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Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibition Debuts at Crystal Bridges

After opening May 26 to rave reviews, the blockbuster exhibition The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe & Contemporary Art  is now on view at the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville!

 

                         

 

Featuring works by the mother of American Modernism herself, and by a new generation of American artists expanding on O’Keeffe’s legacy, The Beyond  will be on display through Sept. 3, 2018.

With enormous flowers, luscious colors, landscapes, feminine forms, and still lifes, O’Keeffe’s work has intrigued viewers and artists alike for generations. Now, Crystal Bridges has brought together more than 30 of her paintings, plus the work of 20 emerging artists focusing on similar themes.

The unique exhibition was developed by Crystal Bridges and features paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, site-specific installations and more. It builds on the museum’s existing collection of significant works by O’Keeffe – including Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 and Radiator Building – Night, New York, which help serve as the exhibition’s centerpiece.

 

                            

 

Featured in The Beyond are a new generation of select artists who evoke, investigate and expand upon O’Keeffe’s artistic legacy – and who provide a fresh look her lauded work through the lens of contemporary art. These emerging artists include Sharona Eliassaf, Monica Kim Garza, Loie Hollowell, Molly Larkey, Matthew Ronay, Anna Valdez, Kim Keever and more.

Some of O’Keeffe’s most-loved work features themes that are also prominent in the work of this group, including flowers, feminine forms, city and desert landscapes, and the delicate interplay between abstraction and realism.

 

                                    

 

Don’t wait to experience this one-of-a-kind exhibition! Admission is free for museum members and youth ages 18 and under. Tickets are $10 for non-members.

For more info, visit crystalbridges.org.

Photo credits: First row, left to right: Yellow Mountains, Loie Hollowell, 2016; Evening Star No. II, O’Keeffe, 1917; Flying Backbone, O’Keeffe, 1944. Second row: Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, O’Keeffe, 1932; Abstract 30682b, Kim Keever, 2017; Radiator Building – Night, New York, O’Keeffe, 1927. Third row: Deer Skull with Blue Vase, Anna Valdez, 2017; Abstraction, O’Keeffe, modeled 1946, cast ca.1979,1980; Small Purple Hills, O’Keeffe, 1934.

 

 

Off-Road and Paved: NWA’s Premier Bike Trails

From smooth paved trails and wild off-road courses, it’s bike trails galore in Northwest Arkansas!

Summer is a great time of year to explore our growing number of off-road mountain bike trails and paved shared-use trails.  The region has invested heavily in the thoughtful construction of new bike trails over the past few years, and we’re now one of the nation’s leading hubs for mountain bicycling.

To date, there are more than 219 miles of off-road and 132 miles of paved trails in Benton and Washington counties alone. 

Many of the trails provide easy access to restaurants, pubs, art and lodging.  So don’t wait —check out the links below to find the perfect way to experience fun on two wheels this summer!

 

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS is home to some of the best mountain bike trails in the nation with old-school technical riding, a slope-style jump park, and scenic views you can’t find anywhere else. From the Back 40 in Bella Vista to Kessler Mountain in Fayetteville and new enduro-style downhill runs opening soon at Lake Leatherwood in Eureka Springs, it’s easy to see why we’re a top U.S. cycling destination. For more info visit oztrailsnwa.com.

 

                     

BACK 40 TRAILS, BELLA VISTA: Wind through wooded areas, past bluffs, caves and waterfalls, and down to the shore of Lake Ann. Try your luck on the hand-cut rock ledge at Grayson’s Canyon. 
BLOWING SPRINGS TRAIL, BELLA VISTA: This six-mile loop takes you past vast bluff faces and trickling streams, and connects to the wildly popular Slaughter Pen trails in Bentonville. 
SLAUGHTER PEN MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK, BENTONVILLE: This urban off-road bike park has clean flow, major downhills and plenty of berm. And it’s near Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and other local hot spots.  

