Elsewhere in entertainment, events and the arts:
Brooke Bitely of Pulaski Academy’s drawing of the Old Mill in North Little Rock won won first place in the fifth- and sixth-grade art division in the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s 29th annual “Preserve Our Past” Art & Essay Invitational. Ria Patel of Pulaski Academy in Little Rock took second place for a drawing of the State Capitol in Little Rock.
(Special to the Democrat-Gazette)
Students from Marion, Phillips, Pulaski, Benton, Sharp and Van Buren counties were the top winners in the 29th annual “Preserve Our Past” Art & Essay Invitational, sponsored by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.
The winning submissions will be on display starting Friday during the monthly virtual Second Friday Art Night at Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St., Little Rock. The exhibit will remain up for museum visitors through Oct. 8.
Brooke Bitely of Pulaski Academy in Little Rock won first place in the fifth- and sixth-grade art division for a drawing of the Old Mill in North Little Rock. Ria Patel of Pulaski Academy in Little Rock took second place for a drawing of the state Capitol in Little Rock and Mason Reid Simmons of Cave City Middle School got third place for a drawing of the Old State House in Little Rock. Honorable mention went to Emma Grace Kimball of Pulaski Academy for a drawing of Cabin 16 at Petit Jean State Park.
Brent Wall of South Side Bee Branch won first place in the seventh- and eighth-grade art division for a drawing of the rustic arch at the CCC Camp in Damascus. Second place went to Taylor Henley of Flippin Middle School for a drawing of the Flippin Jail, and Kaylea Roberson of South Side Bee Branch won third place for a drawing of the Collums-Baker House. Honorable mention went to Natalie Leslie, South Side Bee Branch, for a drawing of the CCC Camp arch.
Matthias L. Gwinn of Siloam Springs won first place in the essay division for “A Willow Tree: The Elaine Massacre and Preserving Its Story.” Yahya Younus of Lisa Academy in Little Rock won second place for “The Diamond State’s Heart: the VA Hospital.”
Artwork at ASU
The Bradbury Art Museum, in Arkansas State Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, opens “Radius I,” works by 38 artists who live or work within 180 miles of the museum surveying “the cultural ecosystem of the region,” with a reception, 5-6:30 p.m. today. The exhibition, on display in four of the museum’s six galleries, remains up through Nov. 4. Admission to the reception and exhibition — limited to 60 visitors at a time — is free. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Call (870) 972-3471 or visit bradburyartmuseum.org.
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., Pine Bluff, will focus its annual Tinkerfest, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, on exploring safety and care during the covid-19 pandemic. Visitors can make hand sanitizer, create no-sew face masks and explore social distancing experiments. Admission is free. To help maintain social distancing, the event will be in 40-minute time slots, with a maximum of 10 visitors per slot. Advance registration is required; call (870) 536-3375 or visit asc701.org/tinkerfest.
Jonesboro’s Foundation of Arts offers the “FOA Princess and Friends Sing Along,” with “Disney Princesses” in costume singing songs from Disney movies (singing and dancing along encouraged), 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Forum Theater, 115 E. Monroe Ave., Jonesboro. Tickets are $15, $10 for senior citizens, children 12 and younger, military and Arkansas State University students, staff and faculty. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. Call (870) 935-2726 or visit foajonesboro.org.
Barn sale canceled
Citing the covid-19 pandemic and the need to protect volunteers, vendors and attendees, the Camden Area Chamber of Commerce has canceled the annual Camden Barn Sale, scheduled for Sept. 26. The next sale is set for Sept. 25, 2021. Call (870) 836-6426.
‘Masks at Play’
The Arkansas Repertory Theatre and the Arkansas Arts Center are teaming up for a new six-week virtual course titled “Masks at Play” in two sessions — one for individual adults and teens (15-plus), 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays starting Sept. 29, and one for families, 5:30-6:30 p.m. starting Sept. 30. Instructors Erin Larkin and Matthew Duncan will also provide occasional videos for additional instruction. The course covers theatrical mask-making and masked performance and their history; attendees can design and sculpt their own theatrical masks and perform using their creations. Tuition is $100 per individual or family, with an optional mask-making supply kit, $35/individual, $60/family. Deadline to register is Sept. 18; visit therep.org. For more information, call (501) 378-0405 or email [email protected]
‘Arts All Access’
Acansa, Argenta Community Theater, Ballet Arkansas and Opera in the Rock are collaborating on a three-week multi-disciplinary virtual collaboration, “Arts All Access,” Sept. 21-Oct. 9, featuring nine master classes with professional artists, three discussions and three streaming performance broadcasts.
The master-class lineup (all classes at 7:30 p.m):
- Sept. 21: “#OperaHarmony: Directing Opera in a Digital Age” with Ella Marchment, opera director and educator
- Sept. 22: “Contemporary, Broadway Dance and Audition Q/A” with Marc Holland, Broadway and touring dance veteran and choreographer
- Sept. 23: “Musical Theatre Audition Tips and Tricks” with North Little Rock native Laura Leigh Turner, most recently in “Mean Girls” on Broadway
- Sept. 28: “Text Attack — How to Get the Most Out of Your Monologue or Scene” with actress and Little Rock native Ashlie Atkinson
- Sept. 29: “Black on the Block: William Grant Still’s Connection to Little Rock” with musicians Jamiee and Ron Jensen-McDaniel
- Sept. 30: “Ballet and Variations” with Renato Penteado, former principal dancer with the Miami City Ballet
- Oct. 5: “Excerpts of Contemporary Repertory and Improvisation” with choreographer Mariana Oliviera
- Oct. 6: “Creating Your Own Work” with North Little Rock poet and gallery owner Chris James
- Oct. 7: “The Operatic Singer as Artist and Athlete” with soprano Francesca Mondanaro.
Panel discussions and interviews (all at 7 p.m):
- Sept. 24: “Potluck & Poison Ivy.” Guy Lancaster and Brian Mitchell will discuss the revised edition of the book “Blood in Their Eyes: The Elaine Race Massacres of 1919.” With musical guest Joshua Asante
- Oct. 1: “The State of Broadway” with producer and Arkadelphia native Elizabeth Williams
- Oct. 8: “The Arts in Arkansas,” a round-table discussion with area arts organization leaders on the path forward during the pandemic and beyond.
Virtual performance broadcasts (all at 7:30 p.m.):
- Sept. 25: Ballet Arkansas
- Oct. 2: Opera in the Rock
- Oct. 9: Argenta Community Theater.
Master class tickets are $20 per class; an all-access pass to all master classes and events is $150, with discounts for students and educators. The panel discussions and interviews are free; virtual performances are “pay what you can.” More visit acansa.org.