This month’s popular First Thursday Fayetteville event is hosted in part by the 540 Film Festival which kicks off this evening. There will be an opening ceremony and reception from 5 – 7 pm in the Fayetteville Town Center. For a complete guide to the film festival including show times, locations and synopses, check out our Flyer Guide: 540 Film Festival.
As always, both Fayetteville Underground and ddp gallery are featuring new art exhibit openings and receptions on the Downtown Square.
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Works by Leon Niehues – Sculptural basketry
Leon Niehues is a studio basket maker living and working in Huntsville, Arkansas. His baskets are made from the young white oak trees that grow in his immediate area of the Ozarks. While using traditional splint techniques, he has added innovative ideas, new construction methods, and simple design elements that dramatically change his oak baskets into exciting contemporary pieces.
The Gift of Art – Group Show
Hive and Vault Galleries
This November, all of the Fayetteville Underground Artists have come together to provide holiday gift artwork. All month long, both the Hive and the Vault galleries will be full of hand-crafted gift ideas such as smaller paintings, drawings and hand-dyed fabric and paper prints. Artists include William Mayes Flanagan, Leilani Law, Kelly Price-Colston, Jan Gosnell, Dana Idlet, Gregory Moore, Basil Seymour-Davies and gallery newcomers Jennifer Libby Fay and Sabine Schmidt.
Art for the Holidays – Gifts starting at less than $20
E Street Gallery
The E Street Gallery of Fine Crafts is unveiling many new works that are great for gift giving this holiday season including jewelry, coffee mugs, custom blown glass chandeliers and unique vessel sinks.
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This month, ddp gallery presents Project Feed Local, an exhibition benefiting Northwest Arkansas Food Bank and Fayetteville Independent Business Alliance. The exhibit, which opens tonight, is a collaborative effort featuring more than 50 regional artists including University of Arkansas ceramics artists.
Each completed artwork is made from a grocery bag and will be priced at $60. Of that, $40 will go to the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank while the remainder is split between artist and gallery. Tyson Foods, Inc. is matching 5 pounds of food for every dollar raised.
Also benefitting from the exhibit is the Fayetteville Independent Business Alliance (FIBA). Jeannie Hulen and Amanda Salov, both professors of ceramics for the University of Arkansas have recruited students and friends to create unique ceramic cups utilizing the “Keep Fayetteville Funky” slogan which was coined by Liz Slape, co-founder of FIBA.
Slape has pledged the profits from this idea to the year-old alliance indefinitely. FIBA’s goal is to seek to ensure a vibrant and sustainable economy based on locally owned businesses.
To ease parking needs, the paid parking lot next to the East Square Plaza building (to the east) will be open for free parking tonight.