 

                   

COLER TRAIL IN BENTONVILLE: About a mile west of downtown on land designated as a mountain bike preserve, this trail features multiple flowy jump lines and challenging technical rocky sections that culminate near the top of a mountain. 
SAGER CREEK MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL IN SILOAM SPRINGS: This five-mile trail runs along Sager Creek, opening into two trail systems around the main John Brown University campus. Covering terrain at various elevations, it’s a great gateway trail for riders of all skill levels.
THE RAILYARD BIKE PAR IN ROGERS: One of the only parks of its kind in this part of the country! Equipped with world-class dirt jumps, wooden ramps and a ride-thru railroad car. Its downtown location provides quick access to restaurants and pubs. 

 

                    
LAKE ATALANTA IN ROGERS: Ten miles of easy, intermediate and expert bike trails at the beautiful Lake Atalanta include fast singletrack with a view, swooping bridges and gravity cavities. 
HOBBS STATE PARK TRAILS IN ROGERS: Nestled in a thick patch of pine trees, lined by native flowering plants, this trail system provides some of the smoothest riding in the state and is your best bet if the weather is wet. Great for single speed aficionados. Make sure to stop at the Beaver Lake overlook. 
LAKE LEATHERWOOD TRAILS IN EUREKA SPRINGS: Make your way through miles of rock gardens and up the climb to Minor’s rock. Then feel the thrill of descending through the downhill switchbacks. New enduro-style downhill runs are under construction, set to open in summer 2018! 

 

                    

THUNDER CHICKEN TRAILS IN SPRINGDALE: In search of a trail with singletrack, flow, jumps, rollers, berms and drops and then some? With a convenient location off Interstate 49, Thunder Chicken has all the bells and whistles. 
LAKE FAYETTEVILLE TRAILS: Lake Fayetteville features seven miles of mostly flat trails around the lake in urban Fayetteville. Connect to the Razorback Regional Greenway paved pedestrian trail all the way to the downtown entertainment district. 
KESSLER MOUNTAIN TRAILS: Technical rocky singletrack and hand-cut lines aren’t for the faint of heart. Wind around rock formations and hillsides and enjoy expansive views of the Fayetteville city skyline. 

 

LINCOLN LAKE TRAILS: Seven miles of hand-cut singletrack surround Lake Lincoln with rocky tech that will hone your skills and plenty of scenic overlooks and rock formations. 

THE GREAT PASSION PLAY TRAILS: The newly opened six miles of trails at The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs offers multi-use routes for varying skill levels. Explore the grounds by riding through the Holy Land tour area and see the Christ of the Ozarks statue that is over 60 feet tall, all while experiencing the beauty and grandeur of the Ozark mountains.

 

PAVED SHARED-USE BIKE TRAILS
Looking to take an evening bike ride with the family, a weekend hike with friends, or a morning walk for some alone time? Northwest Arkansas has tons of shared-use trails that are perfect for biking, walking and hiking.
Click on these cities to learn more about their paved shared-used trails!

 

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SPRINGDALE                            EUREKA SPRINGS                 BERRYVILLE

          

SILOAM SPRINGS

Naturally Fun: State Parks, Lakes and Rivers

A retreat to any of our state and national park properties or sparking lakes and rivers makes for the perfect summer getaway! Hiking, biking, camping, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding — whatever your pleasure — these naturally fun destinations provide the best that mother nature has to offer!

 

STATE & NATIONAL PARKS:

Devil’s Den State Park

Devil’s Den State Park, Washington County: Touting 2,500 unspoiled acres adjoining the Ozark National Forest, Devil’s Den is a favorite for camping, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area, Benton, Madison and Carroll Counties: This massive park with more than 12,000 acres has 35 miles of hiking trails that include ADA routes, a 17,500-square-foot visitor center with interactive exhibits and a wildlife viewing area.

 

Withrow Springs State Park

Withrow Springs State Park, Madison County: Hiking trails offer views of and access to War Eagle Creek, where fishing for catfish, bream and bass is popular. Canoeing is another prized pastime, and shuttle service for canoe rentals is also available.
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Washington County: The site of the last major Civil War battle in Northwest Arkansas (Dec. 7, 1862), this park has a museum, visitor center, the one-mile Battlefield Trail and a five-mile driving tour. 
Pea Ridge National Military Park, Benton County: Protecting the site of the Battle of Pea Ridge (March 7-8, 1862), this park has one of the best-preserved Civil War battlefields in the country. Spanning 4,300 acres, it includes a visitor center and museum, a driving tour and about 2.5 miles of the Trail of Tears. 

