Members of BRTC’s Art Club visited Little Rock September 6 where they toured the Arkansas Art Center and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.
Twenty-one participants first toured the Presidential Library, where they looked at aisles of books and timelines, and viewed many pieces of artwork and sculpture that had been presented to the Clintons as gifts from all around the world.
A few members of the group enjoyed sitting in the president’s chair in the interactive replica of the White House cabinet room. An exhibit of dresses designed by Oscar de la Renta and worn by several First Ladies and Hollywood stars was also on display at the Library for students to admire. Following the Library tour, the group dined at Forty-Two, the Library’s restaurant, seated on the outdoor patio overlooking the Arkansas River. Afterwards, the group visited the Clinton Museum store where each member received authentic campaign buttons as a free gift.
Following the visit to the Clinton Presidential Library, the group went to the Arkansas Art Center to view its traveling exhibit, “The Treasures of Kenwood House, London,” a collection of Baroque paintings on loan from England. These included works from England, Italy, France, and the Netherlands, the crowning centerpiece being an introspective self-portrait by Rembrandt.
This trip was led by Fine Art instructor and Art Club advisor Dr. Sandy Davis-Baltz and chaperoned by Business instructor Ruth Schaa, Administrative Assistant Sharon Watson, Bookstore Director Janice Harvey, and adjunct English instructor Mantha Baltz. Dr. Baltz says of the event, “We had a wonderful visit at the Clinton Library where exhibits of the international gifts to the president and the oval office replica were favorite spots. And to view an internationally famous large Rembrandt painting at the Art Center was a treasure to behold.”