Downtown Rogers Art on the Bricks Monthly Art Walk features "Bigger, Bigger, Biggest!"
ROGERS, AR--The June Art on the Bricks Art Walk, scheduled for Thursday, June 13th, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., showcases visual art, dance and live music in multiple locations in Downtown Rogers. Among the 24 pop-up galleries there are several artists exhibiting large scale art. Art patrons are invited to go on a scavenger hunt for the big, Bigger and BIGGEST works of art. This monthly art walk takes place throughout downtown Rogers and offers free admission to pop-up art galleries where patrons may see and purchase art, see art demos, listen to live music, enjoy receptions and meet artists from across NW Arkansas.
The dynamic works of Fayetteville artist Ray Allen Parker are found at the Rogers Experimental House at 121 W Walnut. On display are seven expansive oil on canvas portraits by Parker, who was born in San Diego, California and grew up in rural Egypt, Arkansas. He took his firs
t painting class at the University of Arkansas where he earned a B.A. and M.A. in English and spent his 30-year career in retail communications and advertising. He then returned to his lifelong interest in portrait and figure painting. When asked about the inspiration for his work, Parker responded, “I believe in heroic painting, so I create large-scale works that explore the human figure and the intricate topography of the face. I try to recreate my subjects in a convincing, painterly way so the painting feels like the person …. the bigger, the better. My goal is to express these figures in a profoundly fresh way and locate within them -- and ourselves -- something transcendent, larger than ourselves.” Visitors to the Art on the Bricks Art Walk exhibit will notice Parker’s paintings are significantly bigger than life. Parker will be available to greet the public and the media from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m..
Going big at the Zephyr Blevins Gallery at Arkansas Public Theatre, 116 S 2nd Street, are the works of NWA photographer, Diana Michelle. Her large-scale works are included in a show titled “Darkness Through Light,” a collection of works she calls “haunting.” Blevins will be on site during Art on the Bricks.
The Art Collective Gallery, located at 228 S 1st Street, is new to the region and making a BIG splash with large scale art. Patrons are invited to see the impressive works of Victor Rodriquez, acrylic on canvas; Frank DeAngelis, Mixed Media; and Eddie Love V, Mixed Media among others.
Also featuring large works are the pop-up galleries are Kayla Ratcliff, exhibiting her acrylic wildlife paintings at Hapa's Hawaiian Bar & Grill, 105 S 3rd Street. Amy Eichler and Stephen Coburn have large scale work at Hark & Herald, 120 W Walnut Street and Jim Johnson is showcasing celebrity portraits among his acrylic works of art at the Historic Rogers Bank Building at 114 S 1st Street.
Following the art walk, make plans to have dinner in one of the locally owned restaurants, grab a drink at a bar and stroll the historic streets of Downtown Rogers or head to the DTR market for Latin dance lessons and music from Luis NWA Dance Instructor from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. The first 30 minutes will include a dance class followed by dancing to the Latin beat and concessions will be open for beverages and snacks.
About Downtown Rogers Art on the Bricks--Art on the Bricks Art Walk showcases the art of regional artists while enhancing the artistic and cultural opportunities of Downtown Rogers. The 2nd Thursday of each month locally owned businesses host pop-up galleries and provide a free, family friendly experience. Presented by Go Downtown Rogers in partnership with business owners and area non-profit organizations, guest artists from across NW Arkansas are given the opportunity to exhibit, demonstrate and sell their work. Talented artists, craftsmen and musicians bring their products to the shops and restaurants and provide an exciting opportunity for the public to explore the businesses and meet the artists. Participating businesses are located on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Streets as well as Arkansas Street, Walnut Street and Elm Street in Downtown Rogers. The list of businesses and artists change from month to month, but the art experiences in downtown Rogers will consistently provide new and interesting opportunities to connect with the arts community and support locally owned businesses. Art on the Bricks is honored to showcase Downtown Rogers as a destination location for nightlife and art experiences.
The list of participating businesses and artists in the June 13th Art on the Bricks Art Walk are found below and online HERE.
Walnut Street: Fresh Harvest Tasting Room- Becky Christenson, Mixed Media Olive Oil and Balsamic Tastings Gateway Mortgage-Exhibits 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Ashley Pool, Watercolor; Alcohol Ink, Photography Envision Nutrition- Dance With Me Studio by Aura, Dance Hark & Herald Co.- Stephen Coburn, Photography Amy Eichler, Acrylics Beth Lenderman, Oils Tiffany Foster Smith, Mixed Media Dr. Sam Smith, Wooden Cross Art Mollie Love- Janie Baber, Acrylic B. Styled-NEW BUSINESSS! Art Walk Patron & Private Opening Party Featuring Vintage Jewelry, libations and Hors d'oeuvres, 4-8 p.m. Rogers Experimental House- Featuring Ray Allen Parker, Oil on Canvas Kiersten Sundberg, multi-media Marie Haley, Water Marbling Josh Meredith, Photography Barb Stone, Jewelry Moonbroch Brewing Company LIVE MUSIC Murals by Artist Hayden Hess Live Music Moonshine Devils, 7 - 9 p.m. Hammontree's Grilled Cheese Cristian Murillo, Acrylic and Mixed Media
Arkansas Street: Ozark Beer Co.- Adrianna Patrucco, Oils DTR Market- Latin Rogers Dance Party w/Luis NWA Dance Instructor Locust Street: Timberwolf Sawmill (NEW TO THE ART WALK) Open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. NWA Urban Wood, custom cut slabs, live edge finishing Ozark Collaborative (NEW TO THE ART WALK) Open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. A collection of creative works of numerous NWA artisans 1st Street: Historic Bank of Rogers (Featured Property Available for Lease) Jim Johnson, Acrylics The Gathering in Rogers Jim Young, Van Hollow Pottery Cindy Ho, Plein Air Artist Selah Design Studio Lisa Blount, Photography The Art Collective Gallery Original works by local and global artists Featuring the works of Victor Rodriquez, acrylic on canvas Frank DeAngelis, Mixed Media Eddie Love V, Mixed Media. DTR Market-6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Rogers Latin Dance Night
2nd Street: Ed Cooley Gallery Ed Cooley, Photography 121 S 2nd Street (Featured Property Available for Lease) Adrianna Patrucco, Oil Painting Kathy Vaughn, The Copper Rose Jewlery Beth Erbe, Cutting Edge Glass Creations Arkansas Public Theatre-Zephyr Blevins Gallery Diana Michelle, "Darkness Through Light" Photography Studio 300-300 N 2nd Street-LIVE MUSIC 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Featured artist: David Rew, Mixed Media Landscapes Adam Mangold, Musical Performance/Piano (Adam is now accepting beginning piano students for Fall) Babes of Mud & Fire-300 N 2nd Street NEW TO THE ART WALK! 4 seasoned female potters with our senior member celebrating her 80th birthday this year Mary Curtis, Pottery Margery Shore, Pottery Janet Cross, Pottery Lisa Crews, Pottery
3rd Street: Hapa's Hawaiian Bar & Grill Kayla Ratcliff, Acrylics