***UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, Thea Foundation has decided to cancel the April Art Department. Stay tuned for details regarding our 2020 Art Department series.
The next installment of the Art Department, a quarterly exhibition series hosted by Thea Foundation, will feature our first-ever collaborative exhibition by artists Hannah Genevieve Lawrence and Chris Swasta. The exhibition, titled Limbs and Strands, will be up April 3 through April 30 in the Thea Foundation gallery, and a reception will be held Friday, April 3, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Thea Foundation. $20 at the door covers heavy hors d’oeuvres by Ben E. Keith Foods and an open beer and wine bar, including beer and specialty water by our 2020 Art Department season sponsors, Lost Forty Brewing and Mountain Valley Spring Water. Guests will also be given the chance to win free art by our featured artists and tickets to Thea’s next Art Department opening in September.
The Limbs and Strands exhibition will feature pottery by Swasta and macramé by Lawrence. Of the collaborative exhibition, Lawrence says, "With my contemporary take on macramé and Chris's modern pottery, I think it's going to present traditional craft mediums in a new way." Providing more insight into the collaborative exhibition, Swasta says,"This exhibit is quite special because not only do we get to express our own line of work that we do on a regular basis, but we also get to combine our work and think of new ways to push ourselves to do better. Collaborations like this are unique because they make us think outside of the box from what we normally do and think of new and innovative ways to express ourselves."
The Limbs and Strands exhibition will be divided into three parts: Lawrence’s macramé, Swasta's pottery, and the collaboration of their two mediums. Plants sponsored by Plantation Services will also be featured in this special exhibition. For the opening reception, all items will be available for purchase, and both artists will be present to discuss their work and inspirations.
Note: The April 3 opening reception for Limbs and Strands will be 21+ and guests should be prepared to show their identification prior to entry. Thea Foundation is located at 401 Main Street in North Little Rock. Gallery hours are M - F, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 - 5 p.m.
Hannah Genevieve Lawrence is based in Little Rock. She majored in studio art with a focus in fiber arts at Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. Her main medium combines macramé and weaving techniques.
Her love of vintage and contemporary art has led to her current direction. Hannah has most recently showcased work in the SHE exhibition at M2 Gallery in Little Rock. To spread her love for textiles, Hannah frequently teaches workshops.
Christ Swasta, whose work is widely sold in varying Little Rock stores under the name Rolling Hills Pottery, will present a wide array of his detailed pottery, with many functional pieces included.
Native to Arkansas, Chris Swasta was born in North Little Rock, where he also attended high school. Once Chris returned to Arkansas after years spent in Nebraska, he worked initially on-contract with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre before becoming an instructor at the Arkansas Arts Center.