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Eureka Springs Artists Registry Newsletter 

FEBRUARY 2012     

The Eureka Springs Artists Registry Newsletter is sponsored  by Watercolors by Zeek Taylor


Is Jeremy Mason McGraw.....

mayfest poster 2012

Jeremy Mason McGraw is the winner of the 2012 May Festival of the Arts poster design contest. The judging team of Chad and Alex of Rightmind Advertising, described Jeremy's design as, "An exciting and appealing piece, a real non-descript urban feel with lots of movement and popping color."

Jeremy titled the piece, "Energy in the Streets." The final image that took over three days of shooting in the streets of Eureka Springs, was created 100% from exposures captured "in camera" then overlaid to create the finished product. Jeremy explained, "All of the elements were created in the physical world with long exposures, gelled LED lights and stencils with a process called light painting."

Jeremy will receive $250 in prize money and his design will be used for the official May Festival poster and in other promotional materials and festival ads.

Jeremy moved to  Eureka Springs two-and-one-half-years-ago and quickly became entrenched in the arts community. As the Elite International Photographer, he has traveled the globe shooting for numerous clients that include world-class hotels and resorts. He has shot numerous production stills for performers from Branson to Las Vegas. His work can be seen at JMcGraw

The May Festival poster is a highly collected "art piece" and Jeremy's poster is number twenty-five in the series. Congrats to Jeremy.


 Mardi Gras in Eureka Springs.....


artigras mask 2012The Third Annual Artigras Art Show will take place February 20 (Lundi Gras Day) at Caribe Restaurant, Highway 62 West, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Work by sixteen artists will be on display during a reception from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The art will feature Mardi Gras and/or risque themed work.

   Along with the original pieces, several artists will display hand-painted and decorated masks. Both the masks and the art will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public. Snacks and a cash bar will be available.

Artigras artists will include:

Karin Boudet Ford, John Rankine, Rosie Rose, Melodye Purdy, Mary Springer, Jack Miller, Betty Johnson, Drew Gentle, Larry Mansker, Carol Saari, Barbara Kennedy, Jana Robison, Julie Kahn Valentine, Jerri Stevens, Karrie Evenson, and Zeek Taylor.



For other Eureka Springs Mardi Gras events that will include two parades, four balls, a pub crawl, and more, visit EurekaGras

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Peggy Kjelgaard back for a return engagement............

ESSA feb 12 Peggy

The Eureka Springs School of the Arts recently announced that Dr. Peggy Kjelgaard has returned to ESSA as Interim Executive Director. 

Under her former leadership, ESSA enjoyed tremendous growth and progress, and the ESSA Board and staff "anticipate a wonderful year ahead." Peggy was ESSA's Executive Director for five years. She left that position in the fall of 2010  to open Ten White Street, an overnight lodging business in a Victorian home that she restored and decorated with works by Eureka Springs artists. 

Peggy is a member of the Corp du Cavaliers, is the current Krewe of Krazo Queen of Eureka Springs, and has served on the Eureka Springs Mayor's Arts Council.


In annual poll........


It's time once again to vote for Eureka Springs as one of the nations Top Arts Destinations. The annual poll is sponsored by American Style Magazine. Eureka Springs has been in the top twenty-five for the past several years in the small city categories. Last year we were number ten and ranked higher than Carmel, CA, Laguna Beach, CA, and Aspen, CO. Let's hit the top five this year. Please vote by going to


About the Magazine: "AmericanStyle" is a full-color, quarterly consumer magazine focused on contemporary craft, craft collectors and the artists who create studio craft art. Readers explore eclectic lifestyles of artists, elegant homes of craft collectors and features about "the art of creative living." City Arts Tours and small Arts Walks. American Style promotes awareness of the economic and aesthetic contributions that art and craft bring to our homes and communities. Each year, cities compete to be included in AmericanStyle's Top 25 Arts Destinations edition."


