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Art Festival in Eureka Springs

The month of May is all about art in Eureka Springs in all its many forms.

The May Arts Festival kicked off with the ArtRageous Parade the first weekend of the month.  This artful and sometimes outrageous parade rolled through downtown Eureka Springs featuring colorful floats, walkers, bands looking ArtRageous as only Eureka can.  Winner of the best costume award went to Mark Hughes of Regalia as “Butterfly Boy.”  Glad we didn’t have to vote…as you can see there were some incredible costumes.

Tomorrow evening, Friday, May 20th is the White Street Studio Walk.

White Street, on the upper historic loop has a number of artists that welcome you into their homes and studios to view their newest creations.  There will be more than forty guest artists who will be set up in homes, studios, on porches and on the street.  It’s a giant block party honoring Eureka Springs Artisans from 4PM until 10PM.

Saturday evenings in May the major Art Galleries are open from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Stroll from gallery to gallery, enjoy refreshments and talk with their featured artist.

All month from 10:00AM to 5:00 PM The Queen Anne Mansion is featuring a fabulous show featuring local artists.  You can tour the renovated Queen Anne Mansion and then go downstairs to the gallery space in the garden level of the building.  You will feel like you have stepped into a world-class art exhibit.  There are works from 50 painters, photographers, wood workers and sculptors on display.  You will be amazed to see the quality and breadth of art from the local artists here in Eureka Springs.  We can guarantee you will be impressed with the quality of artistic talent in this tiny quirky town in the heart of the Ozarks.

Eureka Springs Artists Studio Tour

If you have spent anytime in Eureka Springs, you already know we have some outstanding artists in our community.  The 5th Annual Studio Tour will be held the weekend of September 24-26th this year.  It sounds like it is so far away, but it’s important to make reservations early as we are very busy that time of the year.

You have three wonderful days to visit the studios of 17 Eureka Springs Artists.  Some of them will be doing demonstrations and others are available just to chat about what and how they pursue their craft.  It’s great fun.  We’ll give you a map and away you go.  Some studios are in the heart of the Historic District and the search for others will be down a winding dirt trail unlike anything you’ve ever seen.   The tour is part education with a little adventure thrown in.  You can pack a picnic and find a cozy spot to have lunch in the middle of your journey.

May Arts Festival

If you love art in any form, you absolutely have to put Eureka Springs on your travel schedule for the month of May.  It’s difficult to encapsulate all that is happening this month, but we have tried to give you a sampling.

During the entire month of May there will be free music in Basin Spring Park.  Monday through Friday 3-5pm Saturday 12-6pm and Sunday 11am-1pm

Saturday Gallery Stroll

Our galleries will be open for you to peruse the amazing art of Eureka Springs and enjoy refreshments every Saturday evening from 6-9pm

May 1 (Saturday)

No city in America loves a parade as much as Eureka Springs. In May it’s the ARTrageous Parade that travels through historic downtown at 2pm.

Gallery Stroll features:

Zark’s Fine Design Gallery:  Internationally known sculpture artist Tim Cotterill–limited edition bronze frog, koi and gecko sculptures.

Eureka Thyme Gallery:  Woodcrafters Less Casteel crafts fine fueniture, John Dilbeck specializes in segmented, turned bowls and Jim Kibby works in wood burl.

Eureka Fine Art Company:  Larry Mansker–large-scale landscapes;James Yale–mythical realism; and Carol Dickie–colorful landscapes in mixed water media.

Iris at the Basin Park:  Lorna and Craig Trigg Hirsh–tuned ceramic wind whistles and wind chimes.

Quicksilver Gallery:  Potter and sculptor Maura Miller–raku masks and ceramic vessels fused with glass.

The Ozarks Chorale performs in the Eureka Springs City Auditorium at 7pm.  For more information and tickets go to www.theaud.org

May 2 (Sunday)

The Art of Fine Dining

Cottage Inn Restaurant owner-chef, Linda Hager, presents her monthly Wine Diner featuring a South American theme at 6:30pm.  Reservations are required 479-253-5282.

Flute Making Demonstration at Fire Om Earth Studio, 872 Mill Hollow Road from 12pm-4pm.

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Imagine these are just the events for the first weekend in May.  We will continue to post the events calendar for the remainder of the month over the next few days.  If you wish more details you may go to the following website:

www.mayfestivalofthearts.com/schedule-of-events

If you are staying at The Inn at Rose Hall, we will have a full schedule posted of all the events and lots of discussion over breakfast about what to do each day.

  • Select Registry
  • Bed and Breakfast Association of Arkansas
  • Bed and Breakfast.com
  • Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce
  • Aransas Department of Parks & Tourism

The Inn at Rose Hall, 56 Hillside Avenue, Eureka Springs, AR 72632 Reservations: 800-544-7734 Phone: 479-253-8035

Please also visit our sister properties: Peabody House and Historic Cottages

The Inn at Rose Hall is a proud member of the Eureka Springs Wedding Guild.