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Stories of American Art Told at Crystal Bridges

Dale Chihuly, Fiori Boat, 2016

At the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, you can discover many diverse works of art, including an upcoming temporary exhibition exploring the work of black artists during the tumultuous ‘60s, ’70s and ’80s; a collection on display now that captures the cool rhythms of jazz; and a master glass artist’s exhibition extended by popular demand. Crystal Bridges in Bentonville is an experience you don’t want to miss!

 

The blockbuster exhibition Chihuly: In the Forest  has been extended on the museum’s grounds through Nov. 27. American artist Dale Chihuly’s breathtaking glass and neon sculptures are celebrated around the world, and tickets to this outdoor exhibition are just $10! Once it ends, Chihuly’s colorful Fiori Boat will remain along Crystal Bridges’ nature trails amongst nearly two dozen other outdoor art installations.

 

 

Stuart Davis, The Mellow Pad, 1945–51

On view until Jan. 1, 2018, is Stuart Davis: In Full Swing, a major retrospective of 80+ paintings described as “a universe of jazzy patterns and blazing colors” by The New York Times. This collection focuses on specific phases of artist Davis’ work where he applied forms of Cubism to still-life and landscapes, and invented a new abstract language that merged the aesthetics of advertising and jazz with language. Over his career, Davis forged a union of international Modernism and uniquely American imagery that continues to influence art being made today. Tickets for this exhibition are $8 (free for members and under 18). 

 

Jeff Donaldson, Study for Wall of Respect [Miles Davis], c. 1967

Opening Feb. 3, 2018, is the debut of an exhibition highlighting how activism in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s helped shape American art as we know it. Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power features the work of more than 60 black artists, beginning with works by the Spiral Group, a New York-based collective that opened up questions about the role of artists in the Civil Rights movement. From there, the exhibition traces the impact of the growing Black Power movement and explores the many ways artists worked to protest discrimination, rally people to their cause and celebrate black culture.

Artists featured include Romare Bearden, Melvin Edwards, Betye Saar, Faith Ringgold, Charles White, Alvin Loving, Alma Thomas and Lorraine O’Grady. Crystal Bridges is one of only two American venues to host this important and eye-opening exhibition. Following its debut in Northwest Arkansas, it travels to the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

Other exhibitions coming to Crystal Bridges in 2018 include Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Artists from May 26 thru Sept. 2, 2018, and Native North America from Oct. 6 thru Jan. 7, 2019.

For more information, visit crystalbridges.org.

NWA Holiday Celebrations and Events

From children’s trains, Christmas parades and winter gardens of lights, to a night of 1,000 Santas, a snow village and a historic home tour by candlelight, these Northwest Arkansas holiday happenings will have everyone in the spirit!

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Lights of the Ozarks Lighting Night Parade, Fayetteville, Nov. 18 — Flip the switch on nearly a half-million twinkling lights at the Fayetteville Square during the Lights of the Ozarks Lighting Night Parade!

Eureka Springs Snow Village & Train Exhibit, Nov. 25 thru Dec. 24 — The Eureka Springs Snow Village and Train Exhibit tells the story of small-town American from the 1930’s through the 1950’s. This privately owned exhibition features more than 300 buildings, accessory pieces and trees, along with three Lionel 0-scale trains, and a Lionel 0-scale trolley.

Christmas on the Creek: A New Springdale Tradition, Nov. 26 — Springdale begins a new holiday tradition! Christmas on the Creek takes place downtown on the banks of Spring Creek with a Christmas parade, the lighting of the state’s largest live Christmas tree, caroling, and holiday displays in area stores and businesses.

Eureka Springs Christmas Festival, Month of December — Let the magic of Eureka Springs pull you into its enchanted holiday spell! This year’s Christmas Festival features family fun, historic hotel celebrations, Santa strolls and more! Highlights include a Santa Brunch at the 1886 Crescent Hotel on Dec. 4, an illuminated Stroll of the Springs on Dec. 11, and the Night of 1,000 Santas: Let’s See Who’s Naughty or Nice! celebration on Dec. 17.

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Rogers Christmas Parade

Rogers Christmas Parade, Dec. 2 — Bundle up and head downtown for the 32nd Annual Rogers Christmas Parade. This year’s theme — A Woodland Christmas — will feature more than 100 floats, marching bands, cars, kids, animals and more.

Siloam Springs Christmas Parade, Dec. 3 — The 36th Annual Siloam Springs Christmas Parade is sure to bring the whole community together for a celebration of fun, family and the holidays. Sponsored by the Heritage League of Siloam Springs, there is also a light breakfast with Santa, plus pictures and crafts.

Candlelight Tour of Homes, Eureka Springs, Dec. 3 — Tour Victorian homes lavishly decorated for the holidays during the Eureka Springs 34th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes. The self-guided tour of a bygone era also features Victorian-attired docents, Christmas carolers and holiday refreshments.

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A&M Railroad Children’s Christmas Train

Children’s Holiday Train Excursions, Springdale, Dec. 3 — All aboard for a day of special holiday fun! The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad caters to kids on Dec. 3 when it hosts the 13th Annual Children’s Christmas Train with rides throughout the day, and the Springdale to Fayetteville Pajama Train, featuring Santa Claus and friends.

Huntsville Christmas Parade, Dec. 3 — Floats with wonderful characters, Christmas music, holiday lights and a snowball drop for the kiddos – what’s not to love about the Huntsville Christmas Parade?

Bentonville Christmas Parade, Dec. 10 — Enter a float or just enjoy the show… Either way, the Bentonville Christmas Parade is a great way to celebrate with family and friends!

 

Scenic Rides in Northwest Arkansas

Autumn in the Ozarks… From the seat of your car, the back of a motorcycle, or the passenger car of an excursion train, take in the rugged natural beauty of Northwest Arkansas on one of these great rides! 

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NWA’s Scenic Byways and Trails

Nearby scenic byways include the Pig Trail (Ark. Hwy. 23), Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway (Ark. Hwy. 21), Scenic 7 Byway, Scenic 71 Loop, and I-49 Scenic Byway. Others are Scenic Hwy. 12, U.S. 62, and Ark. Hwys. 123, 59, 43, and 74. Visit arkansas.com for more info.

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Top Motorcycle Rides

Eureka Springs is a hub for great motorcycle rides, as is Rogers, and Fayetteville is host to the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ motorcycle rally on Sept. 21-24. Our bike-friendly region has numerous routes worthy of a ride, including Ark. 21, the Pig Trail (Ark. Hwy. 23), Beaver Town Bridge (Ark. Hwy. 187), and more. Additional info at arkansas.com.

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Scenic Tours

Ride in style on the meticulously restored antique passenger cars, ranging from the 1920s to the 1950s, while conductors enhance the journey with anecdotes about the area’s rich history. The train travels to the top of the scenic Boston Mountains and into the historic Arkansas River Basin. Visit amrailroad.com for day-excursion ticketing options.

Fall Foliage Update

With the landscape painted in beautiful golds and reds, fall colors in Northwest Arkansas are simply incredible! Keep tabs on the best places to see the colors as they reveal themselves with this Arkansas Fall Foliage Update.

 

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