Beauty abounds in Eureka's galleries

Monday, July 28, 2008

Eureka Springs has been known as a haven for artists for half a century.

This area includes some serious and highly acclaimed artists, and a sense of joy runs through the creative community. You can feel the difference when you enter a local gallery.

You can enjoy visiting the city's galleries any time, but if you're around on Saturday, Aug. 9, don't miss the Second Saturday Gallery Stroll.

Each month from April to December, a select group of galleries stay open from 6-9 p.m. for a special evening. Participating galleries have a colorful banner outside. Most of these galleries are on Spring Street. There's a new incentive to visit all the member galleries this year. Beginning on August 9, you can pick up an entry card at the first gallery you visit and have it punched, then visit all the other galleries in any order at your convenience and have your card punched. Turn the card in at the last one you visit and you will be entered into a drawing for a $500 gift certificate that can be used at any or all of the member galleries. The drawing will be held on September 14 in Basin Spring Park and participants need not be present. The winner will be notified by email.

While you admire a broad selection of locally-produced art works, you can also enjoy free refreshments. A glass of wine and a little plate of hors d'oeuvres will put you in just the right mood to appreciate the kind of artistic production which has made Eureka Springs famous.

The members of the Eureka Springs Gallery Association include the Eureka Fine Art Company, the Quicksilver Gallery, 83 Spring Street, Iris at the Basin Park, Zarks Gallery, The Jewel Box, and Susan Morrison's Signature Gallery, all of which are on Spring Street.

Another member of the association is Serendipity at the Crescent, located within the Crescent Hotel.

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