Posts Tagged ‘Crystal Bridges’

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!

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!

Crystal Bridges – Museum of American Art

August 9th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

Many of you know how incredible the art is here in the Ozarks and in Eureka Springs. Many of you might not know about Crystal Bridges, an incredible art museum being built in nearby Bentonville, just a 1 hour drive. Still in the process of being built, the building itself is a work of art. The museum takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the glass-and-wood building design by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two creek-fed ponds will house galleries, meeting and classroom spaces and a large auditorium. Sculpture and walking trails will link the museum’s 100-acre park and gardens to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas.

Crystal Bridges will house a permanent collection of masterworks of American art ranging from the colonial era to contemporary work. Visitors will be able to enjoy the collection within the state-of-the-art galleries and throughout the surrounding park. To see announced works of the permanent collection, please go to the collection page on their website.

In addition to the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions drawn from national institutions will complement the holdings of the permanent collection and exemplify the diversity of American artists.

Be sure to go see the building the next time you’re in Eureka – it’s worth the drive! And we look forward to the grand opening of this wonderful museum.

Warmest regards,

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

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