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SPEND THE DAY AT THE MUSEUM

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 
600 Museum Way, Bentonville 
479-418-5700, crystalbridges.org 

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a must-see for any avid art-lover. It’s filled with an exceptional permanent collection that spans five centuries of American art, including works from Norman Rockwell, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol and more. Spend hours exploring the walking trails, dine at Eleven Restaurant, tour the Bachman-Wilson house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and pick up a souvenir from the gift shop. Check the online calendar for lectures, classes, events, exhibits and more. 

 

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Walton Arts Center

 ON STAGE 

The WALTON ARTS CENTER offers a variety of fantastic productions. Catch its Broadway series, a concert by a top national act, a family-friendly musical and more. BACKSPACE is a DIY venue offering community arts programming through concerts by local and regional bands, art shows, readings and more. The ARTIST’S LABORATORY THEATRE is a community-driven theater company in Fayetteville that incorporates the audience into each performance at venues throughout the city. THEATRE SQUARED is a year-round company that delivers a theater experience in the intimate 175-seat Nadine Baum Studios. 

 

Artist’s Laboratory Theater 
Fayetteville 
artlabtheatre.com 

Backspace 
541 W. Meadow St. 
Fayetteville 
facebook.com/backspacearts 

Theatre Squared 
505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville 
479-443-5600, theatre2.org 

Walton Arts Center 
495 W. Dickson St. 
Fayetteville 
479-443-5600, waltonartscenter.org 

 DON'T MISS EVENT

WAMPUS WONDERLAND HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW
This exciting new craft show is stepping in to fill the big shoes of The Little Craft Show, which is on hiatus. Sign painter Olivia Trimble, Payton Bridewell and Chad Maupin organized this juried indie craft show hosted at the Washington County Fairgrounds on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The holiday show was born from the Cattywampus Co-Op, an ongoing experiment to bring together local makers to share their work and sell their wares in a mobile market. At the holiday market, look for your favorite crafters, food trucks, entertainment and more! cattywampuscoop.com

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Winter Wonderland Market
 

WINTER WONDERLAND 

This holiday festival spans days throughout November and December in Bentonville. There’s Toyland market that invites vendors to showcase the season’s hottest toys; a holiday lighting ceremony; downtown Christmas parade; and craft-centered Winter Market, which will fill Meteor Guitar Gallery with crafts and designs from local makers on Dec. 3 and 10. downtownbentonville.org/winterwonderland

 

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21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville

BREATHE, EAT & SLEEP ART

21c Museum Hotel 
200 NE A St., Bentonville 
479-286-6500 
21cmuseumhotels.com 

In Bentonville, you can breathe, eat and sleep art when you stay at the 21c Museum Hotel. It’s a 104-room boutique hotel, restaurant and contemporary art gallery in one. Meet the iconic green penguins; dine at The Hive with Chef Matthew McClure, or explore the hotel’s art galleries and discover contemporary works in unexpected places. Don’t miss Virginie Barré’s humorous hanging sculpture, “Fat Bat,” located in the fitness center! 

OZARK TEXTILES

Louise Halsey
On the southern edge of the Ozark Mountains and along the banks of the Little Mulberry River, you’ll find the town of Oark. Near here, weaver Louise Halsey has made her home—with husband and artist Stephen Driver—where she specializes in textile design of rugs woven from hand-dyed wool and cotton strips, and creates primitive-style mixed-media sculptures from wood and woven cloth. The results showcase beautiful use of shape and color to create one-of-a-kind tapestry art. Stop into Little Mulberry Gallery, the couple's gallery. 479-292-1318, louisehalsey.com.

 

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David Adams

Meet the Maker

David Adams is known in Northwest Arkansas as an authority on jewelry design. He learned his craft through nearly 10 years of apprenticing under Italian designer Orlando Feriozzi, from whom he learned hand-forging techniques, and German designer Joseph Sauer, who taught him the art of stone setting. During his time with Feriozzi, he dedicated five years solely to hand forging or fabricating pieces designed in platinum and 18k gold.

“A hand-forged design will last generations, however it is very time-consuming. I am very fortunate to have learned the finest techniques, and to be able continue this time honored tradition,” Adams said.

He moved to Fayetteville in 1992 and started his own shop just off the Fayetteville Square. In May of 1999, he relocated to his current location on the corner of Block and Center streets.

He offers a vast collection of fine jewelry, repair services, custom-design options and an offering of his own David Adams Signature Collection. Here you can find anything from custom wedding bands and engagement rings to delicate necklaces set with precious stones and intricate detail.

David Adams 
100 W. Center St., Fayetteville
479-444-7778, davidadams.com

 

 GALLERIES

There is never a shortage of art on display in Northwest Arkansas. First Thursday is the night to be out and about on the Fayetteville Square for art openings, live music, vendors and food trucks. Check out an eclectic display of art at the student-run University of Arkansas Student Gallery, also known as SUGAR GALLERY, in an exhibition space in downtown Fayetteville. Don’t miss FAYETTEVILLE UNDERGROUND, which showcases regional art with new exhibitions each month, and hosts a variety of community concerts, readings, classes and performances. TERRA STUDIOS is the home of the Bluebird of Happiness and a vast art collection displaying the work of more than 100 artists and crafters. Spend a day exploring their sculpture garden and art gallery, see live demonstrations or participate in an art class. 

