Justus Fine Art Gallery features Gary Simmons, Kristin DeGeorge, Donnie Copeland & Michael Ashley in July

The July exhibit at Justus Fine Art Gallery will feature a selection of pen and ink drawings by Gary Simmons, along with original prints by Kristin DeGeorge, paintings by Donnie Copeland, and new work by ceramic artist Michael Ashley. The exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, July 1 from 5-9 p.m., in conjunction with the monthly Hot Springs Gallery Walk. The show will be on display from July 1 – 31, 2016.
Gary Simmons is a multifacted artist having worked in numerous media, but it is his pen and ink drawings that he is most known for. His mastery of the use of line is evident in Changing of the Guard, an imaginative piece that features riggings and tattered trappings with hints of bird forms connected by a central mast. Simmons’ drawing entitled Destiny offers a close-up view of dark poles lashed together by fraying cords in a dramatic composition. Simmons is the author of The Technical Pen, considered a “must have” for anyone interesting in learning more about pen and ink techniques. Originally published by Watson Guptill in 1992, the book has been republished by Echo Point Books. Along with an extensive exhibition history and long list of collectors, Simmons recently retired from serving as an art professor at Henderson State University. He has also taught numerous pen and ink workshops throughout the nation at venues including: the Dallas Arts and Crafts Association in Dallas, TX; the National Art Materials Trade Association in Philadelphis, PA and in Arlington, VA; the Flushing Art League in Queens, NY; Allegheny Highland Arts in Clifton Forge, VA: Woodlands Workshop in Vancouver, WA; the Visual Arts Center of NW Florida in Panama City, FL; Rapid City Arts Council in Rapid City, SD; Artist and Display in Milwaukee, WI; the Barnwell Art Center in Shreveport, LA; the Naperville Art League in Naperville, IL; the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, AR; Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR; the Daytona Beach Art League in Daytona Beach, FL; Camp Brook Comer Gallery in Bethel, Vermont; and many others.

Kristin DeGeorge’s mixed media monoprints employ the use of delicate etched lines that suggest barbed wire, chain mail, flags, and armor, along with accents of color and texture in her spare and intriguing compositions. DeGeorge’s work has been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, including Coffee Brea: Tertulia en Imáenes at the U.S. Embassaby in Madrid (1994), Spain; Warriors at Galerîa Hartmann-La Santa in Barcelona (2012); Works on Paper and Metal, de Pata Negra in Madrid (2012), Made in Spain: Weapons of Unwelcome, England Gallery, Arkansas State University, Beebe, AR (2016); Inked Arkansas, work by the Arkansas Society of Printmakers at the Laman Library, North Little Rock, AR (2016); and others.
Donnie Copeland’s painted paper on canvas stria employ strong patterns of line and form which are suggestive of the planted fields and prairie that run along Mississippi and Arkansas, while also bringing in patterns from cultures from throughout the world. Donnie Copeland earned a BA in Studio arts from Ouachita Baptist University and then continued his education at the University of Dallas where he obtained a MFA in painting. Copeland currently serves as Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Ouachita Baptist University where he teaches painting, drawing, and art history.

“Bent curvilinear bands are painted on paper and then affixed to the canvas which in turn serves as a platform for the abstractions. There is a definitive point of distinction between the paper, paint and canvas. Copeland’s paintings suggest cross-sections of ambiguous natural forms or… geological structures and sedimentary materials. Through his investigation of charcoal, acrylic and paper, Copeland’s lyrical strata emerge as both rich and detached. The worked-over surface of the collage elements contradicts the austerity of the pristine canvases.” – Eric Sutphin, Boundary Hunters: Four Parts to Every Story. Exhibit Catalog, 2012.
New work by ceramic artist Michael Ashley will also be featured in the July exhibit at Justus Fine Art Gallery. Growing up in Springfield, Missouri, Ashley spent his childhood playing in rivers, creeks and exploring the complex landscape of the Ozarks. He earned a MFA in ceramics from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS and currently teaches workshops and courses throughout the nation. He also operates a studio and gallery in Tupelo, MS. A prolific artist, Ashley’s work has been widely collected.
“Participating in a sensory overloaded society keeps most of us moving to a beat that discourages insight and quiet appreciation. I strive to create opportunities for people to pause and reflect by adapting functional and utilitarian hand-made objects into moments of serenity and meditation.” – Michael Ashley
Owned by artist Dolores Justus, Justus Fine Art Gallery offers a wide range of original art including sculpture, paintings, ceramics, photography, and more by recognized artists. Opening receptions are held in conjunction with the Hot Springs Gallery Walk held from 5-9 p.m. the first Friday of every month in downtown Hot Springs. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, call 501-321-2335 or visit online at justusfineart.com.

