Spend an Artful Weekend in Northwest Arkansas
Image courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Exciting new art is coming to Northwest Arkansas this summer, as Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville prepares to feature work by American sculptor Dale Chihuly.

While Chihuly works mostly with glass, he is also known for using a variety of mediums, including ice, paint and neon. His works will be featured inside the museum’s temporary exhibition gallery as well as outside in the beautiful woods of the Ozarks. Tickets range from $10 to $20 and can be purchased in advance on the Crystal Bridges website.

Planning to visit Northwest Arkansas to see the Dale Chihuly exhibit? Make Fayetteville part of your weekend. The state’s finest galleries, theaters, music venues and much more are all in this charming town, just minutes from Crystal Bridges. Recommended local treasures include The Walton Arts Center, Terra Studios, the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks and the Fayetteville Underground gallery.

For a magical evening, TheatreSquared, located in the downtown entertainment district, is sponsoring the celebrated Arkansas New Play festival in June. Arkansas's flagship festival of bold new plays is bigger than ever, including a fully staged workshop production, three staged readings of brand new works and a host of exclusive behind-the-scenes events. The festival runs from June 16-25, with two full weekends of performances. For a full schedule, visit the TheatreSquared website.

If you're looking for a night on the town, George’s Majestic Lounge on Dickson Street is the center of Northwest Arkansas nightlife. Open since 1927, George’s is the oldest and longest running club and music venue in Arkansas. A favorite with college students, their parents, and even their grandparents, George’s offers an eclectic performance schedule and was recently named one of America’s top 100 music venues. Head to the George's website to see their current line-up of shows and purchase tickets.

Whether you find the bluebird of happiness in an art park in Fayetteville or marvel at the Chihuly exhibit at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, you're sure to find something to treasure in Northwest Arkansas.

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