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.

25th Annual May Festival of the Arts 2012 – Calendar of Events

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(We will do our best to keep this updated but can not guarantee any event so please call or click through to individual websites. To make corrections/updates email us.)

May 1-31 (month long)

  • Free Concerts in Basin Spring Park Free music will be performed from the band shell in Basin Spring Park Friday, Saturday, Sundays and holiday Mondays all month. Join us in Basin Spring Park for local and regional talent, weather permitting. For more information visit www.eurekasprings.org.
  • The 3rd annual Eureka Springs Invitational Art Show will be held at ARTIFACTS Folk & Fine Art Gallery. Approximately 50 local Eureka Springs artists display their new work  and the viewing public is invited to vote for their favorite artist in the show.. The exhibition will be open daily 10-5 throughout May and Saturdays until 9. Full Details
  • 7th Annual Art as Prayer Exhibit at Studio 62 Gallery, 335 W. Van Buren – Free. A multi-artists exhibition with works in several media depicting prayer. Daily except Tuesdays. For more information on the invitational exhibition art show visit the website.
  • Bank on Art – Arvest Bank, Community First Bank, and Cornerstone Bank will host month long displays of some of our finest local artists. The free exhibits will be open Monday through Friday during regular business hours. Artists’ receptions info at this link.
  • Iris at the Basin Park, 8 Spring Street, hosts the 10th Annual High School Art Exhibit presenting the work of high school art students from Berryville and Eureka Springs. Free. The exhibit will continue the entire month of May. For more information call the gallery at 479-253-9494. Full Details
  • A Taste of Art: A Visual Feast – 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. [Details Coming]
  • Special exhibit and sale of historic works of Louis Freund (1905-1999) at Mitchell’s Folly Antiques throughout the month. Details
  • Downtown Gallery Strolls – numerous galleries present featured artists each Saturday 6-9 pm

May 1 (Tues)

  • The Art of Winemaking class at Keel’s Creek Winery & Art Gallery. Call to schedule: (479)253-9463

May 1-8 (Tue-Tues)

May 3-6 (Thur-Sun)

  • Africa in the Ozarks – 5th annual festival of African Rhythm, Dance, Food, and Culture, events in the Auditorium and in Basin Park. Details

May 5 (Saturday)

  • ARTrageous Parade – Free. This artful and sometimes outrageous parade rolls through historic downtown Eureka Springs beginning at 2 p.m., but get there before that 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.
  • Africa in the Ozarks at Basin Park – Free. Festive African music, drumming and dancing celebration starting after the Parade and continuing until 11 pm in Basin Spring Park, orchestrated by Eureka Springs’ own Yao Angelo and his band, Ozakwaaba.
  • Downtown Gallery Stroll – Several galleries will hold open houses, provide refreshments, and host visiting artists who will exhibit their latest works. 6-9 p.m.
  • Artifacts Gallery, in their new locations at 37 Spring St (upstairs), will host two MEET THE ARTIST events: 4:00 – 6:00 meet Folk Artists Craig Hirsch & Lorna Trigg who will demonstrate their flutes & drums and lead interactive flute/drum workshop, and 6:00-9:00 meet Fine Artist Lisa Bauer and see her newest paintings.
  • Eureka Thyme Gallery features local artist, Betty Johnson, known for her pet portraits and also landscape and people /doll portrait art, during the 6-9 pm Gallery Stroll FULL DETAILS
  • Out on Main Gallery (#1 Basin Spring Ave, above the New Delhi) will feature the brother & sister artists, Hank Barnes and Helen Thomas.  Hank’s hand-crafted stained glass pieces grace many a home in the region, while his sister, Helen, sees and records the world creatively through a camera lens.  Show/reception from 5PM to 9PM.  479-253-8449. FULL DETAILS
  • Jewel Box Gallery – Featured Artist: Vern Moore, stained glass work inspired by ancient Celtic designs. Reception 6-9 pm during the Gallery Stroll Downtown.
  • Iris at the Basin Park will feature Lyla Allison and her distinctive jewelry for the Saturday Gallery Stroll. Meet Lyla 2-4 and 6-9.

