UCA's Baum Gallery of Fine Art is launching four shows this week, all highlighting different art mediums.

Need some art in your life? There is plenty to go around.

Check out these seven exhibits this weekend in central Arkansas:

Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St., Little Rock- Marty Smith: Perfect Balance: Getting its start Friday, Jan. 11, in the second-floor gallery of the museum, this exhibit showcases beautiful watercolor, acrylic and oil works by local Cabot artist Marty Smith. Nature, cityscapes and ordinary people are just some of the subjects of the pieces. The exhibit will be on display until March 11. Admission is free.

Cantrell Gallery, 8206 Cantrell Rd., Little Rock- ELEMENTAL: Get a look at eclectic pieces by Little Rock artist Bob Crane who incorporates copper, zinc, clay, wood, stone, bone, oil and watercolor into his work. Beginning last week, the exhibition will run through March 2. Regular gallery hours are from 10-5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Call 501-224-1335 for more information.

Baum Gallery of Fine Art at the University of Central Arkansas-

Four upcoming shows will be a part of the Baum Gallery lineup, opening Thursday, Jan. 17 and running through Sunday, Feb. 24. Get a first look at the exhibits below at a reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17.

  • Swishbone: New Paintings by Julie Evans: This solo exhibit showcases recent works on Mylar by New York City native Julie Evans that are full of whimsy and feminity.
  • Under the Influence: New Ceramic Work by Curt LaCross: The other solo exhibition at the gallery highlights Curt LaCross' large-scale ceramic busts. His hyper-realistic pieces showcase an interesting point of view of the human form.
  • Alternating Currents: A Mixed Media Art Installation by Mario Marzan: Get a glimpse of mixed media, 3-D installations and drawings by the Puerto Rican artist Mario Marzan. Different techniques were used to create imaginative and vibrantly colored worlds in the art work.
  • Before and After: An Exploration of the Art Conservation Process: This exhibit will feature a recently restored painting by Arkansas artist, Louis Freund, part of UCA’s permanent art collection. It will be displayed with un-restored paintings from the same series. The Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington D.C. has also loaned images of great works of art both before and after their conservation as examples of different techniques and processes as well as to show the dramatic results of the art conservation process.

Arkansas Arts Center, 9th and Commerce, Little Rock- 55th Annual Delta Exhibition: Starting this Friday  (Jan. 18), the highly anticipated exhibit offers a unique glimpse of the Delta region with two- and three-dimensional works from artists all over the state. Admission is free. Call 501-372-4000 for more information.