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27th Annual Eureka Springs May Festival of the Arts

April 14th, 2014

 Eureka Springs May Festival of the ArtsMay is approaching and with it Eureka Springs 27th annual May Festival of the Arts – a month long celebration of our wonderful arts community!

Also known as “MayFest” among the locals and regular attendees, the Eureka Springs May Festival of the Arts is not just a celebration but a way of sharing the arts with the community and visitors through exhibitions, events, symposiums, and sales throughout Eureka Springs and the entire month of May.

Here are just a few highlights from this year’s schedule:

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War Eagle Mill Fall Arts and Crafts Fair 2013

October 9th, 2013

War Eagle Mill Fall Arts and Crafts Fair Thursday October 17th to Sunday Oct. 20th, 2013

War Eagle Mill Fall Arts and Crafts Fair
October 17th – 20th, 2013

It’s October and that means the Ozarks are about to come to life with – not ghouls and ghosts – but arts and crafts at the War Eagle Mill Fall Arts and Crafts Fair!

The War Eagle Mill Fall Arts and Crafts Fair isn’t just any arts and crafts fair, it’s THE Arkansas craft fair of the year.

Started in 1954, the aim of the fair has remained constant: to showcase the arts and crafts of the Ozarks and keep the unique and traditional crafts and art forms of the area from extinction. Since that first fair, attendance has increased to an estimated 130,000 or more people each year with sales exceeding $1 million.

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May Festival of the Arts Events

April 18th, 2013

Eureka Springs is lucky to call itself an arts community, and every year the whole month of May is dedicated to bringing art to the public. The May Festival of the Arts, or as we call it around here, the “MayFest,” includes a whole slew of art events. Here are some events taking place this year:

  • The Eureka Springs Music Sculpture Park
  • Basin Park Art Fest
  • The Sphere Community Sculpture
  • Plein Air Painters of Eureka Springs

    A "Plein Air" painting

    A “Plein Air” painting

  • Tales from the South- Eureka Stories
  • Art Panel Installations from Eureka Springs High School Art Students
  • Susan Storch Famiy Portrait Workshop
  • Eureka Springs Preservation Society Walking History Tours

See the full calendar of events on the MayFest website.

There are going to be some returning, long favorite events as well. For example, the “Taste of Art” will be taking place in restaurants around Eureka Springs. Enjoy a delicious meal and an artists’ reception at locations like DeVitos.

Every Saturday, take a stroll and soak in some art. Featuring a specific artist each Saturday of May, galleries will be open and exhibiting local and regional works. Each featured gallery will host a small meet and greet with the artist, light refreshment and hearty artistic interpretations.

If music is more your medium, the Eureka Springs Arts Council is pleased to unveil the Eureka Springs Music Park. Interactive music sculptures will be on permanent display for public enjoyment in the North Main parking lot. The musical sculpture instruments have been conceived and designed by Ranaga Farbriarz, in collaboration with several other local artists and welders.  The Music Park will have its grand opening on Saturday, May 25th at 2 p.m. The Grammy-nominated folk duo “Trout Fishing in America” will kick off the ceremony, followed by Clear Springs Music students and Ranaga himself!

And a favorite of ours is White Street Walk. This event will be on Friday, May 17th, from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Historic White Street is just around the corner from our inn and is where many of the local artists live and work. They will welcome the public into their homes and studios to view their latest works. They will be joined by more than forty guest artists from the Eureka Springs area, who will show weaving, watercolors, jewelry, oils, pottery, stained glass and much more. A very fun art event.

Spend May at the 5 Ojo

Whether you stay one night, a weekend or all week, our bed and breakfast inn is here to provide great service, delicious breakfasts and local insight about Eureka Springs.



The Wacky World of Eureka Springs Parades

May 15th, 2011

An attempted humorous look at the recent 2011 Artrageous Parade in Eureka Springs. It was another great parade with artistic and fun costumes and floats. There’s much more to come in the month of May for the Mayfest of the Arts.

Oops, what part of the visible light spectrum did Professor Dumbledore said this magic wand would make us?

Ready for the Eureka Springs white water canals.

I told you to duck when that lady waved her wand!!

Big and beautiful, we were conceived in a stained glass factory next to the Caterpillar Tractor plant.

Puff the Magic Dragon…not sure who was puffing what!!

Kids of the Soggy Bottom Boys.

This is what you look like when you blow your brains out.

“As mayor of this city I’ll make sure there are two boxes of Frosted Flakes on every table.”

Arkansas Chainsaw Wood Massacre

April 22nd, 2011

Let the chips fly!! Last weekend we attended Carving in the Ozarks here in Eureka Springs, AR. Each carver spent two days of furious cutting with super sharp chainsaws, some of them with very pointy ends. Were they actually carving, or practicing for a slasher movie?

When we arrived it appeared they had contained the carvers in their own cages. We were told, no, that’s a net around their area to keep the chips from piercing the observers. Maybe, but we felt safer with them behind what we continued to imagine as steel mesh.

Late Saturday we went back to attend the auction, hoping to buy one of the creations for our bed and breakfast inn.

We didn’t get what we wanted, but if you are in the market for some good prices on benches, bears, figures or whatever else they make out of wood, you need to attend this event next year.

Here’s a couple of other pictures of the show.

