Art Buzz

Friday, July 30, 2010

Harvey featured in art book series

Art and Artisans of the Ozarks, the first volume of a high quality coffee-table book series featuring art and artisans from the Ozark Mountains has been launched with excitement and enthusiasm by the Palette Art League (PAL) in Yellville.

Among the works of Ozark artists featured in the book are five paintings by Eureka Springs painter, Diana Harvey.

Diana will be attending a PAL Debut Gala and book-signing in Yellville Aug 1, butshe'll also be signing copies closer to home at Keel's Creek on US 62E, where she will be the guest artist on August 14 from 4 -- 7 p.m. .

Art and Artisans of the Ozarks is also available at Eureka Thyme downtown.

For information on the Gala in Yellville, call (870) 405-6316, (870) 656-2057, or visit

Take a stroll

July 29 at 4 p.m. the Eureka Springs School of the Arts (ESSA), will continue its Thursday Studio Strolls at the school campus at 15751 Highway 62 West in Eureka Springs.

Students of Richard Stephens (Watercolor Painting) and Terry Russell (Clay Hand Built Forms) will show their works and be available for interaction with visitors. Come celebrate the work of ESSA's students and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

On Tuesday, August 3 at 4 p.m. there will be a slide show presentation of the amazing works of bookmaking instructor Dolph Smith. Dolph is not only a Master Bookmaker, but also a very entertaining storyteller. This event is also open to the public.

Scholarships are available for ESSA's fall 3-day woodworking workshops for Greg Thomas's "Wood Turning" class and Doug Stowe's "Knife Making; Whittling" class. Download a scholarship application at under "Financial Aid" or by calling 479-253-5384.

Big break for budding actors

A fun, open audition for youth entering first through 12th grades is being held on Monday, August 2 by the Carroll County Arts Council and the Missoula Children's Theatre for roles in King Arthur's Quest.

Some 60-65 children will be cast. Check-in for auditions is from 9:30 to 9:55 a.m. at the Berryville Community Center and group audition begins promptly at 10 a.m.

Please wear tennis shoes to the audition. For more information, phone (870) 43-4380 or (870) 350-2337.

3rd dimension

Artist Kate Barger recently won First Place 3 Dimensional at the Artists of Northwest Arkansas Regional Exhibition at the Art Center of the Ozarks in Springdale.

Her piece "Fall" will be on display at the center until August 6. Kate's works are truly one of a kind and extremely time consuming, using thousands of small glass beads to create art on animal skulls.

Her work can be seen locally at 83 Spring Street Gallery, or the web at

She has been shown in galleries from here to Brownsville, Oregon, and will go International when her art is displayed at Old Downtown Gallery in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada soon.

She will also participate in the Art Center of the Ozark's "5X5" fundraiser on November 4.

Tales at twilight

Twilight Tales, a local readers' theater production sponsored by Eureka Springs Downtown Network and the Preservation Society, will be performed every month on the second Saturday of each month through October at 5:30 p.m. in Basin Spring Park.

This entertaining 30-minute portrayal of Eureka Springs' early history was written by Shakespeare In The Ozarks' creative director Keith Scales and is under the theatrical direction of noted local thespian and director Annunziata Scarpino.

Starring in this enlightening and humorous depiction of how Eureka Springs came to be are Carmen Caldwell, Kelli Hamlow, Darin McGee, Bill Ott, and Laurel Owen. Admission is free.

Draw your heART out

The first ever Sidewalk Chalk event is happening in Basin Spring Park on Thursday, July 29, 5-7 p.m. Artists, poets, teens and families are invited to express themselves in chalk -- provided by Eureka Springs Downtown Network.

Chalk Fest in the Park is part of the Fun After 5! event series. In addition, come play Complete the Picture for the chance to win prizes! Life happens downtown on Thursday Nights! Questions? Call (479) 244-5074.

Cataloging local art

Venue Art Inc., under the direction of local art dealer Russell Elliott Murphy, plans to introduce the first of an annual catalog of Eureka Springs artists this October.

The Eureka Springs Collection catalog will feature significant works by area artists in a variety of media. The target date for completion of the 2011 edition is October 15.

"We aim to be able to promote Eurekan art and artists at a national level quickly and dramatically in an attractive format," Murphy said.

The catalog will be produced in both print and electronic formats for distribution among interior designers and art wholesalers.

"It will also have an archival value as a continuing annual record of the kinds of art being created here in Northwest Arkansas," Murphy, a former university professor, added.

The catalog will be available for purchase by the general public at Eureka Fine Art Co., Murphy's gallery located at 78 Spring Street.

Interested local and regional artists can contact Murphy at for more detailed information.

"I want the works displayed to be truly representative," he emphasized.

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