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‘Primary Clay’ exhibit opens

By Ellis Widner

This article was published February 20, 2014 at 3:00 a.m.


Kensuke Yamada’s stoneware work Bathing Beauties is part of the exhibit “Primary Clay” in Gallery III in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Fine Arts Building.

A show that should be intriguing for lovers of art in clay opens today at Gallery III, Fine Arts Building, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Ave.

“Primary Clay” is a group exhibition by a dozen Arkansas artists, including Summer Bruch, who works with functional forms and decorative surfaces and teaches at Ouachita Baptist University at Arkadelphia; Ty Brunson of Arkansas Tech University at Russellville, whose wheel-thrown forms evoke industrial machinery; Beth Lambert, who works with bird forms and teaches at Hendrix College in Conway and the Museum School at the Arkansas Arts Center; Dawn Holder, who makes decorative plants and teaches at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville; and Linda Lopez, who uses abstraction in her sculpture and is an adjunct instructor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

“The new ceramics teacher at UALR, David Smith, approached me and we brainstormed the idea for this show,” says Brad Cushman, curator and gallery director. “It’s not a definitive show of work in the state, but it does give our students and the public a chance to see the variety of work being done in the state by artists working in clay.”

A lecture by Kensuke Yamada, who teaches at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and builds functional forms, will take place at 5 p.m. March 6 in Room 161 of the Fine Arts Building at UALR. Yamada also has work in the show.

“Primary Clay” continues through March 27. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Info: or (501) 569-8977.


An exhibition of works by acclaimed Arkansas-born artist Carroll Cloar opens Feb. 28 at the Arkansas Arts Center, MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets, Little Rock.

The final stop on a regional tour, the Little Rock showing will have something the others haven’t - a catalog. The show hangs through June 1; a member preview and reception will be held 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Info:;(501) 372-4000.

More Cloar: Greg Thompson Fine Art, 429 Main St., North Little Rock, opens “Carroll Cloar: A Road Less Traveled” on Monday; it hangs through April 12. Thompson will present a lecture at 1 p.m. March 15; cost is $10. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Info: (501) 664-2787;

An exhibit of paintings, sketches, jewelry and multimedia works by Kelley Naylor Wise and Anna Tanner opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Saturday at Gallery 360, 900 S. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. “Fascination” hangs through April 5. Hour: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Info:; (501) 663-2222.


Weekend, Pages 34 on 02/20/2014

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