May 6 (Sunday)

  • Ozark Chorale Spring Concert ‘A Spring Singfest’ in the Aud 2:30 pm. $10 tickets includes free refreshments. Students free. More details on website or call 479-253-5018.

May 7-11 (Mon-Fri)

  • Metal Sculpture Workshop with Wayne Summerhill at ESSA-Eureka Springs School of the Arts.  [FULL DETAILS]
  • Art of Winemaking’ begins a series of classes – participants will make 30 bottles of wine!  Mondays 7-9 at Keel’s Creek Winery. Contact Doug at 479-253-1769

May 8 (Tues)

  • The Art of Winemaking class at Keel’s Creek Winery & Art Gallery. Call to schedule: (479)253-9463

May 10 (Thurs)

  • Artist reception at Cottage Inn Restaurant – meet Michael Zorok and view his recent paintings. 4-6 pm [FULL DETAILS]

May 11-12 (Fri-Sat)

  • Downtown Eureka Springs Art Fair – Free.  Fine art exhibit and sale by regional artists in a street fair setting in Basin Spring Park and along Center Street. 10 am – 6 pm Friday and Noon – 5 pm on Saturday – Contact Barbara Robinson for details on exhibiting.
  • Student  Band Music Fest – 9am – 5 pm in the Aud

May 12 (Saturday)

  • Downtown Gallery Stroll – Free. Several galleries will hold open houses, provide refreshments, and host visiting artists who will exhibit their latest works. 6-9 p.m.
  • CosmicRoots,” a local band from Enthios ArtVenue performs in Basin Park – free,
  • Artifacts Gallery, in their new locations at 37 Spring St (upstairs), will host  two MEET THE ARTIST events: 4:00 – 6:00 meet  Jimmy Leach who will be demonstrating his painting and 6:00 – 9:00  meet  Folk Artist Judith Leswig (soft sculpted dolls)
  • Wilson and Wilson Folk Art Open House – Free. The mother and daughter painting team of Blakeley and Sylvia Wilson invite you to enjoy a special day-long Open House 10:00 am – 10:00 pm at Wilson and Wilson Folk Art, 23 Spring St. 479-253-5105. Full Details</li>
  • Eureka Thyme Gallery – come and meet Carol Dickie and see her ‘abstract naturalism’,  mixed media paintings. 6-9 pm during the Gallery Stroll. FULL DETAILS
  • Out on Main Gallery (#1 Basin Spring Ave, above the New Delhi) will feature the colorful and textural Impasto paintings of regional artist Jan Ironside. Show/reception from 5PM to 9PM. 479-253-8449.
  • Jewel Box Gallery Artist Reception 6-9 pm during the Gallery Stroll Downtown.

May 13 (Sun-Mother’s Day)

  • Annual Mother’s Day concert at the Aud with Native American flute artist, John Two Hawks. 2:00 pm – tickets $12 and Mothers are free.
  • Mother’s Day Variety Show featuring singer/songwriter Dave Baer, The Institute of Jugglology, and Ethan, The Juggler. 6-8 pm at Southwind Stage and Sacred Earth Gallery, 15845 US 62 W 479-253-7644.

May 15 (Tues)

  • The Art of Winemaking class at Keel’s Creek Winery & Art Gallery. Call to schedule: (479)253-9463

May 17 (Thursday)

  • Poet Luck at Writers’ Colony – 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. Bring a pot luck dish to pass and hear readings by local writers. 6 p.m.

