CITY TALKS Launches with UCA’s Bryan Massey
Contact: Brenda McClain 501.499.3284
For Immediate Release: Conway, AR. … Art on the Green has selected UCA Professor and Sculptor Bryan Massey to launch the Gallery’s series of City Talks. City Talks is a speaker series of authentic, stimulating discussions with sincere, honest, real people. The first in a series is scheduled for February 23, 2018, 5:30 at Art on the Green with Moderator Darren Irby.
Art on the Green’s Gallery Director Brenda McClain said of Massey, “Working with Bryan as an artist is always inspiring. Learning his story is an entirely different level of discourse. We knew immediately that Professor Massey was the person to ‘kick off’ CITY TALKS.”
According to a feature in 501 Life magazine (February 2017), Professor Massey lost four fingers in an accident with a table saw while attending East Carolina State University. Massey told Editor Sonja Keith he was unable to create art or 3D for 18 months. Homelessness two years after the accident only made Massey more determined never to give up. There were days at a time he did not eat, yet he did not steal. “I’d rather go hungry than steal.”
Massey also had challenges when he was first at UCA when he objected to a clause in the university’s constitution that stated it was established for the education of white people. Massey emphasizes he had the support of the administration and UCA Police even though the FBI was called in. He told Keith he had to send his family to North Carolina during this time.
Massey is an Internationally-known sculptor; his work includes the Sidney S. McMath Memorial in Little Rock, the Silas Herbert Memorial in Fayetteville, along with works in Little Rock’s Riverfront Park, Carti Cancer Center’s Sculpture Garden and the Grammy Music Hall of Fame. In Conway, his sculpture of “Otis” is on UCA’s Donaghey Hall building.
Join the Gallery February 23 at Art on the Green, Littleton Park-1100 Bob Courtway in Conway. Doors will open at 5:00 PM, with conversation beginning 5:30 PM, ending at 6:30 PM. Massey will take questions at the conclusion of the conversation. For reservations call 501.205.1922 or log on to artonthegreen.net.
Art on the Green is an artistic vortex drawing skilled artists and art lovers alike, the 3,000 Sq. Ft. gallery not only showcases the works of internationally acclaimed artists in every medium, it transforms art into a living, breathing thing. It’s a symphony of artwork that touches the heart and inspires the mind.
Photo: Professor Massey takes a break from working on “OTIS” for UCA’s Donaghey Hall.
Have you seen our new track lighting?
Heart for the Arts: Light is Transformative
We wrote about the importance of Lighting in a recent Heart for the Arts column for The Log Cabin Democrat, visit the site: http://www.TheCabin.net
We used Lowe’s in Conway and we actually SAVED $10,000 by using their lighting. Yes, Lighting can be transformative!
Stop by Art on the Green anytime between 10 AM and 5 PM Monday – Friday for a peek.
Now, our Art looks better than ever thanks to Lowe’s in Conway.
Art on the Green is proud to be displaying, “Arkansas Naturals” in the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion this summer. Before you attend the mansion to peruse the show, here’s ten facts to give you all the details about the artists, mansion, and inspiration behind the artwork.
- The Arkansas Governor’s Mansion has housed artwork from across the state for 67 years after its completion in 1950, and has been the home of 12 governors
- “Arkansas Naturals” highlights 40 works by six artists whose works depict Arkansas in its many forms.
- The works displayed showcase scenes from across the Natural State, from the Buffalo River to Petit Jean Mountain
- Many of the art pieces focus on still-lifes of flowers or farm animals; this reflects Arkansas’ nickname as the “Natural State,” and our focus on agriculture, livestock, and the scenic beauty of the outdoors
- Jay Ewing, one of the highlighted artists, actually lives in Pasadena, California, but returns to Arkansas to paint landmarks and cities many Arkansans will recognize, like his painting “A Spring on the Corner-Eureka Springs.”
- Linda Flake showcases several pieces in the show, but her work “Gossiping Crows” has one of the best backstories. Flake said she was inspired by the crows she could hear by her cottage in Hot Springs, whose noises reminded her of “little men.”
- Nina Baker, while being a prominently featured artist in the show, also owns the Art on the Green gallery, and is an avid supporter of the arts in Central Arkansas. Her works draw from her faith and the inspiration of scripture in the world, and often showcase the lambs and sheep her family own.
- Three of the artists in the show are actually related; Parilee Croft and Nina Baker are sisters, and Carolyn Baker is Nina’s mother-in-law. The three certainly keep art in the family with their beautiful still-lifes and watercolors that reflect the natural beauty of the state around them.
- Sheila Parsons brings a familiar view off of Petit Jean to life with “Misty Dawn from Petit Jean.” Parsons, a prominent watercolorist and teacher of art classes at Art on the Green, has a long history of painting from the mountain; 60 years’ worth, in fact. She loves the brow depicted in her painting so much she says she wants
her ashes scattered from it.
- There are still tour dates available until the show’s end on August 25th that allow the public to see the works on display in the Governor’s Mansion.
Check out Art on the Green’s Event Page to find dates and times of tours. Reservations are required to see the show. Or call the gallery to coordinate a group showing with your friends! We’ll do the driving and you can relax and enjoy.
Heart for the Arts
Take a look at the Gallery’s latest column in The Log Cabin Democrat.
Artist Martin Peerson
15×11, 22.25×18.5 framed
Many thanks to Debra Hale-Shelton for her great review of our Gallery.
This is Artist Jay Ewing’s
“Along Bathhouse Row”
oil, 8″ x 10″
currently in Arkansas Governor’s Mansion
The Log Cabin Democrat July 15, 2017
Thanks to all for allowing us to talk about the Arts.
Art on the Green centers on this mission: Learn. Teach. Read. See. Understand. All in one place.
Art on the Green is open five days a week, with Art available for purchase. We’re the Gallery where Art comes alive, and creativity is contagious. Make Art On The Green a refuge from the hustle of modern day life. The art collections are amazing. Peace of mind is a bonus.Call us, we’ll open just for you!
For additional information, visit www.artonthegreen.net or call 501.205.1922.
Adrielle Loves Art.
This video. Sweet and adorable.
When told of winning in the Baptist Medical Center’s Art Contest beautiful Adrielle, stunned her parents., Elvis.
Video shows Elvis talking to his oldest daughter.
We hope you love her as much as we love her.
This Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Kep Croft will be giving out treats to her four-legged friends.
Photo above: Parilee Croft and her beloved KEP, Art on the Green’s mascot. Today Kep is in a BumbleBee costume,
wonder what she will wear tomorrow?
Stop by anytime between 2PM and 5PM.
About the photo above:
We have espresso and treats for Kep’s two legged friends too!
Call 501.205.1922 for more information.
Art on the Green has joined Baptist Health Medical Center, Conway for the 2016 Community Art Contest.
Packets will be available October 27th in Art on the Green.
For more information, contact Kelly Booy/501.205.1922
or click here.