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Museum of Native American History Receives Donation of Jim Blair’s Meso-American Art Collection

Crystal Bridges isn’t the only state-of-the-art museum in Bentonville highlighting American art. The Museum of Native American History (MONAH) presents the earliest of masterpieces from the original, tribal inhabitants of the Americas.

The extensive artifacts and art on display at the museum are the private collection of David Bogle of Bentonville. His mission is to give visitors a deeper sense of how Native Americans lived. His museum is more than a Bentonville treasure. It is a national repository that honors the lives and cultures of the first Americans.

Teotihuacan Mask from Mexico

Teotihuacan Mask from Mexico

A substantial addition to the collection debuted March 20 with the donation from Jim and Nancy Blair of their Meso-American art collection.

The Blair collection opens a window to the lives and history of those who lived in Southern Mexico, Central America and South America. Some of the more well-known cultures include the Maya, Aztec and Inca. These Native Americans are noted for constructing platform mounds, paved roads, stone sculptures and crafting elaborate artifacts from gold, jade, and ceramics.

“Some of the pieces are over 1,500 to 2,000 years old and the level of artistry, the richness of the glaze is truly amazing, such as the pre-Columbian parrot piece,Jim Blair said in a museum press release. The piece is a dual zoomorphic effigy vessel from Colima in Mexico. Charlotte Buchanan-Yale, a director with the museum, described it as a special piece that represents a fish on one side and on the opposing side a parrot. When the two forms blend, what is a fin on one side becomes a beak on the other.

Blair’s collection started in the 1960s when he was handling a piece of litigation for a client and instead of money for services rendered, he was paid with Meso-American artifacts. “He fell in love with the artifacts and started collecting avidly,” Buchanan-Yale said. “He’s very proud of his collection, but after its value exceeded a million dollars he felt an obligation to find a place that could display the collection where the general public could learn from it and enjoy it.”

The Blairs heard about the MONAH from Missy Kincaid, Jim’s daughter-in-law. “Everything is well displayed. I was totally blown away by it. I thought…this is a place that can absorb my collection and deal with it,” he said. Nancy Blair added, “We heard that the museum had significant pieces of pre-Columbian art arranged with such quality. When David Bogle gave us a tour, we saw everything in the museum was extremely well displayed…from the gorgeous war bonnets I fell in love with to the medicine trunk with the contents owned by Moses Decorah, a Winnebago medicine man who traveled with the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show in the late 1800s. I thought, ‘What a jewel this museum is. More people should know about it.’”

Colima Dog

Colima Dog

The Colima dogs are some of Jim Blair’s favorite pieces in the collection, Buchanan-Yale stated. The dogs are thought to be ancestors of the modern Chihuahua and Mexican Hairless breeds. Colima dogs had many uses as guardians of the dead, watchdogs, healers of the sick, and a food source, she explained.

“There seems to be a voice through time trying to tell a story of some kind when you look at the Captive Mound Slave and the Hunchback vessels. One is from Peru and one is from Mexico,” Blair explained. “Both have their hands and legs bound in a submissive position. There seems to be a voice through time telling a story of some kind.

“I have been to the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, the Diego Rivera Museum, and was inspired by his personal collection of artifacts. I’ve visited the Denver Museum’s great collection and I always thought, ‘They are trying to tell us something…something spiritual and calming…and in a way…laughing at themselves.”


Hunchback effigy

The Blair collection adds to the 14,000 year story of Native American history already displayed at the museum. Exhibits range from arrowheads to an Indian Scout Uniform and Paiute Wedding Dress to a one ton wooly mammoth skeleton standing 12 feet tall and stretching 17 feet in length. It is believed to be between 12,000 and 20,000 years old.

The museum contains the most examples of authentic Mississippian head pots ever displayed to the public. It has an extraordinary range of significant effigy & utilitarian pottery.

The museum provides a portable handheld audio wand at no charge that each visitor can use for a self-guided tour. Visitors can pick and choose what they want to learn about walking through the period of the Paleo-Indians over 10,000 years ago and on through the Reservation Period of the early 1900s.

