Arkansas Delta Artists Represented in New Exhibit at Historic Arkansas Museum

Beans, Corn and Clouds by Norwood Creech

I’m excited to be able to tell you all that two artists from the Arkansas Delta are being featured in an upcoming art exhibit in Little Rock that opens this Friday evening.

Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock unveils a new exhibit on Friday, entitled  Beyond the Expected: Norwood Creech, Paulette Palmer and Edward Wade, Jr. An opening reception honoring the exhibition is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9, from 5-8 p.m. at the museum, located at 200 East Third St. in downtown Little Rock. The event is free and open to the public.

The opening reception also honors another new exhibit featured at the museum,

All Tied Up by Edward Wade, Jr.

Jared Hogue: Mini Faces. The event is being held in conjunction with downtown Little Rock’s 2nd Friday Art Night. In addition to the opening exhibits, two authors will be signing their books in the Museum Store. Edmond Davis will sign copies of his book, Pioneering African American Aviators: Featuring the Tuskegee Airmen of Arkansas. Kat Robinson will have copies of her newly released homage to one of The Natural State’s favorite desserts, Arkansas Pie. Kat has traveled the state, sampling more than 400 different varieties and absorbing stories along the way. Both books will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. John Cook will provide the music for the night’s events.

Gracie and Gomez by Paulette Palmer

Beyond the Expected features the work of three contemporary Arkansas artists. From northeast Arkansas, Norwood Creech presents a collection of photographs, reflecting the rural, agricultural landscape of Arkansas’s Northeastern Delta region, north of Interstate 40. African-American regional Delta artist Ed Wade, who now calls Marianna home, presents his watercolors, drawings, paintings and prints that reflect his friends, family and life in the Arkansas Delta. Mountain View artist Paulette Palmer’s mixed media sculptures evoke fairy tales, memories and children’s stories. In a gesture to Creech and Wade’s Arkansas Delta roots, the museum will feature barbecue from the James Beard award-winning Jones Barbecue Diner in Marianna. The James Beard Foundation named the diner an America’s Classic earlier this year, a first for an Arkansas restaurant. Reception attendees will be able to sample the smoked pork that made the diner famous!For more information, you can log on to or call 501-324-9351.

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