Posts Tagged ‘Arkansas’

Fields of Gold!

December 10, 2017

MosaicBack in September (over the extended Labor Day weekend) I had the occasion to revisit Eureka Springs (Arkansas) with a friend and discovered that a work of art I had taken a liking to on a previous visit (but had not purchased) was still available.  Needless to say, I was not about to leave this shop a second time without securing this piece for my collection.  The artist: Fran Carlin, the title: Fields of Gold, the medium: glass mosaic.  Fran discovered mosaics working under the master, James Hubbell, and later studied in Ravenna, Italy.  Her work is positively stunning and I am delighted to have had this opportunity to add one of her pieces to my collection.


A Couple of Recommendations!

October 25, 2017

If you ever find yourself in the Eureka Springs area (northwestern Arkansas), there are several neat things to see and do.  Disclaimer: I certainly have not seen or done everything that there is to see or do in Eureka Springs, but there are a few things worthy of mention as “not to miss” if you get the chance (and depending on your interests).  In addition to the numerous art shops and galleries (always worthy of visiting in my opinion), I would highly recommend a visit to the Thorncrown Chapel.  Whether you are interested in the architecture (or not), or just merely want to enjoy the beautiful setting, it would be time well spent.

Another activity that was really well done and that I totally enjoyed was the Great Passion Play.  I’m not exactly sure I was surprised by this but it really exceeded my expectations tremendously and was a very enjoyable way to spend an evening (especially if you arrange to take advantage of the buffet dinner preceding the play).

Another really unique attraction: Quigley’s Castle, aka, “the Ozarks strangest dwelling.” Very unique indeed, but very interesting as well.

Or discover your own “treasures” and favorite attractions in this quaint and charming community nestled in the Ozarks of northwestern Arkansas!

Chihuly “In the Forest!”

August 5, 2017



Ten days ago, I posted my favorite piece from the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.  You still have a little over a week to check out this exhibit “in the gallery.”  But, if you can’t make it over in time for the gallery exhibit, the companion exhibit “In the Forest” continues through November 13th, and is certainly worth a look.  Here was my favorite piece from the forest . . . typcial Chihuly “free-spirited” fashion.

Twisted Glass!

July 27, 2017


Earlier this month I availed myself of the opportunity to make the trip to Bentonville, Arkansas, to visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art  . . . and their featured exhibit of the art of Dale Chihuly.  Simply marvelous.  There was an inside exhibit (in the Gallery) as well as an outdoor exhibit (in the Forest).  If you are at all interested, there are still a few weeks left to catch the gallery exhibitSteps (it runs through August 14th); the forest exhibit will continue through November 13th.

Due to the numerous pieces that were “orange,” I’m going to claim a “kindred spirit” connection to Mr. Chihuly!  I just loved the quotation on the outdoor staircase leading to the “in the forest” portion of the exhibit: “glass is the most magical of all materials.”  And, after witnessing the creativity and genius of Dale Chihuly and the representation of his art in glass, I couldn’t agree more.


Necktie of the Month – July 2016!

July 2, 2016

July 2016This month’s necktie was found during a trip to Bentonville, Arkansas a couple of years ago.  The original purpose of this trip was to visit a very close friend from the Eureka Springs area; we decided to meet at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art first for an afternoon of art appreciation (preceded by lunch of course).  Following the museum visit, we spent the remainder of the afternoon visit art galleries and antique shops in Rogers, Arkansas.  We then returned to Bentonville the next day to continue our “shopping” at which point I found this tie in a resale shop at an extremely reduced price (a price one could not afford to pass up).  I particularly liked the combination of hard corners/angles coupled with the freely flowing curliques.  And, the black background along with the beige/tan formations makes this necktie ideal for many of my colored shirts (if they are the right shade) — black, gray, cream, beige/tan, brown, red, pink, raspberry, lavender,sage, teal, blue, or white (I’d have to check, but it may even look okay with my orange shirt [but I’m not going to hold my breath on that one]).  Ah, the versatility of a multi-colored necktie!

