GALLERIES & FRAMING
Argenta Arts Foundation
413 B Main St., North Little Rock | 993-1234
The Argenta Arts Foundation is a 501c(3) local arts agency. The mission of the AAF is to provide grant and marketing support to other arts based organizations and to advocate for art, education, and economic development in the Argenta Arts District. The Argenta Arts District is set in the historic heart of downtown North Little Rock. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
413 Main St., North Little Rock | 225-5600
Argenta Gallery is the shiny new spot in the Argenta arts district. A longtime dream of Argenta resident John Gaudin, the gallery features artists not already affiliated with other galleries and hosts shows that have social impact. Hours vary by exhibit, or by appointment.
Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
401 President Clinton Ave. | 320-5700
The institute houses former governors’ administrative papers, editorial cartoons, photographs, paintings by natives, early maps and one of the best Civil War collections in the state. The Butler Center’s Arkansas Artist Retail Gallery features the work of Arkansas artists and art related to the state. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
417 Main St., North Little Rock | 374-3515
Claytime Pottery is a pottery gallery/studio offering classes and work space. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.
Gallery 221 Original Fine Art
221 W. Second St., Suite 102 | 801-0211
Gallery 221 has original paintings, drawings and sculptures by a talented and visually diverse group of prominent and emerging local, national and international artists, and an ever-changing selection of one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry. The second floor galleries include the Hollander Gallery, with exclusive authorized representation in Arkansas, and the Collectors Gallery with investment quality art curated from private collections. On most days, you will even encounter one or more local artists working in their studio on the second floor. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.; 2nd Friday Art Night 5-8 p.m. Private appointments are welcomed.
Greg Thompson Fine Art
429 Main St., North Little Rock | 664-2787
Greg Thompson Fine Art is a leading gallery and dealership that specializes in the genre of Southern Regionalism, and in the works of prestigious modern artists of the 20th century. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. and by appointment. Open 5-8 p.m. the third Friday of each month for 3rd Friday Art Walk.
Hearne Fine Art
1001 Wright Ave., Suite C | 372-6822
Hearne Fine Art features the work of more than 60 local, regional and national African American artists, representing all different media. Conservation framing and appraisal services also offered. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. and by appointment Sunday.
Louie’s Unique Framing and Gallery
1509 Mart Drive, Suite A | 907-6240
Louie’s is a unique custom framing and original art gallery featuring a wide variety of local and national art. Open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri. and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.
Matt McLeod Fine Art Gallery
108 W. Sixth St., Suite A | 725-8508
Matt McLeod Fine Art Gallery showcases artwork from some of the finest artists in Arkansas and other parts of the nation, including paintings, drawings, sculpture and mixed media. Specializing in private and corporate collections and large-scale public projects. Call for hours.
Pyramid Art, Books and Custom Framing
1001 Wright Ave. | 372-5824
Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing carries all genres of local, regional and national African American titles and gifts and has monthly story time and literary events, including, “Where EVERY Book is a GOOD Book” events. The foremost collection of African American fine art. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sat., by appointment Sunday.
401 Main St., Suite 100, North Little Rock | 379-9512
Since 2001, Thea Foundation has advocated the importance of the arts in the development of Arkansas’s youth, awarded $2 million in scholarships, donated $1.5 million in art supplies to underfunded schools and provided numerous creative community experiences. Thea’s Argenta gallery hosts art by school groups, Arkansas artists, educational groups and the foundation’s inspiration, Thea Kay Leopoulos. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden
400 President Clinton Ave. | 376-4781
The sculpture garden features natural terraces and walkways designed by City of Little Rock’s Leland Couch, Mark Webre and John Kinkade of the National Sculptors’ Guild. The design creates a more intimate space to view smaller works within the Riverfront Park and is ideal for hosting receptions, as well as allowing visitors to enjoy the sculptures in solitude. This dynamic sculpture garden is located north of the Little Rock Marriott Hotel. Open 24 hours, seven days a week.
Central Arkansas Library System — Main Library
100 Rock St. | 918-3000
The Central Arkansas Library System, Arkansas’ largest public library system, provides materials and services for patrons in Pulaski and Perry Counties. Books, DVDs, audiobooks, programs for all ages, and computers are available at 14 branches. Use a free library card to check out eBooks, download songs and videos, read and keep magazines and stream movies, television shows, audiobooks and music albums. The Main Library is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 1-5 p.m. Sun. Check www.CALS.org for other department and branch hours.
William F. Laman Public Library — Argenta Branch
420 Main St., North Little Rock | 687-1061
The Laman Library Argenta Branch features 15,300 square feet of public space, including a large children’s department, computer lab, exhibit hall/gallery, 140-seat auditorium, meeting room and more than 12,000 books. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat.
