Tuesday, November 3, 2009

November: Leon Nihues and Art for the Holidays

November's First Thursday will be another do not miss event. The Revolver gallery will feature nationally renowned basket maker Leon Niehues as well as an exciting selection of affordable new works from the Fayetteville Underground studio artists in the Hive and Vault galleries along with new work from artists in the E Street Gallery.

Join us this Thursday Nov. 5th from 5-8pm to celebrate and support our artists and the thriving arts district in downtown Fayetteville. It is not too early to start thinking about giving the gift of original art for the holidays and you are sure to find something unique and within your budget at the Fayetteville Underground.

Revolver Gallery:Leon Niehues

Leon Niehues is a studio basket maker living and working in Huntsville, Arkansas. His baskets are made from the young white oak trees that grow in his immediate area of the Ozarks. While using traditional splint techniques, he has added innovative ideas, new construction methods, and simple design elements that dramatically change his oak baskets into exciting contemporary pieces. In 2005 he was named an Arkansas Living Treasure by the Arkansas Department of Heritage. His baskets have been featured in the New York Times, American Craft Magazine, and Craft Arts International. He exhibits widely throughout the U.S. and his work is included in the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, Racine Art Museum in Racine Wisconsin, Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, West Virgina, and in The White House Craft Collection, Washington, DC.

We are very excited to welcome Leon to the Fayetteville Underground for his November exhibition. Please come and learn about this talented artist and his work.

Hive & Vault Galleries: Studio Artist's Group Show: The Gift of Art

This November, all of the represented Fayetteville Underground artists have come together to help you with your holiday gift giving! All month long, both the Hive and the Vault galleries will be full of affordable, original works of art. This year, consider buying beautiful, special and unique works of art for your loved ones. Sweaters may fall out of fashion, housewares fade or break over time, but art is the gift that endures.

I had the pleasure of talking with a few of my fellow studio mates to see what types of affordable works they were creating for your gift giving needs. Let's just say whether for yourself or a friend now is the time to buy.

William Mayes Flanagan currently has 19 smaller paintings that are framed, matted and ready to hang for only $110. So if you love his moody blue watercolor worlds, you may find one that is just right for you. He will also have a selection of medium sized works in the $400 price range.

Law has been hard at work to bring you an exciting selection of new small works. Elegantly framed 8x10" oil and acrylic paintings for only $150 along with a selection of mixed media works on wood panel in the $150-200 range. Leilani will also have a selection of drawings for $200. These new works have an urgency, design and color combination that is very alluring. I have been very excited when I have popped into Leilani's studio and catch her working on these new pieces.

Libby Fay is one of our newest studio artists and we are very excited about her addition to the group. Jennifer will present a selection of hand dyed fabric and paper prints. Framed 5x7" works as low as $65 and ranging in price up to $150 for an 8x10". Come welcome Jennifer and learn about her unique medium and process. These works are rooted in clean and stylish design, color, and spirited experimentation with this unique medium.

Kelly Price-Colston is the queen of affordable and especially unique smaller works. She has a whole selection of prices and sizes suited for your art buying needs and tastes. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase Kelly's work. I know I would be thrilled to receive one of her mixed media collage pieces this holiday season.

I have also seen some of the works to be exhibited by Jan Gosnell, Dana Idlet, Gregory Moore, Basil Seymour-Davies, and talented new comer to the Underground, Sabine Schmidt. Let's just say I think there is something for everyone. If you have been a long time fan of any of these artists but have been waiting to purchase- wait no more, now is your opportunity to enjoy the underground studio artist's work in yours or your friends and families homes.

E Street Gallery: Fine Hand Crafts for the Holidays

Great gifts starting at less than twenty dollars; the E Street Gallery of Fine Crafts is unveiling many new works that are great for your gift giving this Holiday season from jewelry and coffee mugs up to custom blown glass chandeliers and unique vessel sinks. Come find your perfect gift with heart and soul for your treasured friends and family.

This is a cash and carry show as well, so if you see a piece you like in the Hive, Vault, and as always in the E street, you can pay for it when you see it and take it home! Purchasing original art is easy at the Fayetteville Underground. Just contact anyone wearing a name badge, and we will be happy to facilitate your sale, we have two sales offices located in the E Street and Revolver Gallery. Cash, Check, and Major credit cards are accepted.

Please join us for all this as well as new work by studio artists in the back vault. As always there are open studios to tour, work in progress to see, and artists to meet. Don't forget to visit the fabulous DDP gallery as well. It is all a part of the cultural amenity that is the visual arts on the First Thursday of every month on the Fayetteville Square from 5-8p.m.

Fayetteville Underground
One East Center Street
East side of the Fayetteville Square.
Fayetteville, AR
Gallery Hours W-F 12-7pm
Saturday 8-2
4 galleries: Open Studios