The museum is located three minutes from the downtown square and just 10 minutes from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the full-sized Native American tepee on the grounds. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 479-273-2456, email, or visit

Camelot at Walton Arts Center

Camelot at Walton Arts Center

Treat your Valentine to one of Broadway’s most legendary musical love stories at WAC!

Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot February 17-22, 7 SHOWS!

This time-honored legend of Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and the Knights of the Round Table is as enchanting as it is romantic. Camelot tells the story of King Arthur, who rules his kingdom with new ideals, bringing peace to a troubled land. But when his beautiful new Queen Guinevere and the dashing Sir Lancelot, his most trusted knight, give in to their passion for one another, one of the most fabled love triangles of all time ensues.

Ozark Mountain Music Festival

Ozark Mountain Music Festival - Basin Park - Eureka Springs

The hottest thing in Eureka Springs, AR in January 2014 was OzMoMu, the Ozark Mountain Music Festival.  Hundreds came and enjoyed the eclectic mountain music sounds of 10 bands.  This year, partnering with the ESDN – The Eureka Springs Main Street Program, OzMoMu2 returns to the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, January 22-25, 2015.

“Last year we touted OzMoMu as Eureka Springs’ next great festival,” said Mary Howze, festival coordinator, “and we did not disappoint.  Even before the last note of OzMoMu1 music stopped echoing through the Barefoot Ballroom, the crowd wanted to know the dates of OzMoMu2, the sequel.  And just like last year’s musical extravaganza, OzMoMu2 will focus around Indie Folk with a festival lineup that includes multiple stages and lively music for four exciting days.”

The 2015 Ozark Mountain Music Festival will begin Thursday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m. and will continue with 10 acts until Sunday’s “Bloody Mary Morning Show” with passes once again being kept affordable.  OzMoMu2 will feature the following: Mountain Sprout, Hooten Hallers, Shawn James & The Shapeshifters, Dimetrip, Chucky Waggs,Foley’s Van, Brody Buster, Spring Street Band, Dusty Pearls, and Hosty Duo.

“A key to establishing this event,” noted Jack Moyer, general manager of the hotel, “will be in both providing great Indie/Folk music performed by regional  talent on multiple stages, and inventing a path where the festival-style atmosphere makes the Basin Park Hotel abuzz with activity like attendees enjoying all-access passes, overnighting at the hotel, and being immersed in an atmosphere that encourages eating, drinking and dancing in one central location that has an indoor ‘festival grounds’ feel, per se.”

Room bundles for two attendees include two-nights lodging and two (2) “All-Access” passes and begin at $325.  Festival “4-Day All-Access” passes are $55.  For further information or online room sales, guests are encouraged to visit

Holiday Hours for Crystal Bridges

Holiday Hours and Activities at the Museum

Happy Holidays! The Museum is open on Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day, and re-opens Friday at 10am. Share the State of the Art experience with the ones you love before it closes on January 19. See why Huffington Post named State of the Art one of the 15 best art exhibitions of 2014!

Next week, celebrate New Year’s Eve at New 365 with inspiring art, festive food and drink, stand-up comedy, and music by the “Godfather of Modern Rockabilly,” the Reverend Horton Heat. (Must be 21 or older; Members get a discount.)


Wednesday: 11 am – 6 pm

Thursday: CLOSED (Christmas) Friday: 10 am – 9 pm Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

Crystal Bridges 2015 Exhibitions

Crystal Bridges Announces 2015 Exhibitions:

20th Century Masterworks, Landscape Painting, and Wyeth/Warhol

Crystal Bridges 2015 Exhibition - Northwest Arkansas


 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art offers an array of temporary exhibitions in 2015. Highlights include works from one of the finest collections of 20th-century art in the country, an exploration of landscape painting in the Americas, and works by acclaimed American artists Jamie Wyeth and Andy Warhol.

Van Gogh to Rothko: Masterworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery February 21 through June 1, 2015

Van Gogh to Rothko brings together 75 artworks by more than 39 influential artists from the late 19th century to the present. The exhibition features masterpieces by some of the most prominent names in art history including Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Joán Miró, Andy Warhol, and Mark Rothko. The works were selected from the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, one of the finest collections of twentieth-century art in the country, located in Buffalo, NY.

