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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May Festival of the Arts PREVIEW

Posted on April - 20 - 2012

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.


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 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

Eureka Springs Art Park unveiled May 19th

Posted on March - 5 - 2012
May 19, 2012
1:30 pm to 3:00 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 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 1:30 pm on Saturday, May 19th the public and various locals – all dressed in black and white- will begin a spontaneous promenade serenaded by local musicians. The Art Attack promenade will proceed down Spring Street to North Main to the Art Park parking lot. At 2pm we will unveil the “Spirit of the Ozarks”.

2012 May Festival Poster Contest Winner

Posted on March - 1 - 2012

2012 May Festival of the Arts poster contest winner

The 25th Annual May Festival of the Arts in Eureka Springs, AR officially launches with the selection of this year’s art poster winner.

Jeremy Mason McGraw is the winner of the 2012 May Festival of the Arts poster design contest. The judging team of Chad and Alex of Rightmind Advertising, described Jeremy’s design as, “An exciting and appealing piece, a real non-descript urban feel with lots of movement and popping color.”

Jeremy titled the piece, “Energy in the Streets.” The final image that took over three days of shooting in the streets of Eureka Springs, was created 100% from exposures captured “in camera” then overlaid to create the finished product. Jeremy explained, “All of the elements were created in the physical world with long exposures, gelled LED lights and stencils with a process called light painting.”

Jeremy will receive $250 in prize money and his design will be used for the official May Festival poster and in other promotional materials and festival ads.

Jeremy moved to Eureka Springs two-and-one-half-years-ago and quickly became entrenched in the arts community. As the Elite International Photographer, he has traveled the globe shooting for numerous clients that include world-class hotels and resorts. He has shot numerous production stills for performers from Branson to Las Vegas. His work can be seen at his website.

The May Festival of the Arts poster is a highly collected “art piece” and Jeremy’s poster is number twenty-five in the series. The collector’s edition will be for sale in Eureka Springs galleries.

Poster Contest 2012 – Call to Artists

Posted on December - 6 - 2011

2011 winning poster for May Festival of the ArtsEntries are now being accepted for the 2012 May Festival of the Arts poster design contest.

The design should be in an 11×17 inch format and contain the words:
“25th Annual May Festival of the Arts”
“Eureka Springs, Arkansas”
“May 2012″
Only original artwork will be accepted. Previous winners must wait 2 years before re-entering.
Designs should be submitted on disc in high-resolution jpeg format and be print-ready (300 dpi). Lettering may be done “by hand” or computer generated. An entry form should accompany the CD. The contest is open to residents of Carroll County. The winning entry will receive $250 and the winning design will be used in May Festival of the Arts 2012 advertisements and promotions.

Entries should be dropped off at the Mayor’s office, Eureka Springs City Hall, on or before the January 15th, 2012 deadline.

Entries may also be mailed to:

Eureka Springs City Hall,
Mayor’s Office, 44 S Main,
Eureka Springs, AR, 72632
(Please mark package “May Festival of the Arts”)

To receive an entry form email Zeek Tayor or call 479-253-9318

2009 8'x8' panel by Wendi Lafey - Dandelion Season

2009 8'x8' panel by Wendi Lafey - Dandelion Season

The Mayor’s Arts Council of Eureka Springs is revitalizing the space located in the First Street parking lot. The unveiling of the Eureka Springs Art Park will be May 19th, 2012, during the 25th annual May Festival of the Arts.

The new Eureka Springs Art Park, located in downtown Eureka Springs, will be similar to a previous exhibit, the Artery, and will consist of art and photography panels attached to the concrete wall in the parking area.

The art-panels will be two-dimensional in any media that is weather resistant (including photography) and will be created by artists from NW Arkansas. Artists living and/or exhibiting in the counties of Carroll, Benton, Madison, and Washington, are invited to submit a scaled design for consideration for the Art Park. The panels will be either four by eight feet, or four by four feet, and submitted designs should be scaled in proportion (example, 4×8 inches or 4×4 inches.)

The theme for the panels will be “Spirit of the Ozarks” as interpreted by the artist. (For example, thematic ideas may include Ozark landmarks, history, culture, music, diversity, nature, roots).

The artwork will remain on view for a period of not less than one-year, and possibly as long as two years. The panels will be offered for sale with the artist receiving 70% of the purchase price. The remaining 30% of sales revenue will go to the Mayor’s Arts Council’s public art fund.

The deadline for submission is January 30, 2012. The deadline for delivery of the final art work is April 22, 2012.
Artists interested in submitting a design for consideration or to receive the information packet, should contact Sandy Martin or call 479-244-6636.