A Pretty Fall!

December 9, 2014

IMG_0763Sometimes no matter how careful you are or how well you plan, you find yourself in temptation’s way.  As an avid art collector, this happens to me far more frequently than I would care to admit.  But at the same time, I never beat myself up over the occasional unplanned purchase either.  I love art, period, and it brings me great joy to collect. This particular piece was found  in Bentonville, Arkansas, and I would hazard to guess that I was originally drawn to the piece by the hint of orange (okay, perhaps more than a hint).  The artist: Sandy Hubler, the title: A Pretty Fall, the medium: original oil, the effect: mesmerizing.  It is now hanging in the bedroom of my apartment.

Necktie of the Month – December 2014!

December 2, 2014

IMG_0773This month I will highlight another one of the bargain ($5) neckties that I acquired in mid-October during my road trip to northwestern Arkansas.  And, while I am not always a fan of the color blue, I like the pattern of this one a lot and knew that it would go well with and complement my brown and beige suits quite nicely.   I should be able to pair this tie with my beige shirt as well as my brown shirt, my light blue shirt, my dark blue shirt and my white shirt.

Of course one of these days, I may have to acquire and/or add some form of blue suit to my wardrobe.  I used to have a navy blue blazer, but once I started wearing suits on a regular basis, I quit wearing blazers and sport coats and gave them all away.  Sorting through the closet every now and then is always a good thing — get rid of the clothes that no longer fit and make room for the new acquisitions.  Ah, the burden of being a “clothes horse.”  Luckily I have several local options for donating my gently used clothing for re-purposing.

Yet Another Treasure!

November 10, 2014

IMG_0770On my recent trip to Northwestern Arkansas, here is one of the paintings that I was able to acquire for my art collection from a multi-artist gallery in Rogers, Arkansas.  The artist also creates the most amazing furniture (Mission-style) and uses the same wood and style of his furniture to handcraft the frames of his paintings.  It was love at first sight.  The title: Farm Stead, the artist: Myron Williams, the medium: pastel, the frame: exquisite (and it compliments the painting beautifully), the overall effect: awesome . . . it’s hanging in my apartment (need I say more?).

Necktie of the Month – November 2014!

November 4, 2014

IMG_0764With a collection of neckties that now numbers well over one hundred, I am always keeping my eyes peeled for an interesting design and/or color combination.  Last month I took a little weekend getaway to Northwestern Arkansas to visit a friend.  We met at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, on Thursday and then spent the rest of the weekend exploring the restaurants, shops, antique stores, and art galleries in the cities of Rogers and Bentonville.   A good time was had by all.  This month’s necktie was discovered in a second-hand/antique store in downtown Rogers, Arkansas, and was a steal at only $5.  Combined with the four additional neckties that I found at this shop, I ended up spending less money for five neckties than one would normally pay retail for one. What a bargain.  This particular tie goes really well with my gray shirt, my maroon shirt, my pink shirt, my raspberry shirt, my light blue shirt, my dark blue shirt, and of course, my white shirt.

Just a Short Drive Away!

May 27, 2012

There is a new museum in the area that has been open for a little over six months already . . . the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art . . . and I have not yet been by for a visit.  Hmm, with the long holiday weekend, I just may have to take the short road trip tomorrow!  Located in Bentonville, Arkansas (a mere 125 miles away from Tulsa), this museum is the brainchild of Alice Walton (daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton) and was designed by Moshe Safdie.

Some of the quick facts:

  • 217,000 square feet of galleries.
  • Meeting rooms and classroom space.
  • A library.
  • A sculpture garden.
  • A gift shop.
  • A full-service restaurant and coffee bar.
  • A gathering space that will accomodate up to 300 people.
  • Outdoor areas (for concerts and other events).
  • Extensive nature trails.
  • Employs more than 160 individuals.
  • Around $488 million in assets (in August of 2008).
  • Free admission (thanks to Wal-Mart sponsorship).