Sunday, December 22, 2013

On the Walls

Some of the works currently on display and for sale at Gallery 360.

"Bill Clinton" 
a print by Byron Werner - $100

an assemblage by Laura Fanning - $75

"Death of a Worker"
  mixed media by Ming Triplett - $500

"Window Candy #2"
fused glass by Debra Young - $110

"I, murakami"
oil on canvas by Angela Davis Johnson - $300

"Old Faithful"
an altered photograph by Lynn Frost - $65

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Bombs Away!

"Bombs Away" - a collage by Amy Edgington.

We'll be showing a slew of new works from about a dozen or so of our favorite local artists through the end of January.  The opening is this Friday evening, 6 to 9pm.  Please plan to join us.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Join Us for Art Festivus!

It's that time of the year again.  Time to dust off the old Festivus pole and air our grievances.

Actually, our grievances are few this year, but we do have feats of strength to exercise.  They are the talents of our artist friends, and we'll be showing them off on Friday, December 13th.  

What's that you say?  Gallery 360's end of the year group show opens on Friday the Thirteenth?  Hell yes, it does.  We ain't askared of no superstitious nonsense.  We'll pin it to the floor.

The opening is 6 to 9pm.  We'll be featuring works by Amy Edgington, Laura Fanning, Lynn Frost, Matt Hawk, Angela Davis Johnson, Vernon Oberle, Ruth Pasquine, Nina Sharkey Culpepper, Ming Triplett, Byron Werner, Nina Willacey, Kelley Naylor Wise, Debra Young & others. The show will run through Jan. 31, but since there's some kind of gift-giving holiday coming up, some of the pieces may exit the building early.  Don't worry, though; we plan to replace them with more good stuff.

So, that's Friday the Thirteenth, 6 to 9pm, for the Festivus for the rest of us.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Our Next Show

We took some time off but are coming back in December with a group show, some familiar faces and some new to the gallery.  There's still time to add some more names to the list, so if you have artwork you'd like to show, get in touch.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Gallery Gigs

We hosted two music events at the gallery last month.

The first was S.J. Tucker and Heather Dale, featuring Ben Deschamps on guitar and John Stadlander on drums.

The second was Rod Bryan, accompanied by Ben Hubbard on drums, Dennis Ouellette on guitar and Charlie Friedman on fiddle.

Dennis Ouellette

Thanks go out to the musicians and to all who came to hear them perform.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

RIP: Dia de los Muertos

Due to a variety of circumstances, Gallery 360 will not be presenting a Dia de los Muertos exhibit this year. We apologize to the very few but dedicated artists who made pieces to show and we encourage them to be a part of Emergent Arts' Day of the Dead exhibit in Hot Springs provided they can act fast.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

360 Q and A

Q: Are all of Amy Edgington's collages large and reasonably priced?

A:  Noooo, they are not.  Some are small and unreasonably cheap.  We have a few dozen original Edgies in the form of personal note cards.  Each are titled and signed by the artist with matching envelopes inside plasticine sleeves.  They are each unique, one-of-a-kind creations that come complete with Amy's slightly skewed humorous take on the world, and they are all a mere $6.00.  Do come peruse. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

S.J. Tucker and Heather Dale at Gallery 360 October 15th

The ides of October come bearing pixies. 
Heather Dale and S.J. Tucker are two beautiful, badass myth-makers who sing Celtic folk-rock songs about mischief and magic. Hailing from Toronto and the Delta, their four-piece band (featuring Ben Deschamps on guitar and John Stadtlander on drums) tours all over North America & Europe — and you won’t want to miss their joyful, boot-stompin’ romp into the strange worlds of King Arthur, Fairyland, medieval France, Merry Olde England, Oz, Neverland, and our own hopeful hearts.  Join in the magic Tuesday, October 15th at Gallery 360 as this fun and funky tour stops in Little Rock for one evening only.  While you’re there, check out the gallery's current show, Edgy & Goofy, featuring work by artists Amy Edgington and Byron Werner.
Overflow parking is available next door at Vestcom.  Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.  Go here to order tickets.  Doors open at 7pm, and music starts at 7:30pm.  Ages ten and up, please.

