Eureka Springs Celebrates the Arts in May
Every May, Eureka Springs shines a spotlight on the arts with a month-long festival that celebrates the visual, performing, and even edible arts. May Festival of the Arts showcases more than 350 working artists that live in the community. Because of the length of the festival and the many venues available, every artist in the city has an opportunity to show. Each day of the entire month has something happening.
Colorful, quirky, energetic and sometimes surprising, the ArtRageous Parade is the traditional kick-off for the festival. It will roll down Spring Street beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. Grand Marshal Eleanor Lux will lead the stream of floats, art cars, walkers, dancers, musicians, jugglers and more.
Gallery strolls, usually only held the second Saturday evening of each month, are scheduled for every Saturday evening in May. In addition to free refreshments at participating galleries, each gallery stroll will also include special artists’ receptions and shows.
One of the month’s most festive and well-attended events is the annual White Street Studio Walk, which takes place from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Historic White Street is the working addresss of a large number of local artists who welcome the public into their homes and studios to tour, view their latest works and purchase directly from the artist.
The Made by Me Makers Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Eureka Springs Music Park on North Main Street. This day of festivities will include artists’ booths, food vending, spoken word performances, and music on the North Main Music Park stage.
Both culinary and fine arts will be on display this month during “A Taste of Art.” Eureka Springs’ restaurants will host local artists and their works while tempting the public with their cuisine.
For more information about the Eureka Springs May Festival of the Arts and a VERY full calendar of events, visit http://www.eurekaspringsfestivalofthearts.com and their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/EurekaSpringsMayFestivaloftheArts.