May Festival of the Arts

May Festival of the Arts

Eureka Springs - A Top 25 Arts Destination

presenting our 25th annual month-long celebration includes 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....

ARTrageous Parade May 7th

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May 7, 2011
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The 2011 ARTrageous Parade will take place on Saturday, May 7th for the 24th Annual May Festival of the Arts.

This 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. Download application.

Downtown Art Fair 2-day event

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May 13, 2011
1:00 pm to 8:00 pm
May 14, 2011
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Downtown Eureka Springs Art Fair – Free event.

This will be an open air Fine Art exhibit and sale by regional artists in a street fair setting in Basin Spring Park and along Center Street, Friday, May 13, 1-5 p.m. and Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Art Fair in Basin Park

Art Fair in Basin Park

The juried show is open to visual artists residing in Carroll, Boone, Benton, Madison, Newton, and Washington Counties. Booth fee for the two day event will be $25. Fee will be returned if applicant is not accepted. There is no jury fee.

Only hand-made original work may be displayed at the show (no made for market items.) Show organizers will determine booth locations. Application forms must be postmarked no later than April 1st.

For more information contact Barbara Robinson or call 479-253-1839.
outdoor art show

May 6, 2011
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
May 13, 2011
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

The Eureka Springs Historical Museum presents a second season of its highly acclaimed ‘Voices from the Silent City’ on May 6th and May 13th. The costumed guided historical tours are held at the Eureka Springs Municipal Cemetery on Highway 62 East beginning at 5:30 p.m and about every 20 minutes through 8:00pm. Shuttle parking from Eastgate Shopping Center (on US 62 across from Passion Play Road) For tickets or more information contact the Eureka Springs Historical Museum at 479-253-8417.

See more photos of the Fall 2010 ‘Voices from the Silent City’

Taste of Art: A Visual Feast

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Eureka Springs restaurants join in the May Festival of the Arts with A Taste of Art: A Visual Feast. The ongoing event will present 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.

These participating restaurants will be showing artists works throughout May:

Cottage Inn, 450 West Van Buren (Highway 62 West), Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Serving Dinner Thursday-Sunday, 5pm-9pm 479-253-5282
Featuring: John Robert Willer – Paintings
Reception: May 1, 2011 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Garden Bistro, 119 North Main Street, Eureka Springs
(479) 253-1281
Featured Artist: Barbara Kennedy, paintings
Reception: Friday, May 6th from 5pm til closing.

Eureka Grill, 71 Spring Street, Eureka Springs
(479) 253-6587
Featuring: Susan Storch Photography – Susan’s new series Face of Eureka will be presented month long
Reception: Sat, May 7th from 5p-7p.

Lovin’ Oven Bakeria, 121 East Van Buren, Eureka Springs, AR
Mon – Sun:8:00 am-9:00 pm – 479-253-0123
Featuring: Jody Stephenson, Studio 62 – Paintings
Reception: Friday, May 13, 2011 from 6-8 p.m.

Local Flavor Cafe, 71 North Main, Eureka Springs
(479) 253-9522
Featuring: Connie Evans and Denise Ryan
Reception: May 19th 5 – 7pm with a special wine feature and dinner specials

Sparky’s Roadhouse Cafe, 147 East Van Buren, Eureka Springs
(479) 253-6001
Featured Artist: Carol Saari, paintings
Reception: Thursday, May 26th from 5pm – 7 pm

The Grand Taverne, 37 North Main Street, Eureka Springs, AR
(479) 253-6756
Featured Artist: Edward Robison, III
Reception: Friday, May 27th from 6pm – 9pm. Photographer, Edward Robison, III, will be signing his new book, Postcards from Eureka

White Street Studio Walk

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May 20, 2011
4:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The 21st Annual White Street Studio Walk takes place on May 20, 2011 – 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 annually 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.

Featured artist include: art students from Clear Spring School, Eleanor Lux, Karen Foster, Hana Maufe, Doug Stowe, Jack MIller, Fran Carlin, Jana Jean, C. Rogers, Anita Hejtmanek, Holly Ertel, Zeek Taylor, Mark Rademacher,Nancy Jean Baptiste, Melodye Purdy, Bob Wilson, Victoria Marshall, Mary Springer, Judy Greff, Lorna Trigg Hirsch, Jim Wallace, JD Davis, Joseph Linker, Caitlin Cantele, Jerri Stevens, Marjetta Camillieri, Chon Stanley, Ron Landis, Richard Quick, Lyla Allison.

Amazing art combines with a block party atmosphere to provide a great time for the whole family. Turquoise flags identify participating locations. May 20th from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. For information, contact Zeek Taylor .

Susan Shore

Kudos to the Main Stage Creative Community Center for hosting this amazing show of assemblage art for the May Festival of the Arts.

Visitors at the opening reception Friday evening, May 13th, saw numerous works and got to talk with the artists including: John Rankin, Bill King, Susan Shore, Ralph Wilson, Dee Garrett, Norma Jean Marcon, Ginger Crump, and Christopher Fischer. (More images below)

The exhibit can be viewed on Saturdays 10-4 and Sundays 10-2 through May 29th at Main Stage, at 67 N. Main St. For more information call Gary Andrews, (479) 981-1636.

Dee Garrett

Christopher Fischer

John Rankine

Gallery Stroll Downtown

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May 7, 2011
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
May 14, 2011
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
May 21, 2011
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
May 28, 2011
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Free May Festival of the Arts Event each Saturday in May.

A number of the downtown galleries will hold open houses, provide refreshments, and host visiting artists who will exhibit their latest works. Saturday from 6-9 p.m. More details at Eureka Springs Gallery Association.

May 7, 2011

Angelo Yao

Click to view larger poster

Africa in the Ozarks returns for May Festival of the Arts on Saturday, May 7th at Basin Park – This free event showcases festive African music, drumming and dance celebration all day (except Parade time – 1-3 p.m.) right downtown in Basin Spring Park.

Africa in the Ozarks is orchestrated by Eureka Springs’ own Yao Angelo and his band, Ozakwaba.

Full schedule for the day at this web link.

Ozarks Chorale performs

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May 7, 2011
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Ozarks Chorale performs in the Eureka Springs City Auditorium May 7th at 7 p.m.

For more info and tickets go to or call (479) 253-7788 or (888) 855-7823.

9th Annual May Festival High School Art Exhibit

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May 6, 2011
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

During the month-long May Festival of the Arts, Iris at the Basin Park Gallery, at 8 Spring Street, will host the 9th Annual High School Art Exhibit presenting the work of high school art students from Berryville, AR and Eureka Springs, AR. This 9th year of the events will benefit Heifer International.

Student Art Show

Student Art Show

The art students’ inspiration comes from Heifer International’s goal of our global communities working together to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.  Their teachers, Sara Russell, Berryville High School and Jessica Cummings, Eureka Springs High School challenged them to examine the true meaning of community.

The students have created bowls (vessels) symbolizing the simple idea of giving families a source of food enabling them to create a sustaining environment rather than short-term relief solutions.  The students gained valuable lessons on sharing animals, resources, and skills with global communities in need.  The proceeds of the sale of these vessels will be donated to Heifer International.

There will be a reception for the artists on Thursday, May 6th from 6-8 PM.  The public is invited.  The art will be on display during the month-long May Festival of the Arts.  Please visit the Iris at the Basin Park at 8 Spring Street and see how art education in our schools has impacted these young artists.

For more information call the gallery at 479-253-9494.