Argenta hosts art walks, weekly farmers markets in-season, community events, beer and wine tastings and much more!By Amy Gordy
Spend the third Friday of each month perusing work by local artists at the Argenta Art Walk. Shops and galleries stay open late to welcome shoppers to the neighborhood.
413 Main St.
This new gallery features paintings, photography, jewelry and more. On art walk nights you can find lots of patrons bustling within its narrow walls.
Greg Thompson Fine Art
429 Main St.
If you appreciate Southern art, Greg Thompson Fine Art hosts works by some of the leading creators in the genre. Expect to find the works by artists of the caliber of Carroll Cloar, Glennray Tutor, Thomas Hart Benton and more.
Red Door Gallery
3715 JFK Blvd.
Red Door Gallery is the oldest fine art gallery in North Little Rock and one of the oldest in central Arkansas. Theyhave been selling original art in the Park Hill area for 35 years and represent 26 artists, most from central Arkansas but also Tennessee; Georgia; La Mans, France; and Barcelona, Spain.
401 Main St.
This gallery functions as a nonprofit to support the arts in schools and provide scholarships to students. It hosts a series of quarterly exhibitions that feature dynamic artists from across the state.
There are two great theater venues in Argenta in THE JOINT and the ARGENTA COMMUNITY THEATER (ACT), both on Main Street. The ACT hosts regular theatrical productions, movie nights and more in a 218- seat theater. The Joint is home to comedy team The Main Thing, who performs Friday and Saturday nights, as well as local improv groups, bands, stand-up comedy and more.
301 Main St.
Argenta Community Theater
405 Main St.
MADDOX is a trendy clothing and accessory shop on Main Street that participates in the art walk. GALAXY FURNITURE is one of the best vintage shops in central Arkansas. Check it out for retro furniture, clothes, records, home decor and more!
EAT & DRINK
There are tons of great restaurants in the Argenta area. Longtime favorite RISTORANTE CAPEO offers some of the best Italian fare around. MUGS is an artisanal coffee shop and cafe that hosts local art on its walls as well. For a cold craft brew try FLYWAY or CORE PUBLIC HOUSE, a restaurant and taproom serving beer made by the Springdale-based CORE BREWING.
MEET THE MAKER
When you talk about art on Main Street in Argenta, the name Larry Pennington is sure to come up. This commercial photographer and potter opened his business in 2001 in downtown North Little Rock. Pennington bought his own potter’s wheel and dedicated the front of his shop as a pottery studio. At his friends’ encouragement, he decided to start holding pottery classes. Today he has six wheels and hosts pottery classes for beginners and experienced potters four times a year in addition to his weekly, twohour Friday night classes that are perfect for small groups wanting to learn a new craft or spend an evening getting creative. Pennington specializes in raku pottery, which has a very intricate firing process to create a lovely metallic finish. Find a collection of his work along with works by local and regional artists in his gallery, Claytime Pottery, in Argenta.
417 Main St.