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article imageFamily fun at Artsfest with visual arts, music, food, and more Special

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By Kay Mathews     Jun 14, 2011 in Arts
Bentonville - For a full week residents of, and visitors to, Bentonville, Arkansas, were treated to a wide array of fun events and art in all of its forms and fashions as part of ArtsFest.
Bentonville's ArtsFest was held in locations across the city from June 3rd - June 11th. The June 3rd First Friday events kicked-off the week with a focus on emerging artists, and according to Downtown Bentonville, Inc.,the event flowed into Saturday "with the Bentonville Farmers Market, Sunday with a special brunch, events throughout the weekend and then culminates into the juried art show, live music and so much more on Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June 11th."
Dozens of events featuring culinary arts, visual arts, literary arts, theatre, film and music were scheduled (PDF) as part of ArtsFest.
Digital Journal arrived on the scene on June 10th as the juried art show was taking place. There were 34 Juried Artists' booths (PDF) on the downtown Bentonville square that evening, along with bands, Art Park on the Square, food vendors, and much more. What could be seen all across downtown Bentonville were families having a lot of fun.
Juried Visual Arts Show
At the artists' booths could be found art ranging from paintings to sculptures to metal art to ceramics. Below are photographs taken at a few of the booths.
Artsfest - Ceramics by Don Nibert.  Bentonville  Ark.  June 10  2011
Artsfest - Ceramics by Don Nibert. Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
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Artsfest - Nathan Beatty stands beside some of his oil and acrylic paintings.  Bentonville  Ark.  Ju...
Artsfest - Nathan Beatty stands beside some of his oil and acrylic paintings. Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
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Artsfest - Oil paintings by Timothy Jones.  Bentonville  Ark.  June 10  2011
Artsfest - Oil paintings by Timothy Jones. Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
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Artsfest - Primitive Influence Glass Studio booth.  Bentonville  Ark.  June 10  2011
Artsfest - Primitive Influence Glass Studio booth. Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
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Artsfest - Acrylic paintings by Barbara Robinson.  Bentonville  Ark.  June 10  2011
Artsfest - Acrylic paintings by Barbara Robinson. Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
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Artsfest - Found object metal art by Tom Flynn.  Bentonville  Ark.  June 10  2011
Artsfest - Found object metal art by Tom Flynn. Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
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For more information about the artists, please visit this site (PDF).
Food
It was a post on Facebook by Crepes Paulette that got me out of my air conditioned home and into the heat. The post noted that Crepes Paulette would be serving brat-crepes (bratwurst wrapped in a sweet crepe). That sounded too good to be true to this reporter, so I decided to investigate! The culinary, and married, team of Fred Henry and Paula Jo Chitty Henry invited me into their food truck for a look and I watched as Paula Jo prepared my "crepe-wurst" as they decided to call it. Suffice it to say, after concluding my investigation, the crepe-wurst was as advertised - delectable!
Artsfest - Fred Henry and Paula Jo Chitty Henry  owners of Crepes Paulette.  Bentonville  Ark.  June...
Artsfest - Fred Henry and Paula Jo Chitty Henry, owners of Crepes Paulette. Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
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Artsfest - Paula Jo Chitty Henry prepares a crepe-wurst for yours truly.  Bentonville  Ark.  June 10...
Artsfest - Paula Jo Chitty Henry prepares a crepe-wurst for yours truly. Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
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I also felt the need to investigate a hot dog stand advertising Nathan's Chicago-style hot dogs. It was dawg-gone good!
Artsfest - Nathan s Chicago-style hot dog (minus pepper and relish) prepared for yours truly.  Bento...
Artsfest - Nathan's Chicago-style hot dog (minus pepper and relish) prepared for yours truly. Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
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Music
Two groups performed on the Walton Arts Center Main Stage during the time I was at ArtsFest: Beyond the Pale and Nathan McLeod and Trio De Janeiro.
Artsfest - Beyond the Pale  quartet with a Celtic twist.  Bentonville  Ark.  June 10  2011
Artsfest - Beyond the Pale, quartet with a Celtic twist. Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
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Artsfest - Nathan McLeod and Trio De Janeiro.  Bentonville  Ark.  June 10  2011
Artsfest - Nathan McLeod and Trio De Janeiro. Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
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Art Park on the Square
At the art park were parents, kids, and friends doing hands-on artwork themselves. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art hosted "Playing with Clay," Sandstories featured scene work in sand, Ribbons & Words explored words through the arts, Creation Station hosted hands-on art projects, and there were Recycle Art Sculpture Workshops.
Artsfest - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art booth.  Bentonville  Ark.  June 10  2011
Artsfest - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art booth. Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
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Artsfest - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art presented Playing with Clay.  Bentonville  Ark.  J...
Artsfest - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art presented Playing with Clay. Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
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Artsfest - Sandstories.  Bentonville  Ark.  June 10  2011
Artsfest - Sandstories. Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
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Families having fun
Families and fun were abundant at Artsfest.  Downtown square  Bentonville  Ark.  June 10  2011
Families and fun were abundant at Artsfest. Downtown square, Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
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The splash park was another popular destination for kids.  Bentonville  Ark.  June 10  2011
The splash park was another popular destination for kids. Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
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A version of Artsfest has been held on the downtown square for the past seven years, but the 2011 event was beyond anyone's expectations. Residents are looking forward to next year's ArtsFest with baited breath.
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