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May Festival of the Arts Eureka Springs

March 12th, 2014 by Sam Feldman

May Festival of the Arts Eureka Springs is Eureka’s longest calendar festival, running the entire month of May. May also happens to be the most beautiful month of the year in Eureka, as far as we’re concerned (besides October, for the fall color). Everything is in wonderful and colorful bloom and you have so many artistic activities to choose from!

May Festival of the Arts Eureka Springs

May Festival of the Arts Eureka Springs

A few of our favorite parts:

May 3, the ArtRageous parade, in the evening this year at 6p.m.

May 16th, White Street Walk, a wonderful street fair full of artists, food, wine and people! Nice video featuring one of our well-known artists describing the walk that was upcoming in 2013.

May 18th, the 9th Annual Books in Bloom, featuring author Kathy Reichs this year, as well as many other published and well-known authors.

Throughout the month, there are featured artists all over town, as well as regularly scheduled gallery strolls.

As always, pretty much everything is within a lovely walk of our inn, the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast. Come stay with us and enjoy our lovely gardens and decks, sip some wine, then head downtown for all the activities. We’d love to have you!

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie and Fiona, too!

Crystal Bridges – Fantastic Art Surrounds Eureka Springs

January 30th, 2014 by Sam Feldman

It’s been almost 2 1/2 years since Crystal Bridges first opened in nearby Bentonville, AR, but the response from the world has been incredible. When Crystal Bridges was first proposed, annual attendance was estimated at 150,000 to 300,000 guests. Since its opening on 11/11/11, the museum’s attendance has far surpassed that, to welcome more than 650,000 visitors in its first year. During the week of August 12, 2013, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art welcomed its one-millionth visitor.

Crystal Bridges

Crystal Bridges

Built by Alice Walton, daughter of Wal-Mart’s founder, Sam Walton, the museum is sponsored by Wal-Mart and has free admission to view its permanent collection, which is open year-round. Traveling exhibits (such as last year’s Norman Rockwell exhibit) is an additional cost. The museum is closed on Tuesdays and on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The grounds are open daily and if you are there at sunrise or sunset, be sure to visit the Skyspace for an unique experience.

Just a short 1-hour drive from Eureka Springs, AR, (which in itself has incredible art galleries of its own) Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has world-class art that covers the walls of a unique and artistic building, designed by architect Moshe Safdie. It is designed to be at one with the surrounding landscape and includes gorgeous outdoor trails and outdoor art.

Crystal BridgesThere is some incredible art from the 1600′s, 1700′s and 1800′s that is our favorites. There is also a very modern section, where you can view Andy Warhol’s Dolly Parton and Jackson Pollock’s Reclining Woman. There are incredible sculptures, as well, both inside and outside.

The museum itself will take quite a bit of your day, but if you’re visiting during beautiful weather, you have to spend some time out on the walking trails. There are more than 3.5 miles of trails that wind through the Museum’s 120-acre site, providing guests with access to the beautiful Ozark landscape.

Crystal Bridges

What a wonderful way to spend a day during your visit to Eureka Springs and hopefully, Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast, where we can pamper you to no end. Get busy planning your next visit now!.

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie and Fiona, too!

May Festival of the Arts in Eureka Springs

May 2nd, 2013 by Sam Feldman

By far our absolute FAVORITE festival in Eureka Springs, AR, is May Festival of the Arts.

The first weekend starts out with one of our favorite events, the ARTrageous parade, Saturday, May 4th (2:00 p.m. – bright, colorful, loud and joyful!). Tied for first place in favorites is the 23rd Annual White Street Walk on Friday, May 17th, from 4 to 10 p.m. The entire street becomes a street fair, with resident artists opening up their homes to guests (lots of free food and wine provided by these wonderful hosts) and there are more than 40 street exhibits as well from other artists, displaying and selling art in the form of weaving, watercolors, jewelry, oils, pottery, stained glass and much more.

Sunday, May 19th, you will find Books in Bloom attracting crowds at the Crescent Hotel (just a few steps up the hill from the Bridgeford House). From noon until 5, you can meet and listen to such well-known authors as Catherine Coulter, James Grippando, and Craig Johnson (he of the A&E “Longmire” mystery series, a favorite of ours) and many others. Again – one of our favorite events – how can we have so many?

Check out a full schedule on the festival’s website. These are only a few of the major events going on during the weekends, but there are true artist events and showings during every day of the week in May. May is a beautiful month to visit our lovely little town in the Ozarks, so make your plans today!

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!Sophie as a butterfly

Keels Creek Winery

March 6th, 2013 by Sam Feldman

You don’t have to go far to find a world-class winery – we have one right here inside the city limits of Eureka Springs, AR. Keels Creek has a beautiful retail wine sales facility in a Spanish-style building, which also houses their Keels Creek Art Gallery. They also have a wine tasting room and most recently have expanded their wine production facility right behind the sales building, now open to visitors on their wine tours.

