Several university art galleries offer fall exhibitions

Elsewhere in entertainment, events and the arts this weekend:

ART: Large format photos

“Cig Harvey: from red to purple”, large format color photograph by Harvey, through October 13 at Baum Gallery, West Wing of McCastlain Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Free entry. Visit uca.edu/art/baum.

Along with the exhibition, Harvey’s work will be projected on the southwest exterior wall of UCA’s Windgate Center for Fine and Performing Arts, from 8-10 p.m. September 21-23 and October 11-13. Harvey will give a public lecture in the gallery, 1:40-2:30 p.m., October 11 at the Baum Gallery and a public lecture, 6:30 p.m., October 12 in McCastlain’s Art Conference Room 143.

Conway Art Walk

The Conway Art Walk returns on Fridays, along Oak Street from Chestnut Street to Front Street, and travels until the first Friday of each month. In addition to artist booths and downtown shops, attractions will include art installations, musical performances (7-8 p.m. on the Kris Allen Stage) and new gallery spaces and will extend to the park Simon of Conway. The park will also host a Family Maker pop-up space, sponsored by the Conway Downtown Partnership, and a food truck. Visit conwayartwalk.com.

Spa Town Gallery

“Wildflowers” by Mark Blaney is on display until September at Justus Fine Art in Hot Springs. (Special at the Democrat-Gazette)
Paintings by Mark Blaney, paintings and sculptures by Robyn Horn and works by painter, illustrator and graphic designer Steven Schneider headline the exhibition from September to Justus Art Gallery, 827A Central Ave., Hot Springs, opening with Gallery Walk reception, Friday 5-9 p.m. The exhibition will be until September 31; Blaney and Schneider will participate in a casual Gallery Tea Talk at 10 a.m. Saturday. Entrance to the reception, Tea Talk and gallery is free; Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment. Call (501) 321-2335 or visit justusfineart.com.

‘Close to the house’

“Close to the house,” artwork that honors the legacy of Fred Danzig (1920-2015), including Danzig’s sculpture and sketches and works by sisters Rose Schwartz (1922-2017) and Edith Grossman (1924-2021), his niece Lari Schwartz (b. 1952) and her great-niece Abigail Smithson (b. 1988), is on display until September 9 at the Kresge Gallery, Alphin Building, Lyon College, 2300 Highland Road, Batesville. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Free entry. Call (870) 307-7336 or email [email protected]

“Couples who create”

“Couples who create: Carly Dahl and Dustyn Bork”, paintings with hand-drawn detail by Dahl and prints and paintings by Bork, runs through September at the Art Gallery of Central England at Arkansas-Beebe State University, 201 N. Orange St., Beebe. Free entry. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dial (501) 882-8913 or (501) 882-4495.

MUSIC: Hispanic heritage

The Original Banda El Limon, known for their brass and percussion-focused Banda playing style, will help visitors to Magic Springs Theme and Water Park, East Grand Avenue (US 70 East), Hot Springs, celebrate culture hispanic for the park. annual Hispanic Heritage Day, 7 p.m. Sunday. Mexican singer-songwriter Galito de la Salsa opens the show. Concerts are included with daily admission to the park—$39.99 plus tax for anyone 4 and older—or with a season pass. Take blankets and chairs; Sunday is also the park’s last cold Sunday for the season; customers can also carry coolers filled with food and drinks, but not alcoholic beverages or glass containers. Visit bit.ly/MAGNewsR.

FILM: Perks and ‘Khans’

A special director’s cut of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” heads to the big screen to mark the 40th anniversary of the film’s original release, via Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Paramount Pictures:

◼️ Sunday: In Little Rock, 4 p.m. at Breckenridge 12, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Colonel Glenn 6, 7 p.m. at Movie Tavern; in Fayetteville, 4 p.m. at the Razorback cinema; and in Fort Smith, 4 p.m. at the Malco Ft. Smith Cinema.

◼️ Monday and September 8: 7 p.m. Breckenridge 12, Colonel Glenn 18 and Movie Tavern in Little Rock, Razorback Cinema in Fayetteville and the Malco Ft. Smith Cinema in Fort Smith.

Ticket information is available at FathomEvents.com.

DANCE: tap for young people

The set of untapped youth will be hosting free master classes for dancers ages 10-17, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 15-Dec. 15, at Shuffles & Ballet II, 1521 Merrill Drive, Little Rock. The instructors are members of the professional tap company Untapped; participants perform at Untapped events and participate in our community workshops. Register on untappedlittlerock.org/youthtogether.