 

Beaver Lake

LAKES
Beaver Lake, Benton, Carroll and Washington Counties: A glistening treasure for boaters, water sports enthusiasts, anglers, hikers, campers and birdwatchers, Beaver Lake is NWA’s largest lake with key access points in or near Rogers, Eureka Springs and Springdale. There are 28,000 acres of clear water surrounded by beautiful forests, bluffs and meadows. Campgrounds, resorts, marinas, restaurants and outfitters are available.
Lake Wedington, Washington County: Surrounded by lavish hardwood forest and the 424-acre Lake Wedington Recreation Area, this 102-acre lake is regularly stocked with fish. Amenities include a swim beach, air-conditioned cabins, playgrounds, volleyball courts, trails, a boat ramp and horseshoes.

 

Tanyard Creek Nature Trail, Bella Vista

Bella Vista Lakes, Benton County: Bella Vista offers seven stunning lakes for fishing and water sports. Use of the lakes and facilities is available to all Bella Vista Village property owners and their guests.
 
White River, Carroll, Madison and Washington Counties: The White River is home to a string of pools and shoals with overhanging trees, tight turns, and gravel bottoms among bluffs, forests and peaceful pastures. Below Beaver Dam, near Eureka Springs, the White is a prime cold-water trout fishery with numerous guides and outfitters to serve tourists.
 
Kings River, Carroll and Madison Counties: A top pick for canoeists and kayakers, the Kings River provides about 50 miles of easy floating water. Rare flora and fauna are found on its rocky banks and bluffs, and deep pools provide first-rate fishing for smallmouth bass, channel catfish, rock bass and other fish.

Siloam Springs Kayak Park

 
Illinois River, Benton and Washington Counties: This spring-fed, scenic-designated river starts in the northwest corner of Arkansas near the town of Hogeye and streams into northeast Oklahoma. Near Siloam Springs, the Siloam Springs Kayak Park has made the Illinois a popular Class II play spot for kayakers year-round. Canoe and kayak outfitters, campsites, hiking and horseback riding trails and cabin rentals are available.
 
Holiday Island Marina & Campground, Carroll County: Nestled amidst glorious trees and brilliant rock formations, the Holiday Island campground overlooks the impressive Table Rock Lake straddling the Arkansas/Missouri border. It hosts 31 campsites with full water, sewer and electric hookups offering both 30 and 50 amp services, restrooms, showers, a pavilion and horseshoe pits.

Outdoor Farmers Markets Return For Spring!

Farmers markets are re-opening for the season all across the Northwest Arkansas region, featuring locally grown produce and farm-fresh items that are pleasing to the eyes and the palate. Each market offers a different experience with live music, street performers, arts and crafts, and other engaging activities. These vibrant hubs are where the community gathers to interact and soak in the colorful sights and sounds. Don’t miss the chance to visit some of the best farmers markets around, while supporting local agriculture and artisans at the same time!

 

Fayetteville Farmers Market

FAYETTEVILLE | Opens March 31

  • Historic Downtown Square
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7am – 1pm
  • Saturdays, 7am – 2pm

The award-winning Fayetteville Farmers Market offers the finest in locally produced fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, baked goods, eggs, meats and juried artisan crafts. The market is 100 percent local with all produce, crafts and food items originating from within a 60-mile radius. Open Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays on the Fayetteville downtown square, this market also offers engaging cooking demos, street performers and more. Visit fayettevillefarmersmarket.org.

Siloam Springs Farmers Market

SILOAM SPRINGS | Opens April 14

  • Downtown City Park
  • Saturdays, 8am – 1pm

This producer-only market is open Saturdays from April to October with fresh produce, pasture-raised meats, baked goods and handmade wares. Pre-order local goods each week online and pick up your order on Saturday. More info at siloamsprings.locallygrown.net. Also, stay in the know of upcoming special events by visiting the market’s Facebook page.