Nichelle Nichols packs the house at Rock City Comic Expo


Nichelle Nichols, famous for her portrayal of Lieutenant Uhura on Star Trek, appeared at River City Comic Expo in Little Rock this past weekend.

Uhura was one of the first African American women on television whose role was not of a servant or slave. Her career has inspired generations of young women including fellow actress Whoopi Goldberg and astronaut Mae Jemison, who in 1992 became the first African American woman to enter space.

During the expo fans had the opportunity to meet the iconic actress at her booth in the showroom. The highlight of her appearance, however, was her question and answer panel Sunday afternoon.

Nichols, who is now in her 80s and walks with the assistance of a cane, entered a packed conference room to standing ovation. Her message was one of compassion and solidarity, and her responses emphasized the importance of collaboration between fans and production in making Star Trek a creative success. Women from every race and generation stood to thank Nichols for her inspiration, and Nichols responded to each with heartfelt gratitude. “The people watching affect you as much as you affect the audience,” she said, and her respect for her fans was apparent in the consideration with which she treated their questions.

The response that struck this author most powerfully was to the question of her favorite memory from making the show. Nichols said that it was the selflessness of the project and the cooperation of her coworkers that has stayed with her the longest. “The character [of Uhura] can’t mean anything in isolation.” She went on to say, “you never know everything; you learn in every show and every script where someone is coming from. You aren’t just talking at another person or at the world, you’re talking with them. You learn from one another.”

Cantrell Gallery to Host “Stop the Presses!”, an exhibit of art by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Staff

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The talented employees of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette return to Cantrell Gallery for the latest edition of “Stop the Presses!” – the art of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.  This is a show you will not want to miss.  We have hosted this group exhibit many times in the past, but it’s been about 6 years since the most recent. We are excited to have this group back. There is much more talent than just what you see in the paper each day!

The show and sale of art by employees of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette will open with a reception on Friday, July 8; 6 – 8:00 pm. Mark your calendar now. Refreshments will be served.  The public is invited.  Come meet the artists!

Exhibiting in the show will be some familiar names from the pages of the newspaper including: John Deering who is editorial cartoonist and creator of the nationally syndicated comics “Zack Hill” and “Strange Brew”; Cary Jenkins, Bridal editor and accomplished photographer; Benjamin Krain, photographer, who has won numerous awards for his photography and has shown at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Delta Exhibtion; John Sykes Jr., chief photographer, specializes in computer art/photography; Celia Storey, editor of Monday Style section which is focused on fitness and health and is a potter; Ron Wolfe, award-winning features writer and works in watercolor & illustration; Nikki Dawes, graphic artist, works in a number of visual mediums including acrylic and digital art; Kirk Montgomery, assistant managing editor for graphics and design, paints in acrylic and oil.

“Stop the Presses!” will continue through September 3 during gallery hours, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Saturday.  Note: Cantrell Gallery will be closed from July 15 at 2:00 – July 18 at 10:00 am.

Please feel free to contact Cindy Scott-Huisman at Cantrell Gallery if you have any further questions, or if you would like an image of a piece that will be in this exhibit.

Fayetteville Underground presents “Summer Arts Series” at Fossil Cove Brewing Co.

The Fayetteville Underground invites you to an opening reception at the Fossil Cove Brewing Company’s tasting room showcasing two local artists. David Bachman explores his darker and more subconscious material withNocturnal Musings. Octavio Logo’s Illuminations Series explores the human anatomy, the presence of death in life, and the space between light and shadow.

This Exhibition is part of a two month summer partnership between the Fayetteville Underground and Fossil Cove Brewing Company bringing local art and local beer to local people. Every Tuesday night during the month of July a percentage of all proceeds earned at Fossil Cove will be donated to support the programming at the Fayetteville Underground.

