In July, the Gallery Association celebrates the theme Freedom to Create.
At Eureka Thyme, featured artist Melanie Myhre certainly demonstrates this freedom. She takes photographs and beautifully recreates from them what may only be visible from the corner of your eye -- or your heart.
She describes this creative process: "Each scene is created using multiple exposures, each one blended meticulously into the next, while taking into account lighting, scale, and perspective. Magic and reality meet in these dreamlike places of tranquil beauty, recalling a romantic sensibility often missing in todays' world. Each dreamscape conveys the subconscious world where imagination reflects a longing in our hearts for a more peaceful world, and a haunting remembrance of innocence lost in childhood."
Meet Melanie and see her exciting work on Saturday, July 14, from 1 -- 4 p.m. and again during the regularly-scheduled gallery stroll from 6 -- 8 p.m.
The Eureka Springs Downtown Network has lots of fun planned for Independence weekend:
*July 5: Celebrating Our Past and Present -- Free family friendly activities in Basin Spring Park 1 -- 4 p.m. including scavenger hunt, prizes, ghost tours, Turpentine Creek, springs tours and more.
*July 6: Shopping with a Punch -- Purchase the $10 punch card and receive discounts downtown from 4 -- 7 p.m. Card includes a free pass for the Hell Raisers, Hoodlum's and a Heated History Walk of Fame Tour. Sip and Save at participating locations while you vote for the best window display downtown!
*July 7: Celebrating American Spirits -- Drumming in the Park with Angelo Yao 6 -- 8 p.m. followed by the Celebration of American Spirits at select pubs and restaurants downtown featuring American wines and cocktails. Pick up your map in Basin Spring Park and sip and stroll from 8 -- 10 p.m.
*July 8: Celebrate Eureka Springs Main Street -- A Ribbon Cutting and Mayoral Proclamation at 4 p.m. Join the Fayetteville Traditional Dance Society and learn some called dances from 5 -- 7 p.m. in the park. End the evening with the Art + Film Festival at dusk featuring artist Edward Robison and The Music Man.
Fleurily delicious and uniquely edible
There will be a Uniquely Edible Arkansas presentation with samplings and sips at the Writer's Colony at Dairy Hollow with Kat Robinson of Tie Dye Travels, Chef Andre Poirot of The Peabody Little Rock, and Margie Roelands of Raimondo Family Winery on Tuesday, July 10 from 5 -- 7 p.m. at 515 Spring Street.
Eureka Springs Mayor Morris Pate will officially cut the ribbon on the Second Annual Fleur Delicious Weekend at the Eureka Springs Farmers Market on July 12. There will be cooking demonstrations with Chef Dave Gilderson of the Grand Taverne Restaurant & Lounge at 9am and KJ Zumwalt of KJ's Caribe Restaurante y Cantina at 10:45 a.m., wine tastings with Margie Roelands of Raimondo Family Winery, and music by Ozark Flavor from 7 a.m. -- noon at Pine Mountain Village, 2075 East Van Buren.
For more information on Fleur Delicious Weekend events through July 15, please email FleurDeliciousWeekend@yahoo.com or visit www.FleurDeliciousWeekend.com and on Facebook at "Fleur Delicious Weekend, Eureka Springs, AR."
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Grassy Knob Volunteer Fire Department invites the community to their annual ice cream social on Sunday, July 15, from 12 noon -- 4 p.m. at the Grassy Knob Community Center, 12037 Highway 187.
There is no charge although donations are welcomed. Sponsors for this event include Ice Cream Delights and Hart's Family Center of Eureka Springs and Wal-Mart of Berryville and Rogers. For further information contact (479) 253-1054.
The library will host a Family Craft Morning on Saturday, July 7 from 10:30 a.m. -- 12 noon in the Library Annex. Craft project materials for various ages and light snacks will be provided (or bring your favorites to share).
For more information please contact the Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library, 253-8754.
The Arkansas Art Council is seeking submissions for the 26th annual 2013 Small Works on Paper exhibition. The accepted artwork will be featured in a year-long exhibition that travels to 10 Arkansas communities. Deadline for entries is July 20, 2012. Entry forms are available online at www.arkansasarts.org or by calling (501) 324-9766.
Opera in the Ozarks performers available Orchestra musicians are ready to perform during daytime events in Eureka Springs and the surrounding area. They can play Gershwin to Vivaldi for your customers and create an atmosphere that will please our tourists and townspeople. Call (479) 253-8595 to arrange a soloist or small ensemble for your events between June 23 -- July 20. Musicians are scheduled already for evenings.
Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social: The community is invited to an old fashioned ice cream social at the Holiday Island Presbyterian Church at the corner of Stateline and Walnut Roads in Holiday Island.
Be there Sunday, July 15, for some good, old-fashioned fun for the whole family from 2 -- 4 p.m. A freewill offering can be given if you like. The proceeds will go to the local Meals on Wheels program.
Every Sunday evening to July 15. Film at dusk in Basin Park following selected artists' work shown on the big screen. Artists will introduce the work and have a short question and answer session prior to the film.
* July 8: Edward Robison is the featured artist and the film is The Music Man. This is also in support of the Main Street USA Festival in celebration of ESDN becoming an official Main Street city.
* July 15: Larry Mansker is the featured artist and the film is An American in Paris in support of the Fleur Delicious Festival -- a French-flavored weekend in Eureka Springs.
Events start at dusk in Basin Park with "Cigarette Snack Girls" from Fine Art of Romance in full costume serving concessions from Peace Love and Cheesecake. A percentage of the proceeds from the concessions are donated to ESDN for future programming.
Call for costumed street troupers Michelle McDonald is calling for anyone interested in forming a costumed troupe of all ages to take on roles, interact with the public and pose for photos during events and festivals.
Please call Michelle if interested. Those wanting to help in other ways -- such as decorating -- can also contact Michelle at (479) 981-1559 after 5 p.m.