May Festival of the Arts

May Festival of the Arts

Eureka Springs - A Top 25 Arts Destination

presenting our 25th annual month-long celebration including the ARTrageous Parade along with Africa in the Ozarks on Saturday, May 5th...and continuing through the month with the unveiling of the new Art Park, annual Art Fair in Park, White Street Studio Walk, Books in Bloom, Saturday Gallery Strolls, Taste of Art and more....the May Festival of the Arts is produced by the Eureka Springs Mayor\'s Arts Council.

May Festival of the Arts PREVIEW

Posted on April - 20 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

May 1, 2012 10:00 am to May 31, 2012 5:00 pm

Click image for 'sneak preview' of artists' works

The 3rd annual Eureka Springs Invitational Art Show will be held during the month of May at ARTIFACTS Folk & Fine Art Gallery during the month of May.

Approximately 50 local Eureka Springs artists are displaying their work in the downtown Eureka Springs gallery. The viewing public is  invited to vote for their favorite artist in the show, with the top vote-getting artists receiving over $2,000 in prize money.

The exhibition will be open daily 10-5 throughout May and Saturdays until 9. For more information, contact Artifacts or visit the website.

Artifacts Folk & Fine Art Gallery
37 Spring Street – Upper Level
Eureka Springs, AR

White Street Studio Walk 2012

Posted on April - 17 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
May 18, 2012
4:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The 22nd Annual White Street Studio Walk takes place on May 18, 2012 – the 3rd Friday of the month long May Festival of the Arts.

White Street Studio Walk (2010)

White Street, on the upper historic loop, is the working address of several local artists who welcome you into their homes and studios to view their latest works. They will be joined by more than forty guest artists, who will show weaving, watercolors, jewelry, oils, pottery, stained glass and much more.

Amazing art combines with a block party atmosphere to provide a great time for the whole family. Turquoise flags identify participating locations.

Location: Along White Street (upper Historic Loop)
When: May 18th – 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.

For information, contact Zeek Taylor .

May 19, 2012
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

“The Spirit of the Ozarks” is the theme for the new Eureka Springs Art Park outdoor art exhibit sponsored by the Mayor’s Arts Council.

"The Tower of Power" art panel by Robert Norman - unveiling of Art Park Sat May 19

The Art Park is located in the 1 North Main Parking Lot (previously home to The Artery).

Colorful works by 27 artists will be displayed on 4 foot x 8 foot and 4 foot x 4 foot panels. Works by Larry Mansker, Jim Nelson, Zeek Taylor, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Jeremy McGraw, Wendi La Fey, Jae Avenoso, Marvin Jonason, Edward Robison, Janalee Robison, Robert Norman, Calvin Cotton, Adrian Frost, Allie Jensen, Janet Goodyear, Paul Van Klaveren, Karrie Evenson, Ben Rodda and more!

To kick off the unveiling of the Art Park, we’ll start with an ‘Art Attack’ and the public is invited to participate. At 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 19th the public and various locals – all dressed in black and white- will begin a spontaneous promenade in Basin Park with Angelo drumming – proceeding down Spring street down to the Art Wall in the North Main Parking lot across from the New Dehli.  At 3pm we will unveil the “Spirit of the Ozarks”. Sneak preview at right…

May 19, 2012
5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
May 20, 2012 10:00 am to May 26, 2012 5:00 pm

Finding Nature – Art in the Landscape is a group exhibit featuring 23 Eureka Spring’s artists that opens at The Space with an artist reception Saturday, May 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. The exhibit, curated and organized by local artists Christopher Fischer and John Rankine explores through a wide variety of mediums the personal connection the individual artist has with nature.

The exhibit will also feature several site-specific installations around Carroll County including a collaborative sculpture installation, where artists were invited to create structures/ sculptures from the fallen dead limbs and branches collected around the land on the Hills of Keels Creek.  A closing ceremony, where many of the sculptures will be set ablaze in the large field is scheduled on Sunday May 27th from 5 to 10 p.m.  Everyone is invited. The Hills of Keels Creek is off of Rockhouse Road, and is the first road left after the second bridge.

The exhibit at The Space will be open to the public from May 19 – 26 and can be viewed between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.  The Space is located at 2 Pine St. above Sweet Spring Antiques across the street from the  post office.

A pocket map will be available at various locations detailing the site-specific installations.  For more information email John Rankine or visit Finding Nature on Facebook for daily updates.

The Space
#2 Pine Street (corner of Spring St, across from Post Office)
Eureka Springs, AR

May 20, 2012
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

2010 Books in Bloom at 1886 Crescent Hotel

The date for the 2012 Books in Bloom is May 20, 2012 from 12 Noon to 5:00 pm, at the 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs.

The annual Garden Party event is free and open to the public, held rain or shine.

A stunning lineup of accomplished authors will read from their work and bring insights into writing, publishing and what inspires them. You can expect dynamic presentations, connections with booksellers and author signings.

Books in Bloom Literary Festival is a Garden Party Celebration for Writers and Readers established in 2005 by the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation to promote the value of books and reading. The Festival provides an opportunity for the public to meet authors and to hear them speak about their work and various aspects of writing and publishing.

For details on the author lineup (including Crescent Dragonwagon) visit the website.