June’s Fossil Cove exhibition and opening reception begins Thursday, June 16th, from 6-9pm and is located at 1946 N Birch Ave, Fayetteville, AR. There will be Live music, a food truck, and of course beer from Fossil Cove. The exhibition continues until July 17th during Fossil Cove’s regular tasting room hours.

David Bachman
David grew up in south Florida. The rich colors and textures of the subtropics have a strong influence on his art. David has called Fayetteville home for the past forty years. He holds a MFA degree from Florida State University.

He has always considered himself a painter, working in the daylight of his attic studio. But three years ago he began something new, a consistent night time ritual of sketching and working with mixed media before sleep.  The result is the series Nocturnal Musings, a darker and more subconscious product than his work during the day.

These elaborate layers of line and color are all mixed media on paper using a combination of pencils, printing ink, shoe polish, paint, and collage.


Octavio Logo
About the Artist: Octavio Logo is a visual artist born in Mexico City. He graduated from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México in Classic Studies, Greek and Latin, and studied Visual Arts at Bellas Artes University. He currently works as a restorer of ancient books in various Mexican universities and institutions. Since 2003 he has been conducting workshops on bookbinding and painting throughout Mexico. He has recently completed a 100ft long mural depicting Mexican History, which is being installed in a Mexico City business. In addition, Logo works as an illustrator of graphic novels.

Illuminations Series- Painted Works: The painting series is a reflection of the last two years of Ocatvio’s life. These new paintings were developed here in Fayetteville and reflects three particular interests of the artist. The relationship between Fibonacci series (the golden section) and the human anatomy. Second, the presence of death in life. And finally, the spaces between light and shadow, life and death, harmony and chaos.

Fayetteville Underground
The mission of the Fayetteville Underground is to promote the visual arts in Northwest Arkansas by actively collaborating with the community, supporting area artists working to the highest standards, and encouraging education and public engagement in the arts. The Underground presents 12 exhibits per year, opening concurrently with Fayetteville First Thursday on the Square. In addition, the Underground features numerous art-related classes and programs weekly to support the artistic needs of the Northwest Arkansas community. The free Gallery and retail store is open to the public Thursday through Saturday 10am–7pm and located at 101 W. Mountain St. Fayetteville, AR 72701.

Fossil Cove Brewing Company
Formed in June of 2012, we are proud to call Northwest Arkansas and the Ozarks home. Our name comes from a favorite fossil laden cove nestled on the shores of Beaver Lake, located in the rolling Ozark mountains Northeast of the brewery. We focus on providing a quality product to our customers throughout the region, while continuing to push ourselves with the creation of new and interesting beers. Stop by the Tasting Room and taste what we’ve been working on.

Fay Jones School Selected to Exhibit at International Architecture Exhibition

A collection of work representing contemporary design culture and design thinking in Arkansas, assembled by the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, is on display at the Venice Biennale,the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, which opens to the public Saturday in Venice, Italy.

The six-month event, held every two years, takes place from May 28 to Nov. 27 in the Giardini, the Arsenale and various other venues in Venice. This year’s theme is “Reporting from the Front.” The exhibition features 88 participants from 37 different countries, as well as 62 national participations and a selected choice of collateral events. This year’s exhibition is directed by Alejandro Aravena and organized by La Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta.

The Fay Jones School at the University of Arkansas was selected to be represented in the collateral events through the school’s alignment with the University of Arkansas Community Design Center and Marlon Blackwell Architects, a design practice led by Blackwell and based in Fayetteville.

Blackwell, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, is also a Distinguished Professor and holds the E. Fay Jones Chair in Architecture for the Fay Jones School. Steve Luoni, director of the Community Design Center, is a Distinguished Professor and holds the Steven L. Anderson Chair in Architecture and Urban Studies.

The title of the Fay Jones School submission, “Building:Community,” describes the reciprocity of practice and service in the complementary (and sometimes collaborative) work of Marlon Blackwell Architects and the Community Design Center, as well as the place-based education of the Fay Jones School and the University of Arkansas, in support of the authentic and contemporary culture of Arkansas.

“The opportunity to promote the state and the university at this world architectural venue, through the design work being done by our distinguished faculty in the Fay Jones School, is an opportunity to advance the U of A identity to a significant international audience. I was happy to lend my support to such an ambitious project,” said Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz. “This is an impressive effort, and after such intense and challenging preparations, I’m pleased that the installation is now a reality we can proudly promote and bring to the attention of our community and all those who will visit the Biennale.”

