Monday, July 28, 2008
Marvel at the talent displayed at EureKan Art

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 also 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 Second 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 farther 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 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.

* 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.

* 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. Located 1/4 mile off US62W on Blue Spring Rd.

* The Peacock Studio & Gallery -- Carol Peacock, award winning local artist, welcomes visitors to The Peacock Studio & Gallery, located at 1 BasinSprings Avenue in downtown Eureka Springs. The gallery 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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