After a series of setbacks this year, local artist collective Art Ventures NWA is set to hire its first executive director. The position will be funded by a $197,800 grant from the Windgate Foundation.
This month, Art Ventures, a nonprofit art gallery, recieved a $10,000 legacy gift from the estate of Fayetteville-based artist Linda Sheets. Sheets gained national recgonition after liscensing her scratchbook design kits to Ampersand Art Supply in 2011. She died of cancer in 2018.
A color pencil portrait of two young women dressed up in gowns with nowhere to go is heading to the U.S. Capitol for a year. The artwork by Autumn Blaylock, who just graduated Fayetteville High School, is titled "Pandemic Prom" and it recently won the Congressional Art Competition for the 3rd District of Arkansas.
MM Kent, an award-winning artist who resides in Fayetteville, has self-published A Coward’s Guide to Oil Painting: the Novel. The coming of age love story is set in the hippie subculture of 1969, with a pair of characters traversing the American South and the wilds of Mexico on two separate quests. And yes, each chapter opens with guidance on painting with oils.