The annual Pine Bluff Art League Juried Exhibition will open Thursday, Sept. 13, with a reception from 5-7 p.m.  This year’s exhibition juror is White Hall native, John Kushmaul.  Prizes will be awarded at 5:30 p.m. for Best in Show, First, Second, and Third-Place prizes, and Honorable Mention. The exhibition will remain on display through Nov. 10.

This exhibit is sponsored by Simmons Bank.

Current ASC Exhibitions

IMAGINATE!, an interactive, multi-activity exhibition that promotes innovation through collaboration and creative risk-taking. It is sponsored by the Discovery Network.

UAPB & ASC: Five Decades of Collaboration features artwork from ASC’s Permanent Collection by UAPB faculty and students and celebrates the decades of collaboration that these organizations have enjoyed. The exhibition is sponsored by Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel.

Creative Construction Zone, a tinkering studio, features Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks, interactive construction-influenced play sets, and Wonder Engineer reading corner. Sponsored by the Pine Bluff Junior League.

Pencil and Persistence features artist Elsie Mistie Sterling.  Depictions of plants made of water color, colored pencil, and ink, showcase plant life found in Arkansas in the early 1940’s.  There are over 400 botanical paintings in the Arts & Science Center’s collection.  This physical exhibition is an introduction to ASC’s first online exhibition this fall.  This exhibition is sponsored by Relyance Bank.

Small but Mighty was the phrase used by the American Alliance of Museums reaccreditation committee when they commented on the Arts & Science Center’s positive impact on our community. The Permanent Collection is also small but mighty, and this exhibition features favorite artwork that has been collected over the past 50 years.

The Arts & Science Center, located at 701 S. Main St. in Pine Bluff, is open Tuesday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed on Sunday and Monday. Gallery admission is free. Support for ASC is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hands-on science exhibitions are offered through ASC’s partnership with The Discovery Network, a consortium of museums in Arkansas funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. For additional information about the ASC and sign up for upcoming event announcements, visit www.asc701.org.  

September 2018 Events at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas

Live@5 — Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, 5-7 p.m., featuring Brian Austin Band

The Brian Austin Band, local favorite, features a good dose of new and traditional blues tunes.

Live@5 features live music the first Friday of each month. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. The event is for guests 21 or older. Start your 1st Friday off at the ASC’s Live@5 and then, afterwards, mosey down to the Blues Jam at the Pines Mall. Live@5 is sponsored by MK Distributors and Budweiser.

Sumptuous Silks and Ancient Traditions — Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Join us for an exploration of the history of Chinese silk production and traditional Chinese dress, and see how master artisans are keeping ancient traditions alive today through traditional manufacturing methods and global high fashion. Enjoy complimentary wine or beer while you make your own silk fan.

No experience necessary. All materials included. Advance registration is required and must be 21 years old to attend.  The workshop is $25 for members and $35 for non-members.

Yoga for Kids — Every Saturday, 10:15-11 a.m.

It's just like yoga for adults, but sillier! Yoga is a great way to increase fitness, decrease stress, and improve mental focus in a noncompetitive manner. We invite kids age 7 and up to join us every Saturday morning, 10:15 – 11 a.m. and start your weekend out right.  This class is free!

ASC yoga classes use Yoga for Kids, a 4-H Healthy Living Program developed by University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. 

Tinkerfest 2018 — Saturday, Sept. 8, 1-3 p.m.

What does tinkering have to do with health? A whole lot!

At Tinkerfest 2018, we'll explore the connections between the maker movement and health.  Special guest Faith Anaya of Kids Cook! (a nonprofit organization based in Little Rock) will lead a hands-on cooking workshop; Museum of Discovery will host Nintendo’s favorite gorilla, with a Donkey Kong game; visitors can hop on a bike and create pedal-powered art using paint or chalk; and there will be pedal-powered blenders for visitors to blend up a tasty smoothie using their muscle power.  Tour de Bluff will host a Bike Rodeo.

Bring the family and get ready to see how your creativity can make your life healthier!

Tinkerfest is sponsored by the Arkansas Art Council, the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, and the Discovery Network.