And now for something with structure. Yang Luo-Branch, a Benton-based architectural illustrator, is showcasing corners of the state she calls home in the next installment of Thea Foundation’s The Art Department.
Debuting at the quarterly series meetup on Friday, Feb. 2, Luo-Branch's exhibition titled The Art of Place in Arkansas will combine her background in architecture, sociology and urban planning with her eye for meaningful bonds people make with their surroundings, an idea she explored in her 2016 TEDx talk, "My Journey: A Quest for the Meaning of Place."
"Where are you? Why are you here? Why now?" Luo-Branch said of her exhibit. "My upbringing and education have trained me to pay close attention to 'places' and the connections people develop with different places. The Art of Place in Arkansas exhibition presents my interest in exploring the beauty of places that have impacted the lives of Arkansans."
The opening reception kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and is $10 at the door. That includes food, an open beer and wine bar and the chance to win an original work by Luo-Branch.
The Thea Foundation gallery’s hours are 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, and it is located at 401 Main St. in North Little Rock. For more information, call (501) 379-9512 or click here.