The Fay Jones School exhibition is set up in the Palazzo Bembo, one of the spaces for the collateral events. Visitors will be able to experience the exhibition – which showcases the state’s natural resources, significant culture, and prominent industries, along with the school’s contributions to the state through design work and design education. Visitors also can take away three different postcards about the state and the school.

Josh Matthews, a Fay Jones School alumnus, designed the exhibition room for the University of Arkansas team.

“The Fay Jones School was pleased to be invited to participate in this collateral exhibition of the 15th Venice Biennale, and is very grateful to the chancellor and provost for their immediate and continuing support that has made our ‘Building:Community’ exhibition possible,” said Peter MacKeith, dean of the Fay Jones School. “We have worked to design and install an exhibition that is reflective of the school, but also of the university and the state of Arkansas. Our commitment to the community of the state, as well as to excellence in professional architecture and design education, is the primary driver of our work.”

Projects in the exhibition display include Vol Walker Hall and the Steven L. Anderson Design Center, St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church and Gentry Public Library, all designed by Blackwell’s firm. Projects from the Community Design Center include Slow Street: A New Town Center for Mayflower, Fayetteville 2030: Food City Scenario and Conway Watershed Framework Plan.

One project — The Creative Corridor: A Main Street Revitalization for Little Rock — was a collaborative design between the Community Design Center and Marlon Blackwell Architects.

The Fay Jones School will also participate in the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial and has been invited to return to the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design: The Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas houses professional design programs of architecture, landscape architecture and interior design together with liberal studies programs. All of these programs combine studio design education with innovative teaching in history, theory, technology and urban design. A broad range of course offerings equips graduates with the knowledge and critical agility required to meet the challenges of designing for a changing world. Their training prepares students with critical frameworks for design thinking that also equip them to assume leadership roles in the profession and in their communities. The school’s architecture program was ranked 26th in the nation, and the 12th best program among public, land-grant universities, in the 16th Annual Survey of America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools, a study conducted in 2015 by the Design Futures Council and published inDesignIntelligence. For more information visit fayjones.uark.edu.

Artist’s Laboratory Theatre hold soft launch of Secret Life of Downtown Fayetteville

Secret Life Tours"it's time for a re-look"

Artist’s Laboratory Theatre invites audiences to a free “test run” of a prototype of “Secret Life of Downtown Fayetteville,” a walking tour that re-imagines the history and legacy of Fayetteville’s downtown square in an audio-guided tour on Sunday May, 29, 2016 at 2 pm. Audiences meet staff from Artist’s Laboratory on the SW Corner of the Square (Old Post Office) to start the tour. Audiences must download the tour prior to the arriving on the square at artlabtheatre.com. Parking is free on Sunday.

“Secret Life of Down Fayetteville” is an audio experience that leads participants on foot through a tour of the downtown square. The tour focuses on specific moments in Fayetteville’s history, and explores the context through imagined and actual stories of character, life, legacy, and the architecture of the places that make up what has been the town’s center of commerce for over 200 years. The project was funded by an Arkansas Heritage Month grant, and will be the first in a series of “Secret Life Tours.” May is Heritage Month and the theme is “Arkansas Arts: Celebrating our Creative Culture.” The workshop performance will be followed by a reception to celebrate the launch of the tour.

Secret Life of Downtown Fayetteville is the first in a series of MP3 performances called “Secret Life Tours,” which Artist’s Laboratory Theatre will create for different places and events, and is designed to engage audiences with their environment in novel ways, so as to see the world with new and fresh perspective. Artist’s Laboratory Theatre is currently developing an interactive website with Archetype Productions, which will be accessed by audiences during the tour like an audio museum guide. The technology will be completed by the end of June, at which point audiences will be able to take the tour on their own.

Artist’s Laboratory Theatre is a community-centric, site-specific theatre based in Fayetteville, AR. Since 2010, the Company has been busy staging handcrafted performances in surprising places that include audiences in unique ways. Other programming includesSunday Night Service on 91.3 KUAF Public Radio (showcasing the talent of Northwest Arkansas), Sheet Fort Experience (intimate and quirky performances inside a venue made from bed sheets), and the New Now (a site-specific immersive performance series that explores the impact of technology on community and culture).

