Works of Kevin Cole, James Hayes, Gail Miller available for online bid in conjunction with Chancellor’s Benefit

Although the 30th Annual Chancellor’s Benefit for the Arts is sold out, the silent auction is available to anyone interested in purchasing art. The works of renowned artists Kevin Cole, James Hayes, and Gail Miller are now available online for bidding and purchase. Managed by Hearne Southern Auction House, interested buyers can bid on their various works at hearnesouthernauction.com. Bids will be open online until Saturday, February 18 at 5:55 p.m.

Cole’s artwork is well known for including imagery of neckties as symbols of power and emphasizing the relationship between color and music, particularly jazz, blues, hip-hop, and gospel. He also incorporates patterns and textures from traditional African cloths to speak to human conditions.

Cole received his degree in art education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1982; his M.A. degree in art education a year later, and his M.F.A degree in drawing from Northern Illinois University in 1984. In 1994, Cole was commissioned by the Coca-Cola Company to create a fifteen story mural celebrating the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. The mural took two years to create and was a little over 800 square feet in size. He has been featured in Who’s Who in Education and received the Award of Excellence for Public Art by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.

James Hayes was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and is the owner and operator of the James Hayes Art Glass Company. After receiving an art degree from Hendrix College in Conway Arkansas in 1988, he searched for a new medium to express his artistic talent. Three months later he discovered glassblowing at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School. He has studied glassblowing in Murano, Italy; Columbus, Ohio; and the Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle Washington.

Hayes has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. He has been honored with invitations from the White House to design a Christmas tree ornament and featured on High Profile in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette in addition to KTHV Channel 11’s Everyone has a Story. His awards include the best of media at the Shreveport Louisiana Red River Revel Arts Festival and best of show at Riverfest in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2001, Hayes was given the responsibility for designing of the 2001 Governor’s Arts Awards, gifts for the Lt Governors Conference in 2003, and designing ornaments for the James Hayes Christmas Tree in the Governor’s Mansion in 2007. He recently has been awarded the Hendrix College Odyssey Medal in Artistic Creativity for the 2006-2007 year.

In Arkansas, his works are available at his own showroom in Pine Bluff, Shepherds Gifts & Blooms in Pine Bluff, Keepsake’s Jewelry and Gifts in White Hall, The Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie in Stuttgart, Fifth Season in Little Rock, Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas State Capitol Gift Shop in Little Rock, Kenneth Edwards Fine Jewelers in Little Rock, Gallery 26 in Little Rock, Hillcrest Designer Jewelry in Little Rock, Full Moon in Little Rock, Greenhaw’s Fine Men’s Wear in Little Rock, Red Door Gallery in North Little Rock, Gallery Central in Hot Springs, Sara Howell Art Gallery in Jonesboro, Something Special in Helena, Chez Weenie in Forrest City, The Enclave Gallery at White Furniture in Benton, The Red Geranium in Texarkana, Corazon in Fayetteville, and Christopher Allen in Fayetteville . In Tennessee, his work is available at T. Clifton Art in Memphis and the Memphis Brooks Museum in Memphis. In Alabama, you can find his work at Christine’s Feathered Nest in Montgomery and at Harmony Landing in Homewood. In Texas you can find his work at Robert’s China in Houston and at Rutherford’s in Dallas. In Louisiana his work is available at C & C Electric and Lighting Inc. in Shreveport.

Gail Miller has been making pottery for more than 30 years in her hometown of Dumas, Arkansas. She is the oldest daughter of a bricklayer that hailed from Saint Simons Island, Georgia.  Miller recalls briefly as a child playing in her dad’s brick mortar mix while he was completing a bricklaying job.  Thirty-five years later, she transformed that love for clay into Miller’s Mud Mill located in Dumas, Arkansas.  The business has been in operation for 35 years and has appealed to art lovers, native Arkansans, and travelers on Highway 65 driving north and south through the region and in locations such as Petit Jean Mountain Institute and the Marriott Hotel (formerly the Peabody Hotel).  Miller has several assistants and artisans making pottery, and shaping and designing molds to keep inventory on the shelves.  Her works can be found almost in every town in the state.  She has garnered many awards, recognition, and honors for her work. In 2014, Miller received the Henry Award for being the Boot Strap Business of the year. The Henry Award is a prestigious tourism industry award in Arkansas that recognizes individuals, businesses, and organizations that have distinguished themselves during the past year. According to Miller, the mud has changed and transformed her life, and has given her a reason to get up in the morning and live.

For more information about the online auction, contact Hearne Southern Auction House at (501) 349-6797.

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