Walton Arts Center officials last week released the 2014 Artosphere festival lineup, which includes new work by Irish street artist Maser, eco-artist Stacy Levy, and the return of the popular Trail Mix concert series.
The festival, created as a celebration of art, nature, and sustainability, returns to Northwest Arkansas for a fifth year this spring.
The first event listed on the sprawling festival lineup begins April 26, with an Art Night Out at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. After that, expect two months of visual art exhibitions, music, dance, and family-oriented activities.
Several visual art events are planned over the course of the festival, including a new art installation titled Envirofountain, which features a series of terrariums installed at 10 locations across the region by local artists Ben Flowers, Luke Knox, and Harry Scott.
Artist and perfumer Jill McKeever will debut a new show titled Synesthesia on May 16 at Walton Arts Center’s McBride Studio, featuring “a scent and audio installation.” Synesthesia will run through June 7.
Eco artist Stacy Levy, whose Spiral Wetland was installed as part of last year’s festival, will be back in town to talk about that project along with her upcoming School Avenue Streetscape project on May 22 in the Joy Pratt Markam Gallery inside the Walton Arts Center.
In addition, The Trey McIntyre Project dance troupe will be in town for a few performances, including a spontaneous group movement performance at Wilson Park on May 13.
Music-wise, the Artosphere Festival Orchestra will return for several performances, including “tiny concerts” at restaurants and bars across the region. The Trail Mix concert series will also return, with performances by Street Drum Corps, Candy Lee & the Sweets, Martha Redbone Trio, Carter Sampson, Smokey & The Mirror, and Cry You On along the Fayetteville trail system on June 1.
Other family-friendly events include puppet theater performances by The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer on May 13-17, an interactive children’s theatre called Bleu by Compagnia TPO, and others.
A celebration of the festival, featuring a meet-and-greet with artists, live music, food and beverages, is planned for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 at Walton Arts Center.
We’ll have more about individual Artosphere events as they approach over the next few months.
For more info, check out the full festival lineup at waltonartscenter.com/artosphere.