Bottle Rocket Gallery Opening in Fayetteville
Arkansas artists Kat Wilson and Sarah Leflar announce the opening of Bottle Rocket Gallery at 1495 Finger Rd., Fayetteville, Arkansas. A non-profit gallery, Bottle Rocket will show artists from outside Arkansas whose work can be described as controversial, confrontational or in some way challenging for the viewer. The mission of Bottle Rocket Gallery is simple - to create access for people in NWA to see the work of artists whose work, although important, would not otherwise be shown in this area.
Each Bottle Rocket show will begin with a festive opening at which the artist is present. Artists will give an artist talk during their stay in the area. A travel and installation stipend will be provided, in order to make it possible for individuals to travel to our location, which is somewhat out of the ordinary exhibition circuit for many talented emerging artists.
An interesting historical note is that the Gallery will be housed in a building designed and built by Ozark craftsman Robert Runyan on the grounds of Gayeta Lodge, a home built and occupied by Arkansas writer Charles Joseph Finger in the early part of the 20th century. During his lifetime, Finger put great effort into bringing interesting intellectuals and artists from outside the area to stay at Gayeta and meet and talk with Fayettevillians. The tradition will continue via Bottle Rocket Gallery.
The first show is scheduled to open on September 20. Entitled Makeshift Theatre, it features work by Logan Rollins, a photographer whose work explores issues of homosexual identity and queer art. His current work can be seen at www.loganrollinsphotography.com, and of course at Bottle Rocket Gallery on and after September 20, 2013.
A fund-raising party, with a preview of the gallery space, and a chance to meet and talk with curators Wilson and Leflar will be held on August 17 from 6 until 9 pm at 1495 Finger Rd. All are welcome to attend.
For further information, contact:
Sarah Leflar or Kat Wilson