Art Ventures represents a diverse group of regional and local artists who will be showcasing some of their finest works that are available for sale to the public. Come to the gallery for the visual feast of art in a variety of media and disciplines including film and digital photography, graphic design, metal, marble and wood sculpture, oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, drawing, glass and many more….
Boston Mountain Potters Association is composed of professional potters, educators, business owners and lovers of pottery. Their purpose is to promote the appreciation of ceramics and to promote the education of the clay arts. This exhibition and sale features the works of Janet Cross, Mary Curtis, Teresa Griffith, Gailen Hudson, Andrea Guidry, Rodney Johnson, and Margery Shore.
Project Based Learning is defined as learning by finding a real world problem, creating a solution and presenting that solution to the public. Art Ventures is honored to present solutions to real world issues through the efforts of young people in our community.
The Illinois River Salon is a juried event featuring artwork celebrating the beautiful Illinois River Watershed of Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma. The Salon is a program of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership which seeks to improve and presence the water quality in the watershed by educating and motivating us to take positive personal actions and work together for greater impact.
"As a child growing up in the Ozarks I used to construct rain houses out of scraps of lumber, cardboard, branches, whatever - so when the rain began I could stay outside, semi-dry and revel in the primal joy of water, wood, rocks, trees, earth, light. This is why I paint." This is no understatement about Lee Ann's connection to nature through all of her senses. The loose, abstract quality of her brush marks contradicts teh super-realistic impression of her landscape paintings.
Kathleen is a retired teacher and painter who likes to think of herself as an experimental artist, specifically drawn to the abstract. She says her most successful paintings come from a combination of memory, imagination, and suggestion.
Niehues says of his work, "I have been making baskets, sculptural baskets, and now bentwood sculpture for 36 years. My home and studio are in Huntsville, AR, which is Northwest Arkansas, the Ozarks. While using traditional materials and techniques I have added innovative ideas, methods of construction, and new and unique materials such as 3-M emery cloth, paint, and brass and stainless mini machine screws for connections. These processes and materials have led to work that is more complex and hopefully more interesting. One reason I think my work is attractive to the viewer is because it is old and new at the same time. I harvest my materials from my 40 acre woods where i enjoy working and being part of the natural world."
McDonald says about his work, "The artist and plant both depend on light for existence. By uniquely capturing the light, color, and gesture of these familiar subjects, I strived to evoke a new appreciation of these familiar botanical objects.
All of the subjects save the lettuce bowl and the ferns come from my garden in Fayetteville or on my rural land in Newton County. While most of these photographs emote life, beauty, and vibrancy, the image of decaying wood courtesy of fungus and lichen reveals the final stage of all plants quietly returning to the soil in order to provide for the infinite possibilities of its next cycle of life."
Robyn Horn: Form Is Function showcases a selected group of scultures and paintings by Arkansas Treaure Robyn Horn. The artist works in wood creating massive ten-foot sculptures such as Already Set in Motion that was installed at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2011 and Will it Fall to the smaller yet monumental sculptures that will be exhibited at the Fayetteville Underground Gallery in September.
Art Ventures Gallery (formerly Fayetteville Underground) invites you to our monthly Sunday Salon Artist Talk, a special community rendezvous where Rashad Delph will discuss discuss the selections from his private collection that are on exhibit at the Gallery. Please come and learn how he values artists and art and how he makes his decisions to collection art works across the globe. This event is free to the public. All are welcome.
CONTEMPORARY ART IN NATIVE AMERICA: DEEP ROOTS Contemporary Art In Native America: Deep Roots is a featured exhibition for August highlighting artists, Roy Boney, Leah Cowden, Jeff Edwards, Wanbli Gamache and Bobby C. Martin as they express the impact of life through their art, and the ownership of intellectual cross-currents that inform the contemporary art space within which they reside. Their works signify experiences at the root of their cultural survival to these times. These artists come from a background of deep participation as citizens of the Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation card holder, enrolled Muscogee, or identifying in the Indigenous diaspora because of movement and mixture. This exhibition in supported by the Walmart Foundation
"OUR PLACE / REAL LIFE" The Gallery becomes another foil for our place in the Northwest Arkansas Region. We highlight three artists, Gentle, Rankine and Taylor, who reside and work n the nearby town of Eureka Springs. Fayetteville Underground Gallery also shares in the real-life concerns of individuals beyond the aesthetic. In the case of Dylan Mortimer, real-life and art converge in an instrumental portrayal of his struggles with cystic fibrosis. Joëlle Storet, a 2017 Cystic Fibrosis Finest Honoree, introduces Dylan to Fayetteville and neighboring friends. Meet Dylan as he talks about his art, how it collides and coincides with the disease he struggles with daily. Let's help find a cure.
