Artist From Abroad – The Work of Masatoshi Masa Kudo

Three years ago a young Japanese artist from Sendai-shi, Miyagi, Japan visited Hot Springs and had the opportunity to work and exhibit a few of his paintings at Justus Fine Art Gallery. For Masa it was a trip of a lifetime, that happened thanks in par t to the Hot …

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Periscope Heart – The Revelatory Poetry of Kai Coggin

Poetry can come from the most unsuspecting places but it usually comes from those with interesting lives or interesting stories to tell. Poetry can come from teachers, preachers, politicians and musicians; it can come from the homeless and the hostile. Hot Springs has a unique brand of poetry as though …

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The Roadkill Series – Topography & Typography, Geometry & Geography: By Bethannie Newsom Steelman

During this year’s Hot Water Hills Arts and Music Festival, local Hot Springs artist Bethannie Newsom Steelman will be showing her first ever solo art exhibit in the “Cat & Mouse Parade” mobile art trailer. The idea of engineering an easy and portable method for exhibiting artwork first became a …

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Midnight Owl – Copper Flowers, Butterflies & Origami Earrings: The Magical Crafts of Carol Gorman

It’s said that handmade items are the most heartfelt and that can certainly be said of the carefully hand crafted stylings of Carol Gorman. The state of folk art is alive and well thanks to Gorman and a network of other local artisans. Exercising her meticulous sensibilities Gorman creates fine …

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Reason to Celebrate – Hot Springs Gallery Walk Turns a Quarter of a Century Old

The Hot Springs Gallery Walk has become a staple of downtown culture since its inception in August of 1989. Culturally speaking, the tradition of Gallery Walk has helped to establish Hot Springs as one of the preeminent small art towns in America. Intensifying the appeal of downtown to visiting artists and …

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Keeping the Ink Flowing – Gary Simmons Continues Illustrating the Power of the Pen

While he was at Henderson State University, it was often said that the crux of the art department’s reputation fell on the shoulders of a Professor named Gary Simmons. He was said to be magnificently capable of drawing with pen and ink, and he had even written a book on …

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See the Sound – The Fun Summer Art of Emily Wood: Evoking Sound From the Natural Canvas

Emily Wood’s work comes from a sense of heightened awareness and self-discovery. Wood focuses on painting figures while also evoking the emotions and experiences felt, emphasizing line, color, and value. A resident of Little Rock, Wood earned her B.A. in Fine Arts at Ouachita Baptist University followed by her M.A. …

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Taking a Hiatus – Looking at the Landscape and Nothing Else: The Photos of Robbie Brindley

Robbie Brindley is hot off the heels of a recent marriage to the love of his life, and is freshly returned from his honeymoon. During this romantic escapade, he worked on some of his photography show called Hiatus that is currently hanging at Maxine’s. As a creative release, Brindley savors …

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Animals & Landscapes

The Digital Collages of John Wesley Williams by Jim G. Miller John Wesley Williams is a bit of a mystery. Some people might say the same of his artwork. His most recent show which will be on display this month at Maxine’s Live Music venue was inspired by an art …

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Black Plastic Memories

Busted Dreams and the Endless Feed Cassettes, Cameras, and the Creativity of Matt McCormack by Jim G. Miller The first time I ever saw Matt McCormack’s video work was at an Arkansas Shorts Festival some years ago where they had shown his breakthrough film “Moons Birds and Monsters.” The project …

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