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Gallery Walk gets underway tonight

June 2, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.
"Fade to Blue," by Robyn Horn. - Submitted photo

Hot Springs' monthly Gallery Walk features the opening of new art exhibitions showcased in downtown fine art galleries and studio spaces from 5-9 p.m. today.

The following are some of the galleries that will be open for Gallery Walk, according to Facebook posts by the individual galleries, the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance, and news releases:

American Art Gallery

724 Central Ave.

Featuring work by Erselle Hiemstra, Jimmy Leach, Adam Hooker and Virgil Barksdale. Horsetail pottery and pine needle baskets by Valerie Hanks-Goetz. Southwest Jewelry by Ernie Bolieu, who will be present to discuss the design and tradition of the jewelry. Featuring wall art by various artists.

Artists' Workshop Gallery

610-A Central Ave.

Pat Langewis and Kristi Ahlquist, both Hot Springs Village residents, are June's Featured Artists at Artists' Workshop Gallery.

Langewis, "an award-winning artist, has painted in several mediums throughout her career. She holds Signature Membership in four Watercolor Societies. Langewis is an accomplished silk painter, and she will premier her newest silk works stretched on canvas during the month of June. Langewis has lived and traveled in Europe for many years, and her paintings are displayed internationally. She continues to travel and teach art classes for several cruise lines," a news release said.

Ahlquist, originally from Minnesota, now lives in Hot Springs Village. "Her art journey began in 2009 after a life-changing cancer diagnosis. Ahlquist learned to paint, and continues to paint in oil and acrylic, her mediums of choice. She enjoys the realism required of her popular pet portraits rendered in oil. She paints in acrylic and mixed media for her more abstract landscape paintings. When not working in her studio, Ahlquist can be found on the golf course or showing her beloved Cocker Spaniels at dog shows," the release said.

Featured Miniature Artists are June Lamoureux and Dianne Morgan.

Lake Hamilton High School Advanced Placement Art Students are featured in June. "It's a joy to watch them grow and blossom in the spring of their senior year as they are wrapping up their yearlong portfolio of work for the College board," their teacher, Rana Ward, said in the release.

Charlie Mink will entertain visitors with tunes on his dulcimer during Gallery Walk.

Call 501-623-6401 for more information. The gallery is open Sundays noon to 5 p.m., closed Tuesdays, and is otherwise open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DeSoto Rock & Gift Shop

626 Central Ave.

Featuring art, decor, jewelry, as well as an expansive collection of gems and minerals from all over the world.

The Circle Gallery at Emergent Arts

341 Whittington Ave.

Opening of "Rainbow: A Celebration of Color," an exhibition of 2D and 3D work that celebrates color during the Pride month of June. Open for Gallery Walk from 5-8 p.m. The exhibition will close at the end of June.

Justus Fine Art Gallery

827-A Central Ave.

The June exhibit at Justus Fine Art Gallery, 827-A Central Ave., will feature a selection of work by artists including Michael Ashley, Robyn Horn, gallery owner Dolores Justus, Linda Williams Palmer, Sammy Peters, Steven Schneider, Sandra Sell, Gene Sparling, Michael Warrick, and Elizabeth Weber.

The exhibit will be on display through June 30.

Palmer's series of Arkansas Champion Trees was the focus of an award-winning documentary, "Champion Trees," by AETN and a book, "The Champion Trees of Arkansas: An Artist's Journey," by the University of Arkansas Press. Her work is also included in a wide range of public and private collections. Most recently, a series of her tree drawings were showcased in an exhibit with Gene Sparling at Mid-America Science Museum, according to a news release.

The selection of paintings by Schneider reflects his interest in color and abstracted form, inspired by elements of the natural world. His work has been included in public and private collections, along with exhibitions including the Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Art.

"My work is greatly influenced by the natural world and draws inspiration from the color harmonies, values and shape relationships that exist in nature. The subjects chosen resonate a personal experience to me and are of a familiar spirit. They serve to satisfy my need for image making as well as document a place in time," Schneider said in the release.

A new shipment of ceramic pieces by Ashley will also be featured. Ashley earned a BA in painting and ceramics from the College of the Ozarks, did a one-year residency at Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan, and completed an MFA at the University of Mississippi. Along with creating his own work, Ashley currently teaches ceramics and painting at College of the Ozarks in Missouri.

Justus Fine Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment. Call 501-321-2335 or visit for more information.

The Local Art Entity

The Club House, 118 Arbor St.

The Local Art Entity presents Summer Poetry Nights from 5-9 p.m. every first Friday of the month during their Gallery Walk Art Market. The art market also features a family crafting area with a Dream Catcher Workshop from 5-7 p.m. The workshop fee is $10.

The Warehouse

301 Broadway St.

June Pop-Up Gallery from 5-9 p.m. Featuring live music, refreshments, and local art and artists.

Whittington Gallery

307 Whittington Ave.

Mix and mingle with some of the gallery's 60 local artists. Enjoy snacks and refreshments, leisure on the back patio with friends and relax on its ample indoor seating. Plenty of parking on Whittington Avenue. "This is a lively event with lots of friends and fellow art lovers to bump into and catch up with," the gallery said on its Facebook page.

photo "Color my World," by Kristi Ahlquist. - Submitted photo
photo Lake Hamilton graduating AP students with their art. - Submitted photo
photo "Sun Kissed Ozarks," by Pat Langewis. - Submitted photo
photo "Misty Hollow," by Kristi Ahlquist. - Submitted photo
photo "The Final Stretch," by Pat Langewis. - Submitted photo

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