"BETWEEN EGYPT AND MURANO: CONTEMPORARY GLASSWORKS" The Fayetteville Underground Gallery invites you to our June 2017 exhibit featuring Glassworks in celebration of the artists and artisans who bring it directly to the community. As we enjoy the incredible works of Dale Chihuly at Crystal Bridges Museum this month, visit the Fayetteville Underground Gallery for a close and personal experience with the works of local and regional artists.
“LA FEMME: A TREATISE ON CONFLUENCE” The Fayetteville Underground Gallery invites you to our May 2017 exhibit featuring magnificently diverse artworks that are a confluence of creative feminine force. Join us in our celebration of “les femmes,” all with Arkansas roots that reflect the highest levels of craftsmanship.
“MURDER OF CROWS: THE END HATE COLLECTION” The April 2017 exhibit highlighted the work of artist V.L. Cox who creates two-dimensional and three-dimensional works representing discrimination against women, African Americans, immigrants and LGBT people. V.L. Cox has exhibited throughout Arkansas, in Texas, Illinois, New York City, Washington, DC and other cities around the country.
Celebrating Black History Month Leo Smith, African American videographer and Phil Deffebaugh, both of Fayetteville, collaborate with Fayetteville Underground Gallery to conduct and film interviews of local elders about their life experience living in Northwest Arkansas. The NWA-African American Heritage Association and Fayetteville Underground exhibition is funded in part by an Arkansas Arts Council cooperative grant.
Cultural Commentary The Artist Exhibition in January 2017 featured Delta Exhibition Award winner LaDawna Whiteside. Her minimalist work "chronicles change over time" in the American South. Also featured is Michael Shaeffer whose expressivist portraits juxtapose as also "change over time" in the American South. Guest artists include Stacy Bates and Cheryl Kellar.
Artists of Northwest Arkansas The ANA presents its most prestigious annual event that showcases members’ artwork and the work of artists in the surrounding region, including the works of artists from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. Artists’ entries were selected through a juried process that began during summer. A three-person blind jury selected 70 works from 42 regional artists. Reflecting on the process, Regional Show Chair Rose Bartlett Clark describes the experience as “amazing.” Adding that “being able to see all the works submitted has been the ultimate gift.”
Traveling Arts Fiesta: Fall Landscapes Fayetteville Underground Gallery is proud to partner with Traveling Arts Fiesta to present “Fall Landscapes: Here and There,” a juried show of thirteen original works of art produced by five Latinas from around the state. The exhibit will open with a short lecture, “The Art and Architecture of Havana.”
Lisa Krannichfeld Lisa was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, in an interesting mix of a Chinese family living in the American South. Her experiences growing up in these two intermixing cultures and their traditions have greatly influenced her work, which primarily focuses on the woman, as its subject.
Glitch GLITCH is a show comprised of local and national artists who push the limits of visual technology. It features both print and video installations. The artists circuit-bend VHS players, convert images to audio and back again, combine stop motion animations and data corruption, find out what darkness looks like to a camera, print Snapchat filter glitches with 17th century processes, and rip the seams from seamless panoramas.
Ron Lutz has been involved in photography for over 40 years. His photographic
journey includes photographing school sports using a 4x5 vintage press camera,
creative photographic experiments, many years of photography and darkroom work for
a worldwide corporation, black and white fine art work, digital media, and full circle back
to the methods of the early photographers.
Carole Smith Carole Smith's work is inspired in part by the beauty of nature and the unique qualities of watercolors. She says the beauty we see in nature is transient, ever changing as the light moves across trees, across a field. Trying to capture that on a still picture plan can be eluding. Watercolor is a medium so well suited to play in the way the paint and water react on the surface of the paper, simpatico, if you will. This quiet medium, as opposed to acrylic or oil canvases' screaming color, reflects the subtle changes ever present in the landscapes around us.
Terry Shoffner T.W. Shoffner has spent more than twenty years working exclusively with watercolor. His use of mood and atmosphere add an impressionistic feeling to his representational work, creating an illusion that engages the viewer’s imagination, giving the observer a sense of participation.
This retrospective examines the life’s work of Tim West including exclusive limited edition prints of his pastoral landscape etchings from the 1980’s, multi-media erotic art, his sketchbook, and portraits of Tim by Diana Michelle Hausam.
Tim West’s early colorful pastoral depictions of his life and land evolved into slightly disturbing but wildly fantastical later works of erotica.