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 10, 2012
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Michael Zorok paintings featured at Cottage Inn

Michael Zorok paintings featured at Cottage Inn throughout May

Local artist Michael Zorok, will have a showing of his most recent paintings at the Cottage Inn Restaurant during the month of May. Michael’s sculptures and paintings are in collections from East Coast To West Coast and abroad.

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.

Linda Hager of Cottage Inn  invites everyone to meet the artist, Michael Zorok,  at a reception on May 10th 4 pm to 6 pm.

Cottage Inn Restaurant
50 West Van Buren (Highway 62 West),
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632

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”.

Culinary Class with Karen Gros

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May 11, 2012
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
May 12, 2012
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Karen Gros - Cooking with a French Flair

A Culinary Class with Karen Gros – Cooking with a French Flair – on May 11 and 12 will feature the following menu (with optional wine pairing):

Karen’s eggs Benedict with perfectly poached egg, salmon, garden-fresh spinach, and heavenly homemade Hollandaise (gluten-free version available)
Oeufs bénédictine au saumon façon Karen
Rhubarb compote with palmiers
Compote à la rhubarbe et aux palmiers

A Hands-On class is offered on Friday, May 11 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM and a Demonstration Only on Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 AM -1:00 PM.

More information is available on Karen’s website or to make your reservations email Karen or call 479-253-746.

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.

Ozarks Chorale performs at Aud

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May 6, 2012
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

ozarks chorale spring concertOn Sunday, May 6th, the Ozark Chorale Spring Concert will be offered in The Aud at 2:30 pm. $10 tickets includes free refreshments. More details on website

Taste of Art: A Visual Feast

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This years month-long Visual Feast is the 3rd year of the Taste of Art during May Festival of the Arts in Eureka Springs.

Eureka Springs restaurants join in the May Festival of the Arts with this ongoing event presenting works of Eureka Springs visual artists at many of the city’s finest restaurants. The exhibits will include receptions in the restaurants honoring the artists on various dates during May.

Participating restaurants and artists and dates of exhibits and receptions include:
DeVitos Restaurant – Melanie Myrhe Photography
Casa Colina Mexican Grill & Cantina – David Rush
Cottage Inn – Michael Zorok
and Carol Saari, Charles Pierce/Edward Robison TBA soon.

For more information on participating as a restaurant or artist, contact Cne Breaux.

White Street Studio Walk 2012

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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 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.

Monthly Poetluck at Writer’s Colony

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May 17, 2012
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The monthly Poet Luck at Writers’ Colony will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2012 during May Festival of the Arts – This potluck dinner and literary salon is open to the public and held the third Thursday of every month, March-October at The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs.

“Poetluck” brings together established visiting poets and writers with local poets and writers, aspiring writers, and all those interested in the creative process. Bring a dish or beverage to share, and a receptive, interested mind. The evenings combine conviviality, craft, and critique. Topical content may make this event suitable for ages 14 and above.

Potluck begins at 6 p.m.- Join us to share dinner, listen to the resident writers for 20 minutes, and then share your own work for up to four minutes. followed by readings of writers in residence and locals and visitors who would like to share a 4 minute read.

Location: 515 Spring Street, Eureka Springs
For more information call 479-253-7444

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