Art Buzz

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October's fare might raise your hair. Why not get out and see what's there?

Back at the bench

Jeweler Wayne Schmidt is back at the bench again after a summer motorcycle mishap.

The local silversmith will be at the Jewel Box presenting new jewelry creations using spectacular turquoise, fossilized ivory, ammonite and agate.

Come visit and see all the sparkle at the Artist's Reception Saturday, Oct. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Jewelry Box, 77 Spring St.

Dolled up just in Thyme

Eureka Springs artist Betty Johnson is becoming well-known for her dog portraits and her quirky series "Old Masters Gone to the Dogs."

But few people know Betty also has a "thing" for dolls! See dolls through Betty's eyes during the 2nd Saturday Gallery Stroll October 9 at Eureka Thyme, 19 Spring Street, from 1 -- 4 p.m. and again from 6 -- 9 p.m.

Karrie returns

Iris at the Basin Park welcomes back their newest artist, painter Karrie Evenson. Karrie's wonderful Images series highlights her lively optimism and hope for women everywhere, and her animals delight young and old.

Visit with Kerry at the gallery from 1 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9.

Stafford at 83 Spring

At 83 Spring on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. -- 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. -- 4 p.m., jewelry artist Betsy Stafford will be in the Gallery for a 2-day trunk show event.

Using rare and unusual gemstones that are rated excellent or better, Betsy wraps each piece letting the stones be her guide. Her one-of-a-kind wire-wrapped treasures are truly wearable works of art. See the latest additions to her collection and take advantage of special trunk show prices during this event.

October gallery stroll benefits museum

The Eureka Springs Gallery Association will lend its support to the Historical Museum's membership drive during the October 9 Second Saturday Gallery Stroll.

There will be a drawing for a $100 gift certificate, good at any of the association's galleries. To be eligible, drop by any Association gallery that evening and purchase a membership in the Historical Museum.

To find out more, visit the Museum, open daily Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. -- 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. -- 4 p.m. or go to

Voices from the past

The Eureka Springs Historical Museum host its 2nd annual "Voices from Eureka's Silent City" cemetery tour this year on October 15, 16, 29 and 30.

The living history tour features live actors in period costumes playing the roles of early citizens of Eureka Springs reminiscing about their past.

One hour tours are scheduled to start around 5:30 p.m. and will leave every twenty minutes, the last one ending at 8:30.

Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years old and under, may be purchased at Cornerstone Bank, the Chamber of Commerce, the Historical Museum and at the event.

Free parking and shuttle service will be available at Eastgate Shopping Center located on US 62 East across from Passion Play Road.

The tour is a fundraising project of the members of the Eureka Springs Historical Museum. For more information, call the Museum 253-9417 or email

A cappella phenoms

Walton Arts Center is proud to welcome Straight No Chaser Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $75 and can be purchased by calling the Walton Arts Center Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter .org. All funds go to support the AETN Foundation.

The a cappella phenomenon Straight No Chaser, marry impeccable harmony with just the right amount of humor, presenting a mix of classic hits from the 1950s and 1960s, the Motown era and contemporary pop hits, all with the classic Straight No Chaser twist.

Docfest at the Carnegie

The Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library launches its 5th annual documentary film festival Friday, October 8, 7 p.m. in the Library Annex Meeting Room.

This week's film is The Cove, winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

In the coming weeks plan to see The Betrayal on October 22, Pray the Devil Back to Hell on Nov. 5, and Babies on November 19.

All films are for mature audiences and admission is free. For further information, or 253-8754.

A nod to Washboard Leo

Louisiana filmmaker Bayou Bennett recently released her children's book, The Nutria Frog Kingdom, a colorful publication designed to empower children to help clean up Mother Earth.

Bayou credits her inspiration for the book to her father, legendary musician and former local, Washboard Leo Thomas. Once called "the Jimi Hendrix of the Washboard" by the New York Times, he recorded The Nutria Frog Story, a children's album with catchy Southern blue-grass songs more than 30 years ago.

Bayou shares her dad's music with a new generation, packaging a CD of this playful music with The Nutria Frog Kingdom book.

Bayou is co-president at New York production company, Dolce Films. Her feature length documentary about Louisiana and environmentalism, Me, My Father and the Hurricane was an audience favorite at the 2010 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

For more about Bayou and the book: email, or visit

15th Annual Howl-O-Ween

Howl with the big cats on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (7 miles south of Eureka Springs on Hwy. 23) from 7 -- 9 p.m.

The Halloween Party is open to the public and includes nocturnal viewing of over 100 exotic cats and other animals, a haunted Trail of Terror, children's costume contest/parade, games/prizes and a concession stand with food and soft drinks.

Admission is$15 adults, $10 seniors and children from 3-12. Under three, admitted free.

Visitors to the refuge during the day are allowed free entry to the party in the evening. Please call (479) 253-5841 for additional information.

Haunted hayrides

Scare yourself silly any night this month on a haunted hayride at Bear Mountain Riding Stables.

Wait until dark and then hop on one of the wagons leaving every 75 minutes from the stables... and into the unknown...

Reservations are required. Fee is $10/adult, $8/child. 253-6185 or (800) 805-8005.

Hair-Raising Tram Tour

During October visit Dogwood Canyon for a hair-raising tram tour through the park where screams are heard throughout the canyon!

Get scared every Friday & Saturday, October 8 through 30. Tours start at 7 each night and cost $40 for adults and $25 for kids. Area appreciation nights every Friday with a $10 discount for Boone and Carroll county residents.

Purchase tickets at Dogwood Canyon or order in advance by calling 1-800-BC LODGE.



Celebrate Octoberfest at the historic Holiday Island barn on Saturday, Oct.16. Social hour starts at 5 p.m., dinner at 6. Music and dancing at 7.

Octoberfest food and all this for $10 advance purchase at the HI Recreation Center.

Tickets on sale now through October 14. 253-1284 or 253-5136

Youth Art show/reception

Cornerstone Bank will host an art show and reception for the Eureka Springs School of the Arts (ESSA) 2010 Youth Art program on Thursday, Oct. 7 from 5:30 -- 7 p.m. (152 East Van Buren in Eureka Springs).

This lively exhibit will be on display throughout October.

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