Now in its fourth year, Art by Design returns to the Liberty Bowl Stadium in Memphis May 8-12 to showcase vignettes by 22 area design firms. The event is a fundraiser for ArtsMemphis, a nonprofit organization that gives grants to individual artists and arts organizations in Memphis and throughout Shelby County. “We encourage designers to include work from local artists and ArtsMemphis grantees,” says Sarah Watkins, coordinator of Art by Design. “We also ask them to truly be creative and think ‘outside the box.’” Last year, the event welcomed 1,200 attendees and raised $150,000 for ArtsMemphis; as it continues to grow, Sarah says she hopes more Arkansans will visit the show, making it more of a regional event, as well as consider participating as featured designers. Tickets for general admission and five special events are available now online.
Since beginning her practice in 1997, Shayla Copas has become as well known for her event and entertaining design as for her interior design. On April 28, Shayla releases her first book, Four Seasons of Entertaining, which showcases 16 different high-style soirées. The entertaining spreads feature gatherings based around holidays, like Christmas and Cinco de Mayo (featured on the cover), as well as less common celebrations, such as the Kentucky Derby. “In Four Seasons of Entertaining, we hone in on my designs as well as share recipes, tips, and ideas, but nothing in it is predictable,” Shayla says. Following the book’s release, Shayla will embark on a book tour through 20 states across the nation. Four Seasons of Entertaining is available for pre-order at shaylacopas.com/book.
All across the state, regional and worldwide artists showcase their work
South Arkansas Arts Center | El Dorado | April 1-29
Little Rock artist Holly Tilley celebrates her solo exhibition at the Merkle and Price galleries with an opening reception April 6. Which scenes play in our memory forever? Who impacts us, even in a fleeting interaction? These are the questions Holly grapples with throughout this collection of more than 30 works in pastel, watercolor, and oil. Find out more about this exhibit at saac-arts.org and RSVP to the opening reception here.
Stacie Bloomfield founded her paper and home design brand, Gingiber, in 2009 after creating fanciful animal illustrations to use as décor in her own daughter’s nursery. Now, the company has grown to include lines of art prints, stationery, coloring books, home décor, and craft materials such as quilt patterns and embroidery samples. This spring, Stacie opens a storefront and studio at 1503 Carley Road, the former location of Euna Mae’s. The shop will play host to workshops on drawing, painting, paper crafting, and various fiber arts, the first of which is a print-making class on April 20. Keep an eye on Gingiber’s website and social media for more information on upcoming workshops and for an announcement about a grand opening and 10-year celebration this May. gingiber.com
Image courtesy of Gingiber
Amy and Brad Koogler, owners of Selah Design Studio, have relocated their full-service interior design studio and to-the-trade showroom to downtown Rogers. When Amy opened the studio in 2015, she named it Selah after the Hebrew word for “melodic pause.” “I decided if I ever opened up my own place, I wanted it not to have the hustle and bustle feel of retail,” Amy says. “I wanted a quiet place to reflect and truly help our clients and fellow designers with their projects.” The new location, which Amy describes as “cozy,” features a selection of furniture, rugs, art, lamps, and accessories as well as an in-house workroom capable of completing window treatments, bedding, and upholstery for residential and commercial projects. Selah’s new location is 226 S. First St, Suite A. selahdesignstudio.com…
Learn from the professionals at one of these Arkansas classes
Pigmint Floral Studio | Fayetteville | 6 p.m.
Learn how to create a medium floral arrangement like a pro and some tricks to help your flowers last longer. Class is $65 plus a registration fee. Click here to sign up.
Freckled Hen Farmhouse | Fayetteville | 2 p.m.
Join Faith Hundley of Flora at Freckled Hen Farmhouse for a workshop on the basics of wreath making using a mix of fresh greenery, flowers, and preserved pieces. Class is $65 and includes all materials as well as refreshments. Click here to sign up.
Bloom Flowers & Gifts | Bentonville | 6 p.m.
Leaders of this workshop will guide participants through how to create Bloom’s “Signature Style Bouquet.” Class is $49.97; light snacks and beverages provided. Click here to sign up.…
Stone County Ironworks, a Mountain View-based blacksmithing company that has been creating custom furniture and decor available to the trade since 1979, launched a direct-to-consumer brand and storefront, Urban Forge, last year. Now, owners Andy Baker and his father and fellow product designer, Corky Baker, have opened a second location in Rogers. “When you come to our stores, you can browse beds, barstools, lighting, and hardware all made by hand right here in Arkansas,” Andy says, noting that current clients include international brands like Anthropologie. “In Rogers, we partnered with Ave. Design Co. to supply all the store’s soft goods, including upscale bedding, rugs, upholstered furniture, and home décor that pairs well with what we do on the iron side.” Andy and his team hope to eventually expand retail locations regionally. “We’re local to Mountain View and Arkansas, but we do big things for special clients. This company has a very interesting story.” Visit Urban Forge’s new location at 124 W. Walnut in Rogers or the flagship store at 201 W. Main St. in Mountain View. urbanforge.com
Image courtesy of Urban Forge
Readers who frequent the shopping district along Rebsamen Park Road in Little Rock might have noticed changes to the exterior of Bear Hill Interiors and the neighboring building to the south, which has been transformed into Bear Hill Studio—a counterpart to the showroom next door. Over the past year, owner and designer Kevin Walsh and his team renovated the space to make it suit Bear Hill’s needs. “We have offices over there, more storage, a larger fabric room, and more room to spread out and be organized,” Kevin says. While the kitchen and open areas make Bear Hill Studio perfect for events like book signings and trunk shows, its primary function is as a workspace for Bear Hill’s designers. “It’s really great for our design clients. We can meet builders and clients, seat 10 people around the conference table and collaborate,” Kevin says. Bear Hill Studio is located at 1414 Rebsamen Park Road in Little Rock by appointment only. Bear Hill’s showroom (1420 Rebsamen Park Road) continues its regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. bearhillinteriors.com
Arkansas’s very own Searcy is one of six finalists in a competition that could have a big impact on the city’s economy. Sponsored by marketing brand Deluxe, the contest promises one city $500,000 to go to six of its small businesses, plus a feature in Season 4 of its Hulu web series, Small Business Revolution, hosted by Ty Pennington.
Searcy was one of thousands of small towns nominated in 2018, and locals have watched anxiously as it has advanced through the top 20, top 10, and now top six finalists. Now, locals wide and far (including Gov. Asa Hutchinson and actress Mary Steenburgen) are calling on Arkansans and fans to vote and keep spreading the word until voting closes at 10 p.m. February 19. Good luck, Searcy! 🍀
Photograph by Matt Johnson
Carol and Fred Auger have been operating C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery in Little Rock for 21 years. This spring, they celebrated a new milestone as they re-opened their showroom in a larger location. “We’ve been looking for the right place for a while,” Carol explains. “It felt good to move into the same complex but a bigger space. We have a lot of new products, and we’re excited to have the room to display it in a way that makes you go, wow.” Shoppers can expect increased selections of flooring, carpet, rugs, vinyl plank, and high-end tile products at the new location, Carol says. Visit C&F Flooring and Rug Gallery at 2322 Cantrell Road in Little Rock, next to Tanarah Luxe Floral. candfcarpet.com