Thursday, May 24, 2012

Starbirds fly at Eureka Thyme

Innocence and Experience by Sandy Wythawai Starbird

Ken and Sandy Starbird consistently create art of magnificent depth and whimsy. This year's annual show for them brings us new work which is more powerful than ever. Join us to meet Ken Starbird and Sandy Wythawai Starbird on Saturday, May 26, from 1-4 p.m. and again during the regularly scheduled gallery stroll from 6 -- 9 p.m.

Eureka Thyme, 19 Spring Street, (479) 363-9600.

Art as prayer as art

Studio 62's 7th Annual Art as Prayer, a month-long exhibition of original works, utilizes art as a vehicle to spirituality. Open 10 -- 5 daily except Wednesdays. US 62 West, next to Bavarian Inn, 363-9209.

Great coffee, great art

The Berean Coffee House has three local artists on display through June 2.

On exhibit is Out of the Depths, photography by Barbara Mourglia, a native of Eureka Springs. Barbara has an eye for capturing glimpses unique to our area with colors and textures that otherwise go unnoticed in everyday life.

Pastels by Tammi Sponseller, an artist especially gifted in very detailed miniature art. Tammi works in pencil, pastels and oils.

A Child's Perspective by Emma Kisic is a collection of lighthearted and fun artistry. Emma is a local young lady who spends her free time with pencil in hand. Her drawings convey her imagination to all who pay close attention to detail and her painting shows her love of art.

The artists will be in house Friday night June 1, at 7 p.m. along with the Phillipe Quartet, who will be playing a fundraiser concert for the CICA Music Festival's scholarship fund for children.

Exhibit is open Tues. through Sat. 7 a.m. -- 1 p.m. and Friday nights from 5 -- 10 p.m. The Coffee House is located on 62E, kitty-corner from Passion Play Road.

Zeek's Out on Main

Saturday, May 26, Out on Main (#1 Basin Spring Ave, above the New Delhi) will feature the bright, incredibly detailed and, above all, fun, watercolors of award-winning Eureka Springs artist Zeek Taylor.

Show/reception from 5 -- 9 p.m. (479) 253-8449.

Musical inspiration at ARTifacts

Make your own art at ESSA

ESSA will resume Tuesday Instructor slide shows beginning May 29 at 4 p.m. at the campus at 15751 Hwy 62. West.

The first presentation will feature the works of returning instructors Suzy Hendrix -- Fused Glass, Eleanor Lux -- Beadwork, Edward Robison -- Digital Photography, and Denise Ryan -- Acrylic Painting. Instructor slide shows are free and open to the public. If you'd also like to get in on the action, summer workshops with the above instructors begin Thursday, May 29.

Spaces are still available for students in 4--day adult workshops. For more info or to register, call 479-253-5384 or visit

ESSA continues to offer financial assistance for all wood and metal workshops. Download a Scholarship application under "Financial Aid" at

Dinner in the "swim" at Holiday Island

The Holiday Island Association of the Arts Theater Guild presents a dinner theatre production of Dixie Swim Club for your warm weather enjoyment on Thursday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Island Clubhouse Ballroom. Tickets are $25, seating is limited.

The Dixie Swim Club, play only, will again take the stage in the clubhouse on Friday and Saturday, May 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10.

To purchase tickets for May 24, phone Bill Harris (479) 981-2638 or email

Tickets for May 25 and 26 are available in HI at Cornerstone Bank, the HI Rec Center and 9 Hole Golf.

Call for great photos

The Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce is producing an Art Guide this year and has put out a call for new and exciting photos for this premier publication. If you have photos to contribute for the new Art Guide, please bring them on a disc to Debbie at the chamber as soon as possible or email them to her at

Photos should be limited to all areas of art: culinary art, music, visual art, performing art, fashion, etc.

Go dancing!

Eureka Dancers continues to grow its numbers at the Wednesday dance sessions beginning at 5 p.m. at Eureka Live Underground. Having good control of the Fox Trot, they've moved on to the Jitter Bug Swing and are looking forward to new dance steps. New members are always welcome. No charge to join in. Information is posted at www.Dance.Ureeka.Org. Contact Dan Ellis at Dance@Ureeka.Org or Mary Popovac at QMaryDance@Yahoo.Com.

Water Song by Sheila Richards

Water Song by Sheila Richards

Coming up June 1 -- 30, a group show of works reflecting the themes of music and song by gallery artists Sheila Richards, Charles Pierce, John Robert Willer, Lorna Trigg, Craig Hirsch and others.

Meanwhile, ARTifacts Gallery hosts the 3rd Annual Eureka Springs Invitational Art Show in which more than 50 selected local artists are exhibiting.

Saturday, May 26, 3 -- 6 p.m. artist demonstration with Barbara Robinson (painting). From 6 -- 9 p.m., Meet the Artists with Jim Nelson (wood sculptures) and Barbara Robinson (paintings).

