Some Highlights of the Fayetteville Arts Fest for Saturday:
Short Film Festival, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., $10.00, Continuing Education Building (2 E. Center St.), Tickets available at the door.
Short films (under 40-minutes) from around the country will be presented. The audience will choose one “Best in Show” film to receive $1,000. Film enthusiasts will also be able to attend workshops and lectures from film industry notables, grant makers, screenwriters and more. There will also be an exhibition portion of the programming featuring award winning documentaries and films from Arkansas film-makers. Some films may contain adult language and themes.
Fine Arts Booths, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., FREE, West Avenue across from the Walton Arts Center
Artists from around the country will offer fine art and compete for a $1000 “Best of Show” prize. With works from 2-D mixed media, ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture and wood – a festivalgoer is sure to find something they like.
Helen Philips, a nationally known ceramicist and professor of fine art at University of Central Arkansas will be judge and announce the “Best of Show” winner at the Arts Festival Main Stage at 1:00 p.m.
Arts Festival Main Stage, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., FREE, Walton Arts Center parking lot
This Arts Festival Main Stage is the place to be. Take a break from visiting the Visual Arts Exhibitions on West Street, and come on over to the Mainstage tent where you will find a full day of music, dance and theater. Sound engineering is provided by Dancenhance Entertainment.
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Jazz Trio
11:00 – 11:30 Dance Coalition
11:30 – 12:00 Illuminati Improv Group
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. NASO Adult Trio
1:00 – 1:30 Dance Coalition
1:30 – 1:45 Visual Arts “Best of Show” Awards
2:00 – 2:30 Illuminati Improv Group
3:00 – 4:00 Youth Orchestra Chamber Strings
4:00 – 4:30 Dance Coalition
4:30- 5:15 Jazz Trio
5:15 – 5:45 Reese Neal
6:00 – 9:00 Sounds Made in Mountains: Northwest Arkansas Music Vol.1, Benefit CD Release, hosted by First Security Bank
Early Morning Bourbon Girls, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, FREE, Arts Festival Mainstage
The Early Morning Bourbon Girls (Meredith Moats on vocals, guitar, mandolin, Fender Rhodes and Rebekah Wood on vocals and violin) are completely unique. Their sound is akin to the grim and lonesome acoustic folk of early America. Southern gospel-tinged female harmonies are enveloped in the sounds of acoustic guitars, mandolin, bass, and violin.
Brighter Later, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, FREE, Arts Festival Mainstage
Each member of Brighter Later (Shane Kinniell on guitar/vocals, Kevin Blagg on guitar/vocals, Damon Singleton on drums and Jeremy Bonham on bass/vocals) has been a part of the Fayetteville Indie scene for years residing in different bands ranging from Math Rock, Shoegaze, Punk and Hip-hop. With each members’ background of musical knowledge and experience, Brighter Later was formed with the intent to make beautiful music that is powerful, melodic, exciting, and dynamic.
The Odds, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm, FREE, Arts Festival Mainstage
The Odds (Derek Van Lynn on Keyboards and vocals, Matt Perrine on guitar, Keith Hollingshead on drums, Kevin Grimwood on bass and vocals and Rick Erke on congas, bongos and percussion) are a five-piece rock band from Arkansas playing original music with a mix of cover songs. They have completed their first CD, Stick It In Your Pocket, which won “Best Album” at the 2004 Ozark Music Awards where they also won the “Artist of the Year”, “Best Album”, “Best New Band” and “Best Original Song” awards. They were the 2005 “Band of the Year” at the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards where they also won the award for “Album of the Year”.
Festival Beer and Wine Garden, featuring brews from Hog Haus Brewery, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Walton Arts Center Parking Lot
Adjacent to the Arts Festival Main Stage, you will find the Festival Beer and Wine Garden, a perfect place to relax and unwind and enjoy a tall glass of water – or a more adult beverage. Hog Haus Brewery will even be featuring a special festival brew that you won’t want to miss! $4.00 microbrews/$4.00 glasses of wine
Big Smith Family Concert, “From Hay to ZZZZZZ”, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and again at 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., FREE, Walton Arts Center, 479-443-5600
Big Smith’s music isn’t just fun for adults – now the kids can jam too! As part of Fayetteville’s Fine Arts Festival, Big Smith will deliver a rockin’ family performance on Walton Arts Center’s Tyson Plaza. The concert will include songs from the band’s most recent album, “Hay to Zzzzz: Hillbilly Songs for Kids.” The album features a family tree of songs passed down from the band’s ancestors, with some songs tracing back five generations.