 

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Bluebird of Terra Studios

Fayetteville Underground 
101 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville
479-871-2722, fayettevilleunderground.org

Sugar Gallery
1 E. Center St., Fayetteville
479-575-5202, fulbright.uark.edu/deans-office/facilities/sugar-gallery.php

Terra Studios
12103 Hazel Valley, Fayetteville 
479-643-3185, terrastudios.com

Two 25 Gallery and Wine Bar
225 S. Main St., Bentonville
479-464-9463, two25galleryandwinebar.com

 

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Katie Harvell design

A LITTLE RAZORBACK SPIRIT

KATIE HARVELL specializes in small-batch printing with a Woo Pig Sooie flair. Under her brand, The Katie Co., she draws each design by hand before screen printing it one piece at a time. She studied textile design in college and found her artistic flair in the art of screen printing. She has a vast collection of popular kids’ clothing designs, tea towels, pillows, cards and more. You can find her work online in her Etsy shop or at The Anchor in Fayetteville. etsy.com/shop/thekatieco.

 

 SHOPS

There are tons of great boutiques that support local artists and crafters in Northwest Arkansas. On the Fayetteville Square or in downtown Bentonville, stop into THE MUSTACHE GOODS & WEARS for quirky gifts, locally made shirts and accessories, jewelry, cards and more. Wander over to THE ANCHOR for a great selection of home goods, many of which are made by local designers and crafters. THE HANDMADE MARKET on College Avenue has been showcasing the best in handcrafted jewelry, gourmet foods, bath products, apparel and more since it opened in 1996. 

The Anchor
1 E. Center St., Ste. 150
Fayetteville
479-249-8796, shoptheanchor.com

The Copper Pig
1364 E. Augustine Lane, Fayetteville
479-442-3790, thecopperpig.net 

The Handmade Market
1504 N. College Ave.
Fayetteville
479-582-5731, ourhandmademarket.com

Meteor Guitar Gallery
128 W. Central Ave., Bentonville
479-268-1500, meteorguitargallery.com 

The Mustache Goods & Wears
15 S. Block Ave., Ste. 105
Fayetteville
100 NW Second St., Ste. 110
Bentonville
479-295-0739, shopthemustache.com 

Swift’s Jewelry
27 N. Block, Fayetteville
479-442-8062, swiftsjewelry.com 

 

EAT

The farm-to-table movement is spreading through restaurants across the Ozarks. There are so many great restaurants that tout local produce and meat, and even offer delicious artisan cocktails to accompany your meal. FARMER’S TABLE in south Fayetteville supports local farmers to bring fresh meals to customers within the walls of the cozy house-turned-restaurant. BLACKBOARD GROCERY AND EATERY is a curated bodega on Fayetteville’s famed Dickson Street that houses tons of organic and locally made food and drink options as well as a bakery and grab-and-go section. For a one-of-a-kind dining experience, sample the ever-changing menu at HEIRLOOM, a small seasonal restaurant located in a historic building in downtown Rogers. The restaurant serves lunch during the week and dinner on the weekends by reservation only. There’s no place better to find an expertly crafted cocktail and artistic atmosphere than FOXHOLE PUBLIC HOUSE in Bentonville. This eatery and bar serves a limited menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner and an extensive cocktail and coffee menu featuring handcrafted mixers by Pink House Alchemy.

Blackboard Grocery and Eatery
644 W. Dickson St., Ste. 101
Fayetteville
479-443-1479, blackboardgrocery.com

Farmer’s Table
1079 S. School Ave. 
Fayetteville
479-966-4125, thefarmerstablecafe.com

Heirloom 
113 S. Second St.
Rogers 
479-936-8083, heirloomar.com

Foxhole Public House
401 SW A St., Ste. 120
Bentonville
479-715-6351, foxholebentonville.com 

Meet the Maker 

Graphic designer and illustrator Chad Maupin has been in love with graphic novels since he was a kid. He’s been designing for more than 22 years and found inspiration in old comic books, pulp magazines, mid-century advertising and poster design. He’s the force behind Big-Bot Design, which in addition to Maupin’s creative work, also provides graphic design services, illustration and marketing materials.

“The only thing I wanted to be my entire life was a comic book artist. I fell into screen-printing and discovered I really loved it, and actually found a lot of parallels creatively to comics. I never planned on spending my life as a graphic designer but it’s been great,” he said.

He lives in Northwest Arkansas with his family, and spends his time creating new worlds through design. “When I’m designing for Big-Bot, my goal is to create my own worlds I can fill up with ideas such as my FrankeNaut series, or to simply have fun with random inspiration such as my ‘Stranger Things’ pop culture prints.”

In addition to his eye-catching prints, which you can find on his website and in boutiques throughout the state, he also has comic books in the works, and holds true to his company’s mission: to create long-term fans through creativity, innovation and reliability.

 

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Chad Maupin

Meet the Maker 

Graphic designer and illustrator Chad Maupin has been in love with graphic novels since he was a kid. He’s been designing for more than 22 years and found inspiration in old comic books, pulp magazines, mid-century advertising and poster design. He’s the force behind Big-Bot Design, which in addition to Maupin’s creative work, also provides graphic design services, illustration and marketing materials.

“The only thing I wanted to be my entire life was a comic book artist. I fell into screen-printing and discovered I really loved it, and actually found a lot of parallels creatively to comics. I never planned on spending my life as a graphic designer but it’s been great,” he said.

He lives in Northwest Arkansas with his family, and spends his time creating new worlds through design. “When I’m designing for Big-Bot, my goal is to create my own worlds I can fill up with ideas such as my FrankeNaut series, or to simply have fun with random inspiration such as my ‘Stranger Things’ pop culture prints.”

In addition to his eye-catching prints, which you can find on his website and in boutiques throughout the state, he also has comic books in the works, and holds true to his company’s mission: to create long-term fans through creativity, innovation and reliability.

Big-Bot Design
1725 S. Smokehouse Trail, Fayetteville
bigbot.storenvy.com