Out and about in February and beyond.... 


eureka thyme feb12

Eureka Thyme will host the debut art show of works by Joy Quigley of Eureka Springs. Joy's multi-media portraiture will be featured Saturday, February 11, from noon until 5 p.m. Joy currently is employed as a teacher in the Alpena (AR) school system. She will be present in the gallery during the show to greet visitors and to talk about her work. Eureka thyme Gallery is located at 19 Spring Street, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. For more info visit: EThyme



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Wine Over Water: On the third Friday of each month, museum members are invited to join Crystal Bridges culinary director Case Dighero in Eleven (the museum's restaurant) to discuss and sample unique and flavorful wine from Eleven's wine list. The wine will be accompanied with hors d' oeuvres prepared by executive chef Jacob Harr. The events are open to all members 21 years-old and above. Cost varies from month to month depending on wine selection (January's cost was $25.) Seating is limited and registration is required. Register by emailing  A museum membership not only helps support the museum but allows members to attend events such as Wine Over Water, previews, etc. Membership info can be found here CBMembership 



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The Pallette Art League of Harrison, Arkansas, will host "Open House 2012," Saturday, February 4, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. During the event, guests will have the opportunity to view art, meet artists, win door prizes, enjoy refreshments, and have artists sign the latest volume of "Art and Artisans of the Ozarks" volume two. The Pallette Art League Gallery is located at Yellville Arkansas. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.



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The University of Arkansas is hosting an exhibit in the sUgAR gallery titled US, An Undergraduate Salon, that features work completed by students from the art Department, Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  
US, An Undergraduate Salon will feature drawings, paintings, prints, ceramics, sculptures, photographs and designs created during the Fall 2011 semester. The exhibition will be on display through February 17th, with viewing hours Thursdays from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The gallery is located at 114 West Central, Bentonville, AR. 

For more information about this exhibition, future exhibitions and more, contact sUgAR Gallery by calling 479-273-5305 or by visiting sUgAR 



Non-equilibrium, three-dimensional, dome-shaped drawings by Carol Prusa will be on view through February 17 in the University of Arkansas Fine Art Gallery. From the University: "Prusa's three-dimensional, dome-shaped drawings simultaneously evoke vastness and intricacy, creating a zone of experience in which the language of physicists and mathematicians might describe the mystical. Employing a range of media that spans centuries, from silverpoint to fiber optics, Prusa conjures the ever-shifting boundaries between the finite and the immeasurable, the ordered and the chaotic."

Photo: Latona, silverpoint, graphite, titanium white with acrylic binder on acrylic hemisphere and fiber optics, 30" x 30" x 15" , 2011. Courtesy the artist and Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL.

Carol Prusa is represented by Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco and New York City, and Tinny Contemporary, Nashville. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the country, and is in the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Miami Art Museum, Museum of Art - Ft. Lauderdale, Arkansas Arts Center, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art and Telfair Art Museum. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the South Florida Cultural Consortium (2008), the State of Florida (2008), and the Howard Foundation (through Brown University, 2007). Prusa was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. She lives and works in Florida. Carol Prusa's work can be viewed online at  

The Fine Arts Center is located on the campus of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Hours: Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, from 2 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.



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The Thomas B. Merritt Studio/Gallery will host an exhibition of paintings by Michael Zoller during the month of February. A reception will take place Friday, February 3 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The gallery is located at 124 Midtown Shopping Center in Downtown Bentonville (near the Harts Grocery Store.)

The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. To view Michael's work go to ZOLLER.



Jeanie Hulen's art installation Made in the U.S.A. will be on view in the Walton Arts Center Joy Pratt Markham Gallery from February 2 through April 22. Hulen's installation is comprised of a hand-built terracotta nude. Modeled after the artist's daughter, the girl stands in a contemplative pose surrounded by slip-cast porcelain cars molded from plastic children's toys. walton art feb12

Through integrating everyday materials such as plastic and Astroturf together with traditional fine art media, such as fired clay, Hulen draws attention to the values we assign to different materials. Her use of mundane materials and hand-sewn components that are traditionally associated with "craft" or "woman's work" contrasts with her installation's spare arrangement and surreal hybrid combinations of "high" and "low" materials. Integrating objects such as bows, which we associate with femininity, with toy car forms, which we associate with masculinity, prompt us to consider the ways in which consumer products are gender-coded and even sexualized in our culture.

