Like a mirror, art reflects the beauty of the world around us, reveals who we truly are, and can contain a lot of naked people. Step into a funhouse of art-mirrors with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two tickets to The Impressionists and Their Influence exhibit at the Arkansas Arts Center (up to a $20 value), located on East 9th Street. The exhibit is on display from April 1 to June 26. Tickets for seniors and students with ID are normally $8 each and tickets for military personnel with ID are regularly $6 each. Admission is free for children 5 and younger.
The Impressionists and Their Influence combines the forces of the Arkansas Arts Center, the High Museum of Art, and several private collections to display more than 120 works that exemplify the impressionist and postimpressionists movements. Based on the works produced by a group of Parisian artists in the late 19th century who moved outdoors to paint and didn't come back in for lunch, impressionism utilized light effects in novel ways to capture the natural world as well as the people that inhabited it. Guests can gaze on the gentle brushstrokes of Claude Monet's Autumn on the Seine, as well as works by recognized impressionists Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir and postimpressionist artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard, and Mary Cassatt.
After viewing the collection, the Arkansas Arts Center's permanent collection beckons guests to partake of its menagerie of works, focusing on American and European pieces from the renaissance to the present. General admission to the permanent collection is free for all visitors who know the secret handshake.
Arkansas Arts Center
The Arkansas Arts Center stokes the innate creativity of all its visitors with a close look at artistic expression. Since its creation in 1960, the AAC has amassed a permanent collection of more than 5,300 drawings and paintings (primarily American and European), 1,000 contemporary crafts and sculptures, and 27 lost mittens. Examples of French neo-impressionist drawings share space with the work of old masters, while early modern paintings complement studio-forged glass sculptures and other pieces dating as far back as 1465. Throughout the year, the museum also casts its light on the local community by hosting special exhibitions of established artists and emerging talent.
Outside its gallery, the AAC encourages the community in another way. Through classes and workshops, instructors explain the fundamentals of composition in photography, ceramics, painting, woodworking, and printmaking while helping students create their own pieces. An onsite children's theatre, meanwhile, routinely stages family-friendly shows, and the troupe even offers workshops on the art of acting.