Land of the Sky

It’s mountains, and it’s sky.   It takes me a moment to realize it, but the swirling swaths of gray and sienna saturating the wall-sized canvas in front of me at Asheville’s Haen Gallery are dusky clouds, and the dark, feathery forms along the bottom an early-evening Blue Ridge horizon. It’s not immediately obvious to…

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Last Word

ALMOST EVERY MORNING, I sit at my nicked and scarred oak dinette table, sipping English breakfast tea while scanning the daily newspaper. What’s significant here is not that I have a morning ritual or that I’m reading an actual paper newspaper, but the table where this takes place. I call this vintage piece of furniture, which…

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Inside Out

For the Arkansas outdoors enthusiast, sometimes it seems life is just waiting. Specifically, waiting for the hot, humid and bug-ridden summer to release its grip only to enjoy a few brief months before winter stakes its icy claim. But for those tired of waiting—for those who don’t want to just sit back and take it—here…

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Arkansas’ Most Endangered

If there was one thing we learned—and which was stressed to us time and again during the course of the reporting process for the feature—it’s that the three locations on which we reported and the circumstances that have precipitated their decline, are far from unique. There are untold properties across the state currently at risk—many of…

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Onyx Coffee Lab

Despite a much-heralded cultural and culinary transformation, downtown Bentonville tends to stay drowsy after dark. So when I swing open the door of the recently opened Onyx Coffee Lab in the new Midtown Center on Second Street, I’m taken aback by the level of activity within. It’s 8:30 p.m. on a Friday, and the lofty 2,500-square-foot…

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Moving it Forward

Rhea Roberts walks up to a tired mansion on a quiet, crumbling stretch of East Eighth Street in downtown Little Rock, pulls a cordless drill from an orange neoprene case and—bzzzzz—buzzes screws from the whitewashed plywood sheets barricading the front door. Her blond hair is pulled back in a messy, let’s-get-down-to-business bun, and a pair of…

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Good Tasting

Pisco Potion Table 28, Little Rock Blackberries lend their luscious color to this sweet take on the classic pisco sour. We’re just thankful modern shipping and refrigeration means we get to enjoy it in the heart of winter. (Summer can’t get here soon enough.) (1501 Merrill Drive; theburgundyhotel.com) Grilled Salmon Salad Cheers in the Heights, Little…

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Watching It Fall

In December, the lot is empty, as it was the month before and the one before that. The earth is plush and pliable underfoot. Deep wending ravines made by the tread of a backhoe are cut deep in the lot, and grass grows around but not within them. And to stand there, as the sun drops…

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The Culturalist

NATHALIA EDENMONT: FORCE OF NATURE | Jan. 19 – May 1 LITTLE ROCK |  It takes a lot to capture the perfect shot, and photographer Nathalia Edenmont knows this better than most. While admiring her work, it’s almost impossible not to take note of the patience and painstaking attention to detail—which is produced over the…

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Bringing it Back

The canary-yellow house at 1509 S. Summit St. smells of varnish. Fresh paint and varnish. It’s a new-house smell, which, when you catch a whiff of it as it wafts out the front door, almost confounds the senses. Because this is not a new house. Instead, what you’re seeing as you cross the threshold is an…

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Work in Progress

When a house goes up there’s an expectation and assumption that it’ll stand—that it’ll be there for years to come, covering and sheltering the people who call it home, a blank slate capable of being imbued with memories and stories and personal significance. But of course, no matter the love and care devoted to their construction…

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