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.

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Grand Opening Party at The Jewel Box

Posted on April - 21 - 2012
April 25, 2012
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Jewel Box new locationThe Jewel Box has relocated their downtown gallery to 40 Spring Street and Nancy & Wayne invite you to a Grand Opening Party on Wednesday, April 25th from 6:00-9:00 pm.

Join Nancy and Wayne for refreshments and a chance to meet some of their artists and celebrate their 13the year in business in Eureka Springs. For more info call or Email.


The Jewel Box
40 Spring St.
(479) 253-7828

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

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

Approximately 50 local Eureka Springs artists will display their work in the downtown Eureka Springs gallery during the month of May. The viewing public will be invited to vote for their favorite artist in the show, with the top vote-getting artists receiving over $3,000 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

May 1, 2012 to May 31, 2012

Creative Energy sponsor Basin Park Hotel

This image  is a part of the Creative Energy Project’s collection “Electric Vision”. All works from this collection will be on public display during the month of May as a part of the 2012 Festival of the Arts in Eureka Springs. LIKE our Facebook page to stay informed and to show your support for this exciting interactive art project.

For the past two months, international Photographer and designer of the 2012 May Festival of the Arts Poster, jeremy Mason McGaw and his friends were running around at twilight and early morning in the streets of Eureka Springs, painting imaginary scenes made of light.

This year’s creative energy project was an interactive light painting and photography project created by McGraw, in cooperation with Eureka Springs Downtown Network and local sponsors. The end product consists of 17 planned images and three images that were made from the people attending the 3 public events during April. All 20 images will be on display 24 hours a day in the Basin Park downtown during the entire month of May.


April 19, 2012 to May 8, 2012

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge From April 19 to May 8, during Turpentine Creek’s 20-day celebration of 20 years, artists are being invited to bring their special medium to the Refuge and set up a workspace to capture the animals on canvas, with clay or by photography.

Artists’ creations will be for sale with a share of the profits going to the Refuge. Look for an artist of the day to be highlighted in the gift shop each day.

5th Annual Africa in the Ozarks May 3-6

Posted on March - 10 - 2012
May 3, 2012 to May 6, 2012

The 5th Annual Africa in the Ozarks is a celebration of African Rhythm, Dance, Food, and Culture from May 3rd – May 6th beginning with a special dinner at Caribe on Thursday evening and continuing Friday – Sunday with classes in the Aud and performances and vendor exhibits in Basin Park.
Africa in the Ozarks 2012


* Learn from master-level African performers and teachers, brought to Eureka Springs from around the country!
* Marvel at virtuoso world-class theater performances, including a rare opportunity to witness mask-stiltwalking by one of the few people in this country authorized to perform this esoteric art!
* Enjoy an African feast!
* Shop til you drop at an African-style bazaar, featuring African clothing, jewelry, musical instruments, and art!
* Be a part of this unique blast of boisterousness and beauty!
* This exciting event is brought to you by Eureka Springs resident Kouakou Yao “Angelo.” He has gathered performers from Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and neighboring countries, with whom Angelo danced in the African national ballet company “Koteba.” Each artist – six virtuoso drummers and dancers in all – were stars in their own right, back in Africa. Now they are professional performers and teachers living throughout this country. Angelo has called them to Eureka Springs, to create a unique ensemble theatrical and learning experience unparalleled anywhere.
Angelo of Afrique Aya* Angelo himself was invited to the United States in 1997 by choreographer Ralph Lemon to create “Geography,” a fusion of post-modern movement and traditional African dance that was performed at Yale Repertory Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and elsewhere throughout the United States. He moved to Burlington, Vermont in 1998, where he formed Afrique Aya; in 2002 he moved to Northwest Arkansas with his wife, Jennifer Clay, a native Arkansan.
* Jennifer Clay, also a member of the Afrique Aya troupe, studied modern and traditional ballet at a young age, and later, Afro-Caribbean dance. As a college student, she spent time in Ghana, studying dance and traveling with the Global Village Project.

Visit website for full schedule and ticket info.