 

BELLA VISTA | Opens April 15

  • Sugar Creek Center
  • Sundays, 9am

One of the only farmers markets in the region to operate on Sunday, this market features locally grown products and handcrafted items in a fun, family friendly environment. This year, the market is moving to a new location at the Sugar Creek Center parking lot, just north of U.S. 71 and Mercy Way. From April to October, come mingle with your neighbors and friends while supporting community agriculture and wellness. More info at bellavistaar.gov.

MADISON COUNTY / HUNSTVILLE | Opens April 17

  • Huntsville Downtown Square
  • Tuesdays & Saturdays, 7am – 12pm

The Hunstville market for local growers and craftsmen is a great place to meet and visit with your neighbors. Be sure to visit in August for the chance to win a basket of hand-picked vegetables! Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Bentonville Farmers Market

BENTONVILLE | Opens April 21

  • Historic Downtown Square
  • Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7:30am – 1pm

Now in its 42nd year, this producer-only market sells only the highest quality local produce, meat and foods, as well as a variety of arts and crafts from April to October. Woven into the market experience are special activities, including chef demonstrations and the Kids Art Park. Like others do, the market strives to make fresh food available to the entire community by accepting WIC, SNAP and other vouchers. More info at downtownbentonville.org.

EUREKA SPRINGS | Opens April 26

  • Eureka Springs Community Center
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 8am – 1pm

This market moves to a new home this year at the Eureka Springs Community Center located at 44 Kingshighway. The Eureka Springs Farmers Market is the premier source for organic, naturally grown food in Carroll County. More info at eurekaspringsfarmersmarket.com.

SPRINGDALE 

  • Evening Market: Downtown Shiloh Square, Opens May 3
  • Thursdays, 4pm – 8pm
  • Saturday Market: Jones Center Memorial Walk Plaza, Opens May 5
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 7am – 1pm

All of the goods at the Springdale Farmers Market are grown or made by farmers and craft vendors in the four-county area. Offerings include fruits and vegetables, herbs, raw honey, nuts, farm fresh eggs, and grass fed/free range meats. Stay tuned to the Thursday market’s Facebook page for updates on weekly themes and special guests. More information on the Saturday market (including a guide to what’s fresh each month) at springdalefarmersmarket.org.

Yoga at the Market in Rogers

ROGERS | Opens May 5

  • Historic Downtown Rogers
  • Saturdays, 8am – 1pm

Open Saturdays May through October, shop the Rogers Farmers Market where you’ll find fresh produce, baked goods, meats, honey, jams, flowers, plus woodworks, knitwear, home and garden decor and more. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for special events like Yoga at the Market. More info at mainstreetrogers.com

NWA Holiday Lights, Parades & Celebrations

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season with Northwest Arkansas’ award-winning holiday lights displays, parades and celebrations. Santa Trains, candlelight tours, tree lightings and plenty of holiday pageantry will keep everyone in the spirit!

Lights of the Ozarks

Lights of the Ozarks, Fayetteville, Nov. 17 – Dec. 31

Each year, locals and visitors alike can’t wait to see the award-winning Lights of the Ozarks! Beginning Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. with a lighting ceremony and parade, nearly a half-million twinkling lights turn Fayetteville’s historic downtown square into a sparkling winter wonderland! Every night through Jan. 1, 2018, stroll or drive through this amazing display and enjoy festive music, hot chocolate, and carriage and camel rides, too!

 

Huntsville, A Hometown Christmas, Nov. 17

You’ll feel right at home at Huntsville’s inaugural Christmas celebration! The fun begins in downtown Polk Square at 5 p.m. with a community chili dinner, followed by joyful carolers, a Christmas train for children and that magical moment during the lightening ceremony when the bulbs come to life!

Bentonville Lighting of the Square

Winter Wonderland: Lighting of the Bentonville Square, Nov. 18

This dynamic nighttime holiday lights display attracts thousands to the historic downtown square! Gather with the community from 4-6 p.m. and celebrate the season with live music, steaming hot chocolate and photos with Santa. At 6 p.m., watch as the mayor flips the switch and illuminates downtown with bright, beautiful lights!