"Meditation" by Amy Edgington

Original collage by Amy Edgington.
Prints available.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Byron Werner's "Josephine Baker"

The newest Byron Werner mixed media portrait on display is of the great Josephine Baker.  She is something to behold.

12" X 12" prints are available for $60.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Byron Werner's "Django Reinhardt"

Byron's mixed media portrait of the great jazz guitarist, Django Reinhardt, is displayed at the gallery in two forms; the original hangs alongside the full sized giclée print.  Byron uses all sorts of reflective materials, so the originals have an electric, shimmering quality that can't be reproduced in the prints. But what are reproduced with impeccable accuracy are the colors.  Both Byron and Amy have prints for sale that are excellent reproductions of the originals.

Amy Edgington's "Turtle Moon"

When we hung up this beautiful mixed media piece by Amy Edgington, the spotlight fell on the moon without being adjusted.  Serendipity?  Maybe.  But I contend "Turtle Moon" has magic to it.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

some more ATCs

We recruited some of the folks who came to last week's opening to create Artist Trading Cards for our young friends in Belgium.  Here they are.

It's fun having art openings where art isn't just viewed, it's created.  
Thanks to everyone who participated.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

A Groovy Time

Thanks to everyone who came out last night for the opening of "Edgy & Goofy." We had a great time visiting with our friends, listening to Rural War Room and, of course, viewing the incredible artwork of Byron Werner and Amy Edgington.

Unfortunately, we had so much fun we forgot to take photos.  No matter; this collage of Amy's called "Retro Party Animals" pretty much shows what went down.  Except for the dinosaurs.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Coming Sept 7th: "Edgy and Goofy"

Mark your calendars!  September 7th is the opening for Amy Edgington and Byron Werner's collision of cut-ups show titled "Edgy and Goofy."

"Coming Out of Her Shell" by Amy Edgington

Amy is a whiz with scissors and a fun punster.  She loves dinosaurs and household objects.  Her collages are collected by the most discerning squirrels, cows and other lovers of fine art.

Dr. Timothy Leary by Byron Werner

Byron builds meticulous mandalas and portraits of cultural icons from layered punched and cut papers and foils. He is also half of Rural War Room, the coiner of Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, and an avid experimenter in life. 

Join us on Saturday, September 7th, from 6 to 9pm.  Free and open to all.  

Rural War Room will be laying down the zounds.

The show will remain through October 19th.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Call For Entries: Dia de los Muertos

Summer's still here, but not for long.  It's time to start creating art for Gallery 360's second annual Dia de los Muertos exhibit.

All media is to be considered.  Paintings, drawings, sculptures, altars - anything tweaking yet honoring the dead is welcome.

Send pictures of your entries to audiolingo at gmail dot com and include dimensions.  Or call us to let us know what you're working on.  

The Day of the Dead is November 1st. DEADline for entries is October 25th.  Help us spread the word.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Music, Art, Friends

Western Meds w/ Rod Bryan will be laying down some sound this afternoon at the gallery.  Some members of the LR drum circle will be dropping by as well.  You should, too.

Music starts around 2.

On the off chance the parking lot fills up, you can park just south of the gallery in Vestcom's lot.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Regrets and Updates

I have to apologize for ignoring our blog.  Gallery 360 has been on a bit of a hiatus of late.  Things I have posted have mainly gone to our Facebook page, but even those have been spotty.  Here's one of those posts that kinda brings us up to date: 

Where Things Stand

I'm afraid there aren't enough activist and anarchist artists out there to pull off the summer show I envisioned. Maybe you're all traveling or chilling or, hopefully, too busy creating to bother showing. That's okay. The offer still stands. Our walls await. 

