Conway is home to three major colleges with rapidly developing art programs, a vibrant downtown and a bustling community.By Amy Gordy
Art Experience Inc. of Conway
This frame shop also carries original work and prints by local and regional artists.
1027 Front St., Ste. 3, 603-918-9237, artexperienceinc.com.
Art on the Green
This space features a new collection of local artists’ creations in its 3,000-square-foot gallery every three months. In addition to the gallery space, it also hosts community art classes and lectures.
1100 Bob Courtway, Ste. 1, 501-205-1922, artonthegreen.net.
Baum Gallery at the University of Central Arkansas
This university-run, educational art museum features hand-selected national and international touring exhibitions as well as juried student shows. It is always free and open to the public. 201 Donaghey Ave., McCastlain Hall, 501-450-5793, uca.edu/art/baum/about.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Toad Suck Daze
More than 160,000 visitors will experience downtown Conway during this celebrated three-day event. There is something for everyone with carnival rides, a petting zoo, food, live music, arts and crafts and tons of vendors set up selling their unique handmade wares. toadsuck.org.
This annual event happens in downtown Conway each October to bring together and highlight the local art community. You’ll find public art, live music, theater and dance groups, food trucks, and hands-on art activities for all ages. artsinconway.org/artsfest.
Park Hill Home
Park Hill Home is a great place to find artistic inspiration. It’s filled with a collection of nostalgia-filled home decor items and accessories with a subtle rustic touch. Find anything to outfit your studio or home, including many exclusive antique reproductions, and home fragrances and candles produced in The Natural State. 1011 E. Oak St., 501-358-3537.
Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre
Experience the work of Shakespeare live with the state’s only professional Shakespeare company. At its annual summer festival, the company produces a selection of Shakespeare’s work and other well-known plays. It hires national talent, and has been featured in the New York Times. Brush up on your Bard talk before the 2017 season begins on June 9. 866-810-0012, arkshakes.com.
TAKE A CLASS
Blackbird Academy of Arts
This nonprofit organization is dedicated to delivering art education to the community. It offers classes for children, teens and adults in creative writing, dance, film, music, sewing, theater and visual arts. Its educational space is comprised of 10,000 square feet with separate spaces for music, art, writing, dance and more. 1058 Front St., Ste. 102, 501-336-8200, blackbirdacademy.org.