See a full map of locations below.
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​​Bottle Rocket North hosting two-day installation and show by artist Ben Edwards with play by Ashley Edwards

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On June 3 & 4 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Bottle Rocket North Gallery at 209 NE 2nd St. in Bentonville will host Redacted Marketplace, the second installation to date of Ben Edwards’ series #Redacted, with a reception at 6 p.m. that Friday the 3rd in conjunction with First Friday Bentonville.

The installation will open at 8 a.m. Friday and feature a temporary market staffed by the artist in which viewers may purchase his paintings, which are done on found and scavenged post-consumer materials, as he also works on new pieces as part of the installation. The viewer must decide upon entering the space what to view and what to purchase, if anything, in the midst of the artist’s process of creation and in conjunction with the artist’s expectations and salesmanship.

Using color and the layering of imagery or pattern, merchandise packaging becomes paintings that frame an examination of the consumer environment.  By un-branding the packaging, the series exists as an anti-corporate Pop Art, one that establishes a different consumer reality through subtraction of advertising strategies.

During open hours each day, live performers will present a 10-minute play by Ashley Edwards adapted from an interview with the artist. This live theatre piece uncovers additional information about the process of making the #Redacted series using performance to give this artist and interviewer voices to be juxtaposed with the installation. It is the story of the struggle and the joy that comes from creating a piece of art to be put into the world.


Ben Edwards is a visual artist, art educator, and advocate for the arts in Northwest Arkansas. He is the founding member of the city of Bella Vista’s Art Advisory Council and previously served on the inaugural staff of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art as its exhibition programs coordinator. An instructor of ceramics and drawing at Northwest Arkansas Community College, he has facilitated numerous workshops throughout the region on ceramic and painting techniques.

His work is contained in the Kesher Collection at the State University of New York, Genesee; the Gann Museum collection of Arkansas Potter; and the University of Arkansas; as well as numerous private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Examples from his series of paintings titled #Redacted are on view at 21C Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas through August 2016. He received his BFA in Studio Art from Louisiana Tech University and his MFA from the University of Arkansas. He has been married since 2000 to playwright Ashley Edwards. They have four children and live in Bella Vista, AR. https://bedwards.carbonmade.com/projects/5368745


Ashley Edwards is a professor of theatre and subject coordinator at Northwest Arkansas Community College. She is also the Region VI Chair for the National Playwriting Program through the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Her plays have been produced at Dad’s Garage Theatre in Atlanta, the Theatre Squared Arkansas New Play Festival, the University of Arkansas, and other regional theatres. She received her BA in English from Louisiana Tech University and her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Arkansas. She has been married since 2000 to artist Ben Edwards. They have four children and live in Bella Vista, AR.


This event is sponsored by Lost 40 Brewery, Lemonades and Mexican Chile Lime Sodas by Pink House Alchemy, Food provided by Chef Emily Lawson and the Foxhole Public House Crew,  Yoga by Yoga Bell, Pinhole Photography Party hosted by Kris Johnson and Kat Wilson.

For more information, visit:  https://www.facebook.com/bottlerocketartgallery/


Murder for Two Delivers a Deadly Performance


Following the weighty production of Rapture, Blister, Burn, TheatreSquared returns with lighter-hearted subject matter, giving audiences something to laugh about in the hilarious and perfectly executed musical comedy Murder for Two by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair. After my astringent experience with Rapture, Murder for Two feels like a complimentary head rub: simple and innocent, full of sensation and just what I needed. Brian Walters (Marcus Moscowicz) and James Taylor Odom (The Suspects) deliver one of the most cohesive performances I’ve seen to date, and if my word alone doesn’t convince then the audience’s howls and twice-standing ovation might.
TheatreSquared’s co-founder Morgan Hicks hits home with her casting of both Brian Walters and James Taylor Odom as the only characters in Murder for Two. Performing as police officer and aspiring detective Marcus Moscowicz, Brian Walters makes his TheatreSquared debut not only as actor but as vocalist and musician as well, joining his partner-in-crime James Taylor Odom in a lively musical score duet on piano.