The call for recycled and repurposed art still stands, but the show will be postponed until next year. Our next formal show will feature The Ineffables: Amy Edgington and Byron Werner. This is one we've been eagerly awaiting for a long time. Opening date will be September 7th. We're also sending out an early call for entries for our 2nd annual Dia de los Muertos show in late October through November, so get to work, folks.

But don't think we're sleeping until then. One particular activist, Rod Bryan, will be performing here in Western Meds mode on Sunday, August 11th.  And other stuff is bound to arise. If you have any ideas for events, call or write. 

We still have a healthy dose of Angela Davis Johnson's dream on display, plus some other stuff, so come on by.  - Jay

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Call For Entries

Seven is a special number.  So, for our seventh gallery show we want to do something different.  We want all the anarchist artists out there to take over our walls.  

In particular, we're wanting:
1. Art made from found or discarded materials;
2. RePurposed art;
3. Street art brought inside;
4. Art made by iconoclasts, weirdos and non-artists. 

This will be an upside-down and inside-out series of events.  

First, we will ask you to take a look around your house and find some stuff you don't mind getting rid of.  Stuff that might be fashioned by a clever, bold or slightly skewed individual into something approximating 'art.'  Throw it all into a box.  If that box fills up, fill another.  Bring the boxes to the gallery.

Secondly, imagine you are that clever, bold, or slightly skewed individual.  Make plans to drop by the gallery on Saturdays and Sundays in June and July to help us create new stuff from the old stuff.  If you're somebody who has already played this game, teach somebody else.  Invite your kids, relatives and friends to join you. 

As something approximating 'art' is made, we'll hang it on the wall and offer it for sale.  The gallery takes a cut, the artist (you!) takes the bulk.

Instead of an opening, we celebrate in August with a closing.  Prices are reduced and fun is had by all.

E-mail me (audiolingo-at-gmaildotcom) or call/text me (nine-nine-three-0012) with your ideas.  Bring stuff by the gallery during regular business hours.  And stay tuned for workshop hours and a list of suggested 'stuff.'

"Hey, Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat."

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Nice work, Angela.

I have come to the conclusion that Angela Davis Johnson has a whole lot of friends.  Thanks to all who came out to support her Friday night.  If you haven't made it yet, you have six weeks to do so.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

KINFOLK Opens Friday

Angela Davis Johnson's mixed media works are up and we're getting ready for her opening in a couple of days. All that's left to do is to conjure forth a facsimile of her dream pharmacy using bottles and string.

You and your imagination are invited. Friday, May 17th. 6 to 10 pm. 900 South Rodney Parham.

(The painting above is "No More Cotton Pickers" by Angela Davis Johnson)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Angela Davis Johnson Presents: "Kinfolk and the Apothecary Dream"

"'Kinfolk and the apothecary dream' is part family history 
and part allegorical interpretation of a dream I had about 
being led out of the city by a strange man, 
through an apothecary, to the woods, onto a levee 
where I could see my ancestors toiling in a field below me....

"By juxtaposing sketches from family snapshots
with images and text of the Elaine Riots/Massacre
I created a series of Conté drawings, collages, and mixed media pieces
that not only reflect my eastern Arkansas heritage
but also attempt to start an honest dialogue
about how the past actions of our predecessors
affect today's society and cultural identity.

"This show is a visual medicine for the mind,
an apothecary for the soul."

Come meet Angela and drop in on her dream
Friday, May 17th from 6:00 to 10:00 PM

The show runs through June.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Aren't you adornable?

Necklaces, bracelets and ear rings by Steph Brouwers 
remain on display and for sale through the end of April.

Her monster necklace is loaded with amulets, talismans and positive juju.

Bobbi and Kelley came up with the frame and fabric concept
for the purpose of display and Steph ran with it. 

Over in the display case are freshly minted 
rings and things by Kelley Naylor Wise.

 A gorgeous druzy and silver necklace 
with matching ear rings by Kelley.

