Monthly Archives: November 2015

Green Friday at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

Rogers_Hobbs_boat_cruiseIf you’re looking for a great alternative to Black Friday, turn to Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers. Skip the long lines in crowded malls and enjoy the true value of natural areas and recreational activities.

You could even start a new family tradition of enjoying Green Friday at an Arkansas State Park, where the memories you make will far outlast the latest tech gadget or trendy apparel.

Green Friday activities at Hobbs State Park are offered from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, and include:

  • Ozark Plateau Trail Scavenger Hunts
  • Learning about our native insects with Ginger Candrilli
  • Old Timey Games with Dale Clifton
  • Fly tying exhibition with Sallyann Brown
  • Live snake programs with Susan Church
  • Old timey crafts with Cindy Anderson
  • Meet a Real Pioneer Mountain Woman – Zoe Caywood
  • Pretty Birds all a Flutter with Phyllis Kane


The Lorax                     9:00 a.m. -10 a.m.             Visitor Center

Dutch oven Treats     11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.       Visitor Center

Closer Look Hike         2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.       Ozark Plateau Trail

Eagle Cruise                 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.       Rocky Branch Marina

Hobbs State Park’s visitor center located on Ark. 12 just east of the Ark. 12/War Eagle Road intersection. All activities are free except the eagle cruise, which costs 10 for adults plus tax and $5 for youth ages 6-12 plus tax. Call 479-789-5000 for eagle cruise reservations or for more information about all of the Green Friday family activities.

by Jill Rohrbach

Eureka Springs Art Bazaar Set for Nov. 28

Eureka_Springs_art_bazaar_logoThe Holiday season is upon us again. If you like to shop local for unique gifts and to support small business owners, you have the perfect opportunity from on Saturday, Nov. 28 in Eureka Springs.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 28, which is also Small Business Saturday, about 40 artists from the Eureka Springs Art Bazaar will show and sell their works to the public at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. Some of the artists’ works will include: weaving, sculptural bead work, jewelry, wood plates, paintings, felt, stained glass, drift wood, and more.

This year’s art bazaar includes door prizes, a supervised kids area, and a station for adults and kids to make their own wrapping paper.

Eureka_Springs_art_bazaar_food_donationsEntry to the show is $3 or two non-perishable food items. The money and canned goods will benefit Flint Street Food Pantry. Last year the bazaar raised more than $1,000 and 450 cans for them.

by Jill Rohrbach

Crystal Bridges Is Only U.S. Venue Hosting “Picturing the Americas”

Bentonville_Crystal_Bridges_Green_River_paintingCrystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville is the only U.S. venue to host the new exhibition, Picturing the Americas, which explores landscape painting across the Western Hemisphere.

Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic, is on view now through Jan. 18. General admission is $10 and the exhibition is free for members and youth ages 18 and under. Throughout the gallery, text is in both English and Spanish.

This exhibition is the first to explore the evolution of landscape painting from the early 19th century to the early 20th century in an inclusive, hemispheric context, according to a museum press release. Picturing the Americas was organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, and the Terra Foundation for American Art. The exhibition arrives at Crystal Bridges from the Art Gallery of Ontario and will then travel to the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo.

It was co-curated by Peter John Brownlee, Curator of the Terra Foundation for American Art; Valéria Piccoli, Chief Curator of the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; and Georgiana Uhlyarik, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Associate Curator of Canadian Art.

Bentonville_Crystal_Bridges_fall_plowing_painting“This exhibition gives visitors a platform to go beyond territorial boundaries and expand conversations and connections to landscape painting across the Americas,” says Rod Bigelow, Crystal Bridges Executive Director. “It’s an honor to be the only U.S. museum where visitors can see this stunning exhibition, which connects deeply with the mission of Crystal Bridges to celebrate art and nature.”

Viewers can traverse a vast and magnificent land mass that extends from Canada’s Arctic to the icy tip of Argentina and Chile to see the landscape anew through more than 100 oil paintings, watercolors, and prints. The exhibition includes works by well-known American landscape painters, Frederic E. Church, Martin Johnson Heade, and Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as masters from both North and South America, such as Jose Maria Velasco (Mexico), Juan Manuel Blanes (Uruguay), Lawren Harris (Canada), and Tarsila do Amaral (Brazil).

Bentonville_Crystal_Bridges_CackabakahHighlights include, from South America, a depiction of Rio de Janiero, Félix-Émile Taunay’s Baia de Guanabara Vista da Ilha das Cobras, c. 1830; from the U.S., Albert Bierstadt’s Yosemite Valley, 1868; and Emily Carr’s Inside a Forest II, 1929-1930, from Canada.

Crystal Bridges curators invited Candessa Teehee, PhD, Executive Director of the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, to add a Native American perspective to the exhibition, presented throughout the gallery in instructive material.

by Jill Rohrbach