Mission Moment

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In our Mission Moments section, we share the ways we realize the mission of the Arkansas Arts Center everyday. I appreciate such a warm, personal thank you letter. I am very impressed with the quality of everything at the Arkansas Arts Center and all the personal touches. My granddaughter loves the children’s plays; they provide a special time for us – a precious gift at such an affordable price. When I fully retire, I hope … Read More

Voices of the Delta: Robin Parker

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Robin Parker, born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, Fumage #1 (Can you see the faces?), 2017, smoke on canvas, 36 x 36 inches It is said that the average person only looks at a work of art for 15 – 30 seconds. With this piece, as with others in my series, “The Smokes,” I hope to challenge that. My objective is to engage the viewers and to let their eyes wander and … Read More

Voices of the Delta: Patrick Fleming

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Patrick Fleming, born in Hammond, Indiana, lives in Roland, Arkansas, Sandra’s Garden, 2015, oil on canvas, 54 x 61 inches I’ve challenged myself with the perception of negative space to illuminate the duality of human nature; the presence of vice and value, pure love and pure hate. Articulating these oppositional concepts, I’ve taken the canvas and fabricated an opposing abstract image, utilizing dimensional canvases. My inspiration comes from French author, Charles Baudelaire, and his book … Read More

Voices of the Delta: Critz Campbell

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Critz Campbell, born in Columbus, Mississippi, lives in Mississippi State, Mississippi, Harold House, 2015, marquetry (inlaid ash, cherry, oak and maple), 80 x 80 x 2 inches I am striving to add my voice to a rich southern vocabulary through measured craft and familiar form. Like the great writers of the South, I employ metaphor, Southern vernacular and Gothic imagery to reflect start Southern places that are simultaneously haunting and sublime. My current work employs … Read More

Voices of the Delta: Gene Sparling

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Gene Sparling, born in Little Rock, Arkansas, lives in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Tempest, 2016, bleached holly, 9 x 9 x 9 inches Much of my work draws upon the simple forms found in nature. It is fascinating how simple shapes resonate within us and create feelings and moods. The power of a simple vase or bowl to comfort or invigorate intrigues me. I enjoy trying to evoke and create these feelings. The process of making is near … Read More

Voices of the Delta: Cathy Burns

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Cathy Burns, born in Holly Grove, Arkansas, lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas, When Our Walls Fall Down: Uncovered Sinz, 2016, iPhonography print, 8 x 10 inches Cathy Burns, born in Holly Grove, Arkansas, lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Different Somehow: Stand on Your Own, 2016, iPhonography print of mixed media collage, 8 x 8 inches On my Instagram account I reveal this about my persona in my profile – “one who loves to … Read More

Voices of the Delta: Ron Burcham

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Ron Burcham, born in Benton, Arkansas, lives in Benton, Arkansas, Bonaire, 2017, red grandis eucalyptis and white oak, 48 x 24 x 38 inches From an old-growth White Oak tree to a bridge timber, to being repurposed as a support member in a barn, it was decades before the wood became mine. When I cut into it, I discovered the beautiful wood that started and sustained the Arts and Crafts movement. As a novice woodworker, … Read More