Saturday, October 2, 2010

Spirit of the Times, More than a Picture & Earth and Fire

Fayetteville Underground First Thursday Opening Reception October 7th 5-8pm

October will be another exciting month for Fayetteville Underground. The Hive and Revolver Galleries will host photography from the South Central Region Society for Photographic Education, who's members are having their annual conference in Fayetteville. The Vault Gallery will feature photography from most of the Fayetteville Underground Studio artists in a show entitled "More Than a Picture." Martha Molina's non-functional Raku pottery works will be shown in the E-Street Gallery.

Devyn G

Eat. Chill.

Sonja Rieger
K'hia Campbell as Queen Amidala

Revolver Gallery & Hive Gallery
The University of Arkansas Art Department

The University of Arkansas Art Department will be hosting The South Central Region Society for Photographic Education annual conference, “Spirits of the Times”, October 7 - 9, 2010. Programming is scheduled on October 8th and 9th at the UA Global Campus, located in downtown Fayetteville, and in the Fine Arts Center, located on the main University of Arkansas campus. Registration is required for conference programming. More information can be found at

The conference will bring photography educators, students and professionals from a six state region to Fayetteville for two days of presentations and lectures. This year’s Honored Educator is Sonja Rieger from the University of Alabama. The SPE holds its national conference in the spring and the individual regions hold their annual conference in the fall. Conference location rotates around the region. The Art Department at UA has previously hosted the SCSPE conference in 1981 and 2000.

The featured speaker at the conference will be internationally renowned documentary photographer Danny Lyon. Lyon’s keynote address will be held on Friday evening, October 8, at 7:00 in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center. Seating is limited. For information call the Art Department at 479-575-5202.

An exhibition of Danny Lyon’s photographs on motorcycle culture, “The Bikeriders,” will be on display at Crystal Bridges at the Massey in Bentonville from September 9 – October 31. Crystal Bridges at the Massey is open Thursday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 pm.

Other photography exhibits on display during October in conjunction with the conference include the SCSPE Members and Students exhibits at the Fayetteville Underground galleries October 6 through the 30th. The Revolver Gallery will feature the work of SCSPE members, photographic educators and professionals, and The Hive, will feature work by photography students from universities and colleges in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. An opening reception is will be held on “First Thursday” October 7 from 5:00-8:00pm. For more information: Fayetteville Underground is open Wednesday – Friday from 12:00 am – 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

“Black in White America,” photographs by Leonard Freed, curated by the Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York City will be the featured exhibition in the UA Fine Arts Center Gallery. “Black in White America” is a moving collection of photos that document the African American struggle for self definition in mid-20th century America. Leonard Freed (1929-2006) was a member of the Magnum photo agency. “Black in White America” will be on exhibit in the Fine Arts Center Gallery on campus October 6 – 29. Gallery hours are 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday and 2:00 – 5:00 pm on Sunday. For more information: or call the UA Gallery Office at 479-575-7987.

“Arkansas Photography Educators,” an exhibit featuring current work by twelve faculty members from universities and colleges in Arkansas, will be on display at the sUgAR Gallery in Bentonville from September 30 – October 23 with an opening reception scheduled for Saturday October 9 from 4:30-7:30. Featured artists include Beverly Buys, Gary Cawood, Victor Chalfant, Neal Holland, Joanne Jones, Margaret LeJuene, Maxine Payne, Michael Peven, Donna Pinckley, Carey Roberson, Curtis Steele and Marcia Wallace.

Also during the month of October, the work of UA photography students will be on display in the hallway cases in the Fine Arts Center.

For more information on conference programming and registration, please contact: Michael Peven at or the Art Department at Or call the UA art department at 479-575-5202

Sabine Schmidt

Vault Gallery
More Than a Picture
Fayetteville Underground Studio Artists

Fayetteville Underground studio artists will be presenting photography-based works in a group show entitled More Than a Picture in the Vault Gallery during the month of October.The artists are excited and inspired by the visiting SCSPE member and student exhibition that will be hosted in the Hive and Revolver galleries. More than a Picture will be an interesting and varied exhibition as the artists come together to explore photography as a group.

Martha Molina

E Street Gallery
Martha Molina
Essential Elements: Earth & Fire

Martha Molina grew up in Clay County in Northeast Arkansas influenced and encouraged to embrace her great grandmother’s Native American culture. She actively practiced various crafts and loved the materials that were found in nature and from an early age she hand built animals and vessels from clay. Martha received her B.A. and M.ED. from Southeastern Louisiana University where she discovered the process for life masks and began making performance masks for costumes and storytelling as well as decorations such as three dimensional portraits through experimentation. Martha returned to Arkansas in 1993 and has been active in the arts community every since living and working in Fayetteville. She has worked as a multi-disciplined on the Arkansas Arts Council AIE Artist Roster and has conducted artist residencies throughout the state in theatre, mask-making, watercolor, and clay. She currently teaches art at St. Joseph School in Fayetteville.

Martha Molina’s recent works are mostly nonfunctional pottery choosing alternative firing techniques which give the most unpredictable results. The process of Raku firing intrigues and excites Martha the most as she watches the translucent glow of the work as she pulls it from a 1900 degree kiln. The rapid reduction, cooling and trailing made by the flames creates a final product that cannot be reproduced. It is like an amazing Christmas morning every time she opens the kiln!

The word “Raku” in Japanese literally translates to “pleasure.” Martha gains much pleasure from the process of creating pottery and she hopes others gain pleasure from it as well.

As always there are open studios to tour, work in progress to see, and artists to meet. There will be new work by the talented underground studio artists in the back Vault gallery and the fine crafts and sculpture you have come to expect in the E Street Gallery.

Once again this is all a part of the cultural amenity that is the visual arts on the First Thursday of every month at the Fayetteville Underground on the Fayetteville Square from 5-8p.m. After the reception be sure to come back and visit the galleries during our regular business hours of W-F 12-7 and Sat 10-5.

Tell your friends and see you there!
The exhibitions will remain up through October 30th.

The Fayetteville Underground
Basement of One East Square Plaza
East side of the Historic Fayetteville Square.
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Gallery Hours W-F 12-7pm
Saturday 10-5pm
4 galleries: Open Studios

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