Monday, April 8, 2013

International Trade 2

Some of the Artist Trading Cards made by folks who came by last Friday's opening for Steph Brouwers, made by Wade, Darion, Bobbi, Jess, Jay, Kelley, Micah & Jessica.   These and others will be travelling back to Belgium as trade for her students' ATCs. Thanks to all the participants. Enjoy your art.

We had so much fun with this project that we decided to do it again soon.  We might trade with Steph's students again or we might just trade among ourselves, but stay tuned and we'll let you know when the next ATC workshop will take place.

Steph flies out of Little Rock tomorrow morning, but her jewelry will stay at the gallery through May 4th.  Prices range from $20 to $250.

Friday, April 5, 2013

360 on 16

Steph and Kelley visited this morning with Deedra Wilson on Fox16's Good Day Arkansas to tout the new jewelry.  The open reception is tonight from 6 until 10.  Rural War Room will be spinning some European sounds in Steph's honor.  Come by to see (and maybe buy) what Steph (and Kelley) have been working on lately.  Très décoratif!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

International Trade

Steph Brouwers has arrived stateside and we have been in awe of all the wonderful wearable art she has made for the upcoming show.  Each necklace is like a museum dedicated to world travel.  Beads of ceramic, wood, glass and stone from Africa, Europe, China, and India all mixed in with bone and shell and fabric and feathers…  And that's just for starters.

Steph doesn't just make art, though.  She teaches art.  Her students are teenagers; 13, 14, 15 years old.  They're represented in this show as well, with ATCs.  What are ATCs?  Artist Trading Cards.  They have several things in common with each other. 1.)  All are 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches.  2.) All are unique works of art.  And, 3.)  They not sold, but traded.  Here are nine of them.

Now, if you would like to obtain one of these beauties, all you need to do is make one of your own.  Your creation will travel back to Belgium with Steph and be presented to the student who made the card you adopted.  It's that simple.  

You can make your ATC at home and bring it to the opening Friday night.  Or, you can come prepared to create your ATC at the gallery.  We will have card blanks on hand, as well as markers, crayons, collage materials, scissors, glue and assorted sundries.  You can even bring in your own raw materials, but all you really need to provide is your imagination. Consider it an experiment in international trading relations.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Steph Brouwers' Jewelry Show and Workshop

Our next show is titled "Inner Visions: Wearable Art" and features jewelry made by Steph Brouwers.  Steph is a good friend of ours who lives in Olne, Belgium, where she teaches art, sculpts, makes beads and constructs jewelry.  If you asked her what she does (and you'll get a chance to), she'd simply say she makes things.

We will be posting more pictures of her necklaces, bracelets and earrings in the coming week, but right now I just want you to:

1. Mark your calendar for Friday, April 5th.  That's the date of the opening of the five week show.  The time is set for 6 pm to 10 pm at Gallery 360, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road in Little Rock; and,

2. Consider signing up for her talisman workshop held the next day, Saturday, April 6th, from 2 to 5 pm at the gallery.  Participants will learn the significance of amulets and talismans, become familiar with the wonderful world of polymer clay and create a talisman for themselves.  Clay and tools will be provided.  Students may wish to bring findings such as earwires, clasps and cords.  They are also encouraged to bring in damaged costume jewelry or special fragments they may like to incorporate into their creations.  The cost of the class is $35.  Register by calling (501) 663-2222.

Bobbi Nesbitt has posted an interview with Steph over on her This Is Arkansas blog, along with pictures and more about the exhibit.  Also, check out Steph's own blog.  And Pinterest. Oh, and tune in Channel 16's 'Good Day' program next Friday morning at 7:45 am.  Steph and Gallery 360's resident artist Kelley Naylor Wise will be discussing jewelry making with Nichelle Sullivan.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Last Days for YOSEMITE

Tim O'Brien's re-discovered photographs of Yosemite circa 100 years ago continues through Saturday, March 30th. The Idle Class blog writes about the project here.

Our next exhibit opens April 5th and features the jewelry of Steph Brouwers.  More about that in the coming days.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

VOV March 15 - 19

Our friends at the Art Church suggest you check out 
all the doings in Hot Springs over the course of the next five days.

