For ages 3 to 5 with an adult. Parents or caregivers participate with their preschoolers in gallery conversations and art-making activities each week to explore color in select artworks from State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. Session includes three consecutive Wednesday classes. $30 ($24 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Minneapolis, Minnesota-based artist Chris Larson creates work with an architectural focus, and builds upon the historical tradition of interrogating the very method of making art, referencing Surrealist automatic drawing, midcentury gestural painting, and the analytic inquiry of conceptual artists. Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Friday, December 5- Saturday, December 6, 2014
Join us in celebrating the end of Prohibition by partaking in libations from an era long ago. Bartenders in Prohibition-era dress will be serving classic, speakeasy cocktails. Costumes are encouraged; mustaches (provided by The Hive) are appreciated. And to really commemorate the day, we’ll be running a special Repeal Day cocktail menu from MON 12.01 – FRI 12.05. Come sip on concoctions like the Bad Moon Rising with dill-coriander infused whiskey, contratto bianco and pomegranate. Cheers!
Friday, December 5, 7 to 8 pm
Many nineteenth-century artists, such as Martin Johnson Heade in Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection, were greatly influenced by Charles Darwin’s 1859 book, On the Origin of Species. Creation, starring Paul Bettany, is a fictionalized biographical account of Darwin’s personal struggles while he was producing his seminal work. Sponsored by Demara Titzer and Fayetteville Legacy Condominiums. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Saturday, December 6, 10 am to 1 pm
Meet the Artist & Demonstration » State of the Art artist Bob Trotman
Stop by the studios any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to meet State of the Art artist Bob Trotman, see how he creates his carved wood sculpture, and learn more about his process, which includes initial drawings, creation of clay maquettes, and full-size drawings before beginning to work in wood. This is a fascinating opportunity for all ages. Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund. Free, no registration required.
Saturday, December 6, 7 to 11 pm
Crystal Bridges College Ambassadors- RE:SPECTIVE
Anyone can create. Everyone is an artist. Let's re:kindle an old flame. Let's make art re:touchable. Re:mix your realm. Re:discover State of the Art. Re:move yourself from the present. Help us re:brand without re:strictions. Above all, re:invent yourself. Again and again. Remember, remember the sixth of December. Re: Featuring... Watch this space for the line-up of local music bands, performances, and artists! Free, register online.
Sunday, December 7, 4 to 5 pm
Spotlight Lecture » State of the Art artist Bob Trotman
Bob Trotman’s wood sculptures are often inspired by literary theater like Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot or David Mamet’s Glengarry GlenRoss. Trotman will discuss his self-taught artistic approach which calls on a long history of wood carving, as well as his recent explorations in incorporating movement in his work, a nod to folk traditions such as the animatronic figures in cuckoo clocks. The artist updates this time-honored approach with references to issues that affect our everyday lives. Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Wednesday, December 10, 6 to 7 pm
Boundless Book Club » The Samurai’s Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama
Boundless is an evening book discussion held in the Library that focuses on diverse individuals with a predisposition for literature and the dialogue they come to share. The Crystal Bridges team selects literary stories that push the boundaries on views of popular culture, current literary trends and genres, and past literary movements. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.