Pulaski Heights Elementary fundraising celebration of the arts featuring local and nationally recognized artists. A magical night of music, food, drinks and vibrant art, Picassos, the primary fundraiser for Pulaski Heights Elementary, returns Saturday, March 7, 2020 to The Museum of Discovery in Downtown Little Rock.
The adults-only event runs 6:30 – 9 p.m. Tickets cost $15 per person in advance or may be purchase for $25 at the door. The evening includes opportunities to bid on art in both a silent and live auction hosted by Craig O'Neill. In its 17th year, Picassos has gained a reputation not only as a marvelous celebration of the arts but as a reliable venue to purchase vibrant and coveted artwork created by local and nationally acclaimed artists and craftsmen. Large group pieces created by PHE students and themed baskets will be auctioned to the highest bidder at this year’s event. In addition to providing needed equipment and supplies for PHE’s art classroom, the funds raised through this high profile, community-based event offer the school’s students access to enrichment opportunities including weekly garden instruction and annual visits to the Children's Theater at the Arkansas Arts Center. Picassos dollars also ensure student participation in annual academic competitions and allow for the gifting of books to every child in the school.
Watch Matt McLeod finish "A Beautiful Day in Hillcrest" LIVE tonight at Picassos!
We are obsessed
Tomorrow- Saturday, I’ll be finishing this giant 4’x4’ piece up LIVE at the @arkmod for the @phe_picassos event! Silent auction starts at 6:30 pm, I will also have 5 other pieces up for grabs along with prints and stickers. This piece is titled “somebody to someone” featuring 36 unique faces. If you come by, stop and tell me hello! I’ll see you there! •
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Live auction item alert!
"Fourth and Fifth Grade Fiesta"
48x48 acrylic on canvas
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The getting-out-of-the-house weather is here. Follow those urges and bring yourself to the Museum of Discovery from 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, March 7, for Pulaski Heights Picassos. The every-other-year event is the primary fundraiser for PHE. It’s a massive art auction featuring artists Times readers know and love, including Baxter Knowlton, Emily Wood, Kat Wilson, Matt White, Jenn Perren, John Kushmaul and Milkdadd.
Come see and bid on some of Milkdadd's art this Saturday at Picassos!
"Long before I started painting faces, I painted swamps, cypress trees, old houses, wildflowers, bugs, and berries," Milkdadd told us. "I believe the south is a magical place, and I will always want things to be warm, sweet, and polite."
You guys. We can't say enough great things about another Picassos supporter at the Rembrandt level, Eric Rob & Isaac. Not only are they an event sponsor but a couple of their teammates have worked big time behind the scenes designing t-shirts, yard signs, event programs and even getting us on tv. We so appreciate you Eric Rob & Isaac! Can't wait to hang with you on Saturday night!
Born March 11, 1991 in a small town of Jefferson County, Mark Payne was the youngest of eight children and didn’t speak until he was 4. To combat this, he found his voice through art and communicated his thoughts and feelings by drawing or building things out of blocks. He attended the University of Pine Bluff Arkansas, where they empowered him to become better at communicating his thoughts and emotions through various mediums. This led him to attend the University of Cincinnati to push himself further to develop a sense of freedom that he would like to share with other people that lost or don’t have a voice.
His recent work is the idea of bringing his painting to the tangible world by providing a way for participants to merge into his micro-utopia while breaking free from their structuralized train of thought. He uses big human size hollow forms, such as O’s and boxes, with the use of his own symbiology as a point of access into his world. Like a portal. From there he trie to keep the viewer’s attention with the use of color, line, shape, and form. He tries to make my color choices visually pleasing to him and the viewers, but also providing tension. He also uses symbols for a person to explore his world, while also developing their own interpretation about his work.
Pulaski Heights is getting ready for this year’s PHE Picassos. The event is Saturday, March 7 and runs from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Museum of Discovery. Tickets can be purchased for …
A special sponsor shoutout to another Rembrandt sponsor, Newmark Moses Tucker Partners!
Newmark Moses Tucker Partners is a full-service commercial real estate operation. They offer a full spectrum of commercial real estate services for clients throughout Arkansas. The firm’s headquarters is in downtown Little Rock. Thank you Newmark Moses Tucker!
So much COOL STUFF coming in this week for Pulaski Heights Picassos. Like these summertime sassy beaded bracelets by Indigo Workshop. We've always loved Jann Greenland's glass work and our kids will adore her new colorful line of beaded wearables.