Go to the festival site for more details.  
Scroll down to read about all the great workshops.
Everett Gee is especially excited about the Pat Moriarity comix workshops.

Monday, February 25, 2013

YOSEMITE Opens Friday, March 1st

Gallery 360 invites you to an opening this Friday, March 1st, from 6 to 10 pm, of "Yosemite: Images From the Past." The exhibit features a superb collection of black and white photographs taken a century ago in Yosemite National Park and restored by Tim O'Brien of Conway, Arkansas.

In the 1920's, Ansel Adams made Yosemite his first subject and launched photography into the realm of art.  But shortly before Adams entered in the valley, one large format photographer took the pictures that constitute the exhibit that we will be showing in March.  It is both unfortunate and tantalizingly mysterious that only the initials of the photographer are known to us.

Tim O’Brien is a long time resident of Conway, AR, where he lives with his lovely wife, Cathryn in a 1915 Arts and Crafts American Foursquare home.  A few years ago, he placed a successful bid on an online auction for forty three  6" x 8" glass negatives.  Tim has been interested in historical photography ever since inheriting several T. J. Hileman photos of Glacier National Park from his grandfather, Frank O'Brien, who was a ranger at the park in the early 1920's.  The glass plates he won were of Yosemite.  They had been found in the basement of a southern Californian home that was being readied for sale and little was known of their origin other than the date of 1915 and the initials U.D. written alongside the title on each image's envelope.  Research to determine who U.D. might be so far has proved unsuccessful.

Tim writes the following about the challenge to preserve his find:  "Uncovering images taken close to 100 years ago is akin to discovering a shipwreck's treasure.  You know you have found something extraordinary but it requires time, patience and expertise to restore the objects to their former glory."

Tim enlisted the help of John Blakney of Visual Database Services in converting the glass negative images to digital, at which point both he and Tim worked on cleaning up the images.  Blakney then printed the images on archival paper and Tim had Hillcrest Gallery mat and frame them using archival mat and conservation glass.

An interesting addition to the exhibit is a panorama shot by Howard C. Tibbetts in 1908 showing Galen Clark's cabin in Mariposa Grove, the largest stand of Sequoias in Yosemite, complete with posing loggers and cavalry.  The film negative is 6" x 63".  The image was enlarged and printed for the exhibition into four framed and matted pictures, with each measuring 15" x 34".  Altogether, the picture is a little over 11' long.

In addition to Yosemite, Tim’s negative collection contains images from San Francisco, Paris, and of various Americana subjects.  Sometimes the photographers are known, sometimes they are not but the beauty of the places and the photography is undeniable.  Says Tim: "The more you learn about the images, the more you want to visit the places they were taken and step back to that moment in time.  What in the picture connects you to them?"

Also on display will be several fine wood turnings by Vernon Oberle of Jacksonville, AR.

The gallery is located at 900 South Rodney Parham Rd., just south of where I-630, Mississippi Ave. and Rodney Parham converge.  Hours are 10 to 4:30 M - F, 10 to 2 Sat.  The show runs through March 30th.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Closing Reception for Bunker Dogs

There will be live music at the closer for the Bunker Dogs, Saturday Feb. 27th, 7pm to midnight.  On the list are Guy Morgan & the FT Crew (Cape Girardeau, MO), Pecan Sandy (Russellville, AR), Rad Rad Riot (Little Rock, AR), and Better Days (St. Louis, MO).  

Come by, hear some sounds, and take a gander at art by Matthew Castellano, X3MEX, and Everett Gee.   In fact, consider buying something to support these guys.  If you can't afford the original work, there are small silkscreened prints from $10 to $15 and silkscreened patches from $2 to $5.  Everett has copies of his and Steve Oriolo's punk show flier book, Gutter Butter, for only $5 and - get this - a set of 5 mini-comix for a mere $2.  Now tell me you can't afford to buy art.