The Arts: Shows at Zarks Gallery

Between the May Festival of the Arts in Eureka Springs, and Fayetteville’s new Artosphere regional arts festival, there are numerous art events taking place in northwest Arkansas this spring. The Eureka Springs festival celebrates the arts throughout the entire month of May with events, activities, special exhibits, artist’s demonstrations, music and visual arts all represented. Artosphere is a new multi-week festival dedicated to celebrating artists who are influenced by nature and who help inspire people to live more sustainable lives. Created by the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, the festival includes more than 80 programs and events throughout the region. Join me and my “The Arts” blog to keep up with all the great arts and culture offerings over the next several weeks.

Jill M. Rohrbach

Catch the Trunk Show of jeweler Michael Schwade on Saturday, May 15 at Zarks Gallery, located at 67 Spring St. in downtown Eureka Springs. The artist will honored with a reception that evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

Zarks GallerySchwade produces works of wearable art that are both contemporary and classical. His pieces have been referred to as “Contemporary Artifacts” because they look as though they could have been created in ancient times rather than today. His original designs are crafted in brass, bronze, copper, nickel and sterling silver with some pieces including embellishments of glass cabochons.

You’ll find pins, earrings, bracelets, rings and hair ornaments at the show. When you purchase a Schwade original, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate good towards any future purchase of his work.

Zarks Gallery will feature Rollin Karg on Saturday, May 22. The artist’s show, “Hot Glass & Cold Steel,” will also include an evening reception from 6 to 9. Karg is a renowned glass artisan from the Midwest who designs and creates small and massive sculptural pieces from molten glass, usually shaped in a freeform, asymmetrical manner. He brings the glass to life through his dynamic use of color, especially dichroic colors, a material that transmits one color while reflecting another, and adds a unique dimension to the piece.

Zarks represents over 80 local, regional, and national artists. Featured work includes ceramics from the Spring Street Pottery Studio, fine jewelry, painting and region’s largest collection of contemporary American art glass. For more information about these and other gallery events, call 479-253-2626 or toll free at 877-540-9805, Check out their Website:, or email the gallery at

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