Visual and performing arts opportunities abound in Arkansas, especially in September. Studio tours, and art walks are popular during autumn, when Mother Nature shows her own artistic flair as well. Here are a few upcoming arts events. Visit the Calendar of Events on Arkansas.com to find more.
Photographic Society of NWA Fall Fair Competition, Sept. 1-30, Springdale – The Arts Center of the Ozarks’ 10th annual Fall Fair Competition, open to members and non-members, professionals and amateurs. The winning photographic works capture stirring images of the world we live in. 479-751-5441; Artscenteroftheozarks.org
Art Fair on the Square, Sept. 3, Heber Springs – A one-day, outdoor, fine arts fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the lawn of the historic Heber Springs Courthouse Square. Fall is the perfect time to experience the recreational opportunities of the area, stroll through historic downtown, listen to music and browse the art fair in search of one-of-a-kind art. 501-362-2444; Heber-springs.com
September Gallery Stroll in Eureka Springs, Sept. 10, Eureka Springs – At the Second Saturday Gallery Stroll you can view the work of more than 1,000 artists and fine craftspeople represented by the nine participating galleries who sponsor this event. 479-363-9600; ArtofEureka.com
James Galea: I Hate Rabbits, Sept. 16, Fayetteville – Trading the traditional rigid tuxedo and stiff top hat for a tee shirt and ripped jeans, James Galea’s vibrant personality and unique performance style seamlessly fuses comedy and magic, with off-the-cuff one-liners and unbelievable sleight of hand. Takes place at Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall. 479-571-2747; Waltonartscenter.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=6281
10th annual Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour, Sept. 16-18, Mountain View – Visit the private working studios of local artists and craft artisans on this free self-guided driving tour in the scenic Ozark Mountains. The tour showcases creative artists in and around Mountain View, Calico Rock, Pineville, Leslie and Fox. More than 30 talented artisans offer a rare glimpse into their private working spaces as you travel “Off the Beaten Path” to see where and how their art is created. Tour hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. All studios are located within 30 miles of the courthouse square in Mountain View. 870-269-4103; Offthebeatenpathstudiotour.com
5th annual Ozark Mountain Artists Tour, Sept. 16-18, Jasper – Free, self-directed driving tour, features artists’ studios nestled in the Ozark Mountains. The tour winds though scenic and remote areas of Newton County in early fall. Driving the tour is rewarding in itself, featuring early fall color. 870-861-5853; Ozarkmountainartists.com
6th annual Adventure into Art Studio Tour, Sept. 23-25, Eureka Springs – Visit the artists’ studios, talk with the artists, watch them at work. A free self-guided tour. Tour maps and artist info on the website. 479-363-9402; Eurekaspringsstudiotour.com