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Conversation with V.L. Cox

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas PRESENTS 

Speaker: V.L. Cox

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Guy Lancaster, editor of the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas, will host a virtual chat with artist V.L. Cox. The conversation could include topics such as women and art, Cox’s artist ancestor Louise Pilkington, the remote possibility of procuring good barbecue in New York, home-grown tomatoes, and Arkansas’s image in the wider world. You are invited to join the virtual chat and reception from the comfort of your home,

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Angela Chandler: “Geology of the Big and Little Rocks in Central Arkansas”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Angela Chandler

Chandler will discuss how these notable landmarks were originally described by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Bénard de La Harpe and naturalist Thomas Nuttall, explaining the rocks’ economic use and the basic geology of the area

Angela Chandler, who received her BS from Arkansas Tech and her MS from the University of Arkansas, has worked with the Arkansas Geological Survey for twenty-four years and was recently promoted to Assistant State Geologist.

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2nd Friday Art Night at Roberts Library (April 2022)

Featured Artist: Donna Dunnahoe
Donna will be demonstrating her basket making.
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Featured Author: Janis F. Kearney
Janie will sign copies of her book Once Upon a Time there was a Girl…Troubles at Blue Bayou

Featured Music: Rodger King & Company

On display at CALS Roberts Library

Sulac: New Artwork for the New Year
The Landing

This batch of new works from Little Rock artist Sulac is fresh out of the oven,

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Finding Family Facts (April 11)

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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Personal Archiving and Prepping to Digitize Your Personal Papers, Photos, and Other Stuff (April 21)

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.

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CALS Women’s Suffrage Book Club – A Woman’s Hour

Book – A Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss
Scholar – Stephanie Haught Wade, Historic Arkansas Museum

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WHAT? 

The CALS Women’s Suffrage Book Club is a book discussion series focusing on texts about the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the United States. Each discussion will include a brief presentation by a local scholar followed by a discussion of the book.

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Buckley T. Foster: “John Wesley Woodward: Founder of the First School for the Deaf in Arkansas”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Buckley T. Foster

Foster will profile John Wesley Woodward, founder of the first school for the deaf in Arkansas.  Born in 1820 in Virginia, Woodward contracted a case of scarlet fever that took his hearing as a child. Schooled in France, he arrived in Arkansas in 1850. Before his death at age forty-five, Woodward did many things in addition to founding the first deaf/mute school in the state in Clarksville in 1851.

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Art with Adrienne

Come for the snacks, stay for the art!

In this two-hour complete course, learn how to draw using Sharpies in the stained glass style, get your original artwork added as a coloring sheet to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas, then color in your masterpiece with oil pastels.

The program will be held in Room 124, Roberts Library.

All supplies provided. Led by art instructor Adrienne Thompson (they/them).

 

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Finding Family Facts (May 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.

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2nd Friday Art Night at Roberts Library (May 2022)

OPENING EXHIBITION

The Shape of Home: Multimedia Works of Diane Harper 

Friday, May 13 through Saturday, July 30, 2022 

Loft Gallery, CALS Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square 

The Shape of Home exhibition explores the idea of weighted memories and the emotional imprint of cultural and personal history. Using mixed media works, Harper examines the theme of physical geometry associated with home.

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Personal Archiving and Prepping to Digitize Your Personal Papers, Photos, and Other Stuff (May 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.

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Sulac: New Artwork for the New Year

ON VIEW Friday, February 11, through Saturday, May 28
The Landing, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

This batch of new works from Little Rock artist Sulac is fresh out of the oven, baked in the warmth of his heart at 500 degrees over the last four weeks. Sweet yet savory, delicate yet sturdy, they are a treat for the whole family.

Sulac has had solo art exhibitions at the Thea Foundation,

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Arkansas League of Artists’ 2022 Exhibition

ON VIEW Saturday, March 11, 2021, to May 28, 2022
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

The Arkansas League of Artists is a non-profit organization that formed to promote the visual fine arts in Arkansas. The League consists of visual artists and art enthusiasts from all over the state who gather to learn through the demonstration of techniques, the exploration of materials and media, and the sharing of collective experiences and knowledge.

The CALS Galleries &

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CALS Women’s Suffrage Book Club – Women Making History

Book – Women Making History: The 19th Amendment essays compiled by the National Park Service
Scholar – Kelly Houston Jones, Arkansas Tech University

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These essays are available in book form as well as online.

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WHAT? 

The CALS Women’s Suffrage Book Club is a book discussion series focusing on texts about the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the United States.

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Pete Daniel: “Curating the American Past”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Pete Daniel

Historian Pete Daniel will detail the challenges of serving as a public historian tasked with protecting a definitive American museum from attempts to erode scholarly standards. He will recount the exhilaration of innovative research, the joys of collaboration, and the rewards of mentoring new generations of historians.

A former curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and an award-winning historian of the American South,

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2nd Friday Art Night at Roberts Library (June 2022)

OPENING EXHIBITIONS

Allen Jarvis: Land, Water, and Sky
Landing Gallery

Friday, June 10–Saturday, August 27
Gallery, CALS Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

Many of the places that inspired these simple abstract landscapes of land, water, and sky are in Arkansas and Alabama, especially in the wetlands area of upper Mobile Bay. Artist Allen Jarvis uses objects like yardsticks, rulers, and brightly colored protractors—affixed to reclaimed wood—to build the playful bridges and manmade structures from memory,

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Finding Family Facts (June 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 (June 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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The Shape of Home: Multimedia Works of Diane Harper

ON VIEW Friday, May 13 through Saturday, July 30, 2022
The Loft, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

The Shape of Home exhibition explores the idea of weighted memories and the emotional imprint of cultural and personal history. Using mixed media works, Harper examines the theme of physical geometry associated with home. A row of small, colorful houses dances across the horizon of Count Backwards from 100, and a decaying cardboard house occupies the spiritual and dreamlike mindscape of the sculptural piece,

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Yard Work: Inspirations Found in Our Own Backyards

ON VIEW Friday, June 10–Saturday, October 1
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

In this exhibition featuring four artists who first met each other in the University of Central Arkansas Art Department over a decade ago, Kristen Spickard, Barbara Satterfield, Britynn Davis, and Deborah Kuster have come together again to showcase their artistic responses to nature and backyard experiences.

As an apartment dweller,

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Allen Jarvis: Land, Water, and Sky

ON VIEW Friday, June 10–Saturday, August 27
Landing Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

Many of the places that inspired these simple abstract landscapes of land, water, and sky are in Arkansas and Alabama, especially in the wetlands area of upper Mobile Bay. Artist Allen Jarvis uses objects like yardsticks, rulers, and brightly colored protractors—affixed to reclaimed wood—to build the playful bridges and manmade structures from memory, creating joyful paintings that remind him of the journeys that inspired them.

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