ETC.: Banned Books Week

The Central Arkansas Library System Banned Books Week, from September 18-24, will feature a writing contest, book giveaways and film screenings, focusing on the book “Melissa” by Alex Gino. Previously published as ‘George’, the story of self-acceptance and friendship, woven into EB White’s classic ‘Charlotte’s Web’, topped the list of the world’s most difficult books. American Library Association in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Send submissions, Sept. 1-14, for the ninth annual Banned Books Writing Contest – 250-1,000 words, typed – by mail (CALS Banned Books Writing Contest, c/o Six Bridges, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, Ark. 72201) or by e-mail: [email protected] Participants must be 16 years or older. The winner will receive $400; there will also be a $100 honorable mention prize.

Gino will discuss the book, the title change and censorship at 6:30 p.m. on September 22, virtually with Luanne Racher, an area champion for transgender health, who will be on stage at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. The discussion will precede the 7:45 pm screening of the film “Transhood” and the announcement of the winners of the writing competition. The animated film version of “Charlotte’s Web” will be screened at 2 p.m. on September 24 at the theater.

Other Banned Book Week events include a “Gender Euphoria: Self Portraiture” workshop, at 4 p.m. September 22 at the CALS Main Library, 100 Rock St., and a “Melissa” read-a-thon, 9 a.m. to noon on September 24. in the alley between the theater and the Roberts library.

The library system will offer 50 copies each of “Melissa” and “Charlotte’s Web” on a first-come, first-served basis starting today – request a copy of either or both books by email [email protected] with “Crazy Free Books” in the subject line and include a mailing address. Visit cals.org/banned-books-week-2022call (501) 918-3098 or email [email protected]

large melons

The Old Washington Farmers Market will host a official watermelon weighing for the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth in Washington, Ark., around 11 a.m. Saturday behind Washington City Hall across from Williams’ Tavern restaurant in historic Washington State Park on US 278 West, 8 miles north north of the Hope Exit (Exit 30) on Interstate 30. Prizes will go to the top three watermelons – $500 for first place, $300 for second, $200 for third. In a youth category for producers 14 and under, first place will earn $75, second place $50 and third place $25. Only one official entry will be considered per farmer or team. Call (870) 703-8256 or email [email protected]

Canada Council Grants

The Arkansas Arts Council and the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, in partnership with the Windgate Foundation, are awarding 18 individual artist grants of $5,000 in six categories:

◼️ Multisensory art: Emmy-nominated composer, musician and sound artist Amos Cochran de Van Buren; sound and light artist Craig Colorusso of Rogers; abstract artist Brande Wilkerson from Austin

◼️ Art of Community Engagement: Lakisha Bradley of Fayetteville, social practice artist and founder of MY-T-BY-DESIGN Therapeutic Art Studios; Tanya Hollifield of Little Rock, creator of expressive and figurative drawings and public engagement art projects; director, actor, producer and writer Laura Shatkus of Fayetteville

◼️ Contemporary craftsmanship: cabinetmaker/cabinetmaker Liz Koerner of Little Rock; quiltmaker James Matthews of Little Rock; textile artist Dani Ives of Rogers

◼️ Performing Arts: Mississippi Delta Blues Writing or contemporary score: singer-songwriter Charlotte Taylor of Jacksonville; singer Cristina Smart; singer-songwriter Benjamin Brenner of Little Rock

◼️ Visual arts: Graphic or narrative novel: Sean Fitzgibbon of Fayetteville; Robert Bean and Kasten Searles of Little Rock

◼️ Literary arts: Flash Fiction or Flash Creative Nonfiction: Lea Harris of Hot Springs; Joy Clark of Fayetteville; Lily Buday of Fayetteville

A reception will be held for recipients from 5 to 7 p.m. September 30 at Little Rock’s Historic Arkansas Museum. Admission is free and open to the public.

TICKETS: Elmo makes magic

Elmo discovers the “power of yet” in “Sesame Street Live!” Do your magic,” 4 p.m. Nov. 4 and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at North Little Rock’s [email protected] Bank Arena, the smallest audience theater in the arena. Tickets — $17 to $57 plus service charge — go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the arena box office and via Ticketmaster.com.

Mildred D. Field