Take a stroll down Spring Street in Eureka Springs Arkansas and you will find an art lover’s paradise. The town is home to over 400 working artists and dozens of Eureka Springs art galleries line the streets. Whether it’s a souvenir or signature piece of art, Eureka Springs art galleries will have exactly what you’re looking for.
83 Spring Street Gallery is the flagship studio for artist Mark Hopkins. His bronze sculptures can be found exclusively at 83 Spring Street. This gallery has been located in the downtown area for 17 years. For wooden sculptures, the J.A. Nelson Gallery is the place to stop. Found at 37 Spring Street, James Andrew Nelson has a passion for working with wood and creating beautiful large acrylic sculptures. Lisa Bauer and Denise Ryan are just 2 of the over 150 artists two dimensional work that can be found at Eureka Fine Art Company at 78 Spring Street.
Zarks Gallery is located at 67 Spring Street. The gallery is home to local, regional and national artists. In addition to the finest collection of American art glass in the Midwest, the gallery also features silver and gold jewelry, sculpture pieces and blown glass. The store is open daily and has a knowledgeable staff including full time resident cat, Leo. The Spring Street Pottery, located under Zarks Gallery, was one of the earliest art galleries to open on Spring Street. Founded in 1970, Master potter Gary Eagan showcased his high fired porcelain pottery. Steve Beacham joined the team in 1979 and is the current owner. The store is also a place where local artists can showcase their own creations.
Iris at the Basin Park can be found at 8 Spring Street. Named as one of America’s top retailers by NICHE magazine, this store carries crafts from local, regional and national artists. In addition to original artwork and jewelry, owners Iris and Rick Feutz showcase local Eureka Springs’ musicians and their CD’s and also local artist Valerie Damon and her illustrated books. This gallery is the perfect place to find a gift that truly represents the local sights and sounds of Eureka Springs. Another gallery with art from artists living in Eureka Springs is Eureka Thyme. One of their signature items are the soy candles made by One Kind Candles. These make the perfect gift from the area because of their unique scents including Sweet Home Eureka and Eureka Rain.
For a one of a kind print of wildlife in their natural habitat, visit Susan Morrison’s Signature Gallery at 78 Spring Street. Susan’s career spans over 30 years. Her passion is capturing the spirit of each animal she draws in the hopes that people will feel her love for animals through her work. The gallery solely features Susan’s work. Her recent and archival lithographs can be viewed and also her work from the American Wildlife Expeditions. In addition to prints, the gallery also offers custom framing. They are open from 10:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Saturday and 12:00pm to 6:00pm on Sundays.
Fantasy and Stone, at 81 Spring Street, is just the place to find rare pieces of art for the home and garden. Featured styles in the gallery include glass, stone, custom jewelry, steampunk, metal, clay and wood pieces just to name a few. There is a large selection of quartz crystals, collector gems, stones and cabochons. This gallery is a must see for those interested in one of a kind, fairytale inspired, whimsical pieces for the home.
Since 1991, the Quicksilver Gallery at 73 Spring Street has been selling unique, hand-made jewelry, art, pottery and wood and metal pieces. Another attraction of the gallery is their hands on exhibit of musical instruments. The store is home to over 120 artists that are local to Eureka Springs and also the surrounding region. Quicksilver also participates in the 2nd Saturday Gallery Stroll which is a great opportunity to meet the artists and view special pieces over light refreshments and wine.
Timaker and Glitz, where old pieces get made into unique pieces of art, can be found at 45 ½ Spring Street. Where else can you find lamps made out of mannequins and old ceiling tiles turned into art? This store is the place on Spring Street to find fun treasures that have been transformed from everyday items.
To see artists at work, visit Wilson and Wilson Folk Art Company. This gallery can be found in the Flatiron building at 23 Spring Street. Home to Blakely Wilson and her mother Sylvia, this is not only their gallery but also their working studio. The Wilson’s take antiques from garage sales and flea markets and paint them into beautiful pieces of art. Wilson and Wilson Gallery is open seven days a week from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Delphia Dreams at 41 Spring Street is home to artist Sena Tidwell. Pieces from Sena include vintage coats, hats and furs and sterling silver jewelry. The selection at Delphia Dreams is always changing but features paintings, hand blown glass, metal work and porcelain pieces. The store has been in Eureka Springs for the past 20 years. Another gallery featuring jewelry and pottery is Fusion Squared at 84 Spring Street. Other items to be found are stained glass and Raku pottery. Items at Fusion Squared are created by artist John Rinehart.
For another outlet for viewing the amazing works of art that can be found in this region, check out the Crystal Bridges Art Gallery in Bentonville, Arkansas. Self-guided tours are free and can be done anytime the museum is open. The museum opens at 11:00am through the week and at 10:00am on weekends.
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