Back to Nature: Submit a Landscape Photo to Crystal Bridges at the Massey

My Tuesday blogs are dedicated to experiencing the great outdoors. I’ll feature anything from park events to Natural State destinations worth seeing. Join me each week to get back to nature.

Jill M. Rohrbach

If you love the outdoors and you are a photographer, look through your photos for your best landscape shot. Crystal Bridges at the Massey in Bentonville is inviting residents and natives of Northwest Arkansas to submit photographs to “Looking at our Landscape,” a juried community photography exhibition to be held at the Massey from April 1 through May 31.

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 5. You can download an entry form from the Web site,, or email for more information. I’m going through my photos this week to see what I have to enter – maybe one of my photos of the Buffalo National River or one of some Arkansas waterfalls.

If it’s too cold for you to get outdoors right now, get your nature fix by heading to the Massey to view the current exhibition, “Heroes of Horticulture,” which runs through March 21. Here’s the Massey’s description of what you’ll see: “Photographs of botanical survivors, from the gnarled, 50-foot-wide root system of an ancient fig tree to the dew-drenched petals of a rare tree peony, are featured in Heroes of Horticulture. Heritage sites from throughout the United States that are threatened by development, disease and the ravages of time have been documented by 12 renowned photographers and included in this traveling exhibition organized by the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in collaboration with The Cultural Landscape Foundation of Washington, D.C.” The Massey has a lot of great exhibits and programs for adults and children.

And just in case you aren’t familiar with this whole Crystal Bridges thing, let me explain. Crystal Bridges at the Massey allows visitors to follow the construction and development of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which is currently under construction. It features the latest architectural renderings, models and photographs detailing the progress of the project and showcases touring exhibitions. It is located just off the square in downtown Bentonville.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is envisioned as a premier art institution dedicated to American art and artists, learning and community gatherings. The museum will house a permanent collection of American art masterworks from the colonial era to modern day, and touring collections from national art institutions. A dynamic temporary exhibitions program will complement the holdings of the permanent collection. The museum takes its name from a natural spring on the museum’s 100-acre, wooded site. The building was designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie.

It’s going to be incredible people. I can’t wait!

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