If you’ve ever visited our B&B, you know that we are big fans of our local artists. In fact, we’ve tried to share as much of them with our guests as we can without cluttering up the inn. In addition to the paintings, lithographs and prints on our walls, our dishes were made by local potters, we provide handmade local soaps in our rooms, and we point our guests toward the fabulous creations of our local chefs and culinary artists. (The amazing culinary scene in Bentonville is another post altogether!)
The beauty of Northwest Arkansas has beckoned to artists for years, and many have called our area home and found daily inspiration in our unique surroundings. And with the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum now nestled into the Bentonville landscape, the local art scene is blossoming. Around the area you’ll find galleries, art shops and co-ops –along with a variety of arts and crafts fairs in certain seasons –showcasing the work of our talented artists.
Some of our favorite places to buy local art:
Poor Richards Art, 101 W. Walnut Street in downtown Rogers (our neighboring town). This is an art co-op that specializes in fine arts and crafts. Pottery, jewelry, paintings and prints, fabric arts and more.
Wishing Springs Art Gallery, 8862 W. McNelly Rd., Bella Vista (our neighboring town to the north). Art co-op highlighting the work of Bella Vista artists and crafters.
Crystal Bridges Museum Gift Store, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville. The museum store has a wide selection of gifts and fine art, including original pieces from select local artists. We’re excited that one of the artists we feature on our dining room walls, Carol Dickie, also has pieces in the museum store.
Bentonville Farmer’s Market, on the square starting April 28. In addition to excellent quality fresh produce, meats and fresh-baked goods, the Bentonville Farmer’s market also features art, crafts and furniture. In fact, this is where we found our local soap vendor, RiverPure. (We provide the Lavender-Citrus and the Lemongrass scented soaps as part of our guests’ in-room amenities).
Thursday Bentonville Art Market, will take place in and around the Square every third Thursday starting June 20. And don’t miss the Bentonville ArtsFest Art Walk on the Square June 7. This takes place during a monthlong Celebration of the Arts in downtown Bentonville.
Eureka Springs (a 45-minute drive away) is jam-packed with local art galleries, and many of the artists who show there also have expanded into our section of NWA.
There are many more galleries and art shops in and around NWA, many of excellent quality. The ones we listed above are just the places we frequent most often and where we find a good majority of the pieces we have in the B&B.
If you’re looking to just enjoy art and are not particularly in the market to buy (although I’m sure you’ll find pieces for sale, too), there’s more to see in and around the downtown Bentonville area. In addition to the masterpieces on display inside and on the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, there is a really cool, unique art experience in the ground floor of the new 21c Museum hotel just a block away. There’s also the Majesty Republic art gallery on the Square. The Pressroom coffee shop, the Bentonville Convention and Visitors Bureau and Tusk and Trotter American Brasserie also feature local art on their walls. There are periodic art shows at Art Seen 107 (107 SE 3rd St, Bentonville) and at Studio 124 by Thomas Merritt (new location for his studio TBD, but keep your eyes peeled!).
More is on the way. We will do our best to keep the Bentonville Arts Scene alive and thriving!