(For ages 3 to 5 with an adult.) Discover patterns used by artists represented in the temporary exhibition Van Gogh to Rothko and use them to try out new methods of art making. Parents or caregivers participate with their preschoolers in gallery conversations and art-making activities each week. Session includes three consecutive Wednesday classes. All materials are provided. $30 ($24 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Wednesday, April 1, 8, and 15, 1 to 2:15 pm
Join fellow homeschool families for an afternoon of art and exploration at the museum. The program will include guided tours of the collection and a curriculum-based art-making activity connected to the works viewed in the galleries. Free with online registration.
Learn how to successfully paint a clothed figure in its surrounding environment over this six-week course with our new art instructor, Jessica Westhafer. Working from direct observation, we will focus on breaking down the figure into simple forms and developing color and space. All materials are provided. $200/6 classes ($160 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Wednesday, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and May 6, 6 to 8:30 pm
The Not So Big House book series by Sarah Susanka brings to light a new way of thinking about what makes a place feel like home— characteristics many people desire in their homes and their lives, but haven't known how to verbalize. How big is Not So Big? Not So Big doesn't necessarily mean small. It means not as big as you thought you needed, but designed and built to perfectly suit the way you live. $10 (Free for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Join in a gallery conversation with authors Sharon Morgan and Tom DeWolf about their poignant book Gather at the Table that looks at the history and current context of race relations in the United States. Morgan’s ancestors were slaves and DeWolf’s ancestors were the largest slave owners in the US. The two of them have courageously explored how whites and blacks view each other.
In considering our past with present issues, this discussion takes part in the museum’s Nineteenth-Century Art Gallery against the backdrop of artwork depicting the Civil War and slavery. The authors encourage you to explore our country’s issues of racial equity and justice through a path toward healing and reconciliation. Special thanks to the Walmart Global Diversity Office. Free with online registration.
This First Friday is fashioned after European street fairs. It highlights the talents of street performers, like jugglers, stilt walkers, fire-eaters, magicians and more!
For over 20 years, Rae Ann Bayless has dedicated her craft to the idea of jewelry as wearable art. Approaching jewelry making with the eye of a painter, Bayless adds the tactile sensibilities of a sculptor, combining rich colors and textures— with just a touch of the exotic. In this way, each piece becomes an expression of personal adornment, a signature of the wearer. Bayless designs jewelry for the fanciers of both the contemporary and the classic. Rae Ann’s full collection will be on display and available for purchase during this event. Free, no registration required.
Friday, April 3, noon to 6 pm and Saturday, April 4, 10 am to 6 pm
Come out and enjoy the Great Hall’s spectacular dance floor with a night of Salsa dancing to Latin beats by DJ Midnite. Special thanks to the Hispanic Latino Associate Resource Group. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Kate Austin is having a 31Bits Trunk Show on First Friday! 31 Bits is a jewelry company that employs Ugandan women and empowers them to learn business skills. They will also offering 25% off one item in store. This excludes Pandora.
Ramo d' Olivo is celebrating International First Friday with us by bringing a little Italy to Downtown Bentonville! One of the newest shops on the Bloc Ramo d' Olivo provides a unique shopping experience where customers can taste premium olive oils and vinegars before purchase. This Friday they will be featuring oils and wines from Italy. Stop on by to try some amazing oils, vinegars and of course a great glass of wine!