Springdale’s Christmas Parade of the Ozarks, Nov. 25

There’s nothing like a parade of shimmering holiday floats to get you in the spirit! This year’s parade starts at 6 p.m. and will carry the theme “Christmas Around the World.” The parade has become a Springdale tradition, bringing together a diverse audience to kick off the holiday season!

Springdale’s Christmas on the Creek, Nov. 25

Don’t miss the lighting of the region’s largest live Christmas tree! The 2nd Annual Christmas on the Creek includes everything from a Christmas parade, live music, photos with Santa, carolers, food trucks and a winter market. Held downtown near Spring Creek and the new Walter Turnbow Park from noon – 7 p.m., it’s a holiday extravaganza you won’t want to miss!

Eureka Springs Parade of Lights

Eureka Springs Parade of Lights, Dec. 1

Beginning at 6 p.m., the Christmas Parade of Lights glides along the beautifully decorated streets of historic downtown Eureka Springs with holiday music, floats, parade walkers – and of course thousands of twinkling lights! 

Rogers Christmas Parade, Dec. 1

Kids and their families – naughty and nice — line the sidewalks of downtown for the annual Rogers Christmas parade. This year’s event, called “A Hollywood Christmas,” starts at 7 p.m. and includes floats in all colors, shapes and sizes, and a guest appearance by Santa himself.

Light up Siloam Springs Christmas Parade, Dec. 2

All it takes is a wave of the Siloam Springs mayor’s magic candy cane and downtown illuminates in a stunning display of holiday lights! Following the lighting ceremony, the 37th Annual Christmas Parade procession will take off down Jefferson Street with floats dressed up for this year’s theme of “Red, White & Who.” The magic begins at 5:30 p.m.!

Berryville Christmas Parade, Dec. 2

See your favorite holiday characters from the big screen, plus bands and parade royalty at its finest at the annual Berryville Christmas Parade. Held on the public square in the heart of downtown, the theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas Movies.” It starts at 6:30 p.m.!

Candlelight Tour of Homes in Eureka Springs

35th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes in Eureka Springs, Dec. 2

Journey back to days past when you tour Eureka Springs’ most beautifully restored homes lavishly decorated for the holidays. This annual self-guided tour features Victorian attired docents who tell the history of each of the homes. Visitors will also be treated to carolers, Christmas music and refreshments along the way.

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad’s Annual Holiday Trains

All-aboard for a day of ho-ho-ho-liday fun! The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad caters to the kiddos on Dec. 2 when it hosts the 14th Annual Children’s Christmas Train with rides throughout the day and a winter wonderland of games and activities before departure! Other holiday rides offered include a Springdale to Fayetteville Pajama Train excursion and dreamlike rides on the Holiday Express Train featuring Santa Claus and friends. Check out their online calendar for tickets and more information.

Bentonville Christmas Parade

Bentonville Christmas Parade, Dec. 9

Enter a parade float, or just sit back and enjoy watching nearly 100 jolly and bright floats make their way down ‘A’ Street in Bentonville. Starting at 11 a.m. with a theme of “12 Days of Christmas,” the Bentonville Christmas Parade is a wonderful way to celebrate with family and friends!

The Great Passion Play’s Christmas Drive-Thru Lights, Nov. 24 ­– Jan. 1

After dark, drive the grounds of The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs for a lights display that is sure to inspire. Enjoy a forest of illuminated Christmas trees along the way to the Christ of the Ozarks statue, and celebrate the light of the world!

Hunstville Christmas Parade, Dec. 2

Floats with delightful characters, candy, Christmas music, beautiful holiday lights and a snowball drop for the kiddos – what’s not to love about the Hunstville Christmas Parade?! The parade is set to begin at Polk Square at 6 p.m. sharp.

Winter Roundup: Fun Things to Do and See this Season

Point your compass to Northwest Arkansas and have a blast during this chilliest of seasons! Between winter gift markets, a frosty beer festival, runs and races, indoor performances and activities, and an Ozark music celebration, we’ve got what it takes to keep the fun meter up when the temps go down!

