River Market ArtSpace

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River Market ArtSpace is a gallery owned by Debra Wood featuring contemporary works by local Arkansas artists. The gallery was the first retail shop to open, in October 1997, in the revitalized River Market District.

River Market ArtSpace is located in the old Galaxy Office Furniture building at the corner of Markham and Cumberland streets. The founder of River Market ArtSpace is Susan Strauss.

River Market ArtSpace located in downtown Little Rock was established in 1997 by Susan Strauss. The 3,300 square foot gallery was reconstructed in 1916 by the architect Charles L. Thompson. Since 1916, the building has been home to Hollis and Company Mill Supplies, the General Electric Supply Company, Wooley Electric Company, Arkansas Radio and Appliance Company, Dailey Office Furniture Store, The Ellis Melton Company, Paul Morrell Formal Wear,Copy Systems, and also the Galaxy Furniture Company. The River Market ArtSpace was purchased by the present owner, Debra Wood in June of 2002. The gallery has works of art in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, wood, sculpture, metal, and basketry, featured by over 100 artists. Approximately 90% of the artwork is done by Arkansas artists, and none of the art is imported from outside countries. To maintain the variety of displays, the owner and assistants travel all over the state to try to find the best artists. The traditional to contemporary artwork participates in the 2nd Friday Art Night once a month downtown from 5-8 p.m. along with Ten Thousand Villages, Arkansas Art Center, Cox Creative Center, Hearne Fine Art, and the Historic Arkansas Museum. ArtSpace is a member of Americans for the Arts, Arkansas Arts Center, Craft Retailers Association for Tomorrow, Historic Arkansas Museum, American Style Preferred Gallery Program, and American Craft Council.


  • Leroy Donald, "Market District to Get Art Gallery," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, August 17, 1997.

External links

  • [www.2ndFridayArtNight.com]