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ARKANSAS STATE CAPITOL TO HOST EXHIBIT ON CHAMPION TREES
State Tour of Champion Trees Art Exhibit Continues
(January 13, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Selected works from Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey will be on display from January 13 2013 in the Lower-Level Gallery of the Arkansas State Capitol. The statewide touring exhibit features the drawings and documentation of selected Arkansas champion trees by Hot Springs artist Linda Williams Palmer. The public is invited to view the exhibit through February 12 during the Capitol’s regular hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There is no admission fee.
“Arkansas is such a beautiful state and nothing shows it better than our state’s trees. Combining this natural beauty with the work of our artists allows visitors to our Capitol to view the variety of landscapes and artisans that Arkansans know and love,” said Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin.
Secretary Martin added, “All Arkansans should be proud of this limited Capitol exhibit.”
The exhibit explores Arkansas’s natural and artistic heritage and inspires viewers to celebrate the beauty that can be found in their own backyards. The complete exhibit consists of 18 large colored pencil drawings, detail drawings, and photo-documentation of depicted trees; due to space constraints, the Capitol installation includes nine of Palmer’s striking drawings. The artwork is accompanied by short anecdotes and stories to encourage multi-generational conversations, and informative text panels and a full-color brochure designed to inspire visitors to learn more about Arkansas forests, history, art and science. The public can find exhibit information, educational materials and related links to forestry and natural resource programs at www.ChampionTreesExhibit.com.
Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey is made possible through contributions by Champion Sponsors Plum Creek Timber Company, Domtar, and the Williams-Palmer Family; Medalist Sponsors Robyn and John Horn; and individual. This program is supported in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The artist’s research and artwork are highlighted in a documentary produced by the Arkansas Educational Television Network. The program will premiere on February 20; Capitol visitors can view a preview version in the Capitol’s first-floor audiovisual area beginning January 14. An educator’s guide and additional teacher resources are available to enrich the exhibit’s educational emphasis.
Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey is organized for travel by the Arkansas State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Organizations and institutions interested in hosting the exhibit can find schedule and venue information on the exhibit website www.ChampionTreesExhibit.com.
The Arkansas State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts is an advocacy organization for Arkansas women artists on the national level by organizing representation in the museum in Washington, D.C. In the state, the Committee advocates for Arkansas women artists on the state level by sponsoring juried exhibits, awarding scholarships and paid internships to artists and students, and providing an informative web site with an artists’ registry. Since 1991, the Arkansas Committee has exhibited the work of over 500 Arkansas women artists in Washington, D.C., Germany, and throughout the state. For more information about the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, visit acnmwa.org.
SELECTED CHAMPION TREES IN EXHIBIT
- 1. Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoids), Co-champion, Crawford County, Van Buren
- 2. Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum), Arkansas County, White River Refuge, Ethel
- 3. American Holly (Ilex opaca), White County, Rosebud
- 4. Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), Miller County, Texarkana
- 5. Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum), “Guardian of the Fallen” (Confederate Cemetery), Washington County, Fayetteville
- 6. Cherrybark Oak (Quercus pagoda), Phillips County, Lexa
- 7. Chinkapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii), Independence County, Batesville
- 8. White Oak (Quercus alba) “Council Oak”, Yell County, Dardanelle
- 9. Shortleaf Pine (Pinus echinata), Ashley County, Hamburg
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For Additional Information:
Exhibit Website: www.ChampionTreesExhibit.com
Barbara Satterfield, Exhibit Project Manager, member of the Arkansas State Committee
Linda Palmer, Featured Artist
Marta Jones, President, Arkansas State Committee