Fayetteville, Arkansas is known as a great arts destination with many public works from large murals to little-known gems tucked in the nooks and crannies. We recently wandered around Fayetteville taking in the natural beauty and snapped a few shots of some of our favorite art pieces. If you haven’t explored the art scene in Fayetteville, add that to your bucket list! Check these out:

1. Traffic boxes (pictured above) are often overlooked, but an initiative by the Fayetteville Police Department has spiced them up in an effort to discourage graffiti and add beauty to the town.  The box was painted by the Fayetteville High School Art Department and is at the intersection of Arkansas Avenue and Dickson Street by the Kappa Sigma house on the edge of the University of Arkansas campus.

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks’ 2016 Art & Cocktails in the Garden

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is hosting a casual evening of local art, live music, and hors d’oeuvres and cocktails on Tuesday, June 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.! Surround yourself with the vibrant, early-summer beauty of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks as you enjoy available tours of the Garden’s art installations, an art show featuring local artists, live music, a drop-in interactive art project, craft beer, and the evening’s signature drink—martinis!

Did you know that there is currently a not-so-secret pop-up art sale happening in downtown Fayetteville? Fenix Fayetteville is a new group of emerging and established artists in Northwest Arkansas who have combined their talents and set up this pop-up shop just in time for the holidays.

From now until Sunday December 18, stop by the former Beaver Electric Building (208 N. Block Ave.) between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. to see the artsy goodness for yourself and purchase a unique handmade gift for that free spirited family member on your shopping list. Featuring all types of mediums, you’re sure to find something cool in the mix of painting, photography, textile art, ceramics, ornaments and more!

Art is often viewed strictly as a visual form, but for Fayetteville artist Leilani Law it goes beyond that - words, performance, music all mesh together as a means of creative expression. Her earliest memory is performing onstage as a dancer when she was a child. Since then, her primary creative outlets have been painting and poetry, but inspiration is all around and she’s constantly collecting and cataloguing these things in her mind. Eventually, they find their way to the canvas.

Leilani came from a family that was very supportive of the arts and had her learn from a variety of creative individuals in different fields, usually in the people’s homes.  This type of mentorship is something that she practices today with her own students, who come to her home every week. 

Samantha Hussey likes making things. It’s a trait that she’s carried her entire life. Anything that can be changed, improved, transformed. Her curiosity propelled her down the path to becoming the artist she is today.

“I’ve really been interested in making things as long as I can remember,” Samantha says. “When I was younger I was very much an explorer. I’d leave my house and be gone all day long, building makeshift forts and stuff in the woods. I was by myself a lot. I started being really curious about how to put things together and make stuff. As I got older I was never really an A student and never cared about any subjects other than art. Anytime someone put something in front of me, I’d just fiddle with it. I always had my hands busy.”

 Springfest will return to Fayetteville on Saturday, June 22, with the popular pancake breakfast, bed races, live music, craft vendors, a pet parade, pub crawl and other activities on Dickson Street.

The festival was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 4, and was postponed due to inclement weather.


The 16th annual Art of Wine Festival, Arkansas’ premier wine and food festival, is almost here! This festival is produced and presented by Walton Arts Center and will take place June 9-11. Tickets and reservations for the events can be purchased online at Art of Wine Festival or by calling The Walton Arts Center Box Office at 479.443.5600. Click read more to see the full list of events!

In the last few years, First Thursday Fayetteville has become a highly anticipated, must-see monthly event drawing more than 15,000 people downtown throughout the season.

On the first Thursday of each month from April to October, First Thursday Fayetteville transforms the city’s historic Downtown Square into a vibrant arts district, featuring the work of more than 40 visual artists, live music, street performers, food and drink, and children’s activities.

The upcoming First Thursday, on October 6, will round out the end of the 2016 season with some great musical acts and activities, celebrating the cool fall weather.

The Walton Arts Center is currently undergoing major renovations to enhance experiences for performers and audiences alike. Expansions in the lobby and Starr theater along with new walls of glass windows will give the building a modern upgrade allowing the arts center to draw larger audiences to the area mingling its beautiful space with the arts/entertainment district of Dickson St.

The Fayetteville Underground is set to host the opening reception for their new exhibition during the First Thursday Celebration on the downtown Fayetteville Square, Thursday, July 7 from 9p.m.

The show features work from different artists and media types that all aim to capture intricate details of the world.

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