Arkansas Arts

Robinson Center Music Hall
9:16 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Little Rock Board To Decide On Referring Robinson Center Renovations To Voters

An image of how backers of the proposed renovation would like Robinson Center Music Hall to look.
City of Little Rock

The Little Rock Board of Directors is to decide Tuesday afternoon whether to allow a special election for voters to decide whether to use a two percent tax to fund a massive renovation of Robinson Center Music Hall.

But there are concerns that there hasn’t been enough discussion about the funding.

The extensive plan was unveiled last week, calling for $60 million worth of renovations to the building, which was built in 1939. The cost rises to $68 million when including the expense of relocating staff and paying for a special bond election.

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Local & Regional News
2:14 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Little Rock Considers Renovation Plan For Performance Hall

Robinson Center Music Hall
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Little Rock city leaders are to decide next Tuesday on whether to allow voters to decide a proposal to fund the renovation of Robinson Center Music Hall.

Tuesday evening the Board of Directors heard a presentation detailing upgrades to the facility.  Earlier in the day advocates for the project detailed it for reporters.  You can view a PDF of the presentation here.

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Arts Exhibit
12:33 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

First Rembrandt Inspires Membership Boost At Arkansas Art Center

Actors posing as royal guards were on hand for the send off of the popular Rembrandt exhibit that closed Sunday evening at the Arkansas Arts Center.
Credit William Strigel / UALRPublicRadio.org

The Arkansas Arts Center added 570 new members, roughly a 15 percent increase, to its roster as a result of its most recent exhibition, “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: Treasures of Kenwood House, London,” according to the center's Chief Financial Officer Laine Harber.

The exhibit of impressionist painters, which included the first Rembrandt painting ever to be displayed in Arkansas, exceeded the center's membership expectations, Harber said. It wrapped up this past Sunday.

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Crystal Bridges Musuem of American Art
2:44 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Crystal Bridges To Display Newly Acquired Edward Hopper Artwork

"Blackwell's Island" by modernist Edward Hopper.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to soon display a newly acquired painting of a New York scene by modernist Edward Hopper.

The museum in Bentonville on Monday didn't disclose a purchase a price but said it recently acquired the work from a private collection.

Crystal Bridges says the work should be on exhibit by mid-September in its Early 20th Century Art Gallery.

The painting is titled Blackwell's Island and depicts what's now known as Roosevelt Island, which is off Manhattan in the East River.

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Local & Regional News
5:52 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Art Galleries On The Move In Hot Springs

A number of artists in Hot Springs are updating their spaces or moving to new venues.

Artist's Workshop Gallery plans to move their exhibited artworks in mid-September from 810 Central Ave. to the Sumpter-Little building at 610 Central Ave.

The new building has three ground-floor suites and space upstairs. Artist Jim Reimer told the Sentinel-Record that the move will put the gallery in range of more downtown foot traffic.

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Local & Regional News
4:46 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Plans For The Second Annual Arkansas Sounds Music Festival

Credit Arkansas Sounds Music Festival

Organizers are making plans for this year’s Arkansas Sounds Music Festival. The performances will be at the Main Library in Little Rock, the First Security Amphitheater, and various River Market Pavilions on September 27th and 28th.

Susan Gele is a spokeswoman for the Central Arkansas Library System. She says the festival includes some of last year’s performers, as well as many new acts.

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Fine Art & Tourism
6:11 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Crystal Bridges About To Log 1 Millionth Visitor

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville hasn't been open even two years but the northwest Arkansas hot spot is about to welcome its 1 millionth visitor.

When it opened on Nov. 11, 2011, museum organizers expected between 150,000 and 300,000 visitors per year. The first year brought in 650,000 patrons, lured in part by free admission to the museum's regular collection.

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Local & Regional News
11:47 am
Thu August 8, 2013

New Art Exhibit At The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center: "Shades Of Greatness"

One of the works of art featured in the exhibit.
Credit Mosaic Templar Cultural center

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is celebrating the opening of the new art exhibit, “Shades of Greatness”, this Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30.

The traveling exhibit has over 30 original pieces of art inspired by the history of the Negro League. Both national and regional artists will be featured. Quantia Fletcher, the Assistant Director of the center says this exhibit is special to Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
3:17 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Arkansas Rep Prepares For New Education Facility

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Credit Peter James Zielinski / Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Construction work continues on the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s new education space. 

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Local & Regional News
9:50 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Music Icon Launches Artists’ Careers With Arkansas And Tennessee-Based Business

Al Bell, former chairman of Stax Records and former president of Motown Records, starts Arkansas-based business for rare music talent.

A new business venture in North Little Rock and Memphis seeks to change current norms in the recording industry.

Music mogul Al Bell grew up in Arkansas and later became chairman of Stax Records and president of Motown Records.

Bell says he is once again working with authentic artists who no longer fit into conventional categories

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