Category: Art Exhibitions

Art around CALS

With the closing of the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, there have been questions about the importance of art to the library system. CALS Art Administrator Colin Thompson assures us that despite a few building changes, the presence of art within the system will remain now, during, and after the Main renovation.

CALS believes that the arts preserve and transmit our heritage,

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PJ Storytime at Children’s was a colorful success!


Parents and kids joined in the Oliver Jeffers fun Thursday, November 17. PJ Storytime is an event that takes place at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center regularly, but this time things were a bit different. Guests were treated to dinner (soup, sandwiches and salad) while everyone hung out in their PJs (even a few adults!).

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Exhibits across CALS

Come for the books, stay for the art. Absolutely not how the saying goes, but right now CALS has several can’t-miss exhibits. These exhibits are free and open to the public during regular business hours at the respective branches.

Jay Youngdahl: What Did You Learn in School Today?

Where: Underground Gallery,

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Art piece to be temporarily removed from Children’s Library


In 2014, the Central Arkansas Library System and Horn Foundation commissioned a sculpture from the renowned artist Alice Guffey Miller to go on the grounds of the CALS Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center. Miller engaged a group of friends and artists to help her create the Imagine Peace sculpture using an oak tree as the base and reclaimed metal to create a bird and flower petals.

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CALS Launching Saturdays at the Galleries

The weekends are for CALS and exploring the amazing variety of artisans that Arkansas has to offer. CALS is hosting “Saturdays at the Galleries,” a series of artist demonstrations at the CALS Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square. This free public event will be held each Saturday from May 28 through August 27 from 11 a.m.

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Guy Choate’s Debut Book Launches with Art Exhibition by Evan Hallmark

Guy Choate is known by a band of enthusiastic followers for his candid, funny nonfiction that he reads at monthly installments of the Argenta Reading Series. This Friday, Choate will celebrate his debut book launch at the Bookstore at Library Square with an exhibition of the book’s artwork by Evan Hallmark and a book signing.

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Fearless at the Fringes: DebiLynn Fendley

Circus of the Imaginings Opens December 13

DebiLynn Fendley makes artwork that is profound and existential in theme, and often classical in technique. In person, she is playfully effervescent, a great conversationalist, and inclined to a sardonic sense of humor.

There’s no contradiction between her serious work and her humorous character.

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Symbols and Shamans: Experience the Art of Matthew Castellano

Matthew Castellano talks fast. He has to keep up with the speed at which his creative ideas are tumbling through his thoughts. Talking to him is a lightning-quick trip through evocative phrases. He’ll mention a powerful folklore archetype in his work, but without elaborating, trusts the listener to get the full meaning from his quick riff,

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