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The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, a Historic Hotel of America in Eureka Springs.


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Sacred Earth GalleryPhotographs of trail views were captured by Edward Robison III.

The Art of Renewal

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night , and spring after winter.” – Rachel Carson

Find lovely things to do and see this spring on the Arkansas Art Trail and discover the new you.

Save $$ on Vacation Deals along the Arkansas Art Trail.

Immerse yourself in the local culture of the historic, quaint towns that dot the Ozark Mountains.PacAug-206
Introduce yourself to new points of view. Hundreds of artists have settled in some of the most beautiful areas in Arkansas. See the state through their eyes with visits to art galleries. Eureka Springs has been recognized as a Top 10 Art Destination. Visit the nation’s newest art museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

Find an old treasure and give it new life. The Spring Antique Show & Sale brings antique dealers from all over to show some of their favorite pieces and find them loving new homes.

Unleash your inner child. Fly a kite at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Kite Festival. While your there, say “Hello” to the lions, tigers and bears. Get your ticket online now! Zip through the trees with Ozark Mountain Ziplines. Hunt ghosts in America’s Most Haunted Hotel or see a turn-of-the-century magic show you will not forget.

Discover the new you with a day in one of Eureka Springs Spas. A destination for healing for centuries, Eureka Springs is home to one of the largest spas in northwest Arkansas. New Moon Spa offers the latest in treatments. Prefer something smaller? Individual trained therapists offer personalized services.

There is so much to see and do on the trail. Get more great vacation ideas and itineraries.

Holiday on the Trail

As leaves fall from trees, the views from the trail get even better.

Winter is a beautiful time to visit the Ozark Mountains and the Arkansas Art Trail takes you right to the best places. Following the trail is a great way to get familiar with this part of the Natural State. Even if you have visited before, the Arkansas Art Trail will introduce you to something new.

Pack up the family and spend the holidays on the trail. See the latest exhibit at Crystal Bridges then enjoy a scenic drive to Eureka Springs, a “To 25 Arts Destination” that celebrates the holidays in their own unique way. Eureka Springs is centrally located to all stops on the Arkansas Art Trail.

Learn more about Christmas in Eureka Springs.

 

Eureka Springs: Trails That Lead to Water

Known for its natural springs, Eureka Springs has more than 60 in and around the historic Victorian town. Fifteen of the most prominent ones are within walking distance of each other and maintained by the City of Eureka Springs. More like small eureka springs trailspocket parks, the springs are the subject of many photographs and paintings by local artists. Explore downtown art galleries and shops for a glimpse of some of the local art and experience the springs for yourself with a walking or driving tour. Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation put out an official guide to Eureka Springs’ parks, trails and springs. Guides can be found in most Eureka Springs lodging.

If you prefer a guided tour, consider signing up for the Downtown-N-Underground tour. Eureka Springs’ underground is a fascinating trip back in time. Hellraisers, Hoodlums and Heated History Tour is also an exciting way to see Eureka Springs. Hear hard to believe stories, see where wild west icons were captured by U.S. Marshals and more.

Get your tickets online now at ReserveEureka!

Eureka Springs Art Galleries

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The Eureka Springs Artists & Galleries Guide has a map to guide you. Pick up one at the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center.

Eureka Springs is home to hundreds of working artists and there are more than 25 art galleries in the Eureka Springs area. When you are in town, pick up an Artists & Galleries Map Directory from the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on Highway 62.

Here is a partial listing of galleries in and around Historic Downtown Eureka Springs:

Serendipity at Crescent Hotel – 75 Prospect

The Prospect Gallery – 42 Prospect

Gryphon’s Roost Spa & Gallery – 137 Spring

Mitchell’s Folly Art & Antiques – 130-136 Spring

Fusion Squared – 84 Spring

Magee Jewelry – 80 Spring 83

Spring Street Gallery- 83 Spring

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Eureka Springs is home to dozens of art galleries and is recognized as a Top 25 Art Destination by American Style Magazine.

Zarks Fin Art Gallery – 67 Spring

The Jewel Box – 77 Spring

 J.A. Nelson Gallery- 37 Spring

Eureka Daily Roast – 27 Spring

Wilson & Wilson Folk Art – 23 Spring

Eureka Thyme – 19 Spring

Iris at the Basin Park – 8 Spring

Out on Main Gallery – 1 Basin Spring Ave (stairwell)

For more art gallery listings visit the Eureka Springs Gallery Association website.

