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Our Community Through My Lens

NOW ON VIEW ~ Friday, October 14–Saturday, December 31, 2022, regular Gallery hours
Landing Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

Photography—a medium full of potential. To speak when words simply fail. To empower, providing the chance to take control of a story. To connect us to a perspective outside of our own.

Join us for this unique exhibition, curated from artists currently unsheltered or living in transitional sheltering throughout Pulaski County.

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Illustrated Arkansas: The Art of Comics

On View ~ October 14, 2022–January 28, 2023, regular Gallery hours
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

The Illustrated Arkansas exhibition features artists living and working in the state who have created or contributed to print or digital comics and graphic novels. The exhibition will represent a wide range of illustration styles and media of the comics art form.

CALS is excited to display the artwork of graphic artists and spotlight their efforts in the creation of comics and graphic novels in all their forms.

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Natural Connections: Paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn

ON VIEW Friday, November 11, 2022–Saturday, January 28, 2023 
Loft Gallery, CALS Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

This exciting collection of paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn explores a visual dialogue with the natural world and nature’s deep connections to their own family histories.

Artist Statement:

Emily Moll Wood paints a lot of portraits,

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Randy Duncan: “The Power of the Comics Art Form”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Randy Duncan

Randy Duncan uses images from the Illustrated Arkansas: The Art of Comics exhibition (on view in the CALS Roberts Library’s Underground Gallery through January 28) to explore how cartoonists make use of artistic style, color, panel juxtaposition, page layout, and other techniques to convey ideas and evoke emotions.

Randy Duncan is the Ellis College Distinguished Professor of Communication and director of the Center for Comics Studies at Henderson State University.

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2nd Friday Art Night (December 2022)

Ric and Marlene Gremillion will once again be Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Featured Artists: Laura Raborn (painting) and Ed Pennebaker (blown glass)
Learn more about Laura Raborn and Ed Pennebaker

Featured Author: Brian Kinder, author of the children’s bookBuck and Ollie: A Christmas Time Story.

Featured Music: DJ Holla Daze (non-stop diverse holiday music)

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Natural Connections: Paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn 
Loft Gallery

This exciting collection of paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn explores a visual dialogue with the natural world and nature’s deep connections to their own family histories.

Learn More
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Finding Family Facts (December 12)

The Butler Center offers a beginner’s genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center’s local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past.

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Cooking Up History: Holiday Edition

Learn about the origins of many of Arkansas’s holiday traditions and cook a historic holiday recipe from the CALS Butler Center’s collection.

Danielle Afsordeh, Community Outreach Archivist at the CALS Roberts Library/Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and Justin Vess, Kitchen and Adult Programmer at Dee Brown Library, will conduct this program at the Dee Brown Library programming kitchen.

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Personal Archiving and Prepping to Digitize Your Personal Papers, Photos, and Other Stuff (December 15)

Learn how to organize your personal papers, photos, scrapbooks, and other items to digitize and store them for future generations. And find out more about CALS DIY Memory Lab and how to use it to preserve your family history.

Register for Personal Archiving

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Black Homesteaders of the South

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Bernice Alexander Bennett, with Lyle Gibson, Jessica Trotter, and Angela Walton-Raji

Author of Black Homesteaders of the South Bernice Alexander Bennett will provide an overview of the Homestead Act of 1862, the application process it took to acquire up to 160 acres of public land, and what is available to researchers in land entry case files. She will be joined by scholars and researchers Lyle Gibson,

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Finding Family Facts (January 9)

The Butler Center offers a beginner’s genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center’s local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past.

Register for Finding Family Facts

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2nd Friday Art Night (January 2023)

Featured Artists: Anncha Briggs (felted jewelry)
Learn more about Anncha Briggs.

Featured Author: Michael Hibblen, author of Rock Island Railroad

Featured Music: Gavin Le’nard (jazz, pop, and soul guitar and vocals)

OPENING EXHIBITION

AnarchoAnachro by Sternodox Keckhaver
Landing Gallery

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Natural Connections: Paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn 
Loft Gallery

This exciting collection of paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn explores a visual dialogue with the natural world and nature’s deep connections to their own family histories.

Learn More
Event

Personal Archiving and Prepping to Digitize Your Personal Papers, Photos, and Other Stuff (January 19)

Learn how to organize your personal papers, photos, scrapbooks, and other items to digitize and store them for future generations. And find out more about CALS DIY Memory Lab and how to use it to preserve your family history.

Register for Personal Archiving

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Finding Family Facts (February 13)

The Butler Center offers a beginner’s genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center’s local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past.

Register for Finding Family Facts

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Personal Archiving and Prepping to Digitize Your Personal Papers, Photos, and Other Stuff (February 16)

Learn how to organize your personal papers, photos, scrapbooks, and other items to digitize and store them for future generations. And find out more about CALS DIY Memory Lab and how to use it to preserve your family history.

Register for Personal Archiving

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