Hot Springs Gallery Walk
The monthly Hot Springs Gallery Walk, 5-9 p.m. today, will showcase works of art created by local and visiting artists.
Featured artists are often present to discuss their pieces and guests have 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:
• Brickhouse Grill, 801 Central Ave. — Jan Sullivan Booker, who goes by the artist name of JSully, will present her “Rockers” series at Brickhouse Grill for this month’s Gallery Walk. New to this series are a Tom Petty portrait, Stevie Nicks, and, for the first time, Freddie Mercury to celebrate the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
• Gallery Central, 800 Central Ave. — Gallery Central will feature live painting by artist Holly Tilley.
Tilley was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but has lived and worked in Arkansas most of her life. She loves being outdoors and Arkansas landscapes. Some of her favorite subjects are Lake Ouachita, old barns, trucks, and cows. Tilley has studied with Bill Garrison, Barry Thomas, Dreama-Tolle Perry, Guido Frick, Bruce Peil and John Lassater.
“I love studying with others — you can continue to learn every day — looking, studying, and slowly incorporating things you learn into your own style is so fun,” she said.
Several of the more than
35 artists represented by Gallery Central will be in attendance. New works by Joseph Raymond, Charles Guess, Jacqueline Ellens, Jennifer Wilson, Janis Polychron, Claude Lambert and Lee Gibson have arrived. Come shop for Christmas with small works by Janice Higdon, Ashley Benton, James Hayes, Jennifer Wilson, Erma Steelsmith and Sandy Newberg.
• Justus Fine Art Gallery,
827 A Central Ave. — The December exhibit at Justus Fine Art Gallery will feature new work by Dolores Justus and Dan Thornhill, along with a selection of work by Donnie Copeland, Matthew Hasty, Robyn Horn, Jill Kyong, Charles Peer, Sammy Peters, Tony Saladino, Sandra Sell, Gene Sparling, and others.
The show will open with a reception from 5-9 p.m. today in conjunction with Gallery Walk. During the opening, musician and author Ricko Donovan will play Holiday and Celtic music selections on a hammered dulcimer in celebration of the season. The exhibit will be on display Dec. 7-31.
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. Opening receptions are held in conjunction with the Hot Springs Gallery Walk while regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, call 501-321-2335 or visit online at justusfineart.com.
• KUHS Studios, 240 Ouachita Ave. — KUHS-LP Hot Springs 102.5 FM, Solar Powered Community Radio, will be opening their new photography exhibition, “DJs in Sweaters,” from 5-8 p.m. today during Gallery Walk. Refreshments will be served.
The series includes photographs of KUHS DJs, often paired, sometimes solo, wearing their favorite sweaters. The-upand-coming Hot Springs photographers participating in the show attempt to illustrate the inescapable dichotomy of life in the DJ booth — the essential aloneness of being one person behind a microphone, balanced by the expansive community of the listening audience. If a sweater is worn only on the radio, does Argyle even exist?
• Landmark Building, 201 Market St. — The new exhibit, “Limited Editions — Arkansas Society of Printmakers Exhibition,” opens with an artists’ reception from 5-8 p.m. today. Harpist, David Childs, will give a performance from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
“Limited Editions” showcases various printmaking styles such as relief, intaglio, etching, lithograph, woodblock, and linocut. “Limited Editions” artists include Daniel Adams, Sarah Burns, Kristin DeGeorge, Nancy Dunaway, DebiLynn Fendley, Christine Guenard, Neil Harrington, Tammy Harrington, Jeri Hillis, Belinda Jeffers, Robyn Oxford, Rana Ward, David Warren, and Christopher Williams. Henderson State University printmaking students participating in the exhibit are Kris Keys, James Langley, Angel Olguin, Arian Villarreal, and Catherine Wachob. The Landmark Building gallery is a HSU-Academic Initiatives program.
The gallery is open 9 a.m. to
4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call Donna Dunnahoe, 501-5450534, for an appointment to visit on Saturday, Sunday, or Dec. 22-Jan. 1.
• Legacy Fine Art Gallery,
802-B Central Ave. — Legacy Fine Art will be open today for Gallery Walk featuring Carole Katchen’s chefs series, Elizabeth Webber’s abstracts and much more.
• Artists’ Workshop Gallery,
610-A Central Ave., is open from
5-9 p.m. today and is showcasing December’s featured artists, Joanne Kunath and Pam Reeder.
Kunath has been in the Hot Springs art community for the last 13 years. Having retired from California in 2005, she loves the natural beauty of Arkansas and the four distinct seasons. The beauty of the seasons stimulates and inspires her creativity. Called the “Artist of Color,” she uses brilliant colors in her pastels and alcohol ink paintings.
Her paintings give any deco-
rator the joy and energy that bright colors provide, and her works complement the home and stimulate conversations. Her art is professionally framed. Kunath credits her “soul mate,” husband Ron, who hangs her work, designed her printed materials and keeps her publicity up-to-date. The Kunaths are known for providing a quality art experience to the community. She has won many awards and prizes in local juried shows, and her work can be viewed daily at the gallery.
Reeder’s paintings are a unique fusion of abstract and expressionistic elements. Utilizing both acrylic and mixed media, her work is distinguished by bold colors and energetic brush strokes. Her favorite subjects are florals and women, as well as a fondness for plein-air painting. Her visceral connection to the painting medium is clearly evident. “I love to get in the paint.”
A recent arrival to Hot Springs Village, Reeder, a graduate of Texas Tech University, grew up in West Texas and taught and coached volleyball. After she retired from teaching, she showed cutting horses and her career as an artist began. Reeder also maintains a home in Ruidoso, N.M., where she was a partner in the local artist’s studio for two years and directed her own art studio, Art Studio-Pam. In addition to showing at the Artists’ Workshop Gallery, she is a member of Brush Strokes in Hot Springs Village.
Santa will be available for photos. Music will be provided by a local acoustic artist. Refreshments will be available on a holiday picnic table.
The featured miniature artists for December are Marlene Gremillion and Joanne Kunath.
Artists’ Workshop Gallery open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
• “Small Works, Big Gifts” at the Circle Gallery is a collection of small, gift-sized and gift-priced artworks. All artwork is smaller than 12 inches and less than $100. The gallery is open for Gallery Walk from 5-8 p.m. Circle Gallery is located at Emergent Arts,
341-A Whittington Ave.
FIRST FRIDAY: Work featured during today’s December Gallery Walk will include, clockwise from above, “Limited Editions” exhibit at the Landmark Building; “Freddie Mercury” by JSully at Brickhouse Grill; “DJs in Sweaters” at KUHS Studios; “Fox River Creek” by Joanne Kunath at Artists’ Workshop Gallery; “Small Works, Big Gifts” at Circle Gallery; “Cotton Candy” by Holly Tilley at Gallery Central; and “Secret Forest” at Justus Fine Art Gallery.