Arkansas Arts Center
501 E. Ninth St. | 372-4000
The Arkansas Arts Center is an art museum with a children’s theatre and a studio school. Founded in 1960, its mission is to ensure that learning, inspiration and creative expression in the arts flourish throughout Arkansas, for people of all ages and backgrounds. Guided tours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; Children’s Theatre season: September–May, check website for times.
Arkansas Governor’s Mansion
1800 Center St. | 324-9805
Tour the public rooms of the Governor’s Mansion and Grand Hall. Availability based on Governor’s Mansion, as well as the Governor and First Lady’s schedule. No weekend tours available. Tours set only at the availability of the Mansion. Call to schedule.
Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum
120 Riverfront Park Drive | North Little Rock | 371-8320
Tour a WWII-era submarine, USS Razorback, and the recently welcomed tugboat, Hoga, at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum. With an emphasis on WWII, the museum honors America’s rich naval history through the preservation and exhibition of historic vessels and artifacts. It hosts special events, birthday parties and group sleepovers. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat. and 1-6 p.m. Sun. During winter, open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 1-6 p.m. Sun.
Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum
3 Verizon Arena Way, North Little Rock | 663-432
The Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum has championship trophies, autographed game balls and torn, frayed uniforms lining the displays and exhibits; yet what shines through are the inspirational stories behind each of these Arkansan’s achievements, whether it’s at the college, professional or Olympic level. This museum benefits the entire state by offering a place for fans and athletes of all ages to come and share in past glories. Open by appointment only. Call 663-4328 to book.
Arkansas State Capitol
500 Woodlane Ave. | 682-5080
The one-hour tour of the state Capitol will take you to see the Old Supreme Court, House and Senate galleries, the Governor’s Reception Room, the grand rotunda and the Tiffany bronze doors. Also learn how bills become law and other political points of interest. Guided tours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and self-guided tours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Clinton Presidential Library
1200 President Clinton Ave. | 370-8000
The Clinton Center is a world-class educational and cultural venue offering a variety of special events, exhibitions, educational programs and lectures throughout the year. Most importantly, the Center is a reflection of the work—past, present and future—of the 42nd President of the United States. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 1-5 p.m. Sun.
Dreamland Ballroom and Taborian Hall Museum
800 W. Ninth St. | 255-5700
The Dreamland Ballroom is the third floor of the historic Taborian Hall (Arkansas Flag and Banner building) in downtown Little Rock, visible from I-630. It is one of very few original ballrooms left in America. Call for private tours. Check website for availability.
ESSE Purse Museum
1510 Main St. | 916-9022
More than just a fashion history, ESSE Purse Museum showcases the evolution of the 20th-century American woman – decade by decade – through the bags she carried and what was inside. Three cozy dioramas – “Nothing’s More Natural Than Skin,” “By Land, Sea or Air” and “A Night on the Town” – feature specialty purses, and a large, whimsical art installation addresses the essence of a woman. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
Heifer International Inc.
One World Ave. | 907-2600
Heifer International’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. For more than 70 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in about 30 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Historic Arkansas Museum
200 E. Third St. | 324-9351
Explore seven galleries featuring historical exhibits, contemporary Arkansas-made art and an interactive children’s gallery. Permanent exhibits: Arkansas Made Gallery, We Walk in Two Worlds: The Caddo, Osage and Quapaw in Arkansas and The Knife Gallery. Explore a pre-Civil War neighborhood including the Hinderliter Grog Shop, the oldest structure in Little Rock, as well as an 1850s farmstead. Join us for 2nd Friday Art Night each month from 5-8 p.m. for new exhibit openings, live music and free refreshments. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 1-5 p.m. Sun.
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive | 374-1957
The National Park Service has permanent exhibits presenting the struggle for African American civil rights and equal education in the visitor center located diagonally across from the still-operating high school. Traveling exhibits, guided tours, and special events are offered frequently. The visitor center with films and exhibits is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily (except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). One-hour guided walking tours of Central’s interior are by reservation, Mon.-Fri. at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Central High is still a public school and is not open to the general public except by NPS guided tours.
MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History
503 E. Ninth St. | 376-4602
Located in the distinctive octagonal tower of the Arsenal Building, the gift shop offers unique items that interpret the museum’s exhibits. Merchandise includes books related to Arkansas’s military part as well as collectibles and souvenirs to serve as reminders of your visit. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 1–4 p.m. Sun.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
501 W. Ninth St. | 683-3593
An interpreter of Arkansas’ African American community and history since 1870, the center’s location was once the headquarters of a fraternal organization established to provide services to blacks during segregation. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues-Sat.
Museum of Discovery — Donald W. Reynolds Science Center
500 President Clinton Ave. | 537-3078
The family-friendly museum is home to hands-on exhibits exploring the wonders of nature, science, technology and engineering in an interactive, educational environment. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. and 1-5 p.m. Sun. Open on Monday during holidays and summer.
