Thursday, June 26, 2008
Meet the artists and take part in the creative experience at the Art Colony.

Want something to take home beyond the traditional t-shirt? Eureka Springs has lots of galleries packed with work from local, regional, and even national artists. Their work will make you think, it'll make you sigh, and, inevitably, it will make you want an art collection for yourself.

  There's no better time to start a collection: Eureka Springs is being discovered nationwide as a developing art center, was picked as one of the top 25 art towns by AmericanStyle magazine, and is featured in the book The 100 Best Art Towns in America. Why wait until the best pieces--and prices--are beyond your reach? Many galleries even have regular shows and receptions showcasing their artists, and some have artists working in-house, so you can find out just what the thought process was behind that incredible painting you just can't resist.

  Whether you're ready to start a collection, or just enjoy something compelling and unique, area galleries have something perfect for you. Choose art you can use, from hand-painted furniture to delicate jewelry or wheel-thrown pottery, or pick something that calls to you, like an unforgettable photograph print, delicate art glass, or intricate mosaics. Traditional, contemporary and way-out-there avant garde are all available, from life-like bronze sculptures to breathtaking glass chandeliers, to edgy canvases with a message or soothing watercolors. Gallery owners are always eager to help you, so don't hesitate if you want to know more about a piece or an artist. It sounds so easy, and you'll be so cool--what are you waiting for? Browse our gallery listings, or just grab the map and head out, because you're about to become a newly minted art connoisseur!

* 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.

* 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 wood boxes. 150 N. Main St.

* Fine Line Gallery -- The signature gallery of Natalia Cole, renowned Russian artist, who works in an amazing range of styles and media, from exquisite pen-and-ink graphic to watercolor, acrylics, textile sculpture, unique handmade Bohemian jewelry, and more. The gallery also features wildlife photography taken by Natalia during her travels on a sailboat named "Sea Eagle." Visit the gallery and hear true stories about adventures and wonders of the high seas! Receive inspiration and individual art lessons (after all, she taught her children well -- so see their beautiful works). Commissioned paintings and custom jewelry. 8 South Main Street, under the bridge.

* Fusion Squared -- is proud to continue the tradition of locally created art for that one-of-a-kind Eureka experience. The venue is one of Eureka Springs' newest galleries, featuring the fused glass art of local artist John Rinehart and showcasing his hand-crafted art glass and jewelry. In addition, Fusion Squared displays the work of other artists: the fused glass pendants of Oklahoma's John Cox, the fused glass dinner pieces of Oregon's Dorothy Tannahill Moran of PortlandSky Designs, and the original graphite drawings of Chris Prouty from Topeka, Kansas. Fusion Squared is located at 84 Spring Street and is open daily at 10 a.m.

* 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.

* 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. Celebrating 10 years in their present location. Located 1/4 mile off US62W on Blue Spring Rd.

* The Peacock Studio & Gallery -- Carol Saari and Carol Peacock, award winning local artists, 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 Noon to 6 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.

* Sacred Earth Gallery -- is one of Eureka Springs' newest galleries at 28 Spring St. in the heart of the historic district. The gallery features 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 also displays the mixed media paintings by Edward's wife, Janalee Robison, and photographs by his son Ethan.

* 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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