Region’s Largest Fine Art Showcase will Inspire Again
Ripple Effect Transforms Local Fine Art Showcase into Extraordinary Affair
The Fourth Annual Art on the Creeks on Oct. 3 at Village on the Creeks in Rogers, AR (I-49, Exit 83), has expanded to showcase 60+ artists spanning 5 states and 23 cities. Not to be missed!
A ripple effect. Something spreading. An unintentional movement that sparks a light in those that it surrounds. ThisisArtontheCreeks.
It all started five years ago with an idea inside a warehouse art studio. Several amateur artists from Studio 7 in Rogers, AR, begged their not-so-amateur art teacher to let them host an art show for family and friends, and with that Art on the Creeks was born. Approximately 300 people attended the showing. Artists sold their work, connections and new friendships were made, and there may have been a flaming baton incident. Needless to say, the show was a hit, no one was injured, and the momentum started to build from within the local art community. Cut to a year later, the exhibit became official and moved into Village on the Creeks. Each year since, the show has grown with more art lovers attending, more artists showcasing incredible work in various mediums, and more support given to the local art scene.
Art on the Creeks has transformed year by year into an art event pushing past state lines. This October 3rd from 10-6, the fourth annual Art on the Creeks event will delight art lovers with more fine art than ever before. This juried and free community event will showcase over 60 local and non-local artists from 5 states and 23 cities. Local Northwest Arkansas studios, galleries and organizations including Studio 7, Life Styles Inc., Poor Richards Art Gallery, and Village Art Club of Bella Vista also will have exhibits at the show. The artist count has nearly doubled in the past year and due to a limited number of spaces and so many incredibly talented artists eager to be a part of the show, the jury had to be extremely selective. As a result this show will have an exceptionally high caliber of art that qualifies this year’s Art on the Creeks as one of the best exhibits in Northwest Arkansas.
One of the many ways this show is unique is artists get to participate free of charge. No application fee, no exhibit fee, and the showcase tents are being sponsored by various businesses and art
patrons. Having so many partners step forward to sponsor artists is a testament to the value placed on the continuously growing art culture in the Northwest Arkansas area. Studio 7 and Village on the
Creeks continue to be the main organizers of the show, donating countless hours and funding to ensure a successful event for artists and the community. Arvest Bank and Arvest Private Banking has also stepped up to help by contributing 40 volunteers that will help ensure the event runs smoothly.
This exhibit will have something for every taste, from traditional and classic to modern and edgy and everywhere between. Mediums being showcased include oil, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, colored pencil, pen, collage, digital media, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, woodturning and pottery. To add to the fun Two25 Gallery will be hosting a wine and beer tent and food truck. Also, musical entertainment will be provided by Block Street Hot Club Jazz Band, Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Trilogy Women’s Vocal Trio.
In addition to spreading the art love in our area, two Studio 7 artists will be donating proceeds from their sales at the show to charitable organizations. Marcia Davis has been working on an incredible series of paintings called “Hope in Ethiopia” inspired by her daughter’s Ethiopia mission trip. The expressive oil paintings portray the Ethiopian people in their native settings with beauty, dignity and depth that evokes emotion from a world away. Proceeds will be donated to the “Hope in Ethiopia” ministry that provides for orphans and educates the Zeway community to empower them to take care of their own
children. Cindi Zimmerman’s “Face It” series is inspired by family and friends who’ve been affected by cancer. The two part series includes large acrylic paintings with countless layers resulting in rich imagery, as well as small mixed media pieces symbolizing lessons that surfaced through their subject’s personal journeys with cancer. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, to fund research and support programs for patients threatened by cancer of any kind.
Last year’s Art on the Creeks attendance was estimated at 2,500 and this year’s attendance is expected to reach new heights due to respected reputation from previous years along with increase in artists, sponsors, marketing and the growing community interest in the arts.