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Crystal Bridges’ August Programs: Inspired by American Made Exhibition

In the month of August, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art invites visitors to view American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum, and then to take a deeper dive with Gallery Conversations, a Spotlight Talk, and Adult Mini-Workshops inspired by the exhibition. 

Gallery Conversations take place throughout the month including Art and Movement with Ballet Arkansas, Commemorating Loved Ones and Ozark Folkways on American Made.  A Spotlight Lecture with Linda Eaton explores the use of textiles in early American homes, while American Made Adult Mini-Workshops are led by local practicing artists featuring mediums such as embroidery, sgraffito, and papercutting.

Visitors can also support local filmmakers at the Third Annual Short Film Fest .The Crystal Bridges Third Annual Short Film Festival on August 25 will celebrate art and nature with local filmmaker-led panel discussions following film screenings. Film submissions remain open until August 5.

 


A full listing of August programs is below. Information and registration are available on Crystal Bridges’ calendar of events.

 

Monday, August 1, 1 to 3 pm

Figure Drawing

Join us on the first and third Mondays of each month to draw from a clothed model. Whether you’ve always had a love for figure drawing or are trying it for the first time, you’ll enjoy an afternoon drawing with other adults at the Museum. A variety of drawing materials will be provided, and model poses will include both shorter warm-up poses, and longer poses. All materials are provided. $10 ($5 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Monday, August 1, 6 to 7 pm

Yoga and Art Chakra Series » Brow SOLD OUT

Find inward balance and health! Yoga Story’s Cindee Joslin leads this uplifting group experience uniting the power of art with the beauty of the nature. Discover various spaces of the museum, inside and out, as you are refreshed and renewed through motivational sessions that embody balancing chakras, color, and movement. Participants should bring their own yoga mat and dress appropriately. This month’s chakra: brow. $5 (Free for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Thursday, August 4, 1 to 2 pm and 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Gallery Conversation » Art and Movement with Ballet Arkansas

Experience visual art through the perspective of Ballet Arkansas’s Artistic Director Michael Bearden. Free, no registration required.

 

Friday, August 5, 8:30 to 10:30 pm

First Friday Concert: The Freestylers of Piping

Join us for a late-night concert at the Skypace Amphitheater with The Freestylers of Piping. This four-piece pipe and drum band create a contemporary spin on traditional music, influenced by jazz, hip-hop, and punk rock, mixed with classical Scottish bagpipes. Free, no registration required.

 

Saturday, August 6, 1 to 5 pm

Adult Workshop » Signwriting with Olivia Trimble

Founder of Sleet City Signwriting, Olivia Trimble will lead this workshop introducing the techniques of signwriting and painting. Each participant will create a small and personalized painted sign, inspired by the exhibition American Made. $55 ($44 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24, 31, and September 7 and 14, 6 to 8:30 pm

Adult Mini-Workshops

Take part in great artistic traditions through these mini-workshops inspired by the American Made exhibition. Each evening workshop is led by a local practicing artist and features a new studio medium, such as embroidery, sgraffito, and papercutting. Teaching artists include Sofia Gonzales, Ben Edwards, Laura Redford, Martha Benson, Eugene Sargent, and Emily Chase. Sign up for just one workshop, or for all six! Visit our website for the theme of each class. $35 for 1 session ($28 for Members), or $200 ($160 for Members) for 6 sessions. Register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Wednesday, August 10, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Figure Drawing from the Nude Model

Join us on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month for this adult figure drawing class with a nude model.  A variety of drawing materials will be provided, and model poses will include both shorter warm-up poses, and longer poses. Participants must be 18 or older. (Note:  Figure Drawing sessions with a clothed model are offered to participants ages 14 and up.) $10 ($5 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Thursday, August 11, 11:30 am to 2 pm

Preschool Playdates » Quilts!

Play with patterns and discover the artistry of quilting! Enjoy art projects, story time, and creative play inspired by the temporary exhibition American Made. Preschool Playdate begins with an 11:30 a.m. performance in the Great Hall. Sponsored by Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee and the Segal Family Foundation. Free, no registration required.

 

Thursdays, August 11, 18, and 25, 7 to 8:30 pm

Look Closer » Early American Art and Culture

Take a close look at the American Made exhibition with curator Mindy Besaw as she hosts three evening sessions exploring early America through art, literature, etiquette, and history. Inspired by the extraordinary art and glimpses of daily life in the American Made exhibition, each class will focus on a different topic in the galleries and include group discussions, hands-on activities, and exclusive looks at rare books and objects. Guest speakers will include Ozark historian Brooks Blevins; Laura Redford and Martha Benson, authors of the acclaimed book Ozark Coverlets; and Crystal Bridges Interim Library Director Valerie Sallis. See the website for session details. $15 for 3 sessions, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Saturday, August 13, 10 to 11:30 am

Discover the Grounds » Native Dyes with Roger and Shawna Cain

Roger and Shawna Cain of National Cherokee Treasures will lead a walk showcasing native plants used to create dyes and pigments, as well as a demonstration of the techniques for processing them to create a variety of colors. The demonstration will be followed by a discussion about the traditional uses and symbology of these plants, and you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at creating dye as well!  Sponsored by Blue Rhino.