Walters’ performance and focused personality sets the rhythm for the whirlwind changes by Odom. Odom returns to TheatreSquared as not only one, but nine different suspects in the murder of famous novelist Arthur Whitney. It’s a comical and innovative twist on the classic Whodunit as he switches from suspect to suspect with incredible dexterity, assuming his characters’ identities with just one prop and defining personality each. Who killed Arthur, then? Was it Dahlia Whitney, Arthur’s flamboyant and resentful wife? She never goes anywhere without her purple silk handkerchief and set of Southern-accented vocals.

Or was it Steph, the overly sensitive, overly eager and overly whiny student who just happens to be writing her thesis on “How to Solve a Small Town Murder”? Or perhaps it was Barb or Murray, the quibbling couple distinguished by the turn of a hat marked half-pink, half-grey. Odom breathes life into them all, but I won’t be the one to divulge whodunit.

Walters and Odom work seamlessly together to color each other’s spotlights, taking turns at the piano when the other takes center stage. With relatively few resources, Murder for Two turns a black box theatre into an interactive game of Clue, and nobody is overlooked as suspect. Even the members of the audience aren’t safe from questioning – but I won’t to spoil the fun.

Eventually, Murder for Two feels like it hits its 90-minute runtime, but I am not one to complain. Just as one of Odom’s suspects repeats throughout the musical, “I’ve seen a lot woise!”


Ozark Natural Foods announces 2016 Farm Tour to help NWA residents meet local farmers and vendors

(Editor’s Note:  Ozark Natural Foods in Fayetteville is a strong supporter of The Idle Class and we love what they do for the community.  Along with providing delicious, fresh and healthy foods, they support farmers in Northwest Arkansas.  Here is a look at their latest endeavor.)

Now, more than ever, people all over the world are becoming more interested in where their food comes from. They wonder how far it travelled to make it to their local grocery store, what growing methods were used, and who the people are who grew it. At Ozark Natural Foods, one of our focuses is having great relationships with our local farmers. We support over 100 local farmers and producers at the co-op. Because of these partnerships, we are thrilled to announce the third annual Ozark Natural Foods’ P6 Tour de Farms, a weekend where our owners and the community of Northwest Arkansas can visit up to 19 local farms and businesses. Many of our customers place a premium value on being able to buy local products from our store, and we would like a way to connect people more closely with our local producers.

The tours will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 11th and 12th. The visits will include tours, demonstrations, snacks, and a time for questions and discussion. You can visit as many stops as you would like. Here is the schedule for the tours:

Saturday, June 11th

Team Springdale

Wheatgrass Express 920 71 Plaza Ct, Springdale, AR 72764 10:00am – 11:00am Come watch the grass grow and learn about the power or wheatgrass and microgreens with our area’s local Certified Organic sprout farmers while you enjoy samples of freshly made organic cold-pressed juice from Ozark Natural Foods.

Onyx Coffee Lab 7058 W Sunset Ave, Springdale, AR 72762 11:30am – 12:30am Snack on a house-made scone from the deli at Ozark Natural Foods while you sample coffee from this treasured farm-to-cup coffee roaster.

Plentygood Farm 4160 E Hewitt Springs Rd, Springdale, AR 72764 1:00pm – 2:30pm Tour this beautiful farm and enjoy the tuberoses while sipping on fresh cold-pressed juice samples from local P6 producer, Native Nectar. Beauty by Nature will also be available offering samples of their all natural personal care products.

Black Apple Crossing 321 E Emma Ave, Springdale, AR 72764 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Enjoy cider samples and a tour of the area’s newest cidery. Black Apple Cider is alcoholic—you must be 21+ to sample cider at this stop.

Team Fayetteville

Roots in Bloom 14148 Sugar Mountain Rd, West Fork AR 72774 10:00am – 12:00pm Tour this lovely off-grid farm and learn about their all natural wellness products while enjoying some chips and Dragon’s Breath Salsa. Includes a hike of moderate difficulty.

Across the Creek Farm 3106 W Pear Lane, Greenland, AR 72737 1:00pm – 2:00pm Tour the farm and enjoy Across the Creek chicken and pork samples paired with local P6 producer JJ’s BBQ Sauce. House-made salad from Ozark Natural Foods will also be available for our vegetarian participants. This tour stop does require attendees to sanitize their shoes.

