Northwest Arkansas art update

The first sculpture for the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art arrived this week in Bentonville. It’s a large bronze by Paul Manship titled Group of Bears. Quite a few paintings have been purchased and announced by the Walton backed project up to this point. This is the first three-dimensional work to grace the grounds. The museum’s opening has been pushed back to 2010 according to their website. Photo from Crystal Bridge’s blog:

I tagged along with my wife to Ozark Folkways in the sleepy Boston Mountain community of Winslow, Arkansas. She was dropping off her first sculptures — of crocheted bamboo — for an upcoming fiber arts show. Folkways sells a wide variety of local crafts and regularly hosts workshops. Among the paintings and carvings were a number of vessels, including this group of hand-built, smoked pots.

They were signed by one Ginger Mathis, so far as I could read the tiny scrawl on the bottom of the pieces.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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