Jeannie Hulen is Chair of the Department of Art and Associate Professor of Ceramics at the University of Arkansas. For more information about the artist and to view her work visit JHulen  For viewing hours call: and more information call 479-443-5600



Poor Richards Art has re-opened in Rogers in a new location at 101 West Walnut. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit PRA



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Artwork by four members of the Eureka Springs Artists Registry will be on display through March 28th during the 54th Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. The artists with works in the show are Cynthia Kresse, John Robert Willer, Ed Pennebaker, and Zeek Taylor. Willer and Taylor each received an Honorable Mention Award for their entries.  

The Annual Delta Exhibition showcases contemporary works by artists from Arkansas and the six bordering states. More than 900 works were submitted and judged by Tom Butler, executive director of the Columbus Museum in Columbus, GA. From the submissions, fifty-four pieces were selected for the show.

The Arkansas Art Center is located at 501 E. Ninth ST, Little Rock. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the center is free.



 Artwork by Emily Wood will be on display from February 5 through February 24, in the Center for Art Education in Van Buren, AR. Emily Wood is a recent recipient of the prestigious National Museum of Women in the Arts "Women to watch 2010" Arkansas Nominee. Wood's exhibit will help viewers have a greater understanding of why 'art making' is about the discovery of techniques and ideas, but wonderfully about self-discovery.

The center is located at 104 N. 13th St., Van Buren, AR 72956. for more information including visiting hours, visit 


Opportunities await..... 
Watercolor FUNdamentals, Workshop for Youth (6 to 9 years old)
The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will offer a Saturday afternoon class February 4 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. that will explore the basic tools and skills of watercolor painting. Children will start by finding inspiration in the Museum's galleries, and then explore color mixing, blending, and texture tips and techniques back in the studio. For more information and to register, visit WCworkshop The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is located in Bentonville Arkansas. Info at CB
 Essa Feb 12The Eureka Springs School of the Arts is offering a special $50 discount for any five day workshop by registering before March 1. ESSA's 2012 Workshop schedule and registration is now available on the school's new website at ESSAweb Workshops will begin April 2 with "Expressive Drawing" with Ariston Jacks of Little Rock, "Antler Basketry" with returning instructor Jill Choate, "Stained Glass' with Cheri Bohn, and "Beginning Metalsmithing" with Lyla Allison. Session Two kicks off April 9th with Rebecca J. Becker's popular workshop, "Pastel Mastery". During this period new instructor Victoria Marshall will teach "Art & Craft Paper Beadmaking" based on her eco-friendly ideals. For more information, call 479-253-5384.



Artists and crafters who wish to submit work for evaluation to be sold in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Store may request a submission form by emailing Barbara Lenhardt at   The process for review of artisan craft for the store will require submittal of images (JPG or PDF format, no files over 2MB) or website for initial evaluation. Images may also be sent in hardcopy by mail. Regional craft submissions will be reviewed by jury process for fit with the direction of the store; with other merchandise already in store; and with planned merchandise. Due to the high level of requests, Crystal Bridges Museum Store cannot respond to all requests.

edward robison feb12

Edward Robison of The Sacred Earth Gallery will host the Prairie Fire Experience Photography workshop at the Flying W Ranch, Cedar Point, Kansas. This workshop is for all skill levels and will begin on Friday March 30, and will conclude on Sunday afternoon April 1.

iPhone & iPad Photographers Seminar: Edward will be joined by his wife Jana, and son Ethan to conduct a workshop for iPhone photographers. The iPhone & iPad Photographers Seminar will be held Sunday March 18th in the Oread Hotel, Lawrence, Kansas. For more details or to register for either workshop please visit: Workshops  The Sacred Earth Gallery is located on 15845 HWY 62 West, Eureka Springs, AR.




