an image by David Bailin

Legacies & Lunch: David Bailin

Wednesday, September 2, noon-1 p.m.
Main Library's Darragh Center
100 Rock St.

Artists are solitary beings, wrapped up in their own obsessions. The fact that three prominent Arkansas artists (David Bailin, Warren Criswell, and Sammy Peters) have been meeting for lunch for nearly thirty years without doing serious damage (physically or aesthetically) to each other is remarkable. During that time, their work has evolved, changed focus, and acquired new media and techniques but has remained a central part of their lives, both individually and collectively. The exhibition, Disparate Acts REDUX, on view at Butler Center Galleries through October 31, is the result of those years of companionship and long hours of discourse. In his talk, Bailin (work pictured here) will explore this thirty year artistic journey.

Legacies and Lunch is sponsored in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council. Bring a sack lunch; drinks and dessert are provided.

Fall/Winter Arkansas Sounds Concert Series

Arkansas Sounds
Fall/Winter 2015 Concerts

For the rest of 2015, Arkansas Soundsí monthly concert series features diverse artists ranging from up and coming musicians to Arkansas music legends, who will perform styles from bluegrass and jazz to heavy rock. All concerts will be held at the Central Arkansas Library Systemís (CALS) Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Avenue.

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Remembering Rosey

Roosevelt Thompson was an extremely gifted young man who had a bright future in public service before his tragic death in an automobile accident in 1984. This year is the 35th anniversary of Thompson's graduation from Little Rock's Central High School, where he was student body president, an All-Star football player, and a National Merit Scholar.

All are invited to share their thoughts and memories of Roosevelt Thompson by sending an email to RememberingRosey@cals.org. Contributions may be viewed here »

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Finding Family Facts

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For more information, contact the Butler Center at 501-320-5700.

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Finding Family Facts

The Butler Center offers a beginner's genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center's local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. For more information, contact the Butler Center at 501-320-5700.

Room 204, 401 President Clinton Avenue
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

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Oct

31

2015

on view now

Disparate Acts Redux: Bailin, Criswell, Peters

This show features dynamic works of art by talented students across Arkansas, from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The works featured are the Best of Show winners from seven regions of the state. The Arkansas Art Educators is a group of art teachers from around the state who work with the Arkansas Department of Education to provide high quality in-service training and to promote student art.

Butler Center Underground Gallery
401 President Clinton Ave.

Sep

2

2015

Legacies & Lunch: David Bailin

Artists are solitary beings, wrapped up in their own obsessions. The fact that three prominent Arkansas artists (David Bailin, Warren Criswell, and Sammy Peters) have been meeting for lunch for nearly thirty years without doing serious damage (physically or aesthetically) to each other is remarkable. During that time, their work has evolved, changed focus, and acquired new media and techniques but has remained a central part of their lives, both individually and collectively. The exhibition, Disparate Acts REDUX, on view at Butler Center Galleries through October 31, is the result of those years of companionship and long hours of discourse. In his talk, Bailin will explore this thirty year artistic journey.

12:00pm
Darragh Center, Main Library
100 Rock St.

Sep

4

2015

Runaway Planet

Traditional string band Runaway Planet performs hard-driving bluegrass, three-part harmonies, complex arrangements, and original songs. More info »

7:00pm
General Admission: $10
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

Sep

11

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Oct

31

2015

Weaving Stories & Hope: Textile Arts from the Japanese American Internment Camp at Rohwer, Arkansas

This is a collection of decorative patterns, landscapes, and still life compositions created on muslin and denim. The adults and children held during World War II at the Japanese American Internment Camp in Rohwer, Arkansas, are known for creating works of art on paper and canvas. What are not as well-known are the decorative patterns, landscapes, and still life images created on muslin and denim. This exhibition, which displays some objects for the first time, also includes crafted cloth shoes and an elegant privacy screen. The Butler Center would like to thank fabric conservators B. R. Howard & Associates for their help. This project was funded, in part, by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program.

Butler Center Loft Gallery
401 President Clinton Ave.

Sep

11

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Dec

26

2015

Gene Hatfield: Outside the Lines

An artist and teacher at the University of Central Arkansas for many years, Gene Hatfield is an influential figure of the Arkansas art scene. He is an accomplished painter, writer, actor, and, is also known for the whimsical sculptures that fill his yard in Conway. This exhibition characterizes the life and vitality of his life's works.

Butler Center Underground Gallery
401 President Clinton Ave.

Oct

16

2015

Sister Rosetta Tharpe Tribute

Arkansas Sounds presents a detailed look at the life of Sister Rosetta Tharpe with a screening of The Godmother of Rock and Roll and a tribute mini-concert of her songs. More info »

7:00pm
Free and Open to the Public
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

Nov

7

2015

Jimmy Webb – The Glen Campbell Years

In this show, Jimmy Webb shares the music and personal stories of his friendship with Glen Campbell that provided a soundtrack for generations. More info »

7:00pm
General Admission: $35
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

Nov

20

2015

The Cate Brothers Band

Arkansas music legends The Cate Brothers Band reunite for a special performance of their biggest and best songs. More info »

7:00pm
General Admission: $20
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

Dec

11

2015

Arkansas Sounds Holiday Concert Featuring the Dave Rosen Big Band and the Maumelle High School Jazz Band

The Dave Rosen Big Band and the Maumelle High School Jazz Band will play Christmas and holiday favorites with jazz and swing arrangements at this free concert. More info »

7:00pm
Free and Open to the Public
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.