This mixed media piece by several students from Miss Selma's school in Little Rock is featured in the Arkansas Arts Center's 52nd Annual Young Arkansas Artists exhibit.

Art is alive and well in central and northwest Arkansas.

New exhibits are on display and a special event is giving the public the chance to check out local artists this weekend. So, get out and take in some culture.

Here is a rundown of places showcasing cool art work:

  1. Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E. Ninth St., Little Rock: One of the art center's most popular exhibits -- the 52nd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibit -- is getting its start today (March 15) in the Alice Pratt Brown Atrium and Sam Strauss, Sr. Galleries. The exhibit showcases artwork by Arkansas students, kindergarten through 12th grade. More than 600 works in a wide variety of media are entered annually. Members of the Arkansas Art Educators Association jury the entries, selecting 125 works for the exhibition. The exhibit will run until April 28. Call (501) 372-4000 for more information.
  2. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville: If you're going to be in Northwest Arkansas this weekend, don't miss the special traveling exhibit "American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell," which opened last week. This traveling exhibition, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., features 50 original Norman Rockwell paintings and a complete set of all 323 of Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers. Works in the exhibition include such well-known images as the Triple Self-Portrait (1960), Girl at Mirror (1954), Going and Coming (1947), and The Art Critic (1955). Timed, reserved tickets will be required to view this exhibit. Tickets are $12 for non-members. There is no charge for youth ages 18 and under or for Crystal Bridges members. More details on the exhibition and tickets can be found here.
  3. Argenta Arts District: Visit all the participating galleries and artists along Main and 4th Streets in North Little Rock for Argenta ArtWalk from 5-8 p.m today (March 15). Enjoy live music by Audrey Dean Kelley, art and delicious grub. The public will have a chance to meet some of Arkansas' finest local artists, painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, musicians, and jewelry-makers, just to name a few. And the tents will be out for the first time of the season. For more information, click here.