Van Gogh to Rothko traces the story of avant-garde art from late19th-century Modernism through Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art in the late 1950s and early 60s.  Beginning with works from the late 1800s, the exhibition includes stellar examples of Post-Impressionism by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent Van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin, which inspired artists on both sides of the Atlantic, as can be seen in later works throughout the exhibition. Van Gogh to Rothko also considers ideas that contributed to the development of art movements such as Cubism, Surrealism, Pop Art, and Minimalism. The largest grouping in the exhibition features approximately 20 mid-century American artists, many of whom identified as Abstract Expressionists, including Rothko, Willem de Kooning, and Robert Motherwell.

The exhibition marks the first time many of these works have toured in decades. Crystal Bridges is one of only four venues, besides the Albright-Knox, that will host this remarkable exhibition, offering Museum guests a rare opportunity to view paintings and sculptures by some of the most well-known and respected names in the art world.

This exhibition is organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, and is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art presentation has been made possible by Rich Family Foundation and Art Agency, Partners, and Stout Executive Search.

“It is with great pleasure that the Rich Family Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Rich Products Corporation, supports the Crystal Bridges’ exhibition of ‘Van Gogh to Rothko: Modern Masterworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’ in Buffalo, New York,” said Mindy Rich, President, Rich Family Foundation. “This sponsorship speaks directly to our ongoing passion for and commitment to the arts.”

Game Fishes of the United States April 4 through August 10, 2015

Game Fishes of the United States, one of the largest and most spectacular of American sporting books, was printed in 1879 -1880 at the zenith of late 19th-century American chromolithography. The work, which is included in the Crystal Bridges Library collection, features 20 color plates based on the original watercolor paintings by well-known sporting artist Samuel Kilbourne, with text written by ichthyologist George Brown Goode, head of the fish research programs of the US Fish Commission and the Smithsonian. The color plates capture a number of distinctly American fishes in their natural surroundings, including the striped bass, sheepshead, bluefish, weakfish, red snapper, pompano, and brook trout. Each fish’s shimmering colors and delicate scales are amazingly vivid. This classic collection elegantly conveys the drama of sport fishing and highlights the exploration and celebration of nature in American art—one of the major themes in Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection.

Warhol’s Nature July 4 through October 5, 2015 Drawn from the extensive collections of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, this exhibition will explore the artist’s surprising, lifelong engagement with nature as subject matter. View works from every decade of the Pop icon’s long career, from his earliest drawings as a commercial illustrator through his later paintings of flowers and wildlife.

Jamie Wyeth

July 25 through October 5, 2015

This exhibition examines Jamie Wyeth’s distinctive approach to realism over the course of six decades, from his precocious childhood drawings through recurring themes inspired by the people, places, and objects that populate his world. Wyeth’s career offers new insight into contemporary realism and surrealism with an emphasis on the American context for these styles. Wyeth comes from a family of artists, including his grandfather, Newel Convers Wyeth (1992-1945); his father, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009); and his aunt, Caroline Wyeth Hurd (1909-1994).

The exhibition features Wyeth’s portraits of subjects such as his wife, Phyllis Wyeth; John F. Kennedy (commissioned by family members after his death); Rudolf Nureyev; and Andy Warhol; which will be shown alongside a selection of preparatory drawings that offer a window into the artist’s immersive approach to portraiture. Jamie Wyeth explores the artist’s process and development, as well as his intense connections to specific places—such as the Brandywine River Valley in Pennsylvania and Tenants Harbor on Southern Island, Maine—and gift for imbuing his portraits with a deep sense of empathy for the subject. This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