North Little Rock Heritage Center
506 Main St., North Little Rock | 371-0755
Located in the Old Argenta Fire Station, the North Little Rock Heritage Center hosts temporary exhibits of materials bearing on the history of North Little Rock from the earliest times. The North Little Rock History Commission collects and maintains materials in the city archives. Meeting space available. Open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Old State House Museum
300 W. Markham St. | 324-8641
Arkansas starts here. Housed in Arkansas’ first State Capitol, the Old State House Museum tells the story of Arkansas from 1836 to the present. The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. for field trips and tours, but they must be scheduled in advance.
MUSIC, THEATRE & PERFORMANCE
Argenta Community Theater
405 Main St., North Little Rock | 353-1443
Argenta Community Theater is more than a theater. They provide a perfect venue for your next meeting, social event, wedding reception, retirement party, reunion, banquet, seminar, exhibit and more! ACT also provides many opportunities throughout the year for involvement. Watch for the new Children’s Choir, Dance ImpACT program, film series, and upcoming productions. Check dates and times of events on website, or email Info@ArgentaCommunityTheater.com.
Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre
501 E. Ninth St. | 372-4000
The AAC Children’s Theatre is the only professional company in the state that produces children’s literary works for the stage. Performances take place 7 p.m. Fri., 3 p.m. Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. Ticket office is open only on performance days and opens one hour prior to curtain.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre
601 Main St. | 378-0405
The Rep is the state’s largest nonprofit professional theatre company. In its 377-seat theater, The Rep has produced more than 300 productions, including 40 world premieres. From contemporary comedies and dramas to world premieres and the classics of dramatic literature, The Rep exists to create a diverse body of theatrical work of the highest artistic standards. Student matinees are 10:30 a.m. Thurs. for certain productions, listed on The Rep’s website. The season runs from August to June.
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 7328 | 666-1761
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is a nonprofit organization that exists to connect, enrich, inspire and advance Arkansas through the power of music. The ASO can provide any type of music for your wedding and reception, including string quartets, harpist, solo guitar and a variety of other ensembles to meet your needs.
P.O. Box 941 | 223-5150
Ballet Arkansas is Arkansas’ only professional ballet company with 12 company artists from around the country. Each season, Ballet Arkansas offers a choreographic competition, a regional touring production, educational programming, an annual production of “The Nutcracker,” and a mixed repertory concert which features world premieres of newly commissioned choreography. Ballet Arkansas’ mission is to provide the state and the region with high-quality dance performance and dance education. Event and master class times and locations will be posted on the website as they become available.
426 W. Markham St. | 244-8800
Celebrity Attractions brings the best of Broadway home to Little Rock and returns to the newly-renovated Robinson Performance Hall in 2016 with a season featuring Broadway classics, blockbusters, and the hottest new shows on tour in its 2016-2017 Broadway Season. In past seasons in Little Rock, Celebrity Attractions has brought in such Broadway blockbusters as “Wicked,” “Les Miserables” and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” For more information on individual shows or on season ticket packages, call or see website. Hours vary with production.
301 Main St., North Little Rock
Cafe: 372-0210 | Reservations: 372-0205
This 100-seat cabaret theater is home to nationally acclaimed trio The Main Thing, performing original sketch comedy every Friday and Saturday night year-round. Also on the entertainment calendar: Tuesdays – Stand Up Comics, Wednesdays – Comedy Improv, Thursdays – Artist Series featuring Grammy-winning musicians and variety artists. Craft beers, wines, cocktails, specialty coffees and snacks are available. The Joint is also available for private events. Open 7 a.m. until late Tues.-Fri. and 8:30 a.m. until late Sat.
616 Center St. | 374-7529
As its name suggests, The Public Theatre is a 49-seat performing arts space where creative artists in theatre, film and music can develop and express their ideas in an open-spirited, collaborative environment, while producing entertainment that will draw and satisfy as large an audience as possible. Call for hours.
Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave. | 320-5715
The CALS Ron Robinson Theater is a 315-seat multi-purpose event venue in the River Market district, on the Main Library campus. The theater hosts programs for all ages, including films, music performances, plays, readings, lectures, speakers and children’s activities. Get the schedule of movies and activities at CALS.org/Ron-Robinson-Theater.
1 Verizon Arena Way, North Little Rock | 340-5660
Tour Arkansas’ largest arena. See the arena bowl, backstage, meeting rooms and the suites. (Approximately 30-45 minutes.) Open year-round; call for current and upcoming events.
The Weekend Theater
1001 W. Seventh St. | 374-3761
The Weekend Theater is a nonprofit community theater producing socially significant dramas and musicals, in an intimate, “black-box” theater environment. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and shows start at 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and select Thursdays. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and shows start at 2:30 p.m. on select Sundays.