Fayetteville, Arkansas treasures its public green spaces, recognizing the extraordinary value of designating locations throughout the community for people to freely connect with the outdoors. A recent partnership between two local residents—land owner Cary Arsaga and pocket park artist and visionary Jimmy Glen—has resulted in a new place for anyone to visit, enjoy, and even heal.
This summer brings a truly unique opportunity for three very different artists with strong Fayetteville, Arkansas ties to exhibit their work in conjunction with a highly anticipated and well-known immersive, psychedelic-surrealist art installation by Wayne Coyne, lead singer of rock band The Flaming Lips. Contributing to a group exhibition alongside the installation of King’s Mouth are local artists Kat Wilson, Dillon Dooms and Sasha Rayevskiy.
The No. 1 best-selling author of 2019 will be visiting the Fayetteville Public Library!
Delia Owens, author of the best-selling novel "Where the Crawdads Sing," will visit the Fayetteville Public Library on Saturday, July 20, from 3-4:30 p.m. The novel is a mystery, a love story and a courtroom drama.
There’s a long, storied history of great music being performed over the decades in Fayetteville, Arkansas. A good number of legends have graced the stages of a community that has always attracted more attention from well-known artists than the population would imply—and some of the very best came to play the one and only Rockwood Club.
Oh, lovely Thai food, that beautifully balanced, tantalizing combination of salty, sweet, sour and bitter...ranging from sinus-clearing spicy to delicately flavored. Thai meals are made for group sharing and experimenting with wonderful fresh flavors—plus any leftovers only improve overnight for a next-day snack. Fayetteville is full of authentic Thai restaurants to satisfy even the most seasoned (pun intended) foodie, and we’ve got several to recommend.
Art Ventures, a dynamic visual arts gallery committed to collaboration with the community and supporting artists working to the highest standards, is showcasing beautiful exhibitions in June and July. In keeping with the organization’s mission to provide accessibility to under-represented communities, these exhibitions offer diverse viewpoints through the work of Brazilian artist Eloa Jane Pereira and a range of pieces created by multiple Islamic artists.
Fayetteville has long enjoyed a reputation of offering some solid dining options for those who embrace a plant-based diet. While most local restaurants do offer or are willing to adapt their offerings to include vegetarian or vegan fare, there are a number of independent kitchens that really show the veggie love.
If you’re wondering where to find the prettiest spots in town, one location that easily lands near or at the very top of anyone’s list is the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. There are countless reasons to make frequent visits to this Fayetteville gem, with its twelve themed gardens and the region’s only butterfly house—but you might not realize one of the best excuses to come to the BGO is for the fun and FREE Terrific Tuesday Nights that take place throughout the summer season.
Open to the public at no charge on Tuesday evenings during the months of June through August, the garden staff welcomes the community to family-friendly programming to celebrate beautiful summer nights. The gate is open from 5 to 8 p.m., and evenings featuring concerts wrap up at or before 9 p.m.
If you’re a seasoned art lover and connoisseur—or perhaps you’re a curious newcomer to visual arts appreciation—a stop at the Fenix Fayetteville home gallery is a great place to enjoy a range of creative expression by a community of talented artists. The juried artistic standards at Fenix are high and the perspectives are fresh, both in the exhibition gallery and the studio space where member artists regularly hold classes and workshops for all ages.
Throughout the months of June and July 2019, Fenix presents “Our Universe,” an artistic response to the Walton Art Center’s Artosphere Festival theme of Space. The public is cordially invited to visit a special gallery exhibition and view temporary installations, as well as take part in workshops, attend readings and hear unique musical performances. Here are a few highlights, and more events will be announced, so be sure to check the festival webpage for evolving details.
There are a handful of true institutions which contribute substantially more than their share to help keep the funky in Fayetteville—and one of those places is Flying Possum Leather. Established in 1976, this wonderful shop is committed to creating and selling custom items at a time when mass production has nearly overtaken the artistry and craftsmanship of handmade leather work.
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