Discover the art of vacation in August on the Arkansas Art Trail

Get back to your roots. Celebrate American heritage with some good ole mountain music in the mountain town of Eureka Springs during the Bluegrass Festival the second weekend in August. Attend an authentic Banjo Rally later in the month. You don’t play the banjo? Don’t worry, spectators are welcome. Let music uplift your spirit with an old fashioned Gospel Concert in the historic Auditorium in downtown Eureka Springs. Visit the Official Eureka Springs Calendar of Events for more details.

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Eureka Springs is home to dozens of art galleries and is recognized as a Top 25 Art Destination by American Style Magazine.

Explore local flavor. Watch a cooking demonstration by Karen Gros in Eureka Springs. Join Karen in her provencial-style home for cooking demonstrations of seasonal, French inspired food. Want to try your hand a preparation? Karen will teach you to prepare the dishes on your own with a hands-on cooking class and tasting lunch. Dishes feature locally produced foods from Foundation Farm and Serenity Farms of Eureka Springs.

Discover the Art of vacation. Enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of downtown Eureka Springs with a gallery stroll. Discover world class art in dozens of galleries. Stop to enjoy a glass of wine between galleries and listen to street musicians as you stroll from one gallery to the next. Find a treasure made by a local artist at the Holiday Island Art Show. Find inspiration with an art film at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

PLAN YOUR VACATION ON THE ARKANSAS ART TRAIL TODAY. STAY OVERNIGHT ON THE TRAIL.

On the Trail: an artist’s discovery

Edward sits at the table overlooking the Crescent garden in Eureka Springs. With a contemplative smile he begins his story. “We had to helicopter into a remote part of the canyon and repel down,” he says calmly.

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Inspiration point in the autumn captured by Eureka Springs photographer, Edward C. Robison III.

Edward C. Robison III is an accomplished landscape photographer. His connection to nature and his recognition of what is sacred are profound in his photographs. It is what draws people to his work.

It was an internship with renowned landscape photographer Michael Fatali that led Edward to a remote slot canyon in Utah. Having helicoptered in, Edward found himself in an isolated place where few people ever have the chance or courage to travel to; it changed him. Surrounded by natural beauty and mentored by Fatali, Edward found his purpose. Fatali openly acknowledges that he photographs, “places of mystery” where he feels, “at peace with the power of the Earth’s spirit.” Fatali believes his photographs are reflections of the “light and power” of nature. His influence on Edward’s work is unmistakable. Edward’s richly layered yet masterfully simple photographs are meditative moments. They allow the viewer to intimately connect with a sacred space in nature that they may have never witnessed on their own.

Edward brings a love of the landscape to his work. Growing up in the great outdoors, he attributes his passion for nature to time spent exploring with his father. His acute perception to the natural processes surrounding him inspired his creativity early. He began capturing nature’s moments with paint on canvas. As a young adult he followed his passion with formal art studies. Edward studied at the Kansas City Institute of Art, an institutional leader in visual arts education. “The Kansas City Institute stressed the importance of substance in art,” Edward says.  “It is where I learned just how important it is to incorporate a strong spiritual element in my work.”

More than just the likenesses of a place under beautiful light, Edward’s photographs are like the quite hum of bees in a field or a softly stirring breeze through woodland trees. They nudge the viewer to joie de vivre, an exuberant enjoyment of life. With what he describes as a “sensitivity and energetic connection with nature,” he finds and captures the beauty of nature in less suspecting places. “I think I see things differently,” Edward confesses. “My appreciation of nature allows me to find the sacred in my own backyard. I try to show others what I have discovered through my work.”

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Hawksbill Crag in the Buffalo River National Park captured by Edward C. Robison III.

Although Edward has photographed Yellowstone and other high profile sites, he is perhaps most recognized for his photographs of less famous (less traveled) places in the central United States and most recently in Arkansas. The ethereal qualities of Edward’s photographs have naturally placed them in the internationally acclaimed Sierra Club Desk Calendar 4 years in a row and although he could call anywhere home, Edward C. Robison and his family still live in Eureka Springs where he continues to find beauty in his backyard. His work is featured on the Arkansas Art Trail. His book, Postcards from Eureka, he records the beauty of the quirkly little Ozark Mountain town, Eureka Springs. His gallery, Sacred Earth, is located just west of Eureka Springs on the Arkansas Art Trail and catalogs his progress and travels. His work can be viewed and prints can be obtained from the Sacred Earth Gallery website.

 Chances are if you are looking at an amazing photograph of the sun setting at Inspiration Point or a waterfall in the Buffalo River National Park, it is Edward’s vision and image. His photographs are in high demand and are often used to promote Eureka Springs and the surrounding area. His work is featured on EurekaSprings.com, the Arkansas Art Trail, and more recently the Buffalo River National Park Region.

Make your own discoveries on the Trail with Edward. Register for one of his Workshops. See his work displayed throughout Eureka Springs and all along the Arkansas Art Trail. Follow Arkansas Art Trail and Sacred Earth Gallery on Facebook.

Arkansas Things To Do – 5 Cultural Activities That Will Broaden Your Horizons

If you are looking for things to do that will inspire you then Northwest Arkansas may be just the place to visit. If you are not familiar with the state you may think that you have to go to Little Rock, Arkansas to find cultural attractions but that is not true. In fact there are many tourist places in Arkansas that encourage tourists to discover unique ways of life through interesting and engaging cultural activities. Cultural activities keep American heritage alive. Consider participating in one of these five cultural activities with roots in Ozark living:

1. Foreign Interests

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Carnegie Library in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Who thought you could travel the world from a small town. In the quirky little town of Eureka Springs, they enjoy experiencing different cultures through foreign film. From Jordan to Demark to France and beyond, foreign films touch on subjects that are important to all people, regardless of where we call home. Don’t speak Dutch? Don’t worry, the films are subtitled. You might be surprised how much you will understand just paying attention to body language. Sometimes, words get in the way. Films are screened in the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library. The library is a beautiful building located in the heart of a quaint little mountain town. Nestled next to the Crescent Spring, one of the many natural springs this town was named for, the library sits at the original entry to the famous Crescent Hotel which sits high on the mountain overlooking the town.

Speaking of films, the 1929 Lyric Theater in Harrison was built to screen the “talkies.” Find the Lyric Theater on the Arkansas Art Trail.

2. Music Traditions

Northwest Arkansas is a mountainous region with a strong music tradition. Today, music is still an important part of everyday life. From classical to old-time music, intimate gatherings enjoy each other as they play acoustic instruments to sonatas, ballads, and folk songs. The Cello Choir is a group of cellists who meet every Saturday at 11am in the beautiful Gavioli Chapel on the historic loop in Eureka Springs. Under diffused light streaming through stained glass, nine or so cellos played by people of all ages play four or more parts. People stroll in and out to listen just a few minutes or the entire hour.

Just outside of Eureka Springs, a hootenanny meets on the historic Berryville town square. A hootenanny, also called a wingding, is an informal group of folks of all ages playing banjos, guitars, fiddles and what have you. Mostly folk music, the hootenanny meets every Friday 7-9pm at the old Grand View Hotel.

Discover endearing American life visiting several small town squares like Eureka Springs, Bentonville, and Harrison on the Arkansas Art Trail. A hootenanny is a great way to get to know one of Arkansas’ small towns.

3. Master Artists

The world’s newest art museum just opened in Northwest Arkansas. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art houses an amazing collection of American art ranging from the colonial period through today. With a focus on education, Crystal Bridges offers guests a chance to Draw in the Galleries. Study elements of art while looking at masterworks. Class subjects include Landscape, Portraiture, and Figure Drawing. They are offered every month and registration is required.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is Day One of the Arkansas Art Trail.

4. Native American Vessels

Basketmaking or basket weaving is an ancient craft. The Cherokee people of native America have long been respected for their basketmaking skills and best known for their complex “double weave” baskets. Often made from white oak, baskets were valuable articles of commerce throughout history. Today, their value ranges from utilitarian to works of art. Learn to make your own authentic Cherokee “double weave” basket at Fire Om Earth studios and become a link in the chain that keeps American heritage alive.

Two Arkansas Art Trail sites in particular have Native American significance. Native Americans passed through Pea Ridge National Military Park following the Trail of Tears. Blue Spring Heritage Center near Inspiration Point was site to numerous Native American settlements. See artifacts and hear some of their stories at Blue Spring.

5. Love of the Land

Stewardship and environmentally conscious thinking is part of today’s culture. Recycling is essential to reducing physical and financial waste and preserves the beautiful natural resources of the Ozark Mountains for future generations. In that spirit, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art teaches art using recycled materials. Bring Your Own Art and make a collage using found objects.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is just one stop along the Arkansas Art Trail where nature and art intersect. Crystal Bridges also maintains trails. Discover the Arkansas Art Trail and Crystal Bridges Art Trails.

One of the best attractions in Arkansas is the Arkansas Art Trail. Ten stops take you to places where nature and art come together. See breathtaking vistas, mountain views, nationally significant sites and architectural features on the trail.

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