Fenix Fayetteville plans new visual, performing arts series ‘Our Universe’

“Wandering Uterus” by artist Aimee Papazian / Courtesy

Local artist collective Fenix Fayetteville is planning a series of art installations, exhibits, and other events around the theme ‘Our Universe’ this summer.

The events, in association with Walton Arts Center’s Artosphere Festival, run from June 6 through July 31.

The exhibit kicks off with an opening reception during First Thursday on June 6. The reception will take place from 5-8 p.m., and will include live music by jazz artist Asher Perkins, an art installation by Craig Colorusso featuring his Sunboxes, new work by a host of Fenix artists, hors d’oeuvres, and other refreshments.

On June 15, the gallery will host a live music event featuring Chris Teal and Quintopous, a group made up an all-star lineup of jazz players. The band, formed in Rochester, New York in 2009 by drummer Chris Teal and guitarist Mike Frederick has released three albums on Ears & Eyes Records. They will play at 7:30 p.m., and there’s a $10 cover for this event.

Also on June 15, gallery officials are encouraging folks to stop by their children for a “star making workshop” featuringFenix artists Fawn Wansower-Potter and JoAnn Kaminsky. A $5 donation for this workshop is recommended.

Artist Craig Colorusso will also lead an instrument making workshop on Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. until noon.

Other events are also in the works, including a new 3D mural created through a collaboration by artists Octavio Logo and Eugene Sargent on the east wall of the gallery, readings by Open Mouth Poetry Readings and Arkansas Staged, and more, though details for these events have not been finalized yet.

“We expect to begin preparing the wall towards the end of the month and continue until completion,” said gallery communcations chair Rob Gordon. “We anticipate having meet the muralist and live painting gatherings. People can keep an eye on our social media and the Our Universe page on our website for developments.”

To follow along with additional events or for more information, visit fenixfayettevilleart.com, or check out their Facebook page.