Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Considering the relatively small size of Eureka Springs, this city has a wonderful number and variety of galleries.

Even if you never buy a thing, touring the galleries of Eureka Springs will provide visitors with many hours of pleasure. But we have a hunch that if you give yourself a chance, a one-of-a-kind artwork will speak to you.

Eureka Springs has earned recognition as an artists' colony for decades. Is it something in the water, or in the air? The creativity comes from somewhere, and so many talented artists reinforce each other here.

Where else would you find a display like The Artery, a revolving installation of 4'x8' panels. This open-air gallery, located just off North Main, continues to reinvent itself with new themes and new panels. Around town, you can still see some of the panels which have been on display at the Artery. They are instantly recognizable, not just because of their size, but their energy.

The art of Eureka Springs encompasses styles from primitive to post-modern, and includes every medium imaginable. So whether your tastes run to painting, fabrics, bronze, glass, or just about any other medium, you can find it here, and find it done well.

Although galleries can be found throughout the town, a special group of them band together in an event called the "Second Saturday Stroll." From April to December, on the second Saturday of each month, a group of galleries host a special evening from 6-9 p.m. Make plans to tour these galleries on April 12, and enjoy refreshments, special exhibits, and even appearances by working artists. most of the galleries participating in the Stroll are located along Spring Street, but be sure to check the full list, for a memorable experience.

A lot of artistic energy has focused on North Main Street in recent years. EureKan Art, at 150 North Main, has emerged as a treasure trove of quality pieces, bringing together the work of several important local artists. Just a little further out on North Main, the Art Colony is a bold experiment in providing visitors with an opportunity to watch artists at work. Be sure to take some time in this part of town.

Oh, but don't forget White Street, or Eureka Springs West, or U.S. Highway 62, or any of the other areas of town which support the artistic spirit. No matter how talented the artists, they need patrons to complete the circle of creation, and you need a souvenir you can enjoy for years as a reminder of your visit to Eureka Springs.

** * The Art Colony

-- A cure for "Been There, Done That." This wondrous hub of imagination is simmering and popping with ideas being born. A group of nine buildings house the studio-galleries of a varied assortment of off-beat, laughing, creative artists. Join us for our Art Fair every Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Situated in an idyllic outdoor Ozark setting in Mill Hollow at North Main Street, The Art Colony boasts sweeping iron architectural accents that dazzle the eye. This 'village' was conceived by sculptural artist J.D. Harris and his wife Kathy to provide studio space where artists come together to create a contagious, collective energy shared by everyone. Awaken your senses and refresh your spirit at 185 North Main Street next to Cafe Santa Fe. Free parking behind The Art Colony.

EureKan Art Studio & Shop

-- features fine art and crafts by local and regional artists. More than 90 artists are represented in an eclectic mix of media -- oil, water and acrylic paintings, art glass, pottery, contemporary sculpture, photography and native wood boxes. 150 N. Main St.

Eureka Springs Gallery Association

-- "Second Saturday Gallery Stroll" finds all the member galleries of the association open from 6 to 9 p.m. The association includes: 83 Spring Street Gallery; Eureka Fine Arts Company; Iris at the Basin Park; The Jewel Box; Mel Shipley Studio Gallery; Quicksilver; Serendipity at the Crescent; Susan Morrison Signature Gallery and Zarks.

Gryphon's Roost Gallery

-- hits contemporary art on many different levels, from vibrant and fun to subtle and profound. The gallery features atmospheric light boxes from Spain, pewter, pottery and jewelry created with semi-precious gems from all over the world, friendly personal service, French soaps, organic essential oils and floral waters, candles and inspirational notecards. 137 Spring St.

Iris at the Basin Park

-- offers art lovers an eclectic range of art and fine crafts, showcasing the fine works of many local, regional and national artists. Fine jewelry, hand-thrown pottery, art glass, contemporary metal sculpture. 8 Spring St.

Carol Peacock exhibits one of her colorful paintings.

The Peacock Studio & Gallery

-- Carol Saari, award winning local artist, and Carol Peacock are collaborating on the business of art at the Peacock Studio & Gallery. The two Carols have shared studio space before and have mutual respect and admiration for each others' work. The Peacock Studio & Gallery, located at 1 BasinSprings Avenue in downtown Eureka Springs, has hosted exhibitions for the internationally famed James Yale, nationally known artist Jack Miller, and of course, Carol Peacock. Business hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.

The "Old Masters, New Visions" Painting Seminar

comes to Eureka Springs! Instructed by Prof. Phil Jacobson and Cynthia Ré Robbins, this is a workshop on the Misch Technique. It was developed in late medieval times and used during the early Renaissance. It involves alternating layers of white egg tempera and oil transparencies. It's a very effective way of "painting with light" to produce extraordinary luminosity, fine detail and brilliant pure colors. April 28-May 16 at "The Space," #2 Pine St. at Spring St. There will be an exhibition of paintings by the faculty and participants. Opening Reception on May 2 at 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call Cynthia at 363-9422.

Serendipity at the Crescent

-- Add a bit of the arts to your visit to the Crescent Hotel. While browsing through the collection of glass, pottery and wall art or picking out a favorite piece of handmade jewelry, be sure to let your eyes wander up to the collection of moons painted on the ceiling of the Bella Luna Room. 75 Prospect Ave.

Wilson & Wilson Folk Art Co.

-- features original paintings by folk artists Blakeley and Sylvia Wilson, hand-painted furnishings, limited edition prints and primitives. Blakeley's designs are now available in a full decorator line. Located in the Flat Iron building. 23 Spring St.

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