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Artosphere Art & Nature Festival Announces Lineup

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For the eighth straight year, an art and nature festival will be happening in the springtime in Fayetteville.

Walton Arts Center this week announced their annual Artosphere Festival will return with a series of both free and paid events celebrating the natural world May 4-20, 2017.

As usual, the festival will include dozens of events spread all over the region, including the popular Trail Mix Series featuring mini-concerts along the trail system, performances by the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, as well as several family-oriented performances.

Photo: Courtesy, Walton Arts Center

“Artosphere celebrates the intersection of art and nature and encourages all of us to explore new art and new ways to interact with our beautiful region,” said Jennifer Ross, director of programming at Walton Arts Center. “Not only does the festival provide a platform for local talent at its finest, but for outstanding national and international artists as well.”

The festival’s popular Trail Mix events are set for the weekend of May 13-14 to correspond with the spring edition of the bi-annual Square to Square ride from Fayetteville to Bentonville. Trail Mix is a series of concerts and art experiences along the local multi-use trail system in the region, connected by the Razorback Greenway. Trail mix performers this year include The Bike Zoo Giant Butterflies, Squonk, Chapel Music Series artists Claire Lynch and The Séamus Egan Project, along with local bands Rozenbridge, The Crumbs, Melody Pond, and The Sons of Otis Malone.

The Artosphere Festival Orchestra, performing for its seventh year, is also always a highlight of the festival. The orchestra is once again under the baton of acclaimed music director Corrado Rovaris, and will perform three concerts during the event; Live from Crystal Bridges: Mozart in the Museum on May 12, Mendelssohn in Scotland on May 17 at the Walton Arts Center, and the Artosphere Festival Finale concert on Saturday May 20 (also at the WAC). The orchestra will also be performing “pop up” concerts around the downtown/Dickson Street area on Thursday, May 18.

Photo: Courtesy, Walton Arts Center

In the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, artist Diane Burko will exhibit her large-scale paintings and photographic series documenting glacial melt and other dramatic changes caused by climate change. The show will be on display beginning on Thursday, May 4.

Several of the concerts and performances are low cost, or free to attend.

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Dustin Bartholomew is the co-founder of Fayetteville Flyer, an online publication covering all things news, art and life in Fayetteville, Arkansas since 2007. A graduate of the Department of English at the University of Arkansas and a lifelong resident of the area, he still lives in east Fayetteville with his son Hudson, daughter Evelyn, his wife Brandy, and his two dogs Lily and Steve. On occasion, he tickles the ivories in a local band called The Good Fear.

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