Wildwood Park for the Arts’ first 2017 Art in the Park exhibition features works by three young printmakers. Arkansas artists Miranda Young, Daniella Napolitano, and Sarah Burns will explore the natural world and its many configurations through various printmaking techniques and styles in Wildwood Park for the Arts’ winter/spring Art in the Park exhibit, Nature in Print: Arkansas Printmakers Exploring the Natural World. Miranda Young’s bold, large-scale monotype prints and colorful 3D sculptures create abstract meditations on the spiritual and emotional meanings that humans place on animals. Daniella Napolitano’s childhood fascination with nature and animals is evident in her sometimes-exaggerated prints of animals in action. Nature as words is the inspiration for Sarah Burns’ shadowy linocuts of various trees. “Nature in Print” will open February 24 and close April 9, 2017. The exhibit is installed in the Galleries at Wildwood, Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road, in west Little Rock, AR. Art may be viewed weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 4 p.m. at Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road, in west Little Rock, AR. There is no fee to visit the Art in the Park exhibits.
Miranda Young currently teaches printmaking for the Arkansas Arts Center’s Museum School and is a scenic designer and properties master for the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre. Daniella Napolitano also works at the Arkansas Arts; her artistic talents include photography, too. Sarah Burns teaches art and technology at Western Hills Elementary.
An opening reception for “Nature in Print” will be on March 2, 6 pm – 8 pm. The reception is free to the public and is sponsored by Boulevard Bread Co. During the opening reception, Daniella Napolitano will demonstrate relief printing for reception guests. At 7 pm, there will be a House Concert by Arkansas musician John Willis who will perform a jazz set. There is a $15 recommended donation for the House Concert.
Wildwood Park for the Arts enriches the lives of Arkansans of all ages by creating community through nature and the arts. Art in the Park’s vision is to create a dynamic environment for the visual arts to be in conversation with contemporary culture, the community of Little Rock, and the natural environment of Wildwood Park.
Farewell, Alpine 6!
Wildwood has been bustling with improvements January – February of 2016 thanks to nine Americorps team members, led by grounds manager David Pickens, facilities manager Ira Grace, and an elite crew from Central Arkansas Master Naturalists, the Nature Conservancy, Tom Tull Studios and Stageworks. Known as “The A Team” around Wildwood, Alpine 6 of NCCC Americorps’ Southwest Region provided more than 4500 hours of volunteer service to improve the Park and its amenities.
Here’s a condensed list of what Team Leader Brian Wegner, along with Haley, Maddy, Charles, Patrick, Tayla, Perry, Jessica and Waldemar accomplished:
- Trailblazed the Wild 40, the Nature Trail, and the Ruth Allen Dogwood Trail
- Landscaped park areas and refurbished multiple flowerbeds throughout the Butler Arboretum
- Recovered 100+ lobby chairs
- Built a new bridge and created a new rock dry bed for the Nabucco Waterfall in the Asian Woodland Garden
- Attained Level A chainsaw status
- Removed thousands of pounds of tree debris from Denny Road and the Wildflower Glen
- Provided support for Wildwood’s Jr. Naturalist Camp
- Inventoried properties and scenery and, outdoors, indigenous plantings throughout the Park
- Painted the concessions stand and several restrooms
- Built a volcano and decor for LANTERNS! Festival, and hosted more than 8000 guests with 350 volunteers
Thank you, A Team, for being part of Team Wildwood – may our paths meet again!
Wildwood Park for the Arts will be closed December 24, 25, and 26.
Wildwood will be open from 9am until 12pm on December 31, and will be closed all day on January 1.
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