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Art Weekend
It’s art festival time in Northwest Arkansas this weekend. Local and regional artists will be showing their work at three different festivals: The Fayetteville Arts Festival, the Prairie Grove Clothesline Fair and the Heartwood Festival. But that’s not all. There are other art events happening this week, too.
There will be artist receptions for several local artists who are showing their work at local galleries. A reception for Eugene Sargent and Rae Russell will be at 5 p.m. today at the ddp gallery, near the downtown square and at 6 p.m. today there will be a reception for William Mayes Flanagan and his students at Arsaga’s Crossover. On Friday night there will be an artists reception at 5 p.m. at Four Square Fine Art Gallery, 112 W. Center St.

The Fayetteville Arts Festival will be this weekend and next weekend. This weekend will focus on the visual arts and next weekend on the performing arts.
The festival will kickoff with the Open Space Art Party at 7 p.m. Friday at the Fayetteville Town Center. Ticket holders will be able to preview and purchase art prior to the public show on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets to the Art Party are $25 and can be purchased at the door.
There is no admission charge to the art exhibit at the Town Center on Saturday and Sunday. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Artists exhibiting are: Ceramics: Alison Carter, Fayetteville, Richard Kausalik, Maumelle, Don Nibert, Fayetteville, Trent Tally, Elkins; Drawing: Gary Bachers, New Boston, Tex.; Jewelry: Katherine Marie Baer Pino, Ponca, Patricia A. Bergman, Yellville, John and Cathy Evans, Marshfield, Mo., Margareta Grill, Tulsa, Anita Hejtmanek, Fayetteville, Connie O’Mara, Springdale, Kimberly Witter, Fayetteville; Painting: Julene Baker, Rogers, William E. Beaver, Fayetteville, Diana Harvey, Eureka Springs, Steve Horan, Bella Vista, Sam Jones IV, Austin, Tex., Mike Kious, Bella Vista, Douglas A. Randall, Fayetteville, Kathryn Semolic, Eureka Springs; Sculpture: Ben Buonaiuto, Fayetteville, Hank Kaminsky, Fayetteville, Chad Wilson, Fayetteville; Photography: Paul Caldwell, Little Rock, Diana Michelle Hausam  Farmington, Steve Moore, Fayetteville, Curtis J. Neeley, Jr., Winslow, Bill D. Wright, Fayetteville; Fiber: Louise A. Derryberry-Reynolds, Jasper, Denene Taliaferro, Springfield, Mo.; Glass: Judd Mann, North Little Rock; Mixed Media: Kelly Price-Colston, Fayetteville.

In addition to the exhibit, there will be interactive art activities. The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is providing a “museum build fest,” a free-for-all construction activity using recyclable items. In the Museum in the Landscape Diorama, visitors can design their own museum in a diorama to take home.
Folks from YouthCAN! will be on hand to help visitors create a self-portrait.
The festival continues the following weekend and will highlight the performing arts. See next week’s Free Weekly for details.
The Heartwood Gallery, a local artists collective will hold a Street Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 428 S. Government St. just north of Sixth Street in the Mill District in South Fayetteville. Some of the artists will be demonstrating their skills and there will be live music throughout the day. Local artists will be showing their handcrafted jewelry, glass, pottery, paintings, sculpture and fiber art. The 400 block of Government Street will be closed during the festival and there will also be children’s activities, food and beverages.
The 57th annual Prairie Grove Clothesline Fair, an outdoor festival, will take place on the grounds of the historic Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park on U.S. 62 in Prairie Grove, just west of Fayetteville. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Labor Day.
The fair was founded to showcase Ozark crafts and traditions. Today, the fair features a wide variety of arts and crafts, from jewelry made of antique typewriter keys to pottery, baskets, gourds, paintings, sketches and pastels. No mass-produced work is allowed
Admission is free, but there is a $4 parking charge.

Celebrating 81
When folks say their grandfather used to party at George’s on Dickson Street, they are not exaggerating. It’s hard to believe it, but the Dickson Street club is celebrating its 81st birthday this weekend and in high fashion. The club has booked three nights of shows that start early and run late. Tonight will be Randy Rogers Band, Bleu Edmonson and The Stragglers with Randy Crouch and Josh Abbott. Tickets are $20. Friday night will be Michael Burks, Nace Brothers, Belairs and Full House. Tickets are $10. Wrapping up on Saturday night will be Keller Williams and the Pnuma Trio. Tickets are $25. All shows are 18 and up.

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