Love comes in many forms and there is a reason to celebrate all of them at Crystal Bridges this February! Whether your love is your family, your friends, your significant other, or….complicated, we have the perfect suggestion for an event or activity that you and your Valentine can enjoy at the museum.
Family Sunday: I Heart Art
February 10 | 12 to 5 pm
The museum’s seventh annual I ♥ Art Family Sunday is the perfect event to attend with the whole family! There will be games and artmaking activities such as embroidery, button making, sugar cookie decorating, and family Zumba. The Sugarfree Allstars will be performing in the Great Hall throughout the day. When you arrive, be sure to grab a paper heart at the front desk and take it in the galleries with you to show your love of art. Place your heart in front of your favorite artwork, snap a photo and tag #HeartsforArt, and check back on our website after the event to see which artwork received the most hearts!
DISH: Hannah Withers
February 13 | 6 to 7:30 pm
Galentine’s Day is the fictional but fun holiday created by Parks & Recreation’s Leslie Knope that celebrates girlfriends on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. This Galentine’s Day, grab your best girlfriends and head over to Crystal Bridges for drinks and appetizers at DISH! While you savor your food, enjoy an in-depth conversation with a fellow lady boss in the community: Arkansas restaurateur and activist Hannah Withers. The evening’s conversation will give guests a stylized, insightful glimpse into Withers’s work with several popular Fayetteville food destinations including Little Bread Company, Leverett Lounge, and the relaunch of the iconic Maxine’s Tap Room. Get your tickets here.
Black Hearts Ball
February 16 | 9 pm to 12 am
Bentonville’s favorite anti-Valentine’s Day party is coming up! Whether your relationship status is single, taken, or complicated, Black Hearts Ball is the place to be in February. This year, Onyx Coffee Lab is hosting a “Latte Art Throwdown” where baristas will compete to create the best-looking latte art. Oh, and the best part? You get to be the taste-tester and vote for the winner! ComediansNWA will also be in attendance, bringing a showcase of hilarious comedians ready to talk about their love lives. UltraSuede and DJ Swift 720 will heat up the dance floor to keep you partying ‘til midnight. Tickets also include appetizers and access to the new temporary exhibition Men of Steel, Women of Wonder (originally priced at $12 for non-members). Drinks will be available. Get your tickets here. Ages 21+.
Book a romantic dinner or brunch at Eleven
Let’s be honest: your first love was food. You want to gaze into your Valentine’s eyes in a beautiful setting, sure, but you also want the meal to be exquisite. Luckily, Eleven checks off all the boxes. On Valentine’s Day, February 14 and Friday, February 15, Eleven is offering a special Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu from 5 to 9 p.m. The prix fixe menu includes such High South cuisine selections as prime NY Strip with bone marrow bordelaise, bluenose bass with caramelized sunchokes, and mushroom and cabbage lasagna.
Or perhaps you’d like to come to brunch on Sunday morning after Black Hearts Ball. Every Sunday, Eleven serves a buffet brunch with guest favorites such as fried chicken, shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy bar, homemade pastries, and more. Enjoy dinner or brunch underneath Jeff Koons’s Hanging Heart, and be swept away by the beauty all around you. Book your reservations today!
If your Valentine is pint-sized, bring him or her to one of the museum’s action-packed youth programs this month. Preschool Playdate is a monthly event for toddlers and their parents to explore art through playtime and artmaking. Come make love potions and valentines in the studios after an exciting performance from Stonelion Puppet Theatre.
If your Valentine is not quite a toddler yet, CB Babies on February 23 is the event for you. This special program is for the museum’s youngest visitors: infants ages 3 to 24 months with a caregiver. Spend time in the galleries looking at and talking to your baby about art before enjoying sensory playtime. It’s never too early to start a child’s love of art.
Visit Men of Steel, Women of Wonder
February 9 to April 22
Have you ever seen your boyfriend without his glasses on? Have you always wondered why your girlfriend never takes off those huge gold cuff bracelets? It’s quite possible that you’re dating a superhero in disguise! For superheroes and mere mortals alike, Crystal Bridges’ newest temporary exhibition is not one to miss. Men of Steel, Women of Wonder examines art-world responses to Superman and Wonder Woman, exploring topics of national identity, American values, social politics, representation, and the concept of humanity.
Get your tickets here, and if you’re looking for even more superhero fun in February, come join us for these events:
» Art by the Glass: Comic Posters
Friday, February 22, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Inspired by the exhibition Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, become the hero in your own story, learning the basics of designing and drawing your own poster with high-quality markers and inks. All materials, plus a glass of wine or beer and light appetizers are provided. $30 ($26/members); get your tickets here.
» Superhero Film Series: Superman (1978)
Thursday, February 28, 7 to 10 pm
Join us for a screening of the 1978 film, Superman, starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando, and Gene Hackman. Afterward, take part in a fun conversation about the characters, plot, and other elements of the film. Free! Reserve your seats here.
Take a hand-held stroll through the galleries
Looking to just spend some time with your Valentine? Consider spending your time together in the galleries appreciating and discussing art. Discover each other’s favorite paintings and how you each feel about them. Learn about a new artist or painting. Walking through the galleries is a great way to feel connected and spend time with each other away from the bustle of everyday life. If the weather’s nice, grab a hot coffee or tea from the Coffee Bar and stroll the grounds. Hold hands, appreciate art and nature, and enjoy being in the moment.
We look forward to seeing you – and your special someone – at the museum this February!
Special thanks to our sponsors:
Family Sunday is sponsored by Procter & Gamble, Rockline Industries, and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.
DISH is sponsored by Onyx Coffee Lab, Arvest Bank, Cindy Flynt Walters and Betty Flynt, inVeritas, and Premier Dermatology & Skin Renewal Center.
Black Hearts Ball is sponsored by Ropeswing, JTH Productions, General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, The Hershey Company, Leisurlist, Wright Lindsey Jennings, Blue Moon Brewing Company, Greenwood Gearhart Inc., and Saatchi & Saatchi X.
Men of Steel, Women of Wonder is sponsored by Stout Executive Search, Arkansas Humanities Council, ConAgra Brands, Rhianon DeLeeuw and Joshua Mahony, Esther Silver-Parker, Tony Waller, and Deborah Wright.