When Dean Kumpuris asked John Kinkade and the National Sculptors' Guild to establish an outdoor sculpture show for Little Rock ten years ago; we didn't anticipate how much fun we'd have in the process. For a weekend every year downtown Little Rock has become home for the Guild, we've found the people embrace us as much as they do the Arts, and show this appreciation in a huge way at Sculpture at the River Market. So much so, that we have artists that don't typically do the show circuit make an exception for this top notch show. John continues to serve as the show's consultant.
We love hitting our favorite cultural highlights like The Museum of Discovery, the William J Clinton Library and Museum, grabbing a bite at the Little Rock River Market, Sonny Williams, The Flying Fish, or indulging in a pint at The Flying Saucer, or a drink at Big Whiskey's; and maybe go a bit off the beaten path to Copper Grill. If you have not experienced Little Rock, this is just a small sampling of what they offer.
Several NSG members are in Little Rock preparing for the start of the 10th Annual show. If you are in the Little Rock area, we hope you'll stop by... click here for the schedule of events
Since our first Little Rock placements in 2004 for the pedestrian entry to the Clinton Center, the Guild has placed over 30 monuments and numerous smaller works with the City of Little Rock. These public art placements are made possible with private funds and proceeds from the Sculpture at the River Market show. The enthusiasm the city has for the Arts is palpable and we hope it spreads to other communities.
We have 4 of the 7 finalists in this year's public art competition for the city. Vote for your favorite at the preview party April 21st..., click here to purchase tickets. Or visit the River Market Saturday and Sunday to see whose proposal won.
The next "In the Wings" by Jane DeDecker and Alyson Kinkade is being unveiled this year at Sculpture at the River Market in Little Rock this weekend. Since the bronze isn't out of the foundry yet, the plaster casting gave us a true blank canvas to consider... then we wondered how other's see it.... We'd love to see what colors you'd choose for the sculpture. So download/print the file and color in your dancers. (or if you're in Little Rock, stop by Jane's booth for a printout) We hope you'll take a pic and tag us (see below) your colorful tutu and use #ColorInTheWings ...one of your color schemes will be selected to inspire how the first casting of "In the Wings II" is painted.
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JK Designs’ Principal, John Kinkade, founded the National Sculptors’ Guild in 1992 with a handful of sculptors who wished to find thoughtful public applications for their work. Representation has since grown to over 20 contracted sculptors and painters; plus an extended network of 200+ artists that our design team works with on a regular basis to meet each project's unique needs.