Artosphere returns May 4-20
May, 2017

Artosphere returns May 4-20

Artosphere: Arkansas' Arts and Nature Festival returns May 4 - 20, 2017.

The festival presented by the Walton Arts Center celebrates artists influenced by nature, who inspire us to live more sustainable lives.

Below is a complete schedule for all Artosphere events in Northwest Arkansas. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call 479-443-5600.

Artosphere Festival: Glacial Shifts, Changing Perspectives: Works by Diane Burko

Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville
Opening reception May 4, 5-7 pm (on display thru Sept. 30) | Admission: FREE

Internationally recognized artist Diane Burko creates large-scale paintings and photographic series that document glacial melt and other dramatic changes caused by global warming. Working in the intersection between science and art, Burko captures the beauty and grandeur of vast mountain landscapes and highlights some of the profound transformations taking place in our environment.

Artosphere Festival: Manual Cinema's Lula del Ray
Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall, Fayetteville
Thursday, May 4, 7 pm | Tickets: $10

Performed with vintage overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette and live music, Lula del Ray tells the story (almost entirely without dialogue) of an adolescent girl who lives with her mother in the middle of the desert. After a chance encounter over the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with a soulful country music duo and decides to run away from home. Inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline, Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story, exploring the themes of loneliness, femininity and the iconography of the 1950s and ‘60s Americana through live cinematic shadow puppetry.

Artosphere Festival: Compagnia TPO’s The Painted Garden
Walton Arts Center, Starr Theater, Fayetteville
Saturday, May 6, 11 am, 2 pm, 4 pm | Tickets: $10

Celebrated Italian children's theater company Compagnia TPO has become known for their visual, emotional and immersive theater that crosses the border between art and play. In The Painted Garden, dancers, performers and the audience itself interact with four virtual landscapes each linked to a different color and inspired by painter Rebwar Saeed's memories of his childhood in Kurdistan. The audience is led into a digitally created world of astonishing sounds and images, where every movement made alters the visual display as the gardens burst into bloom and life. This extraordinary performance will take children on a mesmerizing exploration of culture and space – discovering that their actions and dialogue create a response, which evolves into a shared artistic experience.

Artosphere Festival: MOMIX Opus Cactus
Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall, Fayetteville
Sunday, May 7, 7 pm | Tickets: $15-45

Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty for more than 20 years, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists celebrated for its ability to conjure up a world of surrealistic images using creative props, costumes, lights, shadows and the human body. Inspired by the flora, fauna and simple magic of the American Southwest, this multimedia experience brings the Sonoran Desert to life, creating dynamic images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers. With visual splendor, wit and sheer physical daring, Opus Cactus will leave you breathless.

Artosphere Chapel Music Series: Dover Quartet: An Evening of Beethoven
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville
Tuesday, May 9, 7 pm | Tickets: $10

Noted for their “exceptional interpretive maturity and tonal refinement,” the Dover Quartet returns to Northwest Arkansas to perform for a seventh season as founding principal musicians in the Artosphere Festival Orchestra. One of the most in-demand ensembles in the world and dubbed “the young American string quartet of the moment” by The New Yorker, the Dover Quartet will kick off this year’s Chapel Music Series with a special all-Beethoven performance in the stunning St. Paul’s chapel in Fayetteville.

Artosphere Chapel Music Series: Claire Lynch
Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, Bella Vista
Thursday, May 11, 6:30 pm | Tickets: $10

Artosphere welcomes Grammy® nominee and IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Claire Lynch to Northwest Arkansas. Long at the forefront of women pushing bluegrass boundaries, Lynch’s soulful songs have been recorded by Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea and others. Lynch’s stellar ensemble promises to deliver a comprehensive performance including tender country ballads, hard driving bluegrass, swing and even some Southern Appalachian clog dancing.

Artosphere Festival Orchestra: Live from Crystal Bridges: Mozart in the Museum
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Great Hall, Bentonville
Friday, May 12, 8 pm | Tickets: $40

From the Great Hall of the world-class Crystal Bridges museum in Bentonville, the AFO performs an exceptional all-Mozart program showcasing the musical talents the orchestra’s principal Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn and Oboe players as featured soloists. This performance will be broadcast live on KUAF 91.3 FM Public Radio. Seating is limited.

