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Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey

Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey

April 23, 2018

Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey, a collection of drawings by Linda Williams Palmer, will be displayed at Windgate Gallery May 15 – July 27, 2018, in The Center for Humanities and Arts (CHARTS) on the UA-PTC Main Campus.

An opening night reception will be held 5 - 8 p.m. on Friday, May 18, and will include a screening of the AETN documentary, Champion Trees in the CHARTS Theater at 5 p.m., followed by a gallery talk with the artist at 6:30 p.m. Copies of Palmer’s book, Champion Trees of Arkansas, will be available for purchase, cash or checks only. A book-signing will follow. Music will be provided by Dr. Barry McVinney on saxophone and Ron Hall on piano. The reception and exhibit are both free and fully accessible to the public.

Windgate Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free and open to the public.

Escaping the ravages of nature and man, the champion trees of Arkansas are the largest of their species in the state. With lives spanning hundreds of years, these silent sentinels have watched history unfold around them. Hot Springs artist Linda Williams Palmer has spent years drawing these trees, artfully preserving them for future generations. The culmination of her work is the exhibition, Champion Trees of Arkansas, as well as a book and an award-winning AETN documentary of the same name.
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