As I sat on the cold, cast iron tub in one of my bathrooms, examining my poor choice of color on the walls; I had two options: paint over the walls or use it as a canvas backdrop. I chose the later, and so began my attempt at creating a gallery wall all over my little, poorly painted bathroom. I hope to someday have the floor to ceiling installation of all my treasured pieces. Mostly paintings from my children, smattered in are gifts and photographs (my first art purchase), all telling a story, even if not be cohesive.

Isn’t this reminiscent of our country's history? We have our base canvas; it is not all shiny. In fact, it might be like my bathroom walls; but as soon as we look and see what we have, we can begin crafting our new canvas. A canvas that is beautiful and real, diverse, and tells where we have been and how far we still need to go.

In February we do this by celebrating Black History month. We get to pull from our country’s rich black heritage with people and stories we all should know.

Art on the Green wants to inspire by hosting the first (of many) CITY TALKS, and pay tribute to pioneers that make our future brighter. CITY TALKS will be relaxed conversations at the intersection of community, arts and what matters most.

Conversations with guests telling their own stories of struggles, successes and what they've learned in-between. We will be shining the spotlight on heroes, some unspoken, some known. We will be calling on artists - Painters, sculptors, writers, photographers, designers, musicians and artists of television and film. We know art embeds in us a better awareness and understanding of our world.

CITY TALK will kick-off this series of conversations, with the illustrious Bryan Massey. Do you know Bryan, have you heard his story? We can all learn from Professor Massey. We want to learn more, and we think you do, too.

Won't you join us Friday afternoon, February 23rd?

We will keep our doors open a little later, on the 23rd, beginning promptly at 5:30 PM. Call 501.205.1922 for more information.

Much more will be emerging in February in Conway and Arkansas.

UCA’s Baum Gallery will have Pathways: An Exhibition of Large Format & Experimental Printmaking on exhibit through February 16th. The Baum Gallery is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10-5 PM; Thursdays 10-7 PM. What an opportunity.

Not afraid of venturing beyond Central Arkansas? One of the gems of Arkansas, Crystal Bridges: Museum of American Art, will play host to Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. A 60 artist exhibit said to be a “rare opportunity to see era-defining artworks that changed the face of art in America.” Tickets are $10 and will run until April 23, 2018.

Do you know an event we need to make readers aware? Chime in. Help us continue the conversation! Contact us at by calling Brenda or Kelly at Art on the Green. Let us know about events, classes and upcoming shows in our community and across Arkansas. We are all looking forward to a great year of life, community, and creativity.

Read "Heart for the Arts" to know all that is available to see and do in our community and beyond.