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Hearne Fine Art

“Art is not a luxury as many people might think – it is a necessity. It documents history – it helps to educate people and stores knowledge for generations to come.” – Dr. Samella Lewis

In the heart of Little Rock’s Paul Laurence Dunbar School Neighborhood Historic District is Hearne Fine Art, a nationally-recognized gallery dedicated to African-American art. Founded in 1988, Hearne Fine Art strives to recognize and promote African-American art by featuring local, regional and national artists.

Garbo Hearne’s fascination with art began with her husband, Dr. Archie Hearne. Archie Hearne started collecting art in college when he lived with a professional artist who taught him the value and appreciation of art. After Garbo and Archie got married, she “caught the art bug” and hasn’t looked back since.


“I could do this for 100 years and still not show every artist that needs attention,” says Garbo Hearne. 

Hearne Fine Art’s current exhibit “Landscapes Unmasked” runs Sept. 20 through Dec. 31. It features landscapes from the 19th century to today including works from Robert Duncanson, Edward Banister, Dean Mitchell and others including Arkansan Wade Hampton. The premise of this exhibition is to highlight a compilation of established and emerging African-American landscape artists.


One of Hearne’s featured artists is Pine Bluff native, Kevin Cole. Cole’s artwork has an underlying theme of neckties as symbols of power and hope. One of his pieces is featured in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. Because of her connection with Cole, Hearne was an invited guest to the preview of this new Smithsonian.

Little Rock artist Sylvester McKissick is another featured artist at Hearne Fine Art. His signature style is African-American folk art. This piece is part of a series on shotgun houses.


In addition to being a fine art dealer, Hearne is an independent bookseller, a custom picture framer, and certified art appraiser. Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing is located in the same building as Hearne Fine Art. Her selection of African-American authors is wide with books for children, youth and adults. Next door she has an auction house and sculpture garden.


Hearne often brings in artists and writers for events on site including children’s story time. For more about upcoming events, visit their website or Facebook page.

Hearne Fine Art is featured in the book 100 Places to Do in Little Rock Before You Die by Celia Anderson.

Hearne Fine Art
1001 Wright Avenue, Suite C
Little Rock, Arkansas 72206
(501) 372-6822

Gallery Hours

Mon – Fri     9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday    10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday        By Appointment

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Arkansas Women Blogger member Stacey Valley is a wife, mom of four girls (two by marriage and two by adoption), and public health professional. She adores her interracial, real-life modern family, and is thankful that her husband Anthony loves her kind of crazy. Cooking is her therapy. She dreams of moving to Italy one day, so you can often find her binging on House Hunters International. Stacey’s life motto is "Live big. Love deep." which is also the name of her blog.

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