Summer Sculpture Dedication, 12 p.m., FREE, Nadine Baum Studios
Fayetteville’s public art enhances the quality of community life. Whether the castle at Wilson Park, the Peace Prayer Fountain at the Town Center or sculptures by J. Seward Johnson at Walton Arts Center, art at the community’s fingertips enriches lives everyday. This summer, Northwest Arkansas youth are creating artworks in summer camps that will be installed in a temporary sculpture garden along West Avenue. Works will include:
Two larger-than-life 3-dimensional friends engaged in daydreaming and drawing.
The sculptures will be constructed of wood and steel pipe armature, embellished with hand-made ceramic tiles under the direction of ceramic artist, Susan Hutchcroft.
Silhouettes of native animals decorated with graphic pattern, expressing original and community stories. These animal forms will be created using acrylic paint on wood under the direction of visual artist, Joy Caffrey.
A humorous sculpture containing moveable parts, inspired by surrealist games of interchangeable heads, torsos and limbs. This work will be composed of rubber and found objects under the direction of multi-media artist, Leilani Law.
FlatRock Clay Festival, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., FREE, Flatrock Clay Studio (2002 S. School Avenue, 479-521-3181)
Come see and buy clayworks from pottery to sculptures made by local clay craftsmen and artists with booths and explore the gallery and studio at FlatRock Clay. Rain or shine.
“Fresh Theatre”: Arkansas’ Playwrights Workshop Staged Reading, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., FREE, Fayetteville Public Library
Script-in-hand performances of short plays by members of the Arkansas Playwrights Workshop (APW), a group of playwrights, actors and directors dedicated to creating exciting new work for the American stage. “Fresh Theatre” will include a darkly-comic series of stories by Saki (the British writer, H. H. Munro), adapted for the stage by Hana Mironoff. Also on tap: a one-act play called Manhattan Transaction by award-winning novelist & playwright Robert Ford, Fayetteville Public Library’s writer-in-residence.
Community Portrait Project, 10:00 a.m., Nadine Baum Studios
In 1986, photographer Don House set up a simple backdrop in his studio on West Avenue then sent out friends and family to recruit people off the street during Springfest to have their photos taken. House photographed all day and the result was a slice of community history, a peek at the people of Northwest Arkansas. Ten years later, those photographs were part of an exhibition at Walton Arts Center titled Right In Your Own Backyard. 150 photographs filled the lobby, and it became one of the most highly attended exhibitions during that season. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original project, House will set up the same backdrop at Nadine Baum Studios and photograph attendees at the Fayetteville Arts Festival. The resulting photographs will be exhibited at Walton Arts Center’s McCoy Gallery the following year during the 2006 Fayetteville Arts Festival.
Art Installation by Alice Guffey-Miller, 11:00 a.m., Nadine Baum Studios
Artist Alice Guffey-Miller’s community collaborations result in festive and fanciful mobiles, murals, sculptures, fantasy gardens, inflatables, props, puppets and parades. She creates grand scale “Involvement Sculptures” that emphasize environmental awareness and community creativity. Her project for Nadine Baum Studios, still in the development phase, will be a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Open Studios: Artist-In-Residence, 10:00 a.m., Nadine Baum Studios
The community is invited for a first-hand look at the creative process of working artists. Nadine Baum Studios teaching artists have been offered studio access to develop personal projects during August and September. The creative spirit will come alive as artists share with the community the work they are developing.
Arkansas vs. The World National Poetry Slam Invitational, with musical guests Charliehorse and Eckobase, 6:00 p.m. – Midnight, $15.00, Walton Arts Center, 479-443-5600
The country’s greatest Slam poets compete against Arkansas” finest Slam poets in the Arkansas vs. The World Poetry Slam Invitational at the Walton Arts Center. The winner of the competition will take home a $1,000 prize. Hannah Moore, the 2005 Ozark Poetry Slam Champion, will compete along with four other Arkansas poets who will be selected during the semi-final Slam competition on August 24 at 7pm at Teatro Scarpino. The five national poets from the Bullhorn Collective competing at the event will be Sonya Renee, 2004 National Poetry Slam Individual Champion; Mike McGee, 2003 National Poetry Slam Champion; Joaquin Zihuatanejo, 2004 National Poetry Slam Team Finalist; Marcell Murphy, 2004 National Poetry Slam Team Semi-Finalist; and Mahogany L. Brown, 2004 Southern Fried Slam Finalist. This performance may contain adult language and themes.