Art Buzz

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The play's the thing...

Young Carroll County actors will present King Arthur's Quest, from the Missoula Children's Theatre and the Carroll County Arts Council, in two outstanding performances: Friday, August 6 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, August 7, at 2 p.m. at the Berryville Community Center.

Tickets are only $5 and childen are admitted free. For more information phone Connie Doss (870) 423-4380 or (870) 350-2337.

Book signing at Keel's Creek

The Arts and Artisans of the Ozarks book tour continues with a book signing Gala at the Keel's Creek Winery and Gallery on Hwy 62 on Saturday, August 14, from 4 to 7 p.m..

The event is open to the public with featured artists from Eureka Springs, Janet Goodyear and Diana Harvey. Many other artists from the Ozark Mountains will be present to sign books.

The Palette Art League appreciates the support of the Keel's Creek Winery and Gallery for hosting a book signing for the featured artists in Arts and Artisans of the Ozarks. Additional information may also be found at, or email

Call for exhibition entries

Arkansas Arts Center announces a call for entries for the 53rd Annual Delta Exhibition in Little Rock.

Submission deadline is September 13. The exhibition will be held in the Townsend Wolfe Gallery from December 17, 2010 -- February 20, 2011.

The Delta Exhibition is open to all artists who live in or were born in one of the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Artists can submit up to three entries. A non-refundable entry fee of $15 for one entry and $10 for each additional entry is required. All work must be original and completed within the last two years and not previously exhibited at the Arkansas Arts Center.

Meredith Ward, President of Meredith Ward Fine Art, a New York City gallery specializing in American art from the 19th century to the present, will serve as juror

To enter online, visit For more information call (501) 372-4000 or e-mail

Artists as toymakers

The Arkansas Arts Center also announces a call for entries in its 37th Annual Toys Designed by Artists exhibition.

Entry deadline is Monday, September 13. The exhibition will be held in the Jeannette Edris Rockefeller Gallery December 17 through February 20, 2011.

An international competition for artists, this exciting exhibition showcases a variety of original and innovative designs to celebrate the playful side of artists and viewers alike.

Each artist can submit up to three entries. All entries must be original, completed within the last two years and must not have been previously exhibited at the Arkansas Arts Center.

Entry applications must be made online. Complete the information, upload images and pay a non-refundable entry fee of $15 for one entry or $10 for each additional entry at

Juror Jim Bartz will select the toys to be exhibited based on the digital images submitted by the entrants.

Bartz has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from The Choinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and as a working toy artist has taught in Northern California for 35 years.

Successful entries are creative and original and feature excellence of design and superior craftsmanship.

Purchase awards totaling $2500 will be chosen after all selected entries have arrived at the Arkansas Arts Center. Toys selected for purchase awards become part of the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection.

All artists will receive notification of results via first class mail. For more information or to request an entry form, visit, email or contact Caroline Brown at (501) 396-0357.

Proud as Peacocks

We're all proud of our local artists, and most recently of Carol Peacock being selected for a one-woman exhibition in the Olcott Gallery at the National Headquarters of the Theosophical Society in America in Wheaton, Ill.

The synergy of Carol's artistic expression closely parallels and complements the mission of the Thosophical Society.

Recent work and three new oil paintings created specifically for the exhibit will be shown during July, August and September.

Second Saturday stroll

The Second Saturday Gallery Stroll will take place in downtown Eureka Springs on August 14th from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Participating galleries will host open houses.

Visting artists include Melanie Myhre at Eureka Thyme and Karrie Evenson exhibiting in Iris At The Basin Park.

To benefit The Good Shepherd Humane Society, participating gallery owners are requesting donations of animal food, toys, and monetary donations to be collected during the stroll.

Zarks Gallery will host a birthday celebration for gallery cat Leo during the stroll from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. In lieu of gifts Leo is asking for contributions for the GSHS animal shelter.

Punch card promo

The Eureka Springs Gallery Association (ESGA) will kick off a "Punch Card" promotion on Aug 14. Visitors to the galleries will be given a card to be punched for each participating gallery visited.

Completed cards will be collected and one will be selected during a drawing in Basin Park on September 13.

The winning cardholder will receive a $500 shopping certificate. The ESGA consists of nine galleries on Spring Street representing more than 900 local, regional, national, and international artists and fine craftspeople. For details, visit

Grand finale stroll

The Eureka Springs School of the Arts (ESSA) hosts a summer grand finale studio stroll Aug. 5 at 4pm at the campus at 15751 Highway 62 West in Eureka Springs.

Artwork of the students of Master Bookmaker Dolph Smith and Arkansas "Living Treasure" Leon Niehues will be on display. Friends and family of ESSA students and also the public are invited to enjoy the delightful work of their students. Refreshments will be served and a good time will be had by all.

Upcoming art workshops

On September 10th ESSA begins a series of three-day workshops starting with local artists. --

*Jack Miller, "Lost Block Printing";

*"Painting on Silk" with Valerie Bashaw;

*and "Wood Turning" with Greg Thomas.

Scholarships are available for Greg's workshop and may be downloaded at Register for workshops at the site or by calling (479) 253-5384.

Steve steps down Zeek steps up

The Eureka Springs Artists Registry was established by Steve Schmidt in 2004. Steve has devoted much time, energy, and money to promoting the arts and artists of Eureka Springs, the greater Ozarks area, and the State of Arkansas.

Perhaps the most important thing Steve has done is bring area artists together, establishing a very real and viable arts community.

Steve has decided to step down as Executive Director to pursue his two other passions: his baby girl, Marin, and his company, Paint Pros/Ozark Wood Care. He has turned over the reins to Zeek Taylor, who will assume the Executive Director position.

The Registry provides an online presence for artists to show their work to art galleries, museums, and art patrons around the world.

Chamber calls to artists

To support Eureka Springs as a Top 25 Arts Destination and in recognition of the importance of the contribution of the arts to the economy of the Eureka Springs area, the Board of Directors of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce has voted to offer individual artist memberships for $99 per year. This rate is less than half of the lowest regular commercial business rate.

In addition, the Chamber has asked the Mayor's Art Council for assistance in redesigning a landing page for the arts on the Chamber's website.

For more information on the benefits of Chamber membership, call 253-8737.

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