Thursday, January 27, 2011

Feb. THIRD Thursday: Outlaw, Gentle, Peven, Turner

February: Third Thursday: Outlaw, Gentle, Peven, Turner

* First Thursday postponed due to weather: join us the THIRD Thursday this month on February 17th from 5-8pm.

Join us this month on the Second Thursday, February 10th from 5-8pm at the Fayetteville Underground for another exciting month of all new exhibitions! Lisa Jo Outlaw will be featured in the E Street Gallery.
Drew Gentle will be featured in the Revolver. Jon Peven's work will be featured in the Vault and Henry Turner will be in the Hive.

Lisa Jo Outlaw

Lisa Jo Outlaw
Wood You Be Mine?
E Street Gallery

As an artist, I am interested in making connections. I enjoy playing with objects and words. By displacing the context of everyday items my work seeks to surprise and charm and amuse. And by bringing together distinct pieces into a sort of harmony, I assume the role of alchemist, seer, match-maker.

This series explores relationships, but unlike traditional Valentines, the messages expand beyond romantic love--to that of family, friends, community, and love of self. Erstwhile greetings of the season, absurd puns like, “I pine fir yew,” “You’re unbeleafable” and “Nice ash!” helped inspire the wood theme.

I combine discrete components to create a single piece, using whatever resources are at hand. Imagination is vital. Possibility is endless. Feels a little like fate, like reuniting ones lost or like finding your match--no matter the form. This is love.

Drew Gentle

Drew Gentle
Persona 2009—2011
Revolver Gallery

All my imagery, be it in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, clay or wax springs from a desire to connect to the humanity in all of us; to reach through the feelings of isolation and aloneness and make contact with that which makes us human.

They are fleeting, always illusive images of the inner psychic make-up...of people turned inside out, with their internal mix on display, and not so much of what we physically look like on the outside.

For me, the challenge of finding the visual vocabulary to express this is my goal. To display the multiple emotions - good, bad or otherwise, with the full array of fears, foibles, joys, and vanities as well as self-deceits, passions, and strengths in an individual persona. Then, to be able to reproduce it in a non-judgmental but truly empathetic way, is what I'm striving to do.

Jon Peven
Jon Peven
Vault Gallery

This exhibition is my expedition into the subconscious void, attempting to create humorous understanding by pulling at unpicked strings in the lucid under-mind. The familiar images are used to trigger personal symbols and memories one might have witnessed in the past through media by prodding at the absurd nature of the image and ideas themselves. These uncollected and scattered collage pieces of widely varied creation are an attempt to clearly articulate the racing world as my fantasy-warped mind sees and personally customizes it. The pieces were made in order to capture my most recently adapted cognitions and discoveries, thus leading to many sets of thought patterns and ideas expressed in small series installments, each with a different theme and style significant to the collective consciousness of the showing as a whole as well as my perception of reality.

Henry Turner

Henry Turner
Ancestral Remnants
Hive Gallery

My present body of work includes a variety of subject matter and photographic genres ranging from pure landscapes to simple still life and staged images. The final images are composites of two or more images digitally combined. I also make use of old film cameras in producing a filtering effect in some of the images. Despite the range of subjects and genres, within the images I strive to invoke a sense of darkness and mystery, often seeking to convey a sense of sadness and longing, or a feeling for the passage of time.

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 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 Feb 26th

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

Friday, January 7, 2011

Underground artists, Gardner, House & Schmidt take small works on paper exhibition by storm!

Massive congratulations to Fayetteville Underground studio artists: Duane Gardner, Don House, and Sabine Schmidt! They all had pieces accepted into the Small Works on Paper Exhibition! This means that Fayetteville Underground artists make up ten percent of the total of participating artists from all over Arkansas (32, with 39 works shown). In addition, Sabine Schmidt received one of seven purchase awards! More impressive evidence of the quality of work created at the Fayetteville Underground.