ARTrageous Parade Saturday May 5th

Posted on March - 9 - 2012
May 5, 2012
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The 2012 ARTrageous Parade will take place on Saturday, May 5th for the 25th Annual May Festival of the Arts.

May Festival parade dancersThis artful and sometimes outrageous parade rolls through historic downtown Eureka Springs beginning at 2 p.m., but it is recommended that you get there earlier to get the best viewing locations. One of the kick-off events for the May Festival of the Arts, the parade will feature colorful floats, walkers, bands, and more, adorned Eureka-style.

Applications are now available for participation including costumed walkers and walking groups; floats by individuals, businesses, and organizations; bands, and more, to join the parade that will wind down Spring Street starting at 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. Applications for participation should be completed by April 30th – forms also at Chamber of Commerce in Pine Mountain Village or contact Lorna at 479-363-9402 or email for information.

May 1, 2012
May 3, 2012
May 10, 2012 to May 15, 2012
May 17, 2012 to May 22, 2012
May 24, 2012 to May 29, 2012
May 31, 2012
Jacobs Ladder by Jody Stephenson

'Jacobs Ladder' by Jody Stephenson

Studio 62 in Eureka Springs is hosting its 7th Annual Art as Prayer—a month-long exhibition of original works, utilizing art as a vehicle to spirituality. Open 10-5 daily except Wednesdays. Studio 62 is the gallery of resident artists, Jody Stephenson and Ron Lutz. Open year-round.

Location: On Highway 62 West in Eureka Springs, next to Bavarian Inn.


May 3, 2012
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

During the month-long Taste of Art: A Visual Feat, DeVitos Restaurant invites you to enter the world of Melanie Myhre Photography, a place where magic and reality meet. Dream-like, haunting, and emotionally evocative photographic art.

Melanie Myhre PhotographyAn artist’s reception at DeVitos on Thursday the third of May, from 5-7PM, offers an opportunity to meet the artist, Melanie Myhre.

A Taste of Art: A Visual Feast is a month-long feature of May Festival of the Arts. Works of Eureka Springs visual artists will on display at many of the city’s finest restaurants. The exhibits will include receptions in the restaurants honoring the artists on various dates during May.

DeVitos Restaurant
5 Center Street Eureka Springs, AR 72632
(479) 253-6807

May 7, 2012
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

David Rush’s masterful blending of fire, air, earth, and water result in art shimmers with vibrant color and movement, much like the iridescence of dragonfly wings. His whimsical yet classy pieces are professionally matted and framed to give your decor a unique and one-of-kind focal point.

David Rush Flame PaintingsYou can catch David’s latest work during the May Festival of the Arts’ Taste of Art at Casa Colina. A reception for David will be, Monday, May 7th at 5pm.

A Taste of Art: A Visual Feast is a month-long feature of May Festival of the Arts. Works of Eureka Springs visual artists will on display at many of the city’s finest restaurants. The exhibits will include receptions in the restaurants honoring the artists on various dates during May.

Casa Colina Mexican Grill & Cantina
173 South Main Street Eureka Springs, AR 72632
(479) 363-6226

May 19, 2012
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Finding Nature Exhibition at the SpaceA special group exhibition titled “Finding Nature – Artworks in the Landscape” will feature local artists working with natural materials. The artists involved include: Don E. Allen, Steve Beacham, Valerie Hubbard Damon, Christopher Fischer, Steven Foster, Jamie Froelich, Adrian Frost, Jdy Griffith, Lorna Trigg Hirsch, Marvin Jonanson, Cynthia Kresse, Eleanor Lux, Robert Norman, David Petit, Richard Quick, John Rankine, Edward Robison, Regina Smith, Jim Wallace and David Zimmerman.

The site-specific installations (individual constructions out of the dead, fallen wood and natural materials available on-site on a field in the country) will be hosted for public viewing from May 19-26 with an opening reception at The Space on May 19th from 5-9 pm. For more information email John Rankine or visit on Facebook.

Location (reception):
The Space
#2 Pine Street (corner of Spring St)
Eureka Springs, AR