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Entry submission forms are now available for artists who would like to show in the Downtown Eureka Springs Arts Fair. The Fair will take place May 11 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. and May 12 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Applicants to the juried event must reside in Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton, or Washington Counties in Arkansas. The show will take place in Basin Spring Park and on nearby Center Street. Booth spaces are 10'x10' and the booth fee is $25. The fee should accompany the application. If accepted, the fee is non-refundable. If not accepted, the booth rental fee will be returned. Deadline to apply is April 1 (postmarked by that date.) For more information or to request a PDF downloadable entry form: E-mail:  or Phone: 479-253-1839


Deadline extended to February 15: Only seven spaces remain

Artists may still submit designs to be considered for inclusion in the Eureka Springs Art Park. The new Eureka Springs Art Park will be similar to a previous exhibit, The Artery, that was developed and curated by Charlotte Buchanan from 2005 until 2011. The exhibit will consist of art and photography panels attached to the concrete wall in the First Street parking area.

The art-panels will be two-dimensional and may be rendered in any weather resistant media including photography. Artists living and/or exhibiting in the counties of Carroll, Benton, Madison, and Washington are invited to submit a scaled design for consideration for the Art Park. The panels may be either four by eight feet, or four by four feet, and submitted designs should be scaled in proportion (example, 4x8 inches or 4x4 inches.) The theme for the panels will be "Spirit of the Ozarks" as interpreted by the artist. The artwork will remain on view for a period of not less than one-year, and possibly as long as two years. The panels will be offered for sale with the artist receiving 70% of the purchase price. The remaining 30% of sales revenue will go to the Mayor's Arts Council's public art fund. The unveiling of the Art Park will take place May 19 during the May Festival of the Arts. Artists interested in submitting a design for consideration or to receive an information packet, contact Sandy Martin at or call 479-244-6636.



The Arkansas Arts Council is now accepting applications for the Individual Artist Fellowships. Deadline is April 20. This year's categories are novels, painting and music composition (Western classical tradition). ar arts council

Individual Artist Fellowships are unconditional, non-matching awards made directly to individual artists in recognition of their artistic abilities. Awards are based on the creative excellence of works submitted for review and are awarded to a limited number of artists of outstanding talent. For more information, visit ARArtsCO




Artists are invited to submit 2-D artwork in all medias (including photography) to be considered for the CICA Eureka Springs Music Festival program cover and poster design contest. The submitted design should pertain to music, and dark or light space should be left to overlay the following wording: "CICA Eureka Springs Music Festival." "June 11 - July 7, 2012" (and a phone number). The wording does not have to be all in the same area. For design ideas based on the philosophy of the festival, visit CICA

The contest is open to artists residing in the following Arkansas Counties: Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, and Washington. A cash prize will be awarded to the artist who submits the winning entry. An entry fee of $30 will include the showing of each submitted piece in the Eureka Springs Auditorium for a month-long exhibition during the festival. The exhibited art may be marked for sale. The design contest winner will be announced during a reception for all entering artists during the May Festival of the Arts. Art will also be exhibited online for a People's Choice contest. Concert-goers will also vote and the People's Choice winner will be announced on July 7th at the Auditorium. More perks will be announced.

For more information or to request a contest entry form (when available), contact Cheri White at



 The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs has applications available for artists' participation in the Hot Springs Regional Competition Exhibition.  Entry fee is $35 ($25 for FAC members) for one to three artworks. The competion is open to artists 18-years-old or older who reside in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Lousisana, Mississippi, or Tennessee. Thirty to forty works will be selected to be included in the finalist exhibition and the following prizes will be awarded: one $400 Ohio Club Best of Show, two $200 Merit Awards, and two $100 Honorable Mention Awards. The jurors are University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff instructors Henri Linton,chairman of the art department and Husny Dahlan, assistant professor of art. Entry deadline is February 11. Artists can download the prospectus from  at FA Center or email  for more information about the competition.



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2012 Artist Workshop Schedule, Hot Springs Artist Workshops:

will include Robert Burridge, April 30 to May 4, New Master program, $625; Daryl Urig, May 14 to 17, Oil & Acrylic Painting Knives, $425; Sue Archer, May 28 to 31,Commanding Color & Design- W/C$500; and Shirley Blake, June 4 to 8, All About Abstract- W/C & Acrylic, $425.

Also scheduled will be Fused Glass Jewelry One-Day-Workshops to be held the first Tuesday of each month beginning in April with instructor Patricia Collins. Class time for the one-day worhops will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will cost $125, materials and tools included. Each student will create 8 to 10 complete pieces of jewelry.Class size is limited to four students. A $50 deposit will be required a week before class date to hold place.