It was just fun watching the carvers deftly use their chainsaws. Hope you get a chance to see them one day.

A Different Kind of Opera in Eureka Springs

March 24th, 2011

The hills in Austria were alive with music while here in the Ozarks arias will be resonating through the mountains.

For more than 60 years, Opera in the Ozarks has helped young artists from across the nation hone their operatic skills. The training program and music festival takes place at a breath-taking location only a few miles from Eureka Springs.

Three great operas will be presented with singers performing in period costume and accompanied by a full orchestra. We normally lean towards Country and Pop music, but we thoroughly enjoyed the Opera in the Ozark performances.

If you want to catch a rising star early on in their career, come to Eureka Springs and attend these great performances.

Here’s a quiz with a prize
Be the first to post an answer on our Facebook Page and get an opera discount of 15% off of your next two night stay at our bed and breakfast. Let your friends know, they can win also. So here it is…… “What German opera title epitomizes Eureka Springs’ friendliness (at least in our minds)”? Not necessarily the plot, but the title. And if no one answers in a couple of days, we’ll post a hint.

Springbreak time in Eureka Springs

March 6th, 2011

After a cold winter, spring has finally hit Eureka Springs. The daffodils are coming out in full force and Eureka Springs is full of yellow blooms especially in the bed and breakfast yards.

Lots of activities and events are planned in the city to get everyone out and about soaking up the warm weather. The scooter rental increased its’ fleet to accommodate cruising through Eureka Springs. The Mardi Gras parade was delightful and now the upcoming St. Patrick Days celebration is the talk of the town. The Heartland Men’s Chorus of Kansas City is performing in the Eureka Springs Historic Auditorium on March 12 and the Eureka Springs Downtown Network has initiated the second Saturday Gallery Stroll every month. If you love the Eurekan Artists this is the best time to indulge.

Relax and enjoy Eureka Springs as it awakens from the winter doldrums.

Eureka Springs Halloween Event

October 5th, 2010

We really enjoy Halloween here in Eureka Springs, AR because every year we get from 400 to 500 kids at our bed and breakfast, most of whom are dressed up in costumes. A good share of the parents also join in with their kids by dressing up.

Another fun event is the Mad Hatter’s Ball, a lavish costumed affair and fundraiser for the Eureka Springs School of the Arts (ESSA). The event includes live and silent auctions, music and dancing, a hat contest, and live music by Red Ambition. This ball is in true “Eureka style” – party-goers will dazzle each other with creative hats, while many go further, sporting full costume. Awards will be given for “Best Hat”, & for the “People’s Choice”.

Some of the hats you see at the ball are so unique it makes you shake your head and say, “Wow, who would have thought you could make a hat out of that?”

Hours are 6:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $50, including an Italian pasta buffet, and available by calling ESSA at 479-253-5384. ESSA is a non-profit school providing adults and youth classes in arts and crafts throughout the year for emerging and professional artists. Award-winning, noted artists and craftspeople teach classes at the school’s campus.

So, I end with what the King of Hearts says in Alice in Wonderland, “Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end, then stop.” Eureka Springs is the end.

Art and Music on the streets of Eureka Springs

June 7th, 2010

On the second Saturday of each month the Eureka Springs Gallery Association has an event they call Second Saturday Stroll. The shops stay open late for visitors to browse and meet artists and crafts people. This month, they will have those wonderful singers from Opera in the Ozarks strolling the streets entertaining people. Below is their press release.

“For June the Eureka Springs Gallery Association will partner with Opera in the Ozarks to bring you a very special Gallery Stroll on Saturday, June 12th. Singers will be strolling the streets giving you a preview of the talent which will be expressed during this year’s opera presentations at Inspiration Point. The theme for this month’s Stroll will be the color blue. Visit the nine associate galleries from 6 to 9 p.m. to experience a fun evening in Eureka Springs….”

“Eureka Thyme’s featured artist for the Saturday Gallery Stroll on June 12 will be Ali Stinespring. Ali starts her sun catchers, platters, and jewelry with a large sheet of fusible glass which is cut into shapes, decorated, and fused together. She uses every scrap of glass so nothing is wasted. Each piece she lovingly creates has its own personality, so you are always guaranteed a unique piece of art. Meet Ali and experience her delightful designs at Eureka Thyme.”

Relax at 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast after looking and listening on Saturday nights.

Attending a play with your eyes closed

November 13th, 2009

So, what’s a BOP-RAP? Why, it’s a Bunch Of People Reading A Play of course. The other night Jan and I went to the Eureka Springs Writer’s Colony to listen to a play. A group of folks in town have been getting together a couple of times a month for a play reading. They pick a play, assign parts and then they read their parts without actually acting out the play. We didn’t know what to expect, but it was quite enjoyable just sitting around on the couch and listening. While there was no physical acting, the actors (readers) still ‘acted’ out their parts using their voices.

The play was “I Hate Hamlet” by Paul Rudkin and it was hilarious. The group will be taking a break for the holiday season in Eureka Springs, AR., but plan on reviving their readings sometime after the first of the year.

The Writer’s Colony is only about 2-3 minutes drive from our bed and breakfast so it’s easy to get to. If you’ll be in town, you may want to checkout whether they will be doing a reading. And, if you are so inclined, you could be asked to read a part. Enjoy!

5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast, Eureka Springs, AR