Plein Air Season Approaches

Finished plein air painting of Crescent Hotel.

Finished plein air painting of Crescent Hotel.

Plein Air Painters of Eureka Springs has its first group paint-out on April 1st at the Crescent Hotel. For a complete listing of scheduled locations, click here.

The Crescent Hotel is one of the best places to paint. There are so many views, not just of the hotel, but the grounds around the hotel are lovely year-round. There are also great views from the many levels of hotel balconies and from the top of the Crescent. And it’s the only place to get a good look at historic Saint Elizabeth’s Catholic Church.

The Crescent Hotel has always been supportive of the artists of Eureka Springs, and we appreciate all they do for us.

Winter in Eureka Springs

2-26 Snow#1Eureka Springs is settling into its other season–the not-as-busy time when it’s (extra) beautiful and tranquil. There are still plenty of opportunities for interacting with the locals, shopping downtown, hiking around Black Bass Lake, or just strolling the hills of our lovely city. It’s a great time to stay in a cabin with a view from the jacuzzi or to sit by a fireplace and hope you get snowed in.

Painter of Eureka Springs

October Show at Studio 62: Jody Stephenson, Painter of Eureka Springs

Magnolia Street - Eureka Springs

Magnolia Street – Eureka Springs

During the entire month of October, Jody Stephenson will be exhibiting twenty-five new paintings of Eureka Springs and the surrounding area–many completed en plein air with the Plein Air Painters of Eureka Springs (P.A.P.E.S.), a group she co-founded with Dixie Westerman nearly ten years ago. There will be a special reception for the show during the October Gallery Stroll at Studio 62 on October 11 from 4-7 p.m.

Jody said about her show, “Without being presumptuous, I would like to be remembered as a painter of Eureka Springs. I have loved Eureka Springs since I first visited here when I was twelve years old and stayed at the Joy Motel with my family. Swimming in their pool surrounded by trees and hills was paradise for a girl from Kansas. It was, and still is, a dream come true to live here.”

In case you missed Ron Lutz’s show, The Art of Negative Thinking, at the Eureka Fine Art Gallery during September, you will have another chance to view it at Studio 62 during the month of October. Ron utilizes a variety of photographic processes from old and new–including pinhole, large format, and digital photography. Ron’s photography has been in juried exhibits at Crystal Bridges, Loveland Museum of Art, and Oakland Museum.

Studio 62, next to the Bavarian Inn, on west Highway 62 in Eureka Springs. 479.363.9209.

Art as Prayer 2014

9th Annual “Art as Prayer” Exhibit at Studio 62 in Eureka Springs. May 1-31, 2014

To View Exhibit on-line

A month-long exhibit of Come Away With Meprayerful works of art.

Studio 62 in Eureka Springs is hosting its 9th Annual Art as Prayer—a month-long exhibition of original works, utilizing art as a vehicle to spirituality. Open 10-5 daily except Wednesdays. Studio 62 is the gallery of resident artists, Jody Stephenson and Ron Lutz. Open year-round. On Highway 62 West in Eureka Springs, next to Bavarian Inn. 479.363.9209.

“To pray is to work; to work is to pray.” The Motto of the Benedictine Order could easily describe the artistic vocation—a life dedicated to work, born of love and devotion. In many ways, the artist’s life is similar to the taking of a monastic vow—committing to a life of solitude, meditation, and single-mindedness. Art documents the spiritual journey of the artist. Each painting could be considered a prayer along the way, a mile marker on the path toward artistic maturity. Looking at a work of art is like reading someone’s mail or listening to their prayers. It’s a chance to get inside the mind of the artist, to see how another person sees the world.

Benjamin Franklin said to “Work as if you were to live a hundred years, pray as if you were to die tomorrow.” (Poor Richard’s Almanac) That’s what artists do every day.