Eureka Springs Arkansas is home to over 400 working artists. Eureka Springs art galleries make up twenty of the shops that line the historic streets of downtown. In addition to the many galleries, local artists work can be found in the many cafes, restaurants and coffee houses around town. Eureka Springs has more art galleries per capita than any other city in the country.
Depending on what type of art you are looking to purchase, there is a gallery for every budget and style. For bronze artwork that is one of a kind, visit 83 Spring Street. This is the flagship studio gallery for artist Mark Hopkins. Mark is a bronze sculptor artist. Many of his retired and sold out pieces can be found exclusively at 83 Spring Street. Local artist John Rinehart features his one of a kind designs at Fusion Squared. This studio, located on Spring Street, showcases fused glass art and jewelry. In addition to John’s work, other Eureka Springs artists have their art displayed here as well.
Located in the historic Flatiron building is the gallery of artist Blakeley Wilson. Wilson and Wilson Folk Art Co sells original works of art inspired by poems, songs and the outdoors. Blakely’s gallery also serves as her studio. She paints at the studio seven days a week. Her art is not limited to canvas. Many of her pieces are painted on items like old teapots and picket fences. Blakely describes her work as “true American art” since she has no formal art training. Blakeley’s mother, Sylvia Wilson can also be found working at the studio. She rebuilds garage sale and thrift shop finds and turns them into unique pieces that are made to look antique.
For a variety of art styles to choose from, visit Out on Main art gallery. Located across from Basin Park and between Spring Street and Main Street, this gallery is home to many of the local artists in Eureka Springs. From sculptures to stained glass, pottery to paintings, Out on Main sells unique one of a kind pieces at affordable prices. Owners Patrick Lujan and Lee Kroll opened the studio back in 2007. Also featuring a variety of work is Zarks Gallery on Spring Street. This contemporary fine craft and art gallery has over 125 local, regional and national artists work on display. Zarks Gallery has the largest collection of American art glass in the Midwest. The gallery also sells jewelry and sculpture work.
After a day of shopping, be sure to get recharged at local coffee house Mud Street Cafe. This local favorite features breakfast and lunch and award winning freshly ground coffee drinks in a one of a kind atmosphere. Local art is featured on the limestone walls. The building also has stained glass lighting, large wooden beams and an oak bar centerpiece with beveled mirrors.
When making travel arrangements to the beautiful town of Eureka Springs, spend your nights relaxing at Arsenic and Old Lace bed and breakfast. This Queen Anne Victorian style mansion sits among the hills of the Ozarks and overlooks lush gardens. Inside, guests will enjoy the stained glass windows, tin ceilings and original artwork throughout. Crystal chandeliers and antiques create an environment of sophistication and old world class. Five guest rooms make up the bed and breakfast and a complimentary breakfast is served daily.
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