Phenomena of Change – Historic Arkansas Museum

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LITTLE ROCK (January 30, 2013) – Historic Arkansas Museum is proud to present Phenomena of Change: Lee Cowan, Mary Ann Stafford and Maria Botti Villegas in the Trinity Gallery for Arkansas Artists, February 8 through May 5, 2013. There will be a free opening reception on February 8, 5 – 8 p.m., in conjunction with downtown Little Rock’s 2nd Friday Art Night. Live music will be provided by Mickey Rigby and Friends. The artists’ works will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. Also opening that night is Treasures of Arkansas Freemasons: 1838 – 2013, featuring George Washington’s Inaugural Bible (on exhibit during 2nd Friday Art Night and February 9 only) and George Washington’s Family Bible (on exhibit through July 12). An earlier release was sent out about the Freemason exhibit and can be resent upon request. As part of 2nd Friday Art Night, a free shuttle is available to transport visitors to other Art Night venues. Shuttle service ends at 8:30 p.m. 
            Phenomena of Change features the work of three divergent artists. Lee Cowan’s outdoor sculptures reflect her mid-life move to Stone County and offers up such surprise materials as snake skins, arrowheads, hog-nose rings and rusted brake rotors. “My hope is that you find yourself grinning out loud,” she says. Maumelle artist Mary Ann Stafford takes inspiration from exploring her home state of Arkansas and works primarily in pastels, ink, color pencils and other media that enhance what she considers her fundamental method, drawing. El Dorado artist Maria Botti Villegas brought with her from her native Argentina an interest in the rhythm of color in spatial configuration. Recently, she has explored the dynamic changes of form through space and time.
Also on exhibit:
• Recent Acquisitions: A Collection Vision, 2008 – 2012
• The Civil War in Arkansas
• We Walk in Two Worlds: The Caddo, Osage and Quapaw in Arkansas (permanent)
• Marty Smith: Perfect Balance
• The Knife Gallery (permanent)

Historic Arkansas Museum is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the galleries and parking are free; tours of historic grounds are $2.50 for adults, $1 for children under 18, $1.50 for senior citizens. The Historic Arkansas Museum Store is open 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Historic Arkansas Museum is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, which was created in 1975 to preserve and enhance the heritage of the state of Arkansas. Other agencies of the department are Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Old State House Museum.
Digital images are available to accompany coverage this exhibit. Please call Ellen Korenblat at
(501) 324-9304 or email [email protected]

Ellen Korenblat
Communications Director

200 E. Third St.
Little Rock, AR 72201
501-324-9351 main
501-324-9304 direct
501-324-9345 fax