Feeling super jazzed about featuring Carol Willbanks' abstract titled, "A Thinking Thing," at Picassos this year (we don't mind the slick engraved black frame, either.) Willbanks lives in Morrilton and is a member of the Conway League of Artists. This group's supported visual artists in Central Arkansas for nearly 50 years. League members, we hope to see you next week!
#Picassos #CarolWillbanks #ConwayLeagueofArtists
Let's celebrate another awesome Picassos sponsor at the Rembrandt level, The Charlotte John Company! Thanks so much with an extra special thanks to agents Janet Flegal - The Charlotte John Co., Jonie Burks, Realtor - The Charlotte John Company, @Jill.g.childers and @rettbthompson.
They have a team of highly-seasoned real estate professionals dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized service for all of their clients. They help all of their clients achieve their real estate goals.
Bid on the recording session you've always wanted at HIllcrest's Fellowship Hall Sound. Pulaski Heights Picassos.
When you party down with us March 7, you'll be supporting the teachers that make PHE special. Proceeds help fund important trainings and materials needed for our educators throughout the year. And a whole lot more.
Who's ready for a vacation?
Stay tuned during the live auction on March 7 for a special treat!
Our most honored Picassos guest: Al Green! Painted by one of our favorite Arkansas portrait artists, Baxter Knowlton. Knowlton hails from the Southern literary town of Oxford, Mississippi, and studied art at Yale. We can't wait to see "Al Green" in person March 7.
We'd like to give a special sponsor shoutout to Hodge Orthodontics! They are one of the Picassos sponsors at the Rembrandt level!
If your child (or you!) is looking for orthodontic care in a friendly and comfortable environment please make sure to visit Dr. Hodge and her team!
Thank you for your sponsorship Hodge Orthodontics!
A community started Picassos and it remains the backbone of this special art event today. Behind some of the works you'll see on March 7th are local art entrepreneurs. Like Sandy Hubler, the woman behind "Careless," a dreamy painting en plein air. Hubler owns The Showroom, a custom frame shop in Little Rock.
It's a delight to see one of the world's most powerful female role models through the eyes of Little Rock artist Emily Moll Wood. Wood works primarily in watercolor, but she's experimental in her approach. When she's not working in her studio, Wood teaches painting and drawing at the Arkansas Arts Center. We're honored to feature her work, "Frida," at Pulaski Heights Picassos. Please stay tuned, as we'll unveil the art and people behind this big event over the next two weeks!
We are SO excited to have John Kushmaul and his amazing work at our sale again this year! He has donated SIX pieces that will be auctioned off and they are so good! We are just sharing one with you today because we want you to come to the event on March 7 to see them all in person! Or we are offering mobile bidding this year in case you aren't able to make the event- details about that to come!
We are very happy to introduce you to this week’s #FeaturedArtistFriday, Nathan Moore of Rosebud Furniture. Rosebud is a Little Rock-based business devoted to building high-quality, unique handmade chairs and other woodwork. Creative design and attention to craftsmanship give the chairs personality that you can't get from mass-produced imported furniture.
Rosebud has donated an incredible pair of cane-back chairs with blue leather that we are SO happy to share with you. We are so excited to have furniture for sale this year!
Kindergarten art is finished! They painted paper, cut shapes, and then worked on placement! So happy with how they turned out!
Todays #FeaturedArtistFriday is Milkdadd!
Milkdadd is an internationally collected, self-taught artist residing in Little Rock, Arkansas and originally from a small Louisiana town. Inspired by her fascination with body language and facial expressions, Milkdadd’s often evolving style never seems to fit into one category, but the theme that remains unshaken is her obsession with faces. One can expect to see a variety of mediums through out her work including spray paint, chalk, charcoal, and bold colored acrylics. Milkdadd has been featured in local art shows, small businesses, and pop up events. Watch her process and stay up to date with future events by following ‘milkdadd’ on social media.
Title: 'providence to phoenix'
size: 16 in. x 20 in.
mediums used: acrylic, ink, spray paint
completed in : 2020
We have shared his work before, but wanted to tell you more about this artist and what he is doing! Introducing today’s Feature Artist Friday:
Matthew Castellano is a multimedia artist born in South Florida in 1985 and lived there until 2010 where he fell in love with skateboarding and creating art. He currently lives in Little Rock with his wife, Melanie Castellano, where he has shifted to a more professional focus. He creates the majority of his art at home and gallery 360. Not only has he displayed a lot of his own work over the past eight years, he has also curated several shows at gallery 360 accompanied by other local artists; both professional and emerging. His work has been exhibited within the tri-state area as well as in Florida. It has been featured in juried exhibitions including “Small Works on Paper” presented by the Arkansas Arts Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage in 2014 and 2017. His work is focused on creating a world in which imagination rules. Through minimalism and symbols it seeks to find a calming point in an attempt to simplify an overly complicated world. He explores a mixture of mediums and utilizes a balance of color and illustration to convey the constant struggle of man versus civilization. Producing daily and collaborating with other artists, he is constantly developing new ideas.