Trail Mix: Square to Square
Locations throughout Northwest Arkansas
Saturday, May 13, 8 am to 3 pm | FREE

Join us for a festive day of fresh air and free entertainment with artists and musicians along the Razorback Regional Greenway. The day kicks off with a bike decorating celebration in the Walton Arts Center West Avenue Parking Lot, then moves north to Lake Fayetteville and on to Shiloh Square in downtown Springdale. Next, the fun continues at the Mercy Trailhead in Rogers, and then on to the final destination of Lawrence Plaza just off the Bentonville square with a parade commemorating the Razorback Greenway’s second birthday and more. Adding to the excitement, Saturday’s Trail Mix coincides with the annual Square 2 Square Bike Ride, which also takes place along the Greenway (fee and registration required for the S2S ride).

Artosphere Chapel Music Series: Live from Crystal Bridges: Dover Quartet
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville
Saturday, May 13, 4 pm | Tickets: $25

The internationally acclaimed Dover Quartet will present an afternoon of exquisite entertainment in the Great Hall of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Promising to be one of the true highlights of the 2017 Artosphere Festival, this performance will feature works by Mozart and Britten, and the world premiere of Four Miniatures for String Quartet by Richard Danielpour, commissioned for the Dover Quartet by Walton Arts Center for Artosphere. This concert will be recorded live for delayed broadcast on KUAF 91.3 FM Public Radio. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 22.

Artosphere Festival: The Way Back Home
Walton Arts Center, Starr Theater, Fayetteville
Sunday, May 14, 2 pm, 4 pm | Tickets: $10

When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do: he flies into outer space. Millions of miles from Earth, the plane begins to sputter and quake. The fuel tank is empty, and the boy must execute a daring landing on the moon. But as it turns out, he is not alone up there.

Trail Mix: Walker Park
Walker Park, Fayetteville
Sunday, May 14, 5 pm to 8 pm | FREE

On Sunday, from 5-7pm, Trail Mix comes to Fayetteville’s Walker Park with artists and musicians performing at various locations along the park’s beautiful trails. At 7pm, stick around for the outdoor spectacle of Squonk Opera’s Cycle Sonic, featuring giant, animated human-powered stages propelled by original chamber rock music! See Artosphere App or website for details.

Artosphere Festival Orchestra: Mendelssohn In Scotland
Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall
Wednesday, May 17, 7 pm | Tickets: $10

More than 90 premier musicians from around the world come together for a series of truly inspired orchestral performances under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Corrado Rovaris. This concert features Felix Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Symphony No. 3 “Scottish,” and Johannes Brahms’ Variations on a theme by Haydn.

Artosphere Festival: AFO: Off the Grid
Downtown/Dickson Entertainment District, Fayetteville
Thursday, May 18, 7 pm | FREE

Settle in or move around your favorite local pubs and other gathering places around Fayetteville’s Downtown/Dickson entertainment district as Artosphere Festival Orchestra musicians perform casual “pop-up concerts” for your listening pleasure. Download the Artosphere App for an up-to-date list of pop-up concerts.

Artosphere Festival: John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville
Friday, May 19, 6 pm | Admission: FREE

Grammy Award®-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion returns to Northwest Arkansas to perform John Luther Adams’ expansive work Inuksuit. The title refers to the Stonehenge-like structures in the Arctic that the Inuit people used as navigation markers. Inspired by the stones, Adams composed rhythmic layers within this massive, mobile community performance to represent the structures. Written for 9 to 99 musicians, Third Coast Percussion is currently recruiting community performers for this outdoor evening performance.

Artosphere Festival: The Man Who Planted Trees
Presented by Puppet State Theatre of Ireland
Walton Arts Center, Starr Theater, Fayetteville
Saturday, May 20, 11 am, 2 pm | Tickets: $10

This multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. As much a touching tale as it is a hilarious puppet show, The Man Who Planted Trees shows us the difference one man (and his dog) can make to the world.

Artosphere Festival Orchestra: Artosphere Festival Finale
Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall
Saturday, May 20, 8 pm | Tickets: $10

More than 90 premier musicians from around the world come together for a series of truly inspired orchestral performances under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Corrado Rovaris. This concert features Luciano Berio’s Quattro versioni originali della “Ritirata notturna di Madrid,” Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 and Avner Dorman’s Frozen in Time Percussion Concerto featuring Malavika Godbole.

Artosphere Chapel Music Series: The Séamus Egan Project
Chapel Ruins at Sassafras Springs Vineyard, Springdale
Tuesday, May 16, 6:30 pm | Tickets: $10

Experience the flavor of traditional Irish music by leading composer and interpreter Séamus Egan in the inspirational setting of Sassafras Springs’ old Chapel Ruins. A founding member of the seminal band Solas, Egan, along with his special musical guests, will delight with highlights from his immense and influential catalog of music as well as new music exploring the far reaches of Irish tradition.

Additional Info

  • Event date: Thursday, 04 May 2017
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