Artist in Residence-Karrie Evenson

Arkansas Art Trail Schedules “Artist In Residence” Workshop with Karrie Evenson.

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) – When most people think of art, their minds turn to the oxymoron of passive activity.  The Arkansas Art Trail, where nature inspires art in Northwest Arkansas, is dedicated to making the month of April experiential through a series of workshops.  Its final sponsored workshop event is entitled “Artist In Residence” and features a painter that describes herself as an “emotional painter”.  Karrie Evenson, a resident of the Arkansas Ozarks, will be conducting four two-hour workshops here at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa on April 25 and 26.

“My goal during these four hands-on sessions will be to teach attendees how to paint abstract birds, flowers and landscapes,” said Evenson, “but not in the normal ‘art school’ fashion.  I encourage aspiring painters to paint with emotion and passion, not for traditional perfection but for a canvas that says, ‘This is who I am.’  Painting can and should be fun and fearless.”

The names Evenson has given to the individual workshops bespeaks her philosophy of painting bright, colorful and free: Colorful Abstract Birds, Abstract Florals, Luscious Abstract Landscapes, and “Spice It Up” Chili Pepper Abstracts.

The two-day / one night package, based on two people per package, includes admission to two workshop sessions per day, overnight lodging with breakfast at the Crescent Hotel plus a wine and cheese reception with the artist.  The “Arts In Residence” package is limited to the first 10 reservations with prices beginning at $129.

Evenson concluded, “Each and every one of my paintings is seasoned with the fact that I walk my own path, make my own journey, write my own story, and create my own happiness.  That is why I try to instill into my workshop attendees a willingness to be brave and bold; daring them to dream, encouraging them to love life since it is the only one they will ever have.”

For full package and workshop details,  one should go to arkansasarttrail.com or call the Crescent Hotel at 800-342-9766.

Photography Exhibit & Workshop

Arkansas Art Trail Schedules Edward Robison Photography Exhibit and Workshop

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) — As part of the Arkansas Art Trail’s celebration of “April Art Experiences”, several weekend events have been planned here at one of the Trail’s partners, the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa.  The event planned for Thursday and Friday, April 19 and 20, is the Photography Exhibit and Workshop featuring award-winning landscape photographer and artist, Edward C. Robison III.

Robison, a native of the Missouri Ozarks, has focused his lens from coast-to-coast with emphasis in the Midwest.  He now lives in Eureka Springs where he owns and operates the Sacred Earth Gallery.  He has authored numerous books and has been commissioned by such national clients as Capitol One, Bass Pro Shops and The Sierra Club.

“There is so much to see and photograph along the Arkansas Art Trail, I would like to help our attendees maximize the digital images they will capture along that trail no matter the style, size or cost of the camera they use,” said Robison.  “Not only will I be instructing them on the dynamics of light and understanding landscape photography, but I will also share how to get the most out of their camera but how to digitally enhance their images by using computerized software tricks.”

The Thursday evening session of the workshop will be a trip out to one of Robison’s favorite “off the beaten path” spots along the trail; a place in the Ozarks near Beaver Lake, where he has captured breathtaking images in the past.  The Friday morning session, conducted in one of Cottages at Crescent Park, will be an artful examination of some of Robison’s award winning work as well as constructively critiquing three to five images of each attendee that he or she captured the evening before.

The Arkansas Art Trail’s Photography Exhibit and Workshop is only open to the first 12 package participants at the Crescent Hotel.  For the Thursday night session, attendees are asked to bring personal cameras; those cameras of at least the five megapixel variety are recommended. Workshop Packages, that include overnight lodging at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa and a complimentary breakfast Saturday morning in the Crystal Dining Room Restaurant, begin at just $289 per couple.  For complete details and to check availability click here or call the Crescent Hotel at 800-342-9766.

OR Tickets available for Individual participation for $95 per person.  Please email amanda.haley1@gmail.com if you are interested.