Bud & Suzanne Richards's Gallery
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Bud at the entrance to the Arkansas Arts Center's 38th Toys Designed by Artist Exhibition: We traveled to Little Rock, AR for the Opening Reception of the 38th Toys Designed by Artists Exhibition which runs from November 21 - January 6, 2013. This is the third time one of our automata has been included in the biennial show which began in 1973. The show was inspired by Alexander Calder's Circus figures of the 1920's and 30's. Bud has said many times he always wanted to be a toy maker! The show is sponsored by Maggie and Dick Dearnley and the Metropolitan National Bank.
About this Gallery: In the past seven years our work has been on display and for sale at the Guild's shops in Gatlinburg, Blowing Rock, Asheville, and Middlesboro. Leonardo was last shown in the Folk Art Gallery's Beyond Expectations Exhibition in Asheville, NC. He is now at home somewhere on one of the seven hills of Rome, GA. Mark Twain was selected as one of the 50 works for the the 35th Annual Toys Designed by Artists Exhibition held in Little Rock, AR, and was later on display at the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington, D.C. where it remained for a year as part of an exhibition of works by artisans of the Southern Highland Craft Guild until June 2009. Our work has also been on display at Hansen's Gallery in Knoxville, TN and The Cobblestone Shoppe in Rome, GA.