May 18 (Friday)

  • 22nd Annual White Street Studio Walk – Free. 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.  4 p.m. until 10 p.m.  [FULL DETAILS]

May 19 (Saturday)

  • Spring Garden Tour - hosted by Eureka Springs Garden Club from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Locations all around town including several B&Bs, Churches and private gardens.  $20. For more info, call 479-253-7078.
  • Saturday Gallery Stroll.  6-9 p.m.  every Saturday in May.  Our galleries invite you to have refreshments while you peruse the amazing art of Eureka Springs. For more information visit Art of Eureka website.
  • Eureka Thyme Gallery will  host local artist Denise Ryan who is well-known for her portrait and still life oil paintings. 6-9 pm. Full Details
  • Drew Gentle is featured artist at The Prospect Gallery 6-9 pm 479-253-5012 Full Details
  • Artifacts Gallery, in their new locations at 37 Spring St (upstairs), will host two MEET THE ARTIST events: 4:00 – 6:00 meet Folk Artist Kim Kenney demonstrating woodworking and exhibiting her newest turned pieces, and 6:00-9:00 meet Fine Artist Diana Harvey (paintings) and Kim Kenney (wood).
  • Out on Main Gallery (#1 Basin Spring Ave, above the New Delhi) will feature oil paintings by Arkansas artist Barbara Loftin. Barbara’s paintings, in her own words, attempt to “tell a short story or capture a moment in time.” Show/reception from 5PM to 9PM. 479-253-8449.
  • A group exhibition, “Finding Nature – Artworks in the Landscape” will feature local artists working with natural materials – reception at The Space, #2 Pine St, 5pm – 9pm. Full Details
  • Eureka Springs Art Park – grand opening event unveiling new outdoor art exhibit begins Downtown and along Main Street with ‘Art Attack’ starting at 2:00 pm and unveiling at 3:00 – More Details
  • Jewel Box Gallery Artist Reception 6-9 pm featuring the jewelry of Wayne Schmidt during the Saturday Gallery Stroll Downtown.
  • Tinmaker & Glitz features photographer Steve Wood – 1-7pm at 45 1/2 Spring Street.
  • Susan Morrison Signature Gallery, 78 Spring Street – fun for all ages as Susan exhibits her work, gives away free posters, book signing, and hands-on art for kids. 479-253-8788

May 20 (Sunday)

  • Books in Bloom – a literary festival. A free annual ‘garden party’ event held at Crescent Hotel for readers and writers. Noon to 5:00 [FULL DETAILS]
  • Young Artist’s Music Recital “Come and Go” held at the Grand Central Hotel 1pm – 3pm.

May 22 (Tues)

  • The Art of Winemaking class at Keel’s Creek Winery & Art Gallery. Call to schedule: (479)253-9463

May 26 (Saturday)

  • Downtown Gallery Stroll
    Free. Several galleries will hold open houses, provide refreshments, and host visiting artists who will exhibit their latest works. 6-9 p.m.
  • Rhythm House Dance Recital in the Auditorium 7-9 pm
  • Eureka Thyme Gallery will host The Starbirds, Ken and Sandy will be showing their most recent works in clay and fabric from 6-9 pm. FULL DETAILS
  • Artifacts Gallery, in their new locations at 37 Spring St (upstairs), will host two MEET THE ARTIST events: 4:00 – 6:00 meet Barbara Robinson demonstrating her painting, and 6:00-9:00 meet Fine Artists Jim Nelson (wood sculptures) and Barbara Robinson (paintings)
  • Out on Main Gallery (#1 Basin Spring Ave, above the New Delhi) will feature the bright, incredibly detailed and, above all, fun, watercolors of(award-winning) Eureka Springs artist Zeek Taylor. Show/reception from 5PM to 9PM. 479-253-8449.
  • Jewel Box Gallery Artist Reception 6-9 pm during the Gallery Stroll Downtown.

May 28-June 1 (Mon-Fri)

  • Digital Photography Workshop with Edward Robison at ESSA-Eureka Springs School of the Arts.  [FULL DETAILS]
  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Denise Ryan at ESSA-Eureka Springs School of the Arts. [FULL DETAILS]

May 29 (Tues)

  • The Art of Winemaking class at Keel’s Creek Winery & Art Gallery. Call to schedule: (479)253-9463

May 31-June 10 (Fri-Sat-Sun)

  • AvantGarde in the Ozarks: 9th Wave. Experiential art installation and live music at Enthios Art Venue. Fridays 7-9pm, Saturdays 4-6pm and Sun 2-4pm – continues through June 10th.

May 31-June 3 (Thurs – Sun)

  • Eureka Springs Blues Weekend
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