All along the recently opened Arkansas Art Trail, travelers can find places where art is hung like Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; places where art is made like the artist village of Eureka Springs; and places that inspire such art like the hills and hollows of The Ozarks. During April, the trail creators have also created a series of special workshops and exhibits entitled “April Art Experiences”. These efforts come from a partnership between the Arkansas Art Trail and the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, located in Eureka Springs on top of Crescent Mountain.
The first “art experience” features well-respected Eureka Springs artist, Larry Mansker. This Kansas City native has made the most of the Trail’s vistas with a focus on the panoramic views of Eureka Springs. “Whether ones view is from a mountaintop or at street level, the eye can be trained to see things in a happy mood that expresses the brighter aspects of being alive,” Mansker explained.
Mansker’s exclusive package, entitled “Artist Studio Tour”, will be held at both the Crescent and at the artist’s private studio all on the evening of April 15, 2012. The event begins with a tour of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and its eclectic art collection. The tour will be led by hotel Vice-President of Operations and Development Jack Moyer. The tour includes the commissioned display of Larry Mansker’s detailed murals that depict local scenes enhanced by popular local activities.
Following the hotel sojourn will be an intimate, artist-led tour of Mansker’s studio. Wine and cheese will be served as the artist shares his private collection and workspace. Attendees will then return to the hotel for an artistically inspired dinner in the elegant Crystal Dining Room Restaurant.
“This gathering is designed to be both intimate and revealing,” said Mansker. “I want attendees to get a true feel of the elements of design –line, texture, contrast, composition and color- that create that happy mood in my paintings. I want to teach attendees how to ‘feel’ a painting with their emotions rather than simply gazing upon it with their eyes.”
The“Artist Studio Tour” package, based on two people per package, includes overnight lodging and breakfast at the Crescent Hotel, the private studio tour and reception, and dinner in the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant with the artist. Participation is limited to the first 10 reservations with package rates beginning at $199. For full package and workshop details call the Crescent Hotel at 800-342-9766.