DON YOUR REINDEER EARS for the Jingle Bell Jog 5K & Reindeer Fun Run at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks on Dec. 2. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAB YOUR SKATES and make a figure 8 at the Ice Skating Rink at Lawrence Plaza in downtown Bentonville thru January.

 

 

MEET THE ARTISTS while they work during the Nov. 19 Holiday Showcase – Meet the Artists event at Terra Studios in Fayetteville.     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOP LOCAL during the Community Creative Center’s Holiday Gift Market from Nov. 25 to Dec. 23 at Walton Art Center’s McBride Studio. Plus, check out all kinds of other great NWA shopping options here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DON’T MISS CHIHULY: IN THE FOREST, the blockbuster outdoor exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, extended by popular demand through Nov. 27.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUN AND RIDE one of the newest trail systems in the region at The Back 40 Trail Run & Ride in Bella Vista on Dec. 9-10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET YOUR TICKER POUNDING with the action and thrills of cyclocross bike racing at the 2017 CycloFrost – CX Race on Dec. 9 at Lake Fayetteville.

 

TAKE A PUBLIC ART TOUR and dig the new urban street-art movement taking hold in cities across Northwest Arkansas! Read all about it here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAISE THAT PINKIE on Dec. 7 at the 51st Annual Silver Tea at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPEND YOUR WINTER BREAK at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with family friendly activities like art making, music, puppets and dance each afternoon from Dec. 21 thru Jan. 5, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNLEASH YOUR INNER SPIDERMAN at a local rock climbing gym, such as Ozark Climbing Gym in Springdale and La Casa Pollo in Fayetteville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEHOLD STUNNING ARCHITECTURE at NWA’s glass chapels: Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs and Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAKE A HELICOPTER TOUR of NWA’s cities, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the University of Arkansas and other landmarks from above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPARK YOUR CURIOSITY this holiday season at the Scott Family Amazeum, with exhibits, fun and learning for the whole family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RING IN 2018! You and your crew (or family) are sure to find the perfect way to count down at NWA’s diverse New Year’s Eve celebrations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET YOUR FEELS on Bluegrass, folk and American Roots at the 5th Annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival, Eureka Springs, Jan. 18-21, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAISE A FROSTY MUG and sample local craft beer on Feb. 3 at the 2018 Frost Fest Outdoor Beer Festival at Fossil Cove Brewing Company in Fayetteville. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Theater and Performing Arts

From classics like Rudolph: The Musical, and the flutes and fiddles of Irish ensemble Danú, to a soulful holiday concert by hit-maker LeAnn Rimes, each one of these vibrant performances will leave you with that warm holiday glow!

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Nov. 29 – Dec. 31, TheatreSquared

A classic Christmas tale with an inventive twist! Frank Capra’s film inspires sheer holiday magic on the big stage. Telling the story of George Bailey on a live Christmas Eve radio broadcast, five actors take on dozens of different characters recreating Bedford Falls with live foley sound effects and high-energy performances.

        Rudolph and Friends

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Dec. 2, Walton Arts Center

You’ll want to bring the entire family to this beloved holiday classic. Watch your favorite holiday characters come to life including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph! Go on a yuletide adventure where you just might discover how being different makes you special. Fun for families and all ages!

Danú, A Christmas Gathering: Féile na Nollag, Dec. 10, Walton Arts Center

This award-winning Irish ensemble makes its awaited return to Walton Arts Center! The spirited band brings the tradition of a Celtic Christmas with songs, music and stories that have emerged from the history of their homeland. Listen as virtuoso players on flute, fiddle, button accordion and percussion alongside the voice of Nell Ní Chróinín and traditional dancers bring the rich heritage of Ireland to you! 

A Christmas Story, Dec. 8-17, Arkansas Public Theater

You’ll shoot your eye out! It’s the line we all know too well from the 1983 comedy film and holiday classic, A Christmas Story. You’ll find yourself in stiches as you follow the quest of Ralphie and for the only thing on his Christmas list: a genuine Red Ryder BB gun. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, watch as Ralphie, his family and friends find themselves in all sorts of situations including a tongue stuck to a frozen flag pole and an unorthodox Chinese Christmas dinner. Don’t miss the laughs!