As to date, three Fall Workshops have been scheduled that will include Kathy Stone, Sept. 24 to 28, Making a Masterpiece Pouring- W/C- $425; Cathy Taylor, Oct. 15 to 19, Mixed Media -$450; and Richard Stephens,Oct. 22 to 25, Watercolor With Passion- $450. For more info, visit HotSpringsGallery


The National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Japan Friendship Commission: The U.S/Japan Creative Artists' Program will provide support for up to five outstanding contemporary or traditional artists from the United States to spend a three-month residency in Japan. Eligible applicants are architects, choreographers, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, visual artists, or solo theater artists who work with original material (including puppeteers, storytellers and performance artists). Multidisciplinary artists and artistic directors of theater or dance companies are also eligible.

Selected artists will receive: A grant award in the amount of $20,000 to cover housing, living, and professional expenses and up to $2,000 for round trip transportation for the artist.

The next deadline for this program is March 1, 2012 for residencies in 2013. Additional information, including guidelines and the application, can be found at



Northwest Technical Institute:

Classes by professional photographer Diana Hausam are as follows: 

Basic Photoshop, (4 weeks) Tuesdays 6-9, March 27-April 17; Fine Art Photography, (4 weeks) Tuesdays 6-9, May 1- May 22; and Pricing, Promoting and Presenting your Photography, (4 weeks) Wednesdays 6-9, May 2-May 23.

Individual Instruction from Diana is also available: $25 per hour for 1 person, $35 per hour for 2 people, $45 per hour for 3 people.

The Northwest Technical Institure is located at 709 SO Old Missouri RD, Springdale, Arkansas. For more info click Workshop 

   Lynn Ponto-Peterson, registry member from Mt Pleasant, Arkansas, recently won Best of Show at the 37th Annual Miniature Art Society of Florida International Miniature in Fine Art Show. This exhibition is the largest miniature fine art show in the world with over 800 accepted entries from artists worldwide. Lynn won with her piece titled "The Nutmeg Lantern" (pictured) that measures 3 x 3 inches.  Lynn Peterson, feb12

   Prior to that win, Lynn won the USA Award at the 78th Annual International Exhibit of Fine Art in Miniature as well as second in Opaque Watercolor. This exhibition took place in Washington DC and is the second largest miniature show in the USA featuring over 700 acepted entries from around the globe.

The pieces primarily at the international shows have to be 25 square inches or under, and be considered miniature masterpieces with all the composition, feel and detail of larger classical paintings. Congrats to Lynn. To view her work, visit Lynn'sArt





 cb overlook feb12

Throughout most of the construction process for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR, an elevated wooden observation deck provided pedestrians on the Crystal Bridges Trail with a view of the work in progress. Today, that deck is being dismantled because a new permanent overlook has opened on Crystal Bridges Trail. The new overlook offers panoramic views of the museum, as well as seating and landscaping.


The new overlook, made possible in part by support from Bob and Marilyn Bogle of Bentonville, is now open to the public. It provides a multi-level stone seating area on the west side of the ravine that surrounds the museum, just north of the site of the old observation deck. The overlook, which was designed by Crystal Bridges Director of Trails and Grounds Scott Eccleston, features two curved stone seating areas that offer views of the museum campus to both the north and south. The structure's organic shape is meant to complement the curved architecture of the museum's buildings, which were designed by Moshe Safdie.

"Moshe Safdie's building was a response to nature," Eccleston commented. "I gave nature's response back to Moshe Safdie."

The curved seating is created from three types of stone that graduate from natural boulders, which form the base, through rough-cut stone to smooth, refined flagstone for the back and seating. The structure is integrated into the natural hillside and surrounded by redbud and dogwood trees.

"We wanted it to feel like it grew out of the site," Eccleston said. "We want visitors to be able to sit in a different spot each day and get a different view of the museum."

The new overlook is accessible via a natural surface trail that connects to the Crystal Bridges Trail. The trail is also accessible from the parking and public rest area located on N.E. A Street.

For more information on Crystal Bridges Trails and Grounds, visit the museum's website:




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