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Little Rock, Arkansas

Louisiana to Arkansas
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April 14-25th 2010

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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.

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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.

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met some great people on main street and visited this awesome bead shop
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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!
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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?

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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.
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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.

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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!

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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!Texas_Loui..ppi_131.jpgTexas_Loui..ppi_134.jpgTexas_Loui..ppi_135.jpg

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.
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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!

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Posted by Karen Cope 16:29

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Karen- First off Congratulations on your warm and fruitful reception. Being Honored , though I knew that was occuring, that it actually happened is just wonderful news...I liked the outfit you wore the night of the receptions, you looked beautiful as always.
The model looked great and the sculptures, really impressive what they all accomplished in the two days. I am so glad for your success there and I'm embarrassed that Chicago of all cities fell short of the same kind of thing...clearly the right resources missed out on their Karen Cope opportunity. Love you, Felicia

by Felicia Linsky

Karen,
Thank you so much for sharing your talent and knowledge with us!! We all had a great time and gained not only new skills but also new friends!

by rhonda reeves

Karen so glad for the update on your travels..We are impressed with what you are doing for the art of sculpture..and the lucky people that you are training ..what a special trip of a lifetime..We miss you..Love Donny and Kathy

by Don and Kathy

Hello Karen....I miss you out here on the west coast but am happier to know you are sharing your teaching expertise to the world. You are a terrific sculptor and have a lot of knowledge to share. Not only that -but you are a fun instructor to boot! Glad to see you are covering a lot of territory, seeing new places, meeting great people. and most of all -sculpting. I wish you the best. Love, Cyna

by cynthia berg

Thanks guys for all your very kind comments! Yes this trip is coming right along and I'm so you're following along with me! Hold down the fort back home and I'll see you soon!

by Karen Cope

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