School art teacher

Monday, May 18, 2015

May Info

While the Temporary Website Glitch is happening, I'm getting out last minute information about what's happening around the Underground. Tomorrow, Tuesday May 19th, Bill Flanagan has assured me that Figure Drawing will re-commence at 6:30pm as usual.

A Great Big Thanks to all our volunteers who have rallied this week to fill shifts in the gallery and server beer at the Block Street Block Party yesterday.

Saturday, Amy Eichler, Celestine Eichler and MM Kent painted two sets of models at the weekly Quick Draw event.

Amy Eichler's Sketches

 Keep in mind painting of two subjects was executed in less that 45 minutes! Don't worry no other executions took place on Saturday.

Our current show, Invocation: Nature, Art and the Muse, has some exceptional pieces, including large abstracted landscapes by Melissa Garrison.

Melissa Garrison's painting

There will be more Nature Inspired Art in June, including new landscapes by Celestine and by Ken Kvamme, both regulars at the Friday Morning Portrait Group.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

In the Galleries

OK, here are the images of some notable pieces in the gallery at the moment. As promised, Brenton L. Smith's Archalon entitled Soaring Through Sea Stalks is occupying a special corner.



Also a special showing of Mikayla Hoffman's painting entitled Cavern has been unveiled for the month of May, along with some vibrant landscapes by Doug Randall.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Music by Jay Unger and Molly Mason

Jay Unger just got inducted into the National Fiddler's Hall of Fame right here at the Underground, in the middle of a concert produced by Mike Shirkey's Pickin' Post. A standing-room only crowd is present and Anne is asking me to dance. Got to go ......
Another Pickin' Post Production next Friday, don't miss it.