Hot Springs Gallery Walk
The monthly Hot Springs Gallery Walk, 5-9 p.m. Friday, will showcase works of art created by local and visiting artists.
Featured artists are often present to discuss their pieces, and guests will get the opportunity to see a wide range of fine art.
The free first Friday event and opening receptions are open to the public at the following galleries:
• Artists’ Workshop Gallery, 610-A Central Ave. — September’s featured artists are Bonnie Ricci and Teresa Widdifield. Friday’s Gallery Walk will be themed “Elegance and Drama,” and Ricci and Widdifield will open their exhibition “Fashion and Flair.”
A Chicago native, Ricci received private art instruction when she began her art journey during high school and continued her art studies at community colleges until she married. She also lived in Minnesota, where she studied at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, taking classes in drawing, pastel, fused glass and her favorite medium, watercolor.
Now a resident of Hot Springs Village, Ricci devotes much of her time to her art, continuing her art education through informal group painting sessions and special workshops. Her subjects range from photo realistic florals to adventurous abstracts. She recently joined a polymer clay guild and incorporates some of her clay pieces into the unique jewelry she creates with vintage metal zippers and antique findings.
Ricci is also active in the arts community, serving several roles in Brush Strokes Art Club, as well as the Artists’ Workshop Gallery, where she is currently the Membership Chair.
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Widdifield began her artistic journey as a stained-glass artist more than 30 years ago. As her art progressed, she was drawn to fine art painting, where she “found her voice.” Widdifield is the owner of Teresa-Art Diva, an art studio specializing in pet portraits and figurative women. She often paints in Sedona, Ariz., where she has a second home. She discovered a way to depict nature’s fascinating creatures, painting her subjects close up, and giving great detail and interpretation to the eyes.
The artist is also a passionate nature lover, finding “secret grottoes” and hidden places to reveal through her art. She paints in oil, pastel and acrylic and also paints and teaches watercolor batik, a technique using oriental Ginwashi paper and hot wax.
A resident of Hot Springs Village since 1996 and a member of Brush Strokes Art Club, she has also exhibited at Garvan Woodland Gardens and the Coronado Center, among others.
The featured miniature artists for September are Joanne Kunath and June Lamoureux.
Artists’ Workshop Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
• Brickhouse Grill, 801 Central Ave. — The restaurant features a permanent display of original celebrity pop art by artist Jan Sullivan Booker, who goes by the name JSully. JSully’s work consists of large, bold celebrity portraits on canvas. She draws her subjects from the world of music, movies, television, and horse racing from the past and present and her style has been influenced by Warhol, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Lichtenstein.
• Gallery Central, 800 Central Ave. — More than 35 different artists will be represented at the gallery in September, including well-known glass artist James Hayes, who has new handblown glass; Hot Springs artist Janis Polychron and her new Autumn paintings; and Daniel Mark Cassity’s paintings, “Tales From the Kingdom.”
• Justus Fine Art Gallery, 827-A Central Ave. — The September exhibit will feature a solo exhibition of work by photographer Beverly Buys. The exhibit will showcase a selection of the artist’s photographs focusing on the remnants of communities and a way of life. “Traces Remain” will open with a reception from 5-9 p.m. on Friday. Buys will also give a gallery talk at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The exhibit will be on display Sept. 1-30.
Buys earned a B.S.E. in Art Education from Henderson State University in 1977, a M.A. in Photography from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1994, and a M.F.A. in Photography/Printmaking in 1996 from the University of Memphis. As an arts educator, she served in various teaching roles at Henderson State University, beginning as an adjunct instructor and ultimately serving as professor of photography in the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences, teaching a variety of photography and art history courses. Buys retired from teaching in 2014. Her own photographs have been exhibited throughout the South.
“The ‘Delta in Blue’ series of photographs is an ongoing project that I have been working on since 2011. The delta region of Arkansas has captured my imagination with its history and harsh beauty. Not an easy place to live, it is nevertheless rich in soul-altering ways. Musicians Johnny Cash, B.B. King and Levon Helm are a few of many whose music resonates with the longing of living in the Arkansas Delta region. Writers and artists are moved and inspired by the region and I am a part of that tradition. The abundant natural world, the wide Mississippi River and the difficult, often tragic, history sifts and settles into a rich gumbo of nostalgia, inspiration and longing just as the large rivers emptying into the mighty Mississippi leave their deposits of deep, black soil that is the basis of its economy. Hardship grows hope, strength and ingenuity and that is what my photographs are about,” Buys said in a news release.
Buys’ cyanotype prints have been featured in solo exhibits at Arkansas State University in Beebe, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Russell Fine Arts Gallery at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, the University of Memphis Art Gallery in Memphis, Tenn., and other venues. Buys’ work has also been included in notable group exhibitions including the annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, artSpark 2013 in Raleigh, N.C., the 2011 Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Legacy Art Exhibition at Petit Jean, Selections from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Permanent Collections at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, and others.
Owned by artist Dolores Justus, Justus Fine Art Gallery offers a wide range of original art including sculpture, paintings, ceramics, photography, and more by recognized artists. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, or by appointment. Justus Fine Art Gallery is located at 827-A Central Ave. in Hot Springs, AR. For more information, call 321-2335 or visit online at http://www.justusfineart.com.
• Riley Art Glass Studio, 710 W. Grand Ave. — Charles and Michael Riley will show their original blown glass art during Gallery Walk this month in their newly renovated studio. They will present a live demonstration from 5-7 p.m.
The Riley brothers create everything on site, ranging from paperweights to ornate chandeliers. A wide variety of items are always on hand. The brothers have been working together for 11 years. In 2003, Charles was inspired to pursue glass blowing and attended the prestigious Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, followed by an apprenticeship with David Goldhagen. He went on to teach Michael the art of glass blowing.
Visitors can see the brothers execute their glass blowing techniques live from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, though summertime heat requires them to start earlier in the morning and stop at approximately noon, so visitors are encouraged to visit during morning hours until outside temperatures become cooler. Call 318As
FIRST FRIDAY: Art on display for the month of September will include “A Bird of Paradise” by Bonnie Ricci at Artists’ Workshop Gallery; “Shadden’s Bar-B-Q” by Beverly Buys at Justus Fine Art Gallery; and original blown glass art at Riley Art Glass Studio.