The Art of Eureka

Monday, April 28, 2008
Let the artists of Eureka shape how you see the world.

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 group of them band together in an event called the Saturday Gallery Stroll. From April to December the group of galleries host special evenings from 6-9 p.m. Make plans to tour these galleries 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. OUT on Main is a brand new gallery to check out. 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 Al Hooks Signature Gallery -- A fresh perspective is offered in the work of photo artist Al Hooks. With the gallery's opening last May, the artist has tucked himself into the vibrant downtown scene, filling the gallery with unique works shot in Eureka Springs as well as photos taken in trips back to the Gulf Coast -- Hooks' home until Katrina drove him inland.

"Life after Katrina was an opportunity to start anew," Hooks said of making his way to Eureka Springs. For someone who grew up in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the eclectic, colorful and artistic town fits his own personality like a glove. 7 Center St.

* 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 Cathy 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.

* Eureka Fine Art Company -- is the largest and best established art venue. You will find a wide variety of work by the finest local and regional artists, as well as a selection of work by artists from outside the area. Originals, giclees, and fine art reproductions are available in every conceivable size and price range, making it possible for everyone, from the serious collector to the tourist looking for the perfect memento of Eureka Springs, to carry home a piece of fine art. Many are already beautifully framed. Custom framing is also available. 78 Spring St.

* Eureka Thyme -- represents 78 Eureka Springs artisans, another 43 from Northwest Arkansas, plus 16 others because their creations are just so cool the gallery couldn't say no! All items represent the love of those who have created them. Their passion for creating is palpable. An exciting shopping experience. 121 East Van Buren in The Quarter.

* 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.

* 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.

* J.A. Nelson Gallery -- One of Eureka's newest art galleries is now open to the public, featuring the handcrafted original works in wood of James Andrew Nelson. The gallery is located above Crazy Bone at 37 Spring St. and is a Gallery Stroll participant Saturday evenings in May.

* The Jewel Box -- is located in the heart of gallery row. This delightful little shop features 50 local and regional artisans. Artist and owner Nancy Wines showcases her Crystal Vision Jewelry line. Hand-painted porcelain, exotic masks, silk garments and more. 77 Spring St.

* 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.

* OUT on Main -- Owner/artists Patrick Lujan and Lee Kroll moved to Eureka Springs from Albuquerque, New Mexico just one year ago to open their own paottery studio/gallery and to offer nightly lodging in a spacious comfortable cottage. Their unique hand-built art pottery pieces are either free-flowing forms or unusual geometric shapes. Finishes are primarily Raku, Horse Hair and Pit Fire. The gallery space also features beautiful crystalline glazed vases and "Inspiration Mirrors" from some talented artist friends back in New Mexico. 269 North Main.

* Paradise Pottery -- Visit artists Laura Waters and Jim Wallace in their working studio showroom where the couple create wheel-thrown, wood-fired stoneware that ranges from dinnerware to large jardinieres and outdoor water features. Located 1/4 mile off US62W on Blue Spring Rd.

* 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.

* Sacred Art Gallery ­-- is one of Eureka Springs' newest galleries, opening May 1st at 28 Spring St. in the heart of the historic district. The gallery will feature the fine-art landscape photography of Edward C. Robison III. Edward's photography expresses the natural beauty of the Midwest from the Ozarks to the Rocky Mountains. He wishes to inspire people to connect to the spirit of the land through his photography. The gallery will also display the mixed media paintings by Edward's wife, Janalee Robison, and photographs by his son Ethan.

* The Spring Gallery -- is the oldest gallery in Eureka, opening in 1965. The gallery offers original works of art and custom framing. Featured in May are original watercolors, sketches and drawing by Glenn Gant. 120 N. Main.

* 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. Be sure to see the sheep. Located in the Flat Iron building. 23 Spring St.

* Zarks -- is a contemporary fine craft and art gallery specializing in American art glass along with silver and gold jewelry, sculpture, and two dimensional works by more than 130 local, regional and national artists. Featuring a very fine cat Leo who greets you at the door. 67 Spring St.

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