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The Arkansas Pastel Society: 2019 National Pastel Show

Opening on November 8 in the West Gallery

The Arkansas Pastel Society was established in 2004 by artists who wanted a centrally located regional organization to promote pastels as a medium and to provide networking opportunities. The society seeks to create a supportive community of pastel artists who educate the public and each other through workshops and exhibitions. The 2019 exhibition is juried by Casey Klahn.

The Galleries at Library Square are FREE and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9-6.

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Inside and Out: Figurative Works

View January 10–March 28, 2020, Galleries at Library Square, Underground Gallery.  Figure drawings by Robert Bean, Jeremy Couch, and Logan Hunter. 

What makes each of us who we are? If the surface qualities are stripped away, can we still communicate something about ourselves through our bodies? In this exhibition of figurative works, artists Robert Bean, Jeremy Couch, and Logan Hunter all strive to convey not only the surface beauty of the human form but our inner dialogues and expressions as well,

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Into the Woods: Arkansas Champion Trees by Linda Williams Palmer & Turned-Wood Vessels by Gene Sparling

View January 10–April 25, 2020, Galleries at Library Square, Concordia Hall Gallery.

Celebrating the natural beauty of Arkansas’s trees, artists Linda Williams Palmer and Gene Sparling have created works that highlight the unique qualities of these precious resources. Working in Prismacolor pencil on paper, Palmer has created her “Champion Tree” series showcasing the largest specimens in Arkansas. Sparling uses the wood from native trees to create his sculptural turned-wood vessels that provide another viewpoint from which to appreciate the beauty of the trees. 

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Off the Grid: A History of Nature, Black Power, and Freedom on the Arkansas Frontier

About the Program

Canebrakes, speckled perch, chinquapins and blackberries, mink and beaver: Arkansas’s natural bounty was a major draw for hundreds of thousands of African Americans who migrated to the state after Emancipation in search of greater freedom and self-determination. What did freedpeople—some native to Arkansas and others newly arrived—learn about their natural environment from their experiences living and working in the New South’s last wilderness?  Through images, stories, and botanical specimens from the field, historian Story Matkin-Rawn and ecologist Theo Witsell will share their research on the challenges of frontier life and use of wild resources among African Americans in the Natural State.

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Herbert Denton Community Project: An Update

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Oral historian and writer Benji de la Piedra will give an update on his Herbert Denton Community History Project. Little Rock native Herbert Denton Jr. was a pioneering African American journalist at the Washington Post from 1966 until his death in 1989. His father, Herbert Denton Sr., was a lifelong public educator in Little Rock and a pillar of the city’s black community. De la Piedra is conducting a community history project including compiling oral histories in preparation for writing a biography on Herbert Denton,

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Finding Family Facts

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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Finding Family Facts

Join us for a beginner’s genealogy class taught by Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy expert, from the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. 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. No registration required.

Free and open to the public.

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Herbert Denton Community Project: An Update

About the Program

Oral historian and writer Benji de la Piedra will give an update on his Herbert Denton Community History Project. Little Rock native Herbert Denton Jr. was a pioneering African American journalist at the Washington Post from 1966 until his death in 1989. His father, Herbert Denton Sr., was a lifelong public educator in Little Rock and a pillar of the city’s black community. De la Piedra is conducting a community history project including compiling oral histories in preparation for writing a biography on Herbert Denton,

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Race and Women’s Suffrage in Arkansas

About this Legacies & Lunch Presentation

The history of suffrage in Arkansas has always been connected to race. For example, white women activists often used racial arguments to advocate for their own voting rights. At the same time, while African American women in Arkansas had supported the political struggles of the men in their community since Reconstruction as well as organizing for their own vote, they gained only limited access to the franchise with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.

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