Gallery lauds artists

Foun­da­tion launches gar­den phase

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - PROFILES - CARIN SCHOPPMEYER

The June ex­hi­bi­tion, Between Egypt and Mu­rano: Con­tem­po­rary Glass­works, at the Fayet­teville Un­der­ground was so well re­ceived, the gallery held it over — and added Gen­tle, Rank­ine and Tay­lor, art­works by Eureka Springs artists Drew Gen­tle, John Rank­ine and Zeek Tay­lor — for the month of July. Me­dia on show dur­ing a re­cep­tion July 6 at the gallery in down­town Fayet­teville in­cluded not only glass but wa­ter­col­ors (Tay­lor), oils (Gen­tle) and found ob­jects (Rank­ine).

Among those gath­er­ing at the gallery were Sharon Kil­lian, Laura and Craig Un­der­wood, Jay McDon­ald, Diane Byrum, John Gourlay, El­iz­a­beth James, Terry Dushan, Tim Krall, Lee Ann Dodson, Sa­van­nah Adams, Nora Skat­tebo and Ma­rina Leon.

Jack­son L. Graves Foun­da­tion back­ers turned out in sup­port of the 13th an­nual Red, White and Baby Blue ben­e­fit July 7 at the Gar­den Room in Fayet­teville.

Angie Graves, co-founder with hus­band James, up­dated those gath­ered on the group’s new and on­go­ing projects.

The foun­da­tion is work­ing with Wil­low Creek Women’s Hos­pi­tal to pro­vide a noise mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem in the neona­tal in­ten­sive care unit and re­cently com­pleted the first phase of con­struc­tion of the Heal­ing Gar­den at the hos­pi­tal. The gar­den fea­tures four ar­eas for con­tem­pla­tion and a flower pick­ing gar­den for chil­dren. The aim of the gar­den is to “pro­vide a ded­i­cated space for re­flec­tion and peace for fam­i­lies who have an in­fant with a long-term stay.”

The group also works with Arkansas Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Lit­tle Rock by sup­port­ing re­search and do­nat­ing books, toys, clothes and toi­letries for in­fants and tod­dlers and par­ents with chil­dren be­ing treated at Chil­dren’s.

Or­ga­niz­ers an­nounced at the

event the launch of fundrais­ing for the sec­ond phase of the gar­den at Wil­low Creek, which will in­clude a memo­rial sculp­ture, prayer labyrinth and foun­tain.

Those go­ing red, white and baby blue for the foun­da­tion in­cluded Sheri and Woody Bas­sett, Kelly and Scott Syer, Ann and Steve Zega, Mitzi and Tim Trax­son, Cindy Ray, Kris Marvin, Kar­men Brehmer, Maria and Ja­son Hurt, Julie Vaught, Amanda Craig, Heather Walker, Su­san Parker, Juli McWhorter, Deb­bie Neece, Tina Babb and Erica Curry.

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Steve and Ann Zega (from left) and James and Angie Graves visit at the 13th an­nual Red, White and Baby Blue on July 7 at The Gar­den Room in Fayet­teville.


Scott and Kelly Syer help sup­port the Jack­son L. Graves Foun­da­tion at Red, White and Baby Blue.


Artist Dy­lan Mor­timer (left) and Jay McDon­ald, Fayet­teville Un­der­ground board mem­ber, visit at the open­ing re­cep­tion July 6 at the gallery.


Au­dre Dar­ling, Jack­son L. Graves Foun­da­tion ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor (from left), Kar­men Brehmer, Red White and Baby Blue auction chair­woman, and Ja­son and Maria Hurt, event chair­woman, gather at the ben­e­fit.


Becca Martin-Brown and Gor­don Spencer (from left) gather with artists Zeek Tay­lor and John Rank­ine at the Fayet­teville Un­der­ground on July 6.


Sa­van­nah Adams (from left), Shawn Frick and Kevin John­son at­tend the open­ing re­cep­tion at the Fayet­teville Un­der­ground.


Sheri and Woody Bas­sett at­tend Red, White and Baby Blue on July 7.


Nora Skat­tebo (left) and Ma­rina Leon at­tend the open­ing re­cep­tion at the Fayet­teville Un­der­ground.


Amanda Craig (left) and Mitzi Trax­son en­joy Red, White and Baby Blue.

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