Art Abounds in Fayetteville, El Dorado Galleries

Elsewhere in entertainment, events and the arts:

ART: Abstract exhibition

“Color Collected Shapes”, Works by Little Rock abstract artists Dan Thornhill and Laura Welshans will be on display with a reception, 5:30-7 p.m. today at the Price and Merkle Galleries of the South Arkansas Arts Center, 110 E. Fifth St., El Dorado . The exhibition will run until August 31. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission to the galleries and reception is free. Call (870) 862-5474 or visit

‘Fresh’ at Fenix

“Arkansas: straight out of the studio”, featuring clay sculptures by “Arkansas Living Treasure” Hank Kaminsky, and early forms of photography by Chuck Davis, will be on display with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Fenix ​​Gallery, Millar Lodge, Mount Sequoyah Center, 150 N. Skyline Drive, Fayetteville. The exhibition is until September 30; Gallery hours are 12-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 12-6 p.m. Saturday. Free entry. Dial (479) 530-6023 or visit

“New Sculptures” by Hank Kaminsky, red clay, unfired, is part of the “Arkansas: Fresh from the Studio” exhibit at the Fenix ​​Gallery in Fayetteville. (Special for the Democrat-Gazette/Ironside Photography/Stephen Ironside) THEATER: Capital grant

Ozark Living Newspaper Theater Company receives a $25,000 Capacity for Equity grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation “to support its facilitation of community conversations about historic issues of inequity in Arkansas,” according to a press release. The theater creates live productions, the “Theatre of the Air” radio drama series, and educational activities with at-risk youth and marginalized communities. The grant will enable the nonprofit to strengthen its partnerships with the University of Central Arkansas, Faulkner County Juvenile Court, DecARcerate” and other institutions and organizations committed to equity work and social justice in Arkansas,” the statement read. Visit

MUSIC: LITFest Musicians

The town of Little Rock takes Central Arkansas musician applications to participate in the inaugural LITFest, October 7-9 in downtown Little Rock, which Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. describes as “a fantastic festival full of cultural diversity that will unite our city.” Musicians from a wide range of backgrounds and genres can submit their interest in participating, including contact details, social media accounts and links to past performances, through August 31 via For more information, contact organizer Think Rubix’s Ally Washington at [email protected]

INHERITANCE: Heritage Awards

The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism is distributing $25,000 in grants for 10 historic properties and museums across the state.

The recipients ($2,500 each):

  • ◼️ Calico Rock Community Foundation Inc. for operating costs of the Calico Rock Museum
  • ◼️ Cross County Historical Society for Museum Improvement
  • ◼️ Dermott Historical Museum Inc. for improving the museum
  • ◼️ Five Rivers Historic Preservation Inc. for Randolph County Heritage Museum Utilities 2022
  • ◼️ Hardy History Association for the project “Oral Histories and Living Legacy”
  • ◼️ Hot Spring County/Arkansas Historical Society for running costs and utilities
  • ◼️ Hot Spring County Museum for operating expenses and museum improvements and utilities
  • ◼️ Lonoke County Museum for running costs
  • ◼️ Newton County Historical Society for Bradley House Museum Public Services 2022
  • ◼️ Saunders Memorial Museum for sustainability efforts.

The prizes, funded by a 1/81st Cent State Preservation Tax, assists small history museums, historical societies, historic homes and sites, and military museums to promote education, awareness, and enjoyment of the history of the Arkansas. Eligible organizations must have an annual operating budget of $250,000 or less; must have a staff of at least one person, paid or volunteer; and must be open to the public at least 90 days a year. Visit

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