Elsewhere in Entertainment and the Arts:
The art of the Church of Christ
“Contrast, first and foremost”, abstract representations of shape and color by native Little Rock Mallory Newbern, and “The selective views of a nonagenarian on this world”, oil paintings Austin grimes, open with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Episcopal Church of Christ, 509 Scott Street, Little Rock. Covid-19 guidelines will be posted at the door. The exhibition will be in place until September 30. Entrance to the gallery and reception are free. The opening hours of the gallery are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. For more information, send an email [emailÂ protected]
“NEA has talent”
For “NEA has talent” Northeast Arkansas singers, musicians and dancers will perform a number of their choice in front of a panel of judges and an audience, competing for Judges’ Choice and Crowd Favorite ($ 1 in votes). The preliminary competition for 10-17 year olds takes place today at 7 p.m. at the Forum theater, 115 E. Monroe Ave., Jonesboro; for those 18 and over, 7 p.m. Friday. The finals will be held at 7 p.m. on August 3. Grand Prize winners will perform their winning song before a Fall Foundation for the Arts production and receive a season pass to the FOA First Friday / Original concerts. Free entry; members of the public can choose to vote for $ 1 per vote, at events or online at foajonesboro.org. Call (870) 935-2726.
the Small Works on Paper from Arkansas Arts Council 2021 is on display until August 12 at Grande Prairie Arts Center, 108 W. 12th St., Stuttgart. The exhibit includes 38 works by 26 artists from across Arkansas measuring no larger than 18 x 24 inches. The gallery is open with limited visiting hours; visitors should call (870) 673-1781. More information about the exhibit is available at arkansasarts.org.
Gabriel Bruce is the new conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra. (Special to the Democrat-Gazette)
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra has appointed Gabriel Bruce, conductor at Mills University Studies High School and Mills Middle School, as the new conductor and director of the Arkansas Youth Symphony Orchestra, the upper level of the three youth groups of the symphony. Bruce will work with the artistic director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Geoffrey Robson, who led the ensemble, to program the music, rehearse, program and recruit.
The Orchester des jeunes auditions are from August 30 to September 30. 3. More information on eligibility, audition materials, and tuition fees are available at ArkansasSymphony.org or call (501) 666-1761, ext 116. The Youth Orchestra Program 2021- 22 includes a spring residency with violist Jordan Bak, who will perform solo with the Youth Orchestra on April 22, and the annual Side By Side concert, May 1, in which professional musicians from the Arkansas Symphony sit side by side with musicians from the Youth Orchestra.
Bruce previously taught orchestra at the Pine Bluff Schools and was Music Director of the Pine Bluff Youth Symphony Orchestra. A native of Arkansan, he played the trumpet at the University of Central Arkansas at Conway, where he received his BA in Music Education and studied conducting with Arkansas Symphony Music Director David Itkin. He also formed the Conway Chamber Orchestra. He received his master’s degree in conducting from the Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut.
“Made in Arkansas”
“Arkansas Made: Photographs by Rett Peek,” main photographer for the second edition of Arkansas Historical MuseumThe recently released “Arkansas Made Vol. I & II” will be on display Friday in the museum’s Second Floor gallery, 200 E. Third St., Little Rock. An interview featuring Peek will preview on Facebook for Virtual 2nd Friday Art Night, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. The museum’s opening hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Entrance to the galleries and parking are free. Call (501) 324-9351 or visit historicarkansas.org.