Alfred H. Maurer: At the Vanguard of Modernism

October 10, 2015 through January 4, 2016

Considered one of the first American Modernists and one of the most versatile American artists, Alfred H. Maurer (1868–1932) tirelessly pushed the boundaries of artistic expression throughout his career. This exhibition features more than 70 of Maurer’s most accomplished works, highlighting the artist’s singular contributions to American painting in the early 20th century. Maurer was one of the first American painters to travel to Paris to study avant-garde art.  His long career spans a wide range of stylistic approaches, but he maintained a steady interest in certain themes, such as the female figure, as well as formal experimentation with color, form, and abstraction. The exhibition surveys Maurer’s career, and is organized into seven chronological groupings: fin-de-siècle figure paintings, scenes of contemporary leisure, Fauvist works, landscapes and florals, heads and figures, still lifes, and late abstractions. The diversity and virtuosity of the works illustrate the extent to which Maurer was a formidable creative force in expanding the potential for artistic expression in American art.

Alfred H. Maurer: At the Vanguard of Modernism was organized by the Addison Gallery and co-curated by independent scholar Dr. Stacey Epstein and Addison curator Susan Faxon.

From Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic: Landscape Painting in the Americas

November 7, 2015, through January 18, 2016

Artistic representation of human interaction with the land has a long history in the Americas. During the early years of the 19th century, as nations in the Americas gained and asserted their independence, pictorial representations of the landscape forged visions of the whole hemisphere. Landscape imagery of the period shows how we are connected by a shared Pan-American history, but also underscores the differences between our respective national identities based on our relationships to the land.

The exhibition features approximately 120 oil paintings, watercolors, photographs, prints, maps, books, and three-dimensional objects, including works by well-known American landscape painters Albert Bierstadt, Frederic E. Church, Thomas Cole, Martin Johnson Heade, and Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as masters of the genre from both north and south of the United States, such as Jose Maria Velasco (Mexico), Francisco Oller (Puerto Rico), and Juan Manuel Blanes (Uruguay), among others.

From Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic: Landscape Painting in the Americas is a collaboration between three organizing institutions: Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; and the Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago, USA. It will open at the Art Gallery of Ontario during the Pan American Games in Toronto before traveling to Crystal Bridges, and then to the Pinacoteca in São Paulo, Brazil.


 About Crystal Bridges

The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding works that illuminate our heritage and artistic possibilities.

Opened to the public on 11-11-11, Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation as a nonprofit charitable organization for all to enjoy. Philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton chairs the Museum’s board of directors. Since its opening, the Museum has welcomed more than 1.5 million visitors, and garnered over 8,000 households in its membership. Some 55,000 school children have participated in the Museum’s Willard and Pat Walker School Visit program, which provides educational experiences for school groups at no cost to the schools. More than 220,000 visitors a year utilize the Museum’s 3.5 miles of walking trails.

Crystal Bridges takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two spring-fed ponds house galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, and a large, glass-enclosed gathering hall. Guest amenities include a restaurant on a glass-enclosed bridge overlooking the ponds, a Museum Store designed by architect Marlon Blackwell, and a library featuring more than 50,000 volumes of art reference material. Sculpture and walking trails link the Museum’s 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas. Van Gogh at Crystal Bridges in Northwest Arkansas Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to the current day. Included within the collection are iconic images such as Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits, Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, and Andy Warhol’s Coca-Cola [3]— each reflecting a distinct moment in American artistic evolution—as well as major works by modern and contemporary American artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe, John Baldessari, and James Turrell. The permanent collection, which continues to grow through a strategic acquisition plan, is on view year-round and is enhanced by an array of temporary exhibitions, which were viewed by some 216,000 visitors in 2013.

Crystal Bridges provides year-round programming for all ages. In 2013, more than 300 public programs were offered, including lectures, performances, classes, and continuing education for K-12 teachers. An award-winning app, available free for both Apple and Android devices, features audio tours of current and past exhibitions, and many of the Museum’s lectures and gallery talks are available in Crystal Bridges’ iTunes U site. A new initiative to develop high-quality distance-learning opportunities for students and teachers begins this year.

Crystal Bridges also offers two research fellowship programs. The Tyson Scholars in American Art program supports full-time scholarship in the history of American art. The Reese Teacher Fellowship provides for research into the development of interdisciplinary connections between American art and core curriculum subjects of language arts, history, social studies, and the sciences.