Keels Creek Showroom

Keels Creek Showroom









These are award-winning wines, so well worth the trip to do some tasting – we even have a package that includes a wine tasting for two (the Fun, Food & Wine package debuting in March, which also includes dinner out and tickets to the Intrigue Theater). They currently produce about eight reds, three whites and a couple of blush varieties. They intend to keep the winery as a boutique winery, small and friendly, using local grapes harvested from their own vineyard and 3 other local vineyards.

Keels Creek is open every day of the year, except Christmas, I think, so it doesn’t matter what season you come, you can always enjoy a good glass of wine. Come see us!

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!




7th Annual ADVENTURE INTO ART, Coming This Weekend, Sept. 20-23

September 16th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Eureka is all about art, so this upcoming weekend, Sept. 20-23, is perfect for touring our wonderful artists’ studios. Join us for ADVENTURE INTO ART, the 7th Annual Eureka Springs Artists Studio Tour.

This free, self-guided annual art event is a wonderful way to spend four cultural days exploring beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas. See some wonderful local artist’s work, such as Julie Kahn Valentine’s rendition of our local Carnegie library.

Carnegie Library Eureka Springs AR

The 4-day event kicks off with a fun “Demonstration Day” on Thursday and continues with open studios through Sunday afternoon.

Artworks are on exhibit and for sale including original oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel paintings and prints, pottery, jewelry, wood and metal and other fine crafts. Meet the artists in their personal work environments, enjoy demonstrations of technique and personal style in a wide range of media – plus Q & A time and lots of interaction with the artists in their working environments.

The fall weather and scenery will make this a trip to remember.

And don’t forget, this is also Jazz Eureka weekend – free jazz in the park with local and regional players. It will be a wonderful weekend – just walk right down from the Bridgeford House!

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!

May Festival of the Arts in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

April 15th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

Time is rolling around once again to one of the best months of the year to visit Eureka Springs, AR – Mayfest! For the 3rd year in a row during the May Festival of the Arts, a month-long Eureka Springs invitational art show will take place at the Artifacts Folk & Fine Art Gallery, with approximately 50 local artists on display.

But this is only one of the many art happenings that go on during the month of May – that’s right, the whole month! You’re going to have a heck of a time figuring out the best time to come. Two of our favorites is the White Street Walk, which is basically a huge block party with artist’s homes opened up to the public (lots of art and jewelry for sale, also free food and drink!) and Books in Bloom, which is a garden party for writers and readers. We go every year and it’s fascinating to hear authors talk about how to write (don’t we all really want to write the next best seller?).


White St Walk Eureka Springs, AR

White St Walk

Books in Bloom

Books in Bloom










Of course, all of this is kicked off by one of our great street parades, the ARTrageous parade on May 5th, where you will see incredible costumes, African drumming (we have our own resident drummer from the Ivory Coast – that’s a whole ‘nother blog!) and even belly dancers. For a short preview of the parade:

By the way, part of the May Festival of the Arts – that first weekend – is “Africa in the Ozarks“, which features our local residents in a celebration of African rhythm dance, food and culture. Particularly the dancing and the drumming will get your blood flowing fast!

All month long artists are featured in our various galleries, so again, any time you might visit in May, there will be something going on! Check the May Festival of the Arts Schedule of Events to plan your visit.

Oh, and on May 19th is the Spring Garden Tour which features some wonderful gardens throughout town: private homes, churches and B&Bs – including yours truly!

All this ends up with the last day in May heading into the first weekend in June, which always features one of our most popular festivals of the year, the Blues Festival!

The Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast here in Eureka Springs, AR, has rooms available for all of May and we even have some still available for Blues Festival Weekend, but call pretty quickly! You know we’d love to have you come stay with us and we’re within walking distance of all this fabulous fun.

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!

Countess Sophie Marie of the Bridgeford House Bed & Breakfast

Sophie, your assistant innkeeper


Classes for Budding Artists

January 20th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

We have a wonderful treasure right here in Eureka Springs. It’s call ESSA, The Eureka Springs School of the Arts. This venue offers  workshops in arts and crafts throughout the year for interested, emerging and professional artists. Award-winning and noted artists and crafts persons guide students to learn new art forms and expand their current skill levels. Their mission statement says it all: In the belief that art is vital to the human spirit, the Eureka Springs School of the Arts is committed to cultivating, promoting, and encouraging artistic expression by providing art education opportunities in a unique environment of beauty and creativity.

Examples of some classes include “Intro to Wheel Throwing in Clay” for beginning students, taught in a real artist’s studio by Terry L. Russell, who has been a clay artist for 40 years. Students will learn the basic skills for making vessels on the potters wheel.

