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Panel Discussion » The Northwest Arkansas Craft Boom

Northwest Arkansas’ local craft community is booming with local craft shows, farmers markets, and local artist studios and galleries. Join us for an evening of discussion and celebration that explores contemporary craft in the region with three local artists, Eleanor Lux, Emily Chase, and Olivia Trimble. Each artist will discuss their motivation for creating their art, preserving artistic traditions, and love of NWA’s arts community.



Moira Anderson, moderator

Moira is an Associate Museum Educator for Crystal Bridges, coordinating the adult studio classes, gallery talks, nature programs, and the recent Artist Demonstration Space for the American Made exhibition. She is always looking for opportunities to visit local artist studios to showcase in her Studio Snapshot blog for Crystal Bridges, and enjoys connecting with local and passionate members of the community.


Eleanor Lux, artistEleanor

Eleanor Lux creates seamless rugs, custom window shades, tapestries, and other functional fiber art pieces, as well as sculptural beadworks in her studio in Eureka Springs. A versatile artist, Eleanor is also a jewelry maker and mixed-media artist, and she worked at a stained glass window factory for 10 years, creating designs in watercolor. She has won numerous awards for her work and has published dozens of articles. In 2000, she co-founded the Eureka Springs School of the Arts, where she serves as a board member and instructor. In 2016, Eleanor was named an Arkansas Living Treasure, an award that recognizes a lifetime of work and teaching.


Olivia Trimble, artistOTandquilt

Olivia Trimble is a second-generation sign painter with a passion to revive this traditional craft in Northwest Arkansas. You will see her work at several Bentonville businesses, including Onyx Coffee Labs, Thrive, and Shindig Paperie. Trimble also works to engage the local maker community and install public art. One of her current projects is The Quilt Square Project, for which she researches traditional quilt patterns, paints them in contemporary colors on large panels, and installs them in public spaces.


Emily Chase, artistEmily Chase

Emily Chase currently works out of a studio in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Her work focuses on paper as a medium, in both two-dimensional paper cutting and three-dimensional sculpture. Chase has received a Windgate Fellowship Award, a $15,000 grant for graduating seniors working in a craft medium or process, as well as an award to study at Penland School of Craft. She has studied and traveled extensively in Europe, the United States, and Japan. In 2016, she was awarded 10-week residency at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.




Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.



September 8, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:
Great Hall