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article imageArt studio hosts ‘Angel Fest’ to benefit children’s charities Special

By Kay Mathews     Nov 16, 2010 in Entertainment
Terra Studios in Arkansas hosted a two-day event featuring local women musicians and introduced “Grace & Gratitude” glass angels in order to support a variety of area children’s charities.
Terra Studios hosted Angel Fest Nov. 13 and 14. Angel Fest benefited local charities dedicated to helping children and families in Northwest Arkansas. For $10 attendees enjoyed the talents of local women musicians who sang and played everything from jazz to country to reggae.
The amazing musicians included Susan Shore (folk), Bonnie Turner (jazz), Leah Spears (blues), Meagan White (country), Bryn Bowen Cox (Celtic harp), and many others. The music benefit was held in the new Terra Studios Event Center.
Jazz performance by Bonnie Turner at Angel Fest.  Terra Studios.  Fayetteville  Ark.  Nov. 13  2010.
Jazz performance by Bonnie Turner at Angel Fest. Terra Studios. Fayetteville, Ark. Nov. 13, 2010.
The two-day event was a fund-raiser for the following charities: CASA of NWA, Samaritan Community Center’s Snackpack Program, Children’s Safety Center, NWA Children’s Shelter, Children’s Advocacy Center, Children’s House, and Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families.
Terra Studios, located near Fayetteville, Ark., was established in 1975 and is the home to the famous Bluebird of Happiness. Described as a “wonderland of art and creativity,” Terra Studios features works of regional artists, sculpture gardens, galleries, fountains, and much more.
Bluebird of Happiness at Terra Studios.  Fayetteville  Ark.  Nov. 13  2010.
Bluebird of Happiness at Terra Studios. Fayetteville, Ark. Nov. 13, 2010.
A sculpture garden at Terra Studios.  Fayetteville  Ark.  Nov. 13  2010.
A sculpture garden at Terra Studios. Fayetteville, Ark. Nov. 13, 2010.
Works by regional artists for sale at Terra Studios  Muse Gallery.  Fayetteville  Ark.  Nov. 13  201...
Works by regional artists for sale at Terra Studios' Muse Gallery. Fayetteville, Ark. Nov. 13, 2010.
In addition to the music benefit, Terra Studios introduced “Using art to create a better world with Grace & Gratitude.” Ten percent of angel sales go toward supporting the nonprofit organizations mentioned above.
 Grace & Gratitude  Angels at Terra Studios.  Fayetteville  Ark.  Nov. 13  2010.
"Grace & Gratitude" Angels at Terra Studios. Fayetteville, Ark. Nov. 13, 2010.
According to Terra Studios, the glass furnaces used there are fired by natural gas and are a continuous feed two-chambered design. The front chamber or working chamber is usually run at 1900-2000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Visitors watch glassmaker at Terra Studios.  Fayetteville  Ark.  Nov. 13  2010.
Visitors watch glassmaker at Terra Studios. Fayetteville, Ark. Nov. 13, 2010.
The glass itself is composed of about 63 percent pure silica sand, 23 percent soda ash, 1 percent dolomitic limestone and five other minor ingredients. To achieve the various colors of glass products, metal oxides are added in small amounts to the batches as they are being mixed. For example, black copper oxide is used for the blue and erbium for the pink.
Terra Studios is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, visit this website.
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