Or you could try “Introduction to Jewelry Making”, “Metalsmithing: Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet”, “Basic Acrylic Painting” and even “Marketing for the Professional Artist Series”. There is “Digital Photography”, “Introduction to Botanical Painting”, or “Bookmaking”. A wide variety of classes are offered and you can see their 2012 calendar on their website.

There are even limited scholarships that are available, awarded on the basis of merit and need and are granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Come stay with us while you study – we’ll make sure you’re well-fed and get to where you need to go. And we would love to see your work when you finish!

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art – Opening 11/11/11!

October 10th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

All of us in NW Arkansas and Eureka Springs have been waiting on pins and needles for the opening of the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. And it’s finally here – 11/11/11 will mark the opening of one of the most beautiful buildings (which is an art piece in and of itself) and one of the best collections of American Art ever gathered under one roof. The Museum was founded by art-enthusiast and visionary Alice Walton (of the Walmart family), who continues to serve as chair of the Board of Directors. In July, 2011, Walmart announced a grant that will sponsor general public admission to the Museum. However, Walmart Stores, Inc. is in no way connected to the development, construction, or planning of the Museum or the development and ownership of the permanent collection. That’s right, you can get in free! However, only advance tickets issued will get you in from the opening day until January 2nd. And only a certain number will be issued for each day. You should be able to reserve those online at their site.

The art will be divided into several different collections, including Colonial, 19th Century, Modern and Contemporary. You’ll see such works as Charles Wilson Peale’s portrait of George Washington, ca. 1780-1782, and Thomas Moran’s Valley of the Catawissa in Autumn, ca. 1862. In the Modern collection, you’ll see Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, 1943. In the Contemporary collection, visit Andy Warhol’s Dolly Parton, 1985, and Walton Ford’s The Island, 2009. There will also be many sculpture pieces included inside and outside the museum.

Not only is the museum going to be a fabulous place to visit on the inside, more than 3.5 miles of trails will wind among streams, ponds, wetlands, native plants, and sculpture on the Museum’s 120-acre site. Some are bike-friendly and from what little we’ve seen so far, this is an incredibly beautiful venue for outdoor enjoyment. At one point on Crystal Bridges Trail is an observation deck overlooking the museum itself.

Eureka Springs is a great place to come stay, enjoy our local artists, who are phenomenal in their own right, and then pop over to Bentonville, just a 1-hour drive through our beautiful Ozark Mountains, to the Crystal Bridges Museum. And you know we’d love to have you stay with us!

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!

“Adventure into Art” Studio Tour – September 23-25, 2011

September 4th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

There is a great event coming up soon, the “Adventure into Art” Studio Tour. For the sixth year in a row, sixteen artists will open their working studios for self-guided tours – for free! Friday and Saturday hours are 10-6 and Sunday 10-4. World-class artists will offer demonstrations and show works in progress and for sale. You’ll see paintings in oil, acrylic, pastels, watercolors, pottery, jewelry, wood, metal and found objects.

Participating artists include Jim Nelson, Rebecca Becker (Prospect Gallery), Drew Gentle, Carol Saari, Cynthia Re Robbins, Larry Mansker, Craig and Lorna Trigg Hirsch (Fire Om Earth Studio), Chon Stanley, Sara & Terry Russell, Rich & Janet Goodyear, Maureen Daily, and Bob & Diana Harvey.

Tour maps brochures are available in advance at Visitor Centers, the Chamber of Commerce, and downtown shops and galleries. This will be a wonderful event where you can visit actual real artist’s studios, see demos and buy art! An awesome way to get to know Eureka Springs.

And we’ll be here at the Bridgeford House to help direct you in any way we can, so make plans to come that weekend – the weather should be gorgeous!

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!

Downtown Eureka Springs – Visit Zarks Gallery

June 5th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

If you have never been to the Historic Distict in Eureka Springs, AR, before to shop, one of the first places you have to visit is Zarks Fine Design Gallery. They represent over 125 local, regional, and national artists, and features the finest collection of American art glass in the Midwest. At Zarks the main focus is on American blown art glass, fine silver and gold jewelry, along with sculpture and two-dimensional works. In addition, the gallery is the showcase for the work of the Studio. Spring Street Pottery Studio, established in 1970, is one of the oldest working artist studios in Eureka.















The gallery has a comfortable and inviting ambiance and strives to provide unique, high quality work tastefully displayed and presented by a friendly and knowledgeable staff (including one rather large and fine cat named Leo, seen in the photo above.) You can read more about Leo on their website.

As with just about everything here in downtown Eureka Springs, we are close enough to walk to this fabulous shop – some of the most gorgeous glassware you could find anywhere. Make sure you visit them next time you’re here and let them know that we sent you down there to say “meow” to Leo.

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!