 

Saturday, August 13, 1 to 2 pm

Gallery Conversation » Commemorating Loved Ones

View works of mourning in the American Made  exhibition with Abby Burnett, author of Gone to the Grave; Burial Customs of the Arkansas Ozarks, 1850 – 1950. This discussion delves into fascinating stories of early American burial and mourning practices, as well as the art created to memorialize loved ones, as well as literary and historical figures. Price of American Made exhibition: $10 ($8 for Members). No registration required, but a ticket to the exhibition is necessary. Space is limited, so please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early.

 

Sunday, August 14, 4 to 5 pm

Spotlight Talk » Linda Eaton

Meet American Made expert Linda Eaton, Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles at Winterthur Museum, as she explores the use of textiles in nineteenth-century American home life. Eaton’s background is in textile conservation, and she teaches at the University of Delaware through the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Monday, August 15, 1 to 3 pm

Figure Drawing

Join us on the first and third Mondays of each month to draw from a clothed model. Whether you’ve always had a love for figure drawing or are trying it for the first time, you’ll enjoy an afternoon drawing with other adults at the Museum. A variety of drawing materials will be provided, and model poses will include both shorter warm-up poses, and longer poses. All materials are provided. $10 ($5 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Wednesday, August 17, 5 to 9 pm

Artinfusion @ Culture Hour

Artinfusion’s Summer of Culture Hours feature a Jazz Series curated by the Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society. Get together with artinfusion Members and friends each month to meet and mingle during Culture Hour in Eleven!  Join us in the Great Hall at 7 pm for a performance by Fayetteville Jazz Collective. Feel free to bring your drinks outdoors. FREE/artinfusion Members and guests. Sponsored by Saatchi & Saatchi X, RopeSwing, The Hershey Company, Wright Lindsey Jennings and Blue Moon Brewing Company.

 

Wednesday, August 17, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

The Great Reveal » Nineteenth Century Domestic Manuals

View rare books offering helpful (and sometimes humorous) advice on housekeeping and decorum, and hear how these topics tie into objects on view in the American Made exhibition.   Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Thursday, August 18, 6 to 7:30 pm

DISH

Crystal Bridges Culinary Director Case Dighero hosts a lively, insightful dialog between strong women in both the culinary and art worlds. Open to guests ages 21 and above. Sponsored by Arvest Bank. $35 ($28 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Friday, August 19, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Photo Salon: Musical Energy with Brandon Otto

Musician and photographer Brandon Otto will present his high-energy photography following many well-known local musicians of Northwest Arkansas. This session highlights the compositional techniques and personal connection required for taking promotional photos for bands that highlight their individual aesthetic. $10 (Free for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services

 

Saturday, August 20, 1 to 2 pm

Gallery Discussion » Ozark Coverlets

Meet Martha L. Benson and Laura Lyon Redford, hand weavers and authors of the acclaimed book Ozark Coverlets, to learn more about folk art created in the early days of Northwest Arkansas. Discover stories of the women who created Ozark coverlets like those woven in nineteenth-century New England, currently on display in the American Made exhibition. American Made exhibition: $10 ($8 for Members). No registration required, but a ticket to the exhibition is necessary. Space is limited, so please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early.

 

Wednesday, August 24, 6 to 7 pm

WOW » The Sensory Iconoclasts Project

Join Crystal Bridges Culinary Director Case Dighero and Eve Smith, Visual Director at Arts Center of the Ozarks, as they discuss the Sensory Iconoclasts Project, showcasing the collaborations of regional chefs and artists. Open to guests ages 21 and above. Sponsored by Premier Dermatology and Riedel Glassware. $35 ($28 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Wednesday, August 24, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Figure Drawing from the Nude Model

Join us on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month for this adult figure drawing class with a nude model.  A variety of drawing materials will be provided, and model poses will include both shorter warm-up poses, and longer poses. Participants must be 18 or older. (Note:  Figure Drawing sessions with a clothed model are offered to participants ages 14 and up.) $10 ($5 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Wednesday, August 24, 8 to 9:30 pm

Concert » Fayetteville Roots Festival

The Fayetteville Roots Festival presents a special Bentonville kickoff with a concert on Walker Landing and demonstrations of traditional roots music and dance techniques. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Thursday, August 25, 9 to 10:30 pm

Short Film Festival

Join us for our Third Annual Short Film Festival at Crystal Bridges! This year, we’ll feature short films that explore the Museum’s mission to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. Following the film screening will be a discussion with local filmmakers. Sponsored by inVeritas and Demara Titzer. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Friday, August 26, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Craft Squared » Stenciled Steins with Ben Edwards

Try your hand at artmaking while enjoying a craft beer, led by artist Ben Edwards! Experiment with a variety of painting and stenciling techniques to create a personalized stein inspired by the decorated wares of the nineteenth-century artists in the American Made exhibition. All materials, plus two glasses of beer and light appetizers are provided.  $55 ($44 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Saturday, August 27, 1 to 2 pm

Gallery Conversation » Ozark Folkways on American Made

For more than 50 years, Ozark Folkways has carried on a variety of artistic traditions in Northwest Arkansas. Join Executive Director of Ozark Folkways Rebecca Buchanan and Curator Mindy Besaw in this discussion on women who have preserved and continued these rich art forms from the nineteenth century to present day.  American Made exhibition: $10 ($8 for Members). No registration required, but a ticket to the exhibition is necessary.

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