Personifying my feelings about humanity while exploring the idea of humanity versus Civilization in existence and conflict, and in struggles and triumphs; both realistically and abstractly. Using a minimalistic style as a means to take a chaotic world and open it up with simplicity by applying a variety of media to convey all aspects of the human experience
Get ready! Fourth graders started zentangling this table today! It's going to be SO good!
Sneak peek of the BEAUTIFUL second grade art!!! Class art is SO good this year!
Our Feature Artist Friday this week is Jennifer Perren (Jenn Perren Studio). She has given us four(!) fabulous paintings, that are all part of a series called “Side Eye,” for Picassos on March 7. They look fabulous hung up as a collection, and equally great on their own! Jennifer is definitely an artist to collect!
Jennifer Perren is a mixed media artist living in Little Rock, Arkansas. She earned her BFA with an emphasis in printmaking and completed the Donaghey Scholars Honors Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Since then, Jennifer has been a Hot Springs National Park Artist in Resident and a Penland School of Crafts Work-Study Scholarship recipient. Currently, she is teaching in the ceramics department at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School.
Learn more and check her out!
Facebook: Jenn Perren Studio
Just a sneak peek of a few of the gorgeous works by Catherine Caldwell we will have this year! We have several more that we can't wait for you to see March 7 at the Museum of Discovery!
This gorgeous set of monoprints by G. Herbert was gifted to us from the collection of Michael Warrick! They were done in 1976 and are dreamy!
Todays #FeaturedArtistFriday is Tonya McNair
We are so excited to have Tonya McNair donate again to Picassos 2020. She was one of our top sellers in 2018 and there is no question why! Tonya has so generously donated four large paintings one of which will be in our live auction and then many smaller poured paint paintings that we all love.
Tonya is an artist from Little Rock who has been chosen as one of the 30 top Arkansas Artists by the Rockefeller Foundation. For years her paintings were hung on Michigan Avenue in the Magnificent Mile, and currently she has art hanging in homes and businesses from Illinois to Miami. She is now working and painting commissions locally and from out-of-state.
We picked up some fun, gorgeous art yesterday!
With the new year we are starting a new series, #FeaturedArtistFriday. Each Friday we will be showcasing one of the amazing artists who will be selling their work at Picassos 2020. Picassos is Pulaski Heights Elementary’s primary fundraiser, a live and silent art auction, which will be held at the Museum of Discover March 7, 2020.
We are so excited to introduce you to our first #FeaturedArtist, Michael Warrick. Michael has provided us with two sculptures that are part of a series he began not long after his son was born 20 years ago. These house forms are in honor of people who are special to his family. Each house has been given as a way to say thank you for the special gift of their friendship.
PHE is so lucky to have these pieces of Michael’s work to sell. His career as a sculptor spans over three decades! He has work in 15 states and in China and Ireland. His name may sound familiar to you if you have visited some of Little Rock’s awesome sculpture gardens and seen his work. Learn more about Michael Warrick at the following links:
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Donated this pieces to @phe_picassos “art with heart” this year ❤️
Intaglio print with Chine Colle accents .
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Werk in progress ... 🎨 feeling a little attached, but this girl’s headed to the auction @phe_picassos!! 🥰 #spiritartist #wip #arkansasartist #artistsoninstagram
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A magical night of music, food, drinks and vibrant art, Picassos, the primary fundraiser for Pulaski Heights Elementary, returns Saturday, March 7, 2020 to The Museum of Discovery in Downtown Little Rock. The adults-only event runs 6:30 – 9 p.m. Tickets cost $25 per person in advance or may be purchased at the door. The evening includes opportunities to bid on art in both a silent and live auction. In its 17th year, Picassos has gained a reputation not only as a marvelous celebration of the arts but as a reliable venue to purchase vibrant and coveted artwork created by local and nationally acclaimed artists and craftsmen. Large group pieces created by PHE students and themed baskets will be auctioned to the highest bidder at this year’s event. In addition to providing needed equipment and supplies for PHE’s art classroom, the funds raised through this high profile, community-based event offer the school’s students access to enrichment opportunities including weekly garden instruction and annual visits to the Children's Theater at the Arkansas Arts Center. Picassos dollars also ensure student participation in annual academic competitions and allow for the gifting of books to every child in the school.
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