Film Screening: Elf and Food Drive, Dec. 9, Faulkner Performing Arts Center

Come dressed as your favorite holiday character for a special film screening of the Will Ferrell Christmas comedy, Elf. Festivities include live music, hot chocolate and more! Also, bring your canned goods to donate to the Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry.

Music Icon LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes: Today Is Christmas, Dec. 12, Walton Arts Center

Rimes, a two-time Grammy Award winner, made a splash in country music becoming the youngest recipient of the award at the age of 14. Now, the internationally acclaimed pop-country icon brings tidings of joy to Northwest Arkansas as she performs a compilation of both original and traditional Christmas songs from her own holiday albums.

 

A Very SoNA Christmas, Dec. 16, Walton Arts Center

Have yourself A Very SoNA Christmas! This annual holiday Pops performance by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) will include the beloved melodies that celebrate magic and beauty of the season. Also featuring the SoNA Singers, area high school and collegiate choruses, and special guest soloists.

The Snowman: A Family Concert

Walton Arts Center and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas Present The Snowman: A Family Concert, Dec. 17

This magical holiday concert especially for children and families features a special screening of the hit film “The Snowman” with a virtuosic orchestral soundtrack that SoNA performs live. All ages will be enchanted as a winter wonderland comes to life in this timeless tale of a young boy’s special friendship with his snowman.

Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Winter Concert, Jan. 23, Faulkner Performing Arts Center

All four of APO’s youth orchestras, plus featured ensembles, will perform in this special concert event. The philharmonic plays a vibrant role in the lives of young musicians in the area by bringing them together for coaching, mentoring, practice and performing.

PLUS MUCH MORE! — Periodically check these Northwest Arkansas performing arts venues for year-round programming: Walton Arts CenterTheatreSquaredArts Center of the OzarksArkansas Public TheatreTrike Theatre and Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas.

‘Tis the Season… For Shopping!

In Northwest Arkansas, each of our cities offers unique, exciting shopping experiences. With luxury storefronts, hallmark department stores, eclectic boutiques, galleries and locally owned emporiums, you won’t shop here and not find something you like!

Fayetteville – From casual to upscale, with trendy boutiques, locally owned shops, and home to a community of talented artists and makers, Fayetteville has something for everyone. Whether you’re visiting the Northwest Arkansas Mall and the surrounding Uptown retail district, strolling the shops around the downtown square and along Block Street, or browsing for fab finds at stores peppered throughout town, there are plenty of ways to bring a piece Fayetteville home with you!

Eureka Springs – Eureka Springs is a shopper’s paradise. Boutiques, antiques, handcrafted jewelry, eclectic gifts and world-renowned arts can be found anywhere in town. From vendors in the park to lovely independent shops aplenty, you’ll find uniquely Eureka treasures and gifts for any occasion and not a mall in sight! 

Bentonville – Finding yourself in need of some retail therapy? There are many options in Bentonville. This “New American Town” boasts some of the best locally owned, one-of-a-kind boutiques and unique shopping experiences around! Be sure to explore downtown for custom gifts, local designers, art galleries, up-cycled merch and more.

Rogers – With shopping malls, quaint boutiques and antique shops, Rogers is the ultimate shopping destination. Stock up on luxury labels at the open-air Pinnacle Hills Promenade, or buy local wares and handmade items at shops along the historic downtown’s brick-lined streets. Whether you’re shopping for him, her or home, you’re bound to find it in Rogers!

Downtown Siloam Springs – Classic antiques. Classy boutiques. Funky furniture shops. Amazing artwork. Bath and kitchen bounty. Check off everything on your list when you shop in downtown Siloam Springs. The question is, is your trunk big enough for all the treasures you’ll find?

SpringdaleSpringdale offers shopping options from one end of the city to the other. Browse boutiques and specialty shops along Emma Street in downtown, or find some of the best deals around at factory stores and outlets. From antique malls with thousands of square feet of collectables and gifts, to local markets with food, vintage and handmade – let your quest for that perfect unique gift lead you to Springdale!

 

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.

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