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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Mosaic Studio classes

Posted on April - 5 - 2012
May 8, 2012
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
May 9, 2012
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
May 20, 2012
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Fran Carlin Mosaic Studio

Fran Carlin in newly opened Mosaic Studio

Fran Carlin of Mosaic Studio will offer two classes during May:

Jewel Box, a two-day workshop will be offered May 8, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and continuing on May 9, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. A lunch break will take place each day from noon until 1 p.m. During this class, students will make a small jewel box using a variety of glass and milleflori. During the class, Fran will cover information about glass cutting, setting, and grouting. By the end of class, students will have finished the piece for presentation. Cost of the Jewel Box class will be $100 plus a materials fee of $15.

A one-day class on Tapestry Tile will take place May 20 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. (with a lunch break from noon until 1 p.m.) Students will learn mosaic techniques by creating a Turkish style tile. Students will create intricate designs using reflective glass, milleflori, and other materials. Hooks for the back of the tile will be provided. Cost for this class will be $50 plus materials fee of $10.

Each class will have a minimum of two students and a maximum of four. Complimentary water, coffee, and tea will be provided for both classes.

The studio is located at 55 N. Main (near Grand Central Hotel), Eureka Springs, AR. For more info or to enroll, contact Fran at 479-253-5544

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.

May 1, 2012
May 8, 2012
May 15, 2012
May 22, 2012
May 29, 2012

Keel's Creek Winery - art of winemakingKeels Creek Winery will present a basic course on the fundamentals of winemaking during the May Festival of the Arts…May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

For more information, contact Dr. Doug Hausler at 479-253-WINE (9463) or email Keels Creek.

Keel’s Creek Winery & Art Gallery
3185 East Van Buren (US 62W), Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Digital Photography Workshop with Edward Robison

Posted on February - 27 - 2012
May 29, 2012
1:00 pm

Edward Robison Photography

A Digital Photography workshop will be offered by Edward Robison at ESSA May 29-June 1, 2012.

Edward Robison received his Bachelors of Fine Art in Photography from the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. His work is featured in the Sacred Earth Gallery, the Sierra Club calendar and online at

This workshop will be held from 1pm-8pm and will focus on special time of day effects including twilight. The student will learn to master the techniques of digital photography from the photographer’s viewpoint as quality photographs are created. A comprehensive overview of digital photography will be presented with all aspects from resolution to aperture to printing. Geared to the beginner as well as the amateur photographer.

The 4-day class schedule is 1 pm-8 pm
Tuition : $220 + Materials

More information and registration at

Location: Studio at ESSA (Eureka Springs School of the Arts) and outdoor field work
15751 Hwy. 62 W · Eureka Springs, AR
(479) 253-5384

Metal Sculpture Workshop with Wayne Summerhill

Posted on February - 27 - 2012
May 7, 2012 9:00 am to May 11, 2012 5:00 pm

Wayne Summerhill will be offering a metal sculpture workshop for all levels at ESSA May 7-11, 2012.

Metal Sculptor Wayne SummerhillWayne Summerhill has been creating metal art for over thirty years. He is noted for his steel sculptures of guitars used by many famous musicians including Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison. The Hard Rock Corporation commissioned three of his music inspired sculptures displayed in their Miami location. His work can be seen at the Blue Moon Gallery in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

This workshop will involve basic to advanced methods on tool safety, metal cutting techniques, material preparation, texturing techniques, methods of forming metal, fabrication and welding techniques, and patina and finishes.

The 5-day class schedule is 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

More information and registration at

Location: Studio at ESSA (Eureka Springs School of the Arts)
15751 Hwy. 62 W · Eureka Springs, AR
(479) 253-5384

Acrylic Painting Workshop with Denise Ryan

Posted on February - 20 - 2012
May 29, 2012 to June 1, 2012

Denise Ryan Art

Denise Ryan will offer an Acrylic Painting Workshop at ESSA-Eureka Springs School of the Arts, May 29-June 1, 2012.

Denise Ryan has a Master’s degree in Fine Art with a major in Painting and a minor in Art History She has been painting for forty years and is featured on the cover of ESSA’s 2012 calendar.

The workshop will cover realism (2 days), abstraction(one day), and painting with a knife(one day) with the intent of providing the student with a foundation to further their education in painting. Open to all levels.

The 4-day class schedule is 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuition : $220 + Materials

More information and registration at

Location: Studio at ESSA (Eureka Springs School of the Arts)
15751 Hwy. 62 W · Eureka Springs, AR
(479) 253-5384