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Eurekans gear up for 24th annual May Festival of the Arts

Robert Norman's entry was chosen as the winning poster
Robert Norman's entry was chosen as the winning poster
Robert Norman

Plein Air Paint-Out: will be held May 20th in Eureka Springs during the May Festival of the Arts. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, HWY 23 SO, followed by painting on location from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Lunch and a critique session will take place from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. There will be a ten dollar pre-registration fee. The event is sponsored by First United Methodist Church and "Plein Air Painters of Eureka Springs." For more information: call Jody Stephenson at 479-363-9209 or on the web at

My Secret Eureka, a photography stroll led by professional photographer Susan Storch, will take place May 6th from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The stroll will begin at the Crescent Hotel and end at the downtown trolley depot. Participants will photograph details along the way that will include gargoyles, fences, and florets. There will be a $15 fee to participate. For more information call Susan Storch at 479-253-787

Artrageous ParadeApplications are now available for participation in the Annual May Festival of the Arts Artrageous Parade. Organizers are seeking

costumed walkers and walking groups; floats by individuals, businesses, and organizations; bands, and more, to join the parade that will wind down Spring Street, May 7th at 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. Entry forms are available at the Eureka Springs Visitors Center in the Pine Mountain Shopping Center on Highway 62 East or may be downloaded online at To receive an entry form via emil: Deadline for enteries is April 30th. This popular event offers great exposure and photo ops for participants. Please note that automobiles (other than those pulling floats) must be decorated to participate. For additional information contact Lorna Trigg Hirsch at

Strut your stuff and Think ARTRAGEOUS!

Downtown Eureka Springs Art Fair Application forms are available for participation in the Downtown Eureka Springs Art Fair (formerly "Art in the Park") to be held May 13th from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and May 14th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Selected exhibitors will set up 10' by 10' booths in Basin Spring Park or on nearby Center Street. Set up will be Friday, May 13th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. (vehicles must be removed from loading zones by noon.) Overnight security will be provided. The juried show is open to visual artists residing in Carroll, Boone, Benton, Madison, Newton, and Washington Counties. Booth fee for the two day event will be $25. Fee will be returned if applicant is not accepted. There is no jury fee. Only hand-made original work may be displayed at the show (no made for market items.) Show organizers will determine booth locations. Application forms may be submitted by mail (prints or digital images on CD) or via email. Three photographs of works and one booth shot will be required. Entrys must be postmarked no later than April 1st.For more information contact Barbara Robinson at 479-253-1839 or email To request an application form, contact Edward Robison at or download entry form as PDF at

Poster Winner

The coveted poster design contest award is now in it's 24th year and the posters are highly sought by collectors, many who have posters dating from 1987. Robert Norman's poster design was selected as the winning entry in the Eureka Springs 2011 May Festival of the Arts Poster Design Contest. The original design, rendered in Ink and watercolor, will be used in festival ads and promos. While explaining the concept behind his illustration, Robert stated, "I see Eureka in an atmosphere unlike the surrounding area," and to illustrate this, he put the city underwater. The image depicts playful interpretations of several iconic Eureka Springs landmarks including one of the town's trolleys that the artist describes as, "Bass Transit." The snail bearing Bluegill fish represents, "Eureka time," and the added vegetation pays homage to the town's "Tree City" status.After rendering the work in ink and enhancing with watercolors, Robert transferred the image into a computer to fine tune the final design, and he used the computer to do some final drawing. He considers using traditional art techniques combined with modern technology, "a hybrid of the two disciplines, the old and the new working together to make something great, just like Eureka Springs."


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