Reception in honor of the potter as a living treasure

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Honor a “treasure”

The Arkansas Arts Council will honor his 2022 Arkansas Living Treasure, Hot Springs Potter James “Kimbo” Dryden, at a reception, 2-4 p.m. May 20 at the Hot Springs Convention Center, 134 Convention Blvd., Hot Springs. Free entry.

“Kimbo Dryden is a compelling addition to our Living Treasure program,” said Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, in an April press release announcing the selection. “His lifelong passion, dedication, and mastery of pottery not only added to his family’s legacy, but Arkansas’s legacy.”

The Living Treasure program annually recognizes an Arkansan “who excels in creating a traditional craft or folk art and who preserves and advances their craft through community outreach and teaching others”, according to the press release. An independent jury made the selection.

More information about the award is available by calling (501) 324-9348 or on the Arkansas Arts Council website, arkansasarts.org. More information about Dryden is available by visiting the Arkansas Arts Council blog page, tinyurl.com/2tjwhy26.

Small jobs

Arkansas Arts Council “Small works on paper” exhibition, featuring 2D artwork no larger than 18 by 24 inches by artists from Arkansas, is on display through May 31 at the River Valley Arts Center, 1001 E. B St., Russellville, with a opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Admission to the center and reception is free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (479) 968-2452 or visit rivervalleyartscenter.org.

Recovery through the arts

Philips County is one of nine communities participating in a national initiative to address covid-19 recovery and community wellbeing through the arts, according to a press release from the National League of Cities and One Nation One Project. Other communities have responded creatively to the “There’s no place like home” prompt: Chicago; Gainesville, Florida; Utica, Miss.; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in partnership with Forsyth County; Providence, RI; Rhinelander, Wis.; Harlan County, Kentucky; and Edinburgh, Texas.

Plural mural

The Arkansas Arts Council has partnered with the Downtown Little Rock Partnership and the Cutwell 4 Kids Association to create a mural in downtown Little Rock in a free virtual workshop. Cutwell 4 Kids Founder, Anthony Tidwell, will host a free virtual “how to paint a mural” workshop, from 10 a.m. to noon on June 6, covering equipment, design, and application. Entrants will submit their designs to the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, which provides space at Eighth and Main streets for a community-built mural. Tidwell will also lead and provide hands-on instruction to volunteers as they hand off their chosen design during a community paint day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 11. Call (501) 324-9348 or email [email protected]

Bard Partnership

A reconstructed Arkansas Shakespeare Theater, the state’s only professional Shakespeare company, returns after a two-year covid-caused hiatus to stage William Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing,” at 7:30 p.m. June 23-24 and June 30 June and July 1 and 2 p.m. June 25 at the Bridges Larson Theater, Snow Fine Arts Center, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Tickets are $20; visit tinyurl.com/4mzf3vhk.

The summer festival, which began in 2007 but was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, now partners with the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville “to capitalize on the phenomenal talent and existing resources within the state by taking advantage of the [UA’s] graduate students in performance and design as well as talented teachers,” according to a press release. “While the two-year hiatus was a huge disappointment, it also gave us the opportunity to reflect, reinvent and build new relationships,” Shauna Meador, the theater’s executive producer, said in the statement.

The play will be on stage June 16-18 at Fayetteville University’s Global Campus Theater. Curtain times and ticket information will eventually be published on uarkartstickets.com.

Sean Clancy contributed to this roundup.

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