Cobblestone Farm 5298 – 5526 W Wedington Dr, Fayetteville AR 72704 2:00pm – 3:00pm Tour the Certified Naturally Grown farm and enjoy refreshing samples of raw cold-pressed juice from local P6 producer, Berry Natural.

Honeysuckle Garden 1618 N Oakland Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72703 4:00pm – 5:00pm Tour the urban farm and sample locally made kombucha from P6 producer, JR’s Kombucha.

Tri Cycle Farms 1705 Garland Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72703 5:00pm – 8:00pm Enjoy food and drinks from local P6 producers, Ozark Beery Company, Fossil Cove, Pink House Alchemy, Pedal Pops, My Brother’s Salsa, Great Fermentations, Bernice’s Hummus, Ozark Pasture Beef, and local smoked meats slathered in JJ’s BBQ Sauce. And it wouldn’t be a party without the Chunky Dunk and Tyler’s Craft BBQ trucks on site!

Sunday, June 12th

Team Fayetteville

Rocky Comfort Natural 237 Madison 5548, Ekins, AR 72727 10:00am – 11:30am Tour the farm and try samples of their fresh heirloom veggies paired with hummus from local P6 producer, Bernice’s Hummus.

Ames Orchard and Nursery 18292 Wildlife Rd, Fayetteville, AR 72701 12:00pm – 2:00pm Tour the farm and enjoy house-made sandwich bites from the deli at Ozark Natural Foods and samples from local cidery, Black Apple Crossing. Black Apple Cider is alcoholic—you must be 21+ to sample cider at this stop.

Ozark Herbal Creations 523 E Prospect St, Fayetteville, AR 72701 3:00pm – 4:00pm Tour the urban farm and medicine wheel garden and sample OHC tonic and bath and body products as well as samples of tea from P6 producer Frontier Co-op.

Team Huntsville

Ugly Bunny Garden 761 CR 546, Berryville, AR 72626 10:00am – 2:00pm Tour the vegetable garden and check out the antique barn sale while enjoying some light refreshments provided by Ugly Bunny.

Dripping Springs Garden 1558 CR 548, Huntsville, AR 72740 10:00am – 11:30am Tour the farm and learn about organic farming methods for cut flower and vegetable production while you enjoy samples of freshly made organic cold-pressed juice from Ozark Natural Foods and fresh organic produce from the farm.

Ridgecrest Garden 761 CR 546, Berryville, AR 72626 12:00pm – 2:00pm Tour the farm and learn about seed saving and native plant identification while enjoying samples of herbal tea from P6 producer Frontier Co-op.

Marty’s Produce 903 CR 2349, Huntsville, AR 72740 3:00pm – 4:30pm Tour the farm and enjoy prepared samples of their fresh produce, house-made sandwich bites from the deli at Ozark Natural Foods, and beer samples from local P6 producer, Apple Blossom Brewery, who purchase hops grown by Marty’s Produce. Must be 21+ to sample beer at this stop.

Team Eureka

Foundation Farm 327 CR 244, Eureka Springs, AR 72631 10:00am – 12:00pm Tour the farm and perk up with coffee samples from local P6 producer Mountain Bird Coffee as well as samples of baked goods from the deli at Ozark Natural Foods, and fresh organic produce from the farm.

Barefoot Farm 327 CR 244, Eureka Springs, AR 72631 10:00am – 12:00pm Tour the farm and perk up with coffee samples from local P6 producer Mountain Bird Coffee as well as samples of baked goods from the deli at Ozark Natural Foods, and fresh organic produce from the farm.

Sycamore Bend Farm 875 CR 3025, Eureka Springs, AR 72632 1:00pm – 3:00pm Tour the farm and aquaponics greenhouse and enjoy wine samples from Keel Creek, as well as cheese from local P6 producer White River Creamery, house-made bread from the deli at Ozark Natural Foods, and fresh organic produce from the farm.

Tour de Farms is a free event but anyone wanting to participate will need to register by June 9th at the Owner Services Desk inside the store, or by calling 479-521-7558. Each participant will need to pick up their Tour de Farms passport the week of the event, which includes a map and a place where you can get stamped when you visit a farm. Passports will be available for pickup on June 1st. After you’re done with your tour, you will be able to turn in your passport to the Co-op. People who visit at least five of the farms and businesses will be entered to win a $100 shopping spree, and the person who visits the most farms will win a $150 farm and garden prize package with tools, seeds, soil amendments and other goodies (if several people tie for the most farms visits, we will hold a drawing to determine the winner).

