Bottle Rocket Gallery set to open on Finger Road in Fayetteville

An exterier view of The Bottle Rocket, a new art gallery set to open on Finger Road this fall.

Photo: Kat Wilson

Two local artists are teaming up to open a new fine art gallery intended to showcase work by artists that might not otherwise find exhibit space in Fayetteville.

Mixed-media artist Sarah Leflar and photographer Kat Wilson last week announced plans to open Bottle Rocket Gallery at 1495 Finger Road this fall.

According to the artists, the new space will not be a run-of-the-mill gallery. The plan, Leflar said, is to “show artists from outside Arkansas whose work can be described as controversial, confrontational or in some way challenging for the viewer.”

The new gallery will be located on property with some historical significance in Fayetteville. Charles Joseph Finger, a well-known writer in the early part of the 20th century, owned the property at one time. According to Leflar, Finger was known for hosting visiting intellectuals and artists from outside the area to meet and talk with locals.

“It’s pretty exciting that we will be carrying on that tradition,” she said.

The first gallery show is set to open on Friday, Sept. 20, and will feature a show titled Makeshift Theatre by photographer Logan Rollins. Rollins’ work explores issues of homosexual identity, and has been exhibited throughout the South.

A fund raising party and preview of the new gallery space is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17. To stay up to date with happenings at Bottle Rocket Gallery, visit them on Facebook.