Artifacts is open daily, 10 a.m. -- 5 p.m. throughout May. (479) 363-6660,

Iris at the Basin Park

Valerie Hubbard Damon, author, illustrator, sculptor and publisher expresses her inner voice of conscience and humor through her creations. This year, her commentator voice came alive and the resulting book, Characters I Have Known! will debut at this week's Gallery Stroll along with sculptures of some of those characters.

Jeremy Mason McGraw, who lit up Basin Spring Park with the imaginative photography of the Creative Energy Project, will be in the gallery to talk about the project and sign prints. If you wondered how he did it, now's the time to find out.

Visit with Valerie and Jeremy at Iris at the Basin Park during the Saturday Gallery Stroll, 1 -- 4 and 6 -- 9 p.m.

Prospect Gallery

The Prospect Gallery features the intriguing, inspiring, dizzying and sometimes even mysteriously soothing work of Janet Goodyear, a Eureka treasure in her own right. Come meet Janet and get lost (or find yourself) in the patterns and dancing rhythms of her paintings. 42 Prospect, 253-5012.

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Instilling art at Enthios

Avant Garde in the Ozarks will present The 9th Wave Experiential Art Instillation at Enthios Art Venue May 25 -- June 9 featuring Artists Adrian Frost, Drew Gentle, Marvin Jonason, Randy Rust, sound artist Ranaga Farbiarz, Deerwomon and Wendi La Fey.

The 9th Wave opens a new door where the observer takes the next step in art appreciation and finds a deeper meaning with the artists and their art.

On Friday, May 25, meet the artists at 7 p.m. Enjoy "A Dream" an Interactive Instillation by Deerwomon, Randy Rust and Wendi La Fey at 8 p.m. in Studio B; "Imprint" a Performance Art Instillation by Marvin Jonason and daughter, Tamarah at 8:45 p.m. in A, and live music at 9 p.m.

On all other Fridays from 7 -- 9 p.m. there will be gallery viewing. On Saturday at 4 p.m. -- "A Dream," an Interactive Instillation; at 4:45 p.m. -- "Imprint" and at 5 p.m. -- live music with Cosmic Roots. On Sundays through Wednesdays enjoy gallery viewing from 3 -- 6 p.m.

Enthios Art Venue is located on Greenwood Hollow Road. 253-6830.

Art in the Landscape

Finding Nature -- Art in the Landscape is a group exhibit featuring 23 Eureka Springs artists at The Space. The exhibit, curated and organized by local artists Christopher Fischer and John Rankine, explores a variety of media and the personal connection the individual artist has with nature.

Closing ceremony is Sunday, May 27, 5 -- 10 p.m. at The Hills of Keels Creek off Rockhouse Road, first road left after the second bridge. The public is invited.

The exhibit at The Space is open until May 26 between 10 a.m. -- 5 p.m. at 2 Pine St. above Sweet Spring Antiques, across the street from the Post Office.

A pocket map will be available at various locations detailing site-specific installations. For more information, contact John Rankine at (479) 253-3326 or email Check out the Finding Nature Facebook page for daily updates about the show.

"Art in Support of Clean Water"

Iris at the Basin Park has the 10th Annual Student Art Exhibit of from Berryville and Eureka Springs High Schools.

Please visit the gallery during May and see how art education in our schools has impacted these young artists. Pieces have been inspired by water conservation and preservation and how the quality of our water affects all humankind. Students are donating their work with proceeds from ESHS going to the Springs Committee. Berryville HS proceeds will go toward one of their local watershed organizations.

Art you can bank on

Work by some 50 artists will be distributed between Community First Bank, Cornerstone Financial Center, and Arvest Bank for the month of May. Artists receptions will be held at Arvest on May 24 from 4 -- 6 p.m.

The exhibition will be open for viewing now until June 1 at CFB and Arvest, and until June 7 at Cornerstone.

Art in Opera

The Eureka Springs Opera Guild will present the 4th Annual Art in Opera Event for 2012 Opera in the Ozarks ticket holders this coming opera season, June 22 -- July 20. Thirty invited artists will present original artwork inspired by opera at the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Center. Artwork will be on display in the rear of the theater. For further information, call Carol Saari at 981-3073.

Kid's Summer Art Camp

Ozark Folkways and the Center For Art & Education presents Kids' Summer Art Camp -- July 16 --20 at Winslow -- Ozark Folkways 9 a.m. -- Noon each day

The camp is for boys and girls ages 6-14 Fee: $25 per child.

Follow your dreams through this week of art activities as we create flying machines and dream-catchers. What do you want to be when you grow up? You just might find the answer this summer. Reach for the stars and discover your dreams. Come get dirty and have fun!

Contact Rebecca to register. Limited to the First 20 kids;;

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