Duane, Don, and Sabine are going to Conway to attend the opening. Don and Sabine will give brief talks on their work, and the talks will be taped by AETN!

2011 Small Works on Paper Exhibition to Open in Conway

The 2011 Small Works on Paper art exhibition will kick off its statewide tour at Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) in Conway. Presented by the Arkansas Arts Council, the exhibition will be on display from Jan. 6-27 in the AETN Atrium on 350 S. Donaghey St.

A public reception to kick off the tour is slated for 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, at the atrium. The reception is free and will include talks by the artists.

Hours for the exhibition are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

Now in its 24th year, the annual Small Works on Paper exhibition showcases small-sized visual works (no larger than 24 x 24 inches) by Arkansas artists in a year-long traveling show to 10 galleries, often in rural areas or small towns. The juror, a professional from the arts community, selects the artwork and designates pieces for purchase awards.

The 2011 show features 39 works. Patter Hellstrom juried the exhibition. Hellstrom is a partner in Hellstrom+Zirni"Unfinished Business" by John Harlan Norriss LLC, a bicoastal artist/curator team based in San Francisco and New York specializing in collections acquisitions and managing public art projects in business and hospitality settings. Hellstrom has served as a guest lecturer and panelist for numerous national organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and is a past mayoral appointee to the Minneapolis Art Commission.

"An intriguing selection of work was offered for the Small Works on Paper Exhibition." Hellstrom said. "From that group, 39 pieces were selected that range in media from drawing, photography, mixed media, to painting and printmaking. Stylistically the works are equally diverse, representing a range from realism to abstraction."

There were 275 entries submitted; seven artists were selected to receive purchase awards ranging from $200 to $1,000 each: William R. Detmers of Pine Bluff, Jennifer Hackworth of Jonesboro, Temple Skelton Moore of Prairie Grove, John Harlan Norris of Jonesboro, Sabine Schmidt of Fayetteville, Mitchell Skinner of Tucker and Keri Young of Little Rock. Purchase award winners receive the cash amount equivalent to the value of their selected works. Funded by entry fees, the purchase award pieces become part of the exhibition’s permanent collection.

Congratulations to the following artists whose work was selected to be part of the exhibition:

John Ahlen, Little Rock

Melissa Bacon, Little Rock

Ed Barham, Little Rock

Lynn Bell, Fort Smith

Sheila Cantrell, Batesville

Brian Cormack, North Little Rock

William R. Detmers, Pine Bluff

David Dodson, Little Rock

Janet Gade-Malone, Hot Springs

Duane Gardner, Fayetteville

Jennifer Hackworth, Jonesboro

Don House, Fayetteville

Tenille Hunter, Little Rock

Amanda Kelly Little, Jonesboro

Nina Louton, Hot Springs

David R. Mann, Little Rock

Dennis McCann, Maumelle

Leaf Moore, Searcy

Temple Skelton Moore, Prairie Grove

John Harlan Norris, Jonesboro

Marc E. Palmer, Mountain View

Rhee Reamy, Huntington

Holly Reding, Little Rock

Robert Reep, Little Rock

Sabine Schmidt, Fayetteville

Mitchell Wade Skinner, Tucker

Brady Taylor, Little Rock

Leslie Toler, Little Rock

Lynn Mittelstaedt Warren, Little Rock

John Watson, North Little Rock

Janet Cecil-Wilcox, Little Rock

Keri Young, Little Rock

The 2011 exhibition will travel to the following locations:

January 6-27, AETN Atrium, Conway
February 1-28, Alma Performing Arts Center, Alma
March 3-29, University of Arkansas – Mullins Library, Fayetteville
April 4-28, North Arkansas College, Harrison
May 3-27, The Ritz Gallery, Blytheville
June 2-29, Batesville Area Arts Council, Batesville
July 6-July 30, Guachoya Cultural Art Center, Lake Village
August 23-September 10, Harding University, Searcy
September 21-October 25, U of A Community College, Hope
November 8-26, Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, Texarkana