A Gift for Every Taste at our Galleries at Library Square

The Galleries at Library Square are well-known for their popular rotating exhibitions by Arkansas artists. But we find that casual visitors who walk in from the downtown River Market are also captivated by our retail gallery, with its beautiful and affordable art, jewelry, and craftworks. From large, bright paintings to small tokens of affection, the Galleries offer handcrafted gifts carefully chosen by our professional curators. Once you discover how easy the gallery makes your holiday shopping for Christmas, your New Year’s date, or Valentine’s Day, you may stop by as often as CALS staff members do!

In our Galleries:

David and Becki Dahlstedt make stoneware pottery with earthtone glazes. Though the handmade, often classically inspired curves that distinguish each individual piece might lead you to guess “handwash,” the pieces are in fact safe for oven, dishwasher, and microwave. Pitcher ($85) Baking dish ($55)

 

 

 

Cheri Bohn’s delicate glass earrings ($20) and necklace ($30) are both cutting-edge stylish and sensual. Michael Schwade’s copper earrings ($48) and necklace ($225) gives the look and feel of ancient artifacts, inspired by Celtic and Egyptian jewelry to “bring out the inner Cleopatra in every woman.

 

 

 

Gary and Jackie White’s cheeseboards ($30) and garnish boards ($12) pair nicely with these wooden utensils from Red Road Woodworks. The Whites fused Jackie’s knowledge of quilts with Gary’s woodworking expertise to create these quilt-inlay designs. Their work had been sold in the Smithsonian and is popular with collectors.

 

 

 

 

Richard Prewitt’s work recrafts vintage pocket watches and enhances them with jeweled touches to create a look both classic and futuristic. A watch wears well at any time of day. ($25 to $99)

 

 

 

 

Handmade  scarves by Judy Shantz Honey ($30) with ruffled versions in cheerful rustic green, red, and cream. Hat by Tina Oppenheimer ($50)

 

 

 

 

 

John Kushmaul’s Construction Worker on New Bridge ($1200) is part of his series of paintings depicting downtown Little Rock, distinguished by the artist’s brilliant use of color and eye for layered architecture and technology.

 

 

 

Canebrake Secrets is by critically acclaimed artist Angela Davis Johnson, who is best known for her vibrant narrative paintings examining universal connections and southern identity through personal symbols. ($1500)

 

 

 

 

Pati Trippel’s lovely mixed media The Road Home shows her signature use of acrylic-dyed tissue to create natural images vibrant with color. Her work also frequently incorporates natural materials as she weaves fantasy and reality into her paintings.  ($395)

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