Argenta Arts District Dining and Shopping
The Argenta Arts District is a local area hotspot on the North Little Rock side of the river. The Argenta Arts District is the area on and around Main Street that starts at the intersection of Main and Broadway and goes north on Main Street to 6th Street. Visitors to nearby Verizon Arena or Dickey Stephen’s Ballpark often stop by after a concert or game and join the locals for liquid refreshments and good food. Argenta is the historic name for North Little Rock. Argenta is the Latin word for silver. The area was called Argenta in the 1800’s because there was a silver mine nearby.
The Argenta Arts District restaurants on Main Street give visitors many choices to satisfy your desire for food and drink.. Here you will find Cregeen’s Irish Pub, Crush Wine Bar, Reno’s Argenta Cafe’, The Joint Comedy Club, Skinny J’s Restaurant, Ristorante Capeo and Mug’s Cafe. A couple of blocks away in the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel you will find the highly rated Riverfront Steakhouse and Benihana restaurants.
While visiting the Argenta Arts District you don’t want to miss Galaxy Furniture located in the old historic JC Penny store at 304 Main Street. This store is near the restaurants and is full of eclectic items, retro furniture, vintage furniture, office furniture, collectibles, handmade glass, pottery and iron work—not to mention thousands of other unusual items—and tons of old-style vinyl record albums.
The picture of the Argenta Drug Store seen here was taken at the corner of Main and 4th St. in downtown North Little Rock. The Argenta Drug Store was built in 1887. It is the oldest continuously operating pharmacy west of the Mississippi River. (Photo Credit ArkansasFunGuide.us)
All these restaurants, businesses and art galleries on Main Street in the Argenta Arts District are conveniently located near trolley stops on the River Rail Trolley line. The trolleys loop visitors around both entertainment areas in downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock. The trolley goes through the Argenta Arts District, and then it crosses over the Arkansas River. On the Little Rock side the trolleys go by the Convention Center, the River Market area, the Clinton Library and Heifer International. Most of the trolleys spend the night in the Trolley Barn behind the Farmers Market at 6th and Main in North Little Rock.
The Argenta Farmers Market at 6th and Main is open on Saturday mornings through the end of October. Here is where you will find lots of locally grown fresh produce and other items from local vendors.
Argenta Arts District 3rd Friday Night Art Walks
Every third Friday night during the warm weather months from 5-8 pm the art galleries in the Argenta Arts District stay open later than usual. These evenings are called 3rd Friday Night Art Walks. Tents for Artists are set up on the sides of Main Street and street entertainers are often found there as well.
Argenta Art Walk Participants
Greg Thompson Fine Art – Greg Thompson Fine Art presents Magic Realism. Greg Thompson Fine Art will open its latest exhibition entitled Magic Realism. The show will run till Saturday, July 9, 2016. Magic Realism: This meticulously curated exhibition combines the actual and the impossible to show our reality through the distorting and magnificent lenses of curiosity, imagination, and metaphor. Artists in the exhibition include: Dolores Justus, Rebecca Thompson, Mark Blaney, Ray Parker, John Hartley, Donald Roller Wilson, Carroll Cloar, Gary Bolding, Edward Rice, Bill Dunlap, John Harlan Norris, Joseph Piccillo, Richard Jolley, Kendall Stallings, James Bonner, Dale Nichols, William Schwartz and our newest additions to the gallery Don Lee and Tim Tyler. 429 Main St.
Mugs Café Gallery- New Works by Renee Williams-Renee’s artwork examines an ongoing search for a relationship with nature that compliments the relationship between the conscious and unconscious. The paintings are done with acrylic paint on black mat board, and then are glazed with varnish. Renee received a BA degree from Hendrix College in 1987. She opened Gallery 26, which features Arkansas artists, in 1995.
Laman Library Argenta Branch- “Family Portrait: An Exhibition “By Kesha Stovall. Little Rock based artist Kesha Stovall will be presenting her exhibition entitled “Family Portrait” at the Argenta Branch of the William F. Laman library from May 20th, 2016 through June 11th, 2016. The opening reception will be held May 20th from 5-8 in conjunction with Argenta’s 3rd Friday art walk. This collection of large scale portraiture explores the importance of family and the strong family-like bonds we create with friends. The works feature people who are important to Stovall.
Argenta Gallery- new show featuring Cindy Holmes-“Cindy Holmes focuses her paintings on the figure and how objects and words give the human form their own story. This storytelling is built around male and female figures projecting thoughts about themselves and others. Ms. Holmes paints mental pictures while the live models interact with her to bring the stories to life.” 413 Main Street
The House of Art –All Art 15% off original price 5pm-8pm. Poetry Reading at 9pm-108 E. 4th St.
Claytime Gallery showing recent works and will have demonstrations of throwing Pottery. 417 Main
SWAG-Southern Women Artisians Guild-SWAG is located in the Argenta area, only two blocks off Main at 606 N. Olive. Join them during the 3rd Friday Art Walk. The Gallery and the creative spaces for the artists will be open. Come visit the gallery and watch the local artists at work. For more information call 501-398-1165.
For More Information
For a listing of attractions and a calendar of events in the downtown North Little Rock and Argenta Arts District area click this link: Downtown North Little Rock Attractions