Louisiana to Arkansas
April 14-25th 2010
So we headed up to Little Rock Arkansas and we stopped over in Vicksburg, Mississippi and hit the casinos a bit. I won big time like 1200 on the penny slots that is! Woo hoo, ok I’m not a big gambler but we definitely had fun hearing all the bells and whistles and seeing the different casinos.
As soon as we got to Little Rock AR, we headed over to the Art Walk on Main Street in North Little Rock where all the artists are out showing their work, Gallery doors are open and tons of people were out having a good time. I met tons of people, some who signed up for that weekends workshop at KETZ Gallery.
Then on Tuesday I sculpted at the Starving Artist Café. They set me up in the front window as their lunch crowd sifted in. It was fun. I got to talk sculpture with tons of people, shared about my travels and all were amazed that I had driven all this way from California. They loved the trailer too. I’m putting laminated postcard from each city on the back door of my trailer to show all the places I’ve been. The hardest part if finding postcards these days… pretty much truck stops are my best bet so I’m getting to know Loves and Travel Centers very well! Go truckers out there! The Starving Artist café was so fun and they had all kinds of painting up on their wall from local artists, all for sale etc.. the food was excellent especially the pasta!
Then Thursday night I had two welcoming receptions, Thanks to the Wonderful Rhonda Reeves who put all this together. We met at the Bernice Sculpture Gardens, a beautiful little area where its created to show local sculptors work and they are starting a farmers market and art market there soon as well. This is where Rhonda presented me with a proclamation from the Governor of Arkansas, Mike Bebe. It proclaimed this week to be The Joy of Sculpture week in the great state of Arkansas! Cool huh?
Then we headed over to The KETZ Gallery where the 2nd reception went on as they introduced the new artists’ works in that opening reception, then they presented MetLife’s goal to support and forward the artist in society and lastly they introduced me, my Sculpt Across America tour and announced the workshop that up and coming weekend. It was a busy and action packed night and surrounded by tons of fun artists and enthusiasts.
The workshop began bright and early that Saturday. I started them off with The “Speed in Which form Turns” PowerPoint presentation on portraiture. I’ve found this helps establish the process in their heads before we begin as well as introduce some of the vocabulary I’ll be using to describe certain sculpting techniques. They are a great group who really got off to a great start and all came with their portrait armature already built! Excellent~ The model was good too with excellent bone structure and good forms to work with.
On my down time I got to cruse the city and check it out. There was a huge blues festival going on at The River Market and tons of people were out. They have all kinds of venders out and these BBQ Trains that crank out tons of yummy saucy grub!
From what I’ve heard from the locals is the city has been putting in effort to build up the downtown area, adding restaurants, pubs, retail stores and have built up a fun River Market area of downtown.
I have to mention that there has been some crazy weather going on as well. Its pretty random weather being sooo humid one day and then it gets all blustery and windy and then we have a downpour of rain. Also there has been tons of Tornado warnings and a couple touched down in areas around us, but thankfully not where we were. We certainly got a ton of rain and storms.
Day two of the workshop showed lots of improvements and the portrait sculptures are coming out to full volume. I did a few features demonstrations such as an eye and the mouth etc and off they went going to town on their works. I love the enthusiasm of this group, good music and lots of sculpting!
Another fun thing is I’m staying at the Baker House in North Little Rock. What an awesome B&B! They sponsored me for a 2 night stay and I have to tell you this place is a must see! Its gorgeous with their famous Louisiana curly pine woodwork all over the place. If you don’t already know this beautiful kind of wood grain is one of a kind and there is no longer any more of it in nature which makes it so unique here at The Baker House. Check out all the pictures below.
So the workshop was a real success. Everyone did such a great job some being their first attempt at sculpture. I was so pleased with their focus and open minds to a different approach to sculpting.
Thank You Little Rock, Arkansas!
- A Special Thanks to Rhonda Reeves for all her amazing organization and promotional skills, To Baker house for the Awesome Stay, To The Starving Artist Café for all their support, To The Bernice Gardens and their donation to lower the workshop fees and To KETZ Gallery for Hosting the Event! What a generous and supportive town! Thank YOU ALL!