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 - Found object metal art by Tom Flynn. Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
For more information about the artists, please visit this site (PDF).
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 - Nathan McLeod and Trio De Janeiro. Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
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.
The splash park was another popular destination for kids. Bentonville, Ark. June 10, 2011
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.