It was a very good year

It was a great year for hostile butterflies, 20th-century American modernists and Little Rock multimedia artist Delita Martin.

But 2014 may well be remembered as the year of Arkansas-born artist Carroll Cloar.

The impact of three Cloar shows plus two new books about him gave the Arkansas native a high profile in his home state and elsewhere.

The best part of the Cloar-nado? Seeing his masterpiece Children Pursued by Hostile Butterflies in two versions at three shows — the painting was at the Arkansas Arts Center’s “The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South” (also in the excellent catalog the Arts Center organized and published) and the South Arkansas Arts Center’s “Carroll Cloar’s Arkansas,” and the drawing was hanging at Greg Thompson Fine Art’s “Carroll Cloar: A Road Less Traveled.”

“Carroll Cloar’s Arkansas” presented a number of pieces that haven’t been on view publicly, including the magical Spring in Mabelvale, which could

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