Additional information about Crystal Bridges is available online at


Country Music Star to Serenade Walton Arts Center

Clint Black at Walton Arts Center in Northwest ArkansasWalton Arts Center is delighted to welcome the distinguished Clint Black with special guest Doug Seegers for a remarkable holiday experience. There will be one performance Thurs., Dec. 4 at 7 pm in Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall. Tickets range from $32 to $62 and can be purchased by calling our Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting

Singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor, Clint Black has long been heralded as one of country music’s brightest stars. His many talents have given him a  long career and earned him a place as a Grand Ole Opry inductee with 20 albums and over 100 songs recorded over the years. If you’ve spent years listening to Black’s smooth baritone and accessible brand of country music, you won’t want to miss this extraordinary holiday performance.

Black’s highly anticipated 2014-15 tour promises to deliver a deep sense of country music history and a performance that’s sure to be the highlight of your holiday season. If you love country music and holiday fun, then this is a concert for you!

Rogers Historical Museum Calendar of Events

Rogers Historical Museum - Here Comes Santa Claus


November 30 – January 3, 2015

Learn how other cultures view the image of Santa Claus and how it has changed over the centuries on this guided tour of the Hawkins House. Each room tells the story of Santa Claus from a different time and place, culminating in our current view of Santa Claus.



November 30, 12:30-4 p.m.

Enjoy crafts, refreshments, and tours of “Here Comes Santa Claus” at our annual event. Santa Claus will be stopping by so bring your list!



Through December 27

In the 19th Century “to mourn” meant not only to feel grief but to follow a prescribed etiquette. Don’t miss your opportunity to explore all the etiquette rules, superstitions and customs that fell out of favor toward the end of World War One.


Exhibit Galleriesand Main Office 322 South Second Street Corner of Second and Cherry Streets Downtown Rogers Education Annex 120 West Poplar Street Hours Monday through Saturday, 10 to 5 Sunday, 1 to 5

Phone 479-621-1154


Northwest Arkansas Trails

An autumnal paradise is outside your front door

Northwest Arkansas Trails There are a ton of reasons to love fall in Northwest Arkansas — Razorback football, crisp autumn mornings, Ozark foliage. Whatever your favorite thing about fall, chances are the trails are a great way to experience it.

Here’s a list of my top 10 must-see spots on Northwest Arkansas trails in the fall:

  1. Mount Kessler (Fayetteville) – Hike to one of the many ledges to see a panoramic view of the colorful Boston Mountain fall landscape. (pictured above)
  2. Blowing Springs (Bella Vista) – Mountain bike or hike the 3-mile loops on this trail for blufflines and color.
  3. Clear Creek Trail (Fayetteville) – The hardwoods along this section of the Razorback Regional Greenway provide a riot of oranges, yellows, and reds in the fall.
  4. Devil’s Den State Park (Winslow) – Just about any trail in the park will fill you with awe, but hiking Yellow Rock is my favorite in the fall.
  5. Lincoln Lake (Lincoln) – The city hosts an annual festival at the lake in early November to take advantage of the gorgeous fall scenery.
  6. Upper Buffalo Trails (Red Star) – Make a day of it if you plan to visit these newly opened trails about 1 1/2 hours east of Fayetteville. Best bet this time of year is the Azalea Falls Trail.
  7. Park Springs Park (Bentonville) – This city park is home to the Burns Arboretum and Nature Trail and boasts the State Champion pignut hickory tree.
  8. Hobbs State Park Conservation Area (Rogers) – For those wanting a dose of history and an easy paved trail, visit the Historic Van Winkle Trail. For a more strenuous hike, try the 9-mile Little Clifty Loop or the 3-mile Bashore Loop.
  9. Lake Springdale Nature Trail (Springdale) – The city has a short, easy to hike nature trail accessible from the Lake Springdale trailhead with lovely boardwalks, wildlife viewing and plenty of fall color.
  10. Crystal Bridges Trail (Bentonville) – Follow the colors along the trail, the pop inside to see how those colors inspired some of our nation’s best artists.

— Misty Murphy