So please join us on June 11th and 12th and experience first-hand where the food you love comes from!

Ozark Natural Foods is a locally owned consumer cooperative dedicated to healthful living and sustainability by providing our owners and the Northwest Arkansas community with natural and organic products and related services, located at 1554 N. College Ave. in the Evelyn Hills Shopping Center.

For information about our 3rd annual P6 Tour de Farms online, please visit: http://onf.coop/2016-p6-tour-de-farms/

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TheatreSquared receives $250,000 award from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts to fund creation of “Romeo & Juliet: Damascus”

TheatreSquared Artistic Director Robert Ford and Executive Director Martin Miller announced today a $250,000 grant from the Building Bridges Program of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts (DDFIA). This major, three-year grant will help TheatreSquared reimagine Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in contemporary Damascus, Syria, through a free adaptation that will be developed in collaboration with Syrian theatre director Kholoud Sawaf.

The first phase of the project will be a three-week workshop presented as part of the five-play 2016 Arkansas New Play Festival, with staged reading performances at 7:00pm on June 17 at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville and at 8:00pm on June 23 at TheatreSquared in Fayetteville (Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios). This reading is the first step towards a fully staged production as part of a future season.

“The tension between love and violence—between the will of a group and an individual’s choice to defy fate—in a city where any spark can ignite conflict,” said Ford, “these are timeless themes in Romeo and Juliet, and they’re as relevant on the world’s stage today.”“The story is very human and very universal,” said Sawaf. “Our job at the first workshop is to dig deep into Shakespeare’s words and examine them through the lens of modern Syria. How do two young people fall in love in the divided world of Damascus, and bridge the chasm between their families? In Shakespeare’s world and in ours, the peaceful flag of a love story asks us to pause and reconsider each other.”

“In a world fraught with divisive problems, the work of creative people can be a powerful conduit to one another, a way to connect and see each other more clearly,” said Zeyba Rahman, senior program officer for the DDFIA Building Bridges Program. “We are proud to support this fresh idea and look forward to watching it unfold.”

Kholoud Sawaf, director and co-adapter, is emerging artist-in-residence at TheatreSquared. She was born and raised in Damascus, Syria, where she worked with Al Qabbani and Al-Hamra theatres and is a member of the Nihna Cultural Group. She recently assistant directed Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone at Oregon Shakespeare Festival under director May Adrales. She attended the American University in Sharjah and holds an MFA in directing from the University of Arkansas.

Over the course of the three-year development and production of R&J: Damascus, TheatreSquared will lead public conversations with local partners including Interfaith Arkansas, the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies, the Fayetteville Public Library, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and others. These forums will help initiate dialogue inspired by the production among diverse audiences.The cast and creative team for the June 2016 workshop of R&J: Damascus also includes playwright and actor Leila Buck, as both a script consultant and cast member, and Victoria Nassif, who will play Juliet. Additional team members will be announced in late May.

Passes for the 2016 Arkansas New Play Festival are on sale now for an early bird price of $40 and include admission to four staged readings and a workshop production over two weekends in Bentonville and Fayetteville. The full lineup will be announced on May 16 and tickets for individual performances will go on sale soon.Subscriptions to TheatreSquared’s upcoming 2016/17 season are also on sale. Six-, five-, and four-play packages are available for purchase at (479) 443-5600 ortheatre2.org.

TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas’s professional regional theatre, offering an intimate live theatre experience for 35,000 patrons each year. In 2011, TheatreSquared was recognized by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, as one of the nation’s ten most promising emerging theatres. TheatreSquared has experienced remarkable growth in recent seasons, expanding its audience tenfold in the past five years. For further information or press tickets, contact TheatreSquared at (479) 445-6333 or visit theatre2.org.

The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA) is an operating foundation funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF). The mission of DDFIA is to promote the study, understanding and appreciation of Muslim arts and cultures. Based in New York, the Building Bridges Program is the grant-making program of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and supports national efforts to advance relationships, increase understanding, and reduce bias between Muslim and non-Muslim communities. For more information, please visit www.ddcf.org/what-we-fund/building-bridges.

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. For more information, please visit www.ddcf.org.