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The Portal: An Art Experience by Jewel

Experience
Museum-wide
$25 ($20/members, discounts and add-ons available)
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Moving. Meditative. Magical.
Experience an immersive vision of art-infused wellness

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Join us for an immersive journey at the intersection of music, wellness, technology, and art created by four-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and mental health pioneer Jewel!

Presented as a collaboration between Jewel and Crystal Bridges, The Portal features one-of-a-kind, 200-piece aerial drone shows choreographed by Jewel and set to an original score by the artist, a meditative art walk featuring works by prominent contemporary artists, a never-before-seen painting and sculpture by Jewel, and chef-crafted dining options as part of a complete experience for the body, mind, and spirit.

From the seven-foot hologram of Jewel welcoming you to the experience to the culminating choreography over the museum’s central pond, each element of the experience invites us to explore Jewel’s concept of the Three Spheres of human existence: the inner world, outer world, and the unseen world.

Encompassing our experiences of mind, body, and spirit, Jewel has meticulously crafted each aspect of The Portal to harmonize the Three Spheres, creating a dynamic space and experience where inner thoughts, external actions, and hidden emotions converge.

Innovative, transformative, and just plain fun, The Portal promises a moving, restorative experience unlike any other at Crystal Bridges.

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Light Caution symbolSensory Advisory: This experience includes brightly flashing lights and atmospheric effects that might be triggering for guests with sensitivities to flashing lights or neurodiverse guests prone to sensory overstimulation. Viewer discretion is advised.
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Ticket Options

General Admission

$25 Adults / $15 Youth 11–18 / FREE Youth 10 & Under

Member General Admission

$20 Adults / $12 Youth 11–18 / FREE Youth 10 & Under

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Includes admission to the drone show, narrated art walk, and commemorative reflection journal booklet.

Mother’s Day BOGO Deal: Celebrate the mamas in your life! Tickets to The Portal are buy one, get one free for all shows on Sunday, May 12.

Tickets currently on sale through May 31. Additional ticketed dates to be added.

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Add-ons

Charcuterie Bento Box Package: $49
Hummus Bento Box Package: $44
Each Bento Box package includes bites for two and two drink tickets. Available for purchase during ticket checkout.

Worried about the weather? Call the Inclement Weather line to check on any cancellations: (479) 657-2488.

The Portal Dinner Experience

Looking for a way to enhance your experience of The Portal? Start your evening with a curated meal embracing the arts of food and connection!

Prepared by Crystal Bridges’ team of culinary artists, this seated dinner experience features three handcrafted courses inspired by the spheres that Jewel explores in The Portal: The Seen, Inner, and Unseen worlds. Flights of curated wine pairings for each course and dedicated bottle service are also available for those looking to make the evening special.

Dinner reservation tickets include dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, and general admission to the art walk and drone show.

A tableclothed table setting for two with drink glasses and centerpiece flowers looking out onto the Crystal Bridges upper pond in winter

Menu

1st Course: Seen
Roasted Carrots & Harissa, Greek yogurt, popcorn & pomegranate, cilantro (V)

2nd Course: Inner
Chicken Roulade, sundried tomato & chimichurri, brie cream, hickory nuts, pea tendrils (GF)

or

Beet & Squash Roulade, sundried tomato & chimichurri, brie cream, hickory nuts, pea tendrils (V, GF)

3rd Course: Unseen
Almond Dacquoise Cake, white chocolate Bavarian mousse, blueberry compote (V)

The Portal Dinner Experience Package

$125 + Tax

Thursday and Friday Nights Only. Includes GA Ticket and curated, seated three-course dinner in Eleven.

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Add-ons

Bottle and Beverage Service $49 / person
Wine Pairing Flight $45 / person
Bottle service includes 1 1/2 Hours of house selection of craft beers, house wine, list of craft cocktails, and house champagne.

Related Events

Attend other events that explore aspects of the experience.

Wellness Festival

Celebrate the opening weekend of The Portal with a public wellness festival across Crystal Bridges’ and the Momentary’s campuses, May 2–5!

Filled with activities exploring different aspects of whole health, mental wellbeing, and flourishing across the three spheres, the festival is the perfect way to mark the opening of The Portal.

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Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

About the Artist

Headshot of singer Jewel wearing a western hat and embroidered jacket in the Crystal Bridges gallery

Jewel is a four-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, visual artist, actress, New York Times best-selling author, and mental health pioneer. Best-known for her musical talents, Jewel’s passion and training in sculpture, drawing, and painting began before her songwriting career. Over the years, she has continued creating, working with paint and clay.

In spring 2024, Jewel will make her debut in the art world at Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, Arkansas with The Portal: An Art Experience by Jewel, featuring her own painting and sculpture. Throughout her art, Jewel combines her passions for storytelling, experimentation and democratizing mental health. For the past 21 years, Jewel’s Inspiring Children Foundation and Jewel Inc. have brought specially-designed mental health programs to at-risk youth and to leading corporations. Jewel created SELLA, a language arts curriculum for schools integrating social and emotional learning and mental health practices, and recently co-founded Innerworld, an innovative virtual mental health platform.

Jewel’s remarkable journey has taken her from a childhood with no running water on an Alaskan homestead to becoming a multi-platinum recording artist and mental health advocate. She has released 13 studio albums, including her latest release Freewheelin’ Woman, and will embark on a national co-headlining tour with Melissa Etheridge this summer.

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