May 19, 2012
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Artifacts Gallery, in their new locations at 37 Spring St (upstairs), will host a MEET THE ARTIST event: 6:00 – 8:00 during the Saturday Gallery Stroll, May 19th, featuring fine artist, Diana Harvey.

Eureka Springs artist, Diana Harvey will be demonstrating demonstrating her oil painting techniques and showing new works.

Diane HarveyDiana originally intended a path in archeology and art history, studying for two years in the Prado Museum in Madrid, then receiving a degree in archeology back in the States. On the way to a life in museum work, she discovered the bliss of creating art. Encouraged by her artist husband, Bob Z. Harvey, she plunged into studio art work. Early success cemented her determination to become an artist, and thirty productive years have affirmed it. Her lyric images reflect her varied interests in myth, dream, poetry, history, and art. A meditation on the deep mystery of beauty is how she thinks of her work. Still an avid traveler and devotee of art museums. Diana is delighted with having Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art nearby to raise the art spirit. Exclusively a painter now, intaglio printmaking was Diana’s first focus, and her etchings are in thousands of private, public, and corporate collections in this country, Europe, and Asia.

Location: Artifacts Folk & Fine Art Gallery
37 Spring Street (upstairs)
479-363-6660 Sharon Roos

May 19, 2012
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

As part of the Saturday Gallery Stroll, The Prospect Gallery will host the phenomenal Drew Gentle, whose works both reflect and break gloriously free from his 30-year background in animation.

Drew’s paintings are a dizzying delight of movement, color and personalities, captured by the master artist. Meet Drew Gentle between 6-9 pm at the gallery.


The Prospect Gallery
42 Prospect
(479) 253-5012

May 19, 2012
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Denise Ryan 'Vigil'

Denise Ryan 'Vigil'

On May 19, Eureka Thyme Gallery will host Denise Ryan who is well-known for her portrait and still life oil paintings. While Denise is new to Eureka Thyme gallery, she certainly is not new to the Eureka Springs art scene! She has been a mainstay for many years, both through teaching and her paintings. Says Denise, “My work has often been referred to as surreal but I prefer to think of it as metaphysical, a place just beyond physical reality.” Stop by 6-9pm during Saturday Gallery Stroll.

During the Month of May the galleries of Eureka Springs have strolls every Saturday of the month. Gallery Strolls are from 6 to 9 p.m. with some galleries having extended hours. Eureka Thyme exclusively represents local artists and will be featuring a wonderfully diverse selection of Eureka Springs art throughout the month. More info at Eureka Thyme website or Gallery Association.


19 Spring Street, Eureka Springs, AR

May 19, 2012
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Artifacts Gallery, in their new locations at 37 Spring St (upstairs), will host a MEET THE ARTIST event: 4:00 – 8:00 during the Saturday Gallery Stroll, May 19th.

Folk Artist Kim Kenney will be demonstrating woodworking and exhibiting her newest turned pieces from 4:00-6:00 and available to visit with gallery visitors also from 6:00-8:00.

Kim Kenney - woodworking

Kim Kenney - woodworking

~ Artist’ Statement ~
Late in the summer of 2008 I happened to meet one of the Ozarks finest artists, Jerry Crowe. I have long admired his “Unique Turnings”; what he can create from a chunk of wood has always amazed me! I asked him if he could teach me to turn wood and he graciously agreed. I met him at his shop on a Saturday morning and he hasn’t been able to get rid of me since! I am totally enthralled with turning.

When I first approach a newly cut “blank” and set it between centers on the lathe I feel both excitement and fear. Excitement in wondering what kind of marvelous form is waiting to emerge from the blank canvas; fear that I will ruin it before I can determine what it wants to become.

I feel that we are blessed to be able to produce art with “green” properties by using one of Mother Nature’s most renewable resources – the local timber of our beautiful Ozarks hills. Because of the natural properties of burl wood, just like snowflakes, no two will ever be identical. I can take no credit for the natural beauty of the wood; I simply expose what was hiding there all along.

In January 2012, I left the corporate world and became a full-time wood turner. I believe my finished turnings, rather than my words, reveal my passion for this art form. I hope you enjoy touching them and holding them as much as I have enjoyed my part in creating them!

Location: Artifacts Folk & Fine Art Gallery
37 Spring Street (upstairs)
479-363-6660 Sharon Roos

May 19, 2012
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Barbara Loftin - Around the Bend painting

Barbara Loftin - Around the Bend oil painting

Out on Main Gallery (#1 Basin Spring Ave, above the New Delhi) will feature oil paintings by Arkansas artist Barbara Loftin. Barbara’s paintings, in her own words, attempt to “tell a short story or capture a moment in time.”

Show/reception from 5PM to 9PM during the Gallery Stroll, Saturday, May 19th.

Location: Out on Main Gallery
#1 Basin Spring Ave (located above New Delhi Cafe, stair access from Spring St or Main St.)

Spring Garden Tour 2012

Posted on April - 15 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
May 19, 2012
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The 2012 Spring Garden Tour- “Off the Beaten Path” will be hosted by Eureka Springs Garden Club from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 19th.

Twelve Garden locations on the Historic Loop including several B&Bs, Churches and private gardens, expert speakers and light refreshments will be offered. $20. Tickets available at Chamber of Commerce 479-253-8737 or Historical Museum 479-253-9417. For more info, call Mary Hill at 479-253-7078.