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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art – What are people saying?

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art officially opens soon. In preparation for your visit, here is a compliation of recent articles focusing on various aspects  of the museum, its creator, and collection.

Crystal Bridges. Read more at AFAnews.

Crystal Bridges, art connects with landscape. Read more in The Art Newspaper.

The instant museum: “An enviable collection of treasures spanning most of American history…on display in an unlikely place.” Read more at the Huffington Post.

Middle America museum. It “ruffled feathers, challenged stereotypes and raised expectations about this country’s newest major cultural institution.” Read more at the Washington Post.

“Heiress builds a spectacular art museum on family property somewhere in the Deep South.” Read more at the New York Times.

Crystal Bridges museum combines traditional with ‘a little humor’ –  Read more at Tulsa World.

First Look at Alice Walton’s Crystal Bridges Museum Finds No Evidence of “Cultural Money-Laundering” Read more at ArtInfo.

Walmart Heriess brings art museum to the ozarks. Listen to the story on NPR.

Moshe Safdie builds in Bentonville, AR. Read more on Safdie Architects.

See interview with Safdie on Charlie Rose.

New Museum in Middle America. Read more at Reuters.

Museum ‘sends ripples across USA’. Read more at USA Today.

Moshe Safdie’s Crystal Bridges. Read more at the Arhictectural Record.

Museum takes topical approach to important issues through art. Read more at the Washington Post.

In the Arkansas woods, an art museum sprouts tall. Read more in the Kansas City Star.

Learn about what it takes to construct a museum in an Arkansas Ravine. Read more at Engineering News Record.

See a photo gallery at the Kansas City Star.

Read the press preview at the Arkansas Times.

See video of early reviews of Crystal Bridges on MSN.

See video interview with Alice Walton on CBS News.

See early reviews on 4029 Tv.

See Pat Musick exhibit at Crystal Bridges.

New Museum Inspires Creation of Art Trail

With attention to the Northwest Arkansas region on a high mark with the opening of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Civil War, tourism leaders in the region have come together to develop the Arkansas Art Trail. The trail was designed to give visitors to the area an opportunity to see more of Arkansas-its natural beauty and cultural inspiration.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is attracting a lot of national attention and is expected to draw large groups of art enthusiasts to its official opening. Welcoming all “to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of landscape,” Crystal Bridges opens November 11, 2011. With that on the horizon, the Arkansas Art Trail has been launched to help these enthusiasts discover other culturally significant sites and inspirational natural settings.  Simply put, the Arkansas Art Trail maps places in the Natural State where nature inspires art. 

Inspired by the well known Hudson Valley Art Trail in New York, the Arkansas Art Trail features breathtaking vistas, mountain views, nationally significant sites, and natural settings.  These points of visual interest are complimented by architectural features and made meaningful by local heritage and cultural sites.  The Arkansas Art Trail includes ten stops that include destinations like Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and historic cowntown Eureka Springs but it also guides trail followers to lesser known but nationally significant points of interest like Boxley Valley and Inspiration Point.

ArkansasArtTrail.com provides resources to guide visitors on their actual or virtual journey along the Trail.  Trail travelers are encouraged to do three simple things: wear comfortable shoes, open their eyes widely, and prepare to be inspired. Realistically, viewing the Arkansas Art Trail in its entirety can take three to seven days depending upon how long visitors choose to linger at each site or how many side trips are taken. The Trail has been organized into three legs that take an average of one day to complete.  Side trips noted include additional inspirational sites with pictorial samples highlighting each leg of the trail.

Images from the trail seen on the website were provided by local Eureka Springs